Es gibt sie noch: Musikvideos, die überraschen können und einfach genial gemacht sind.
So wie die Musiker der amerikanischen Rockband OK Go aus Chicago, die ihren Song Upside Down & Inside Out spektakulär in Szene gesetzt haben. Das Video hat gestern Facebook geflutet und wurde bereits zigmal geteilt und darf auch bei mir im Blog nicht fehlen.
Und auch wenn sich erste Stimmen melden, die an der Authentizität des schwerelosen Experiments zweifeln, ist es verdammt gute Unterhaltung und einfach klasse in Szene gesetzt.
Die Musiker haben auf ihrer Webseite einige Details zu dem Dreh in luftigen Höhen verraten:
How did you do this?
This video was shot in an airplane that flies parabolic maneuvers to provide brief periods of weightlessness, sometimes referred to as or “zero gravity” or “zero g.” To learn more about how that works visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reduced_gravity_aircraft or see the answer to the next question, below.
The video is a single take, but there is some time removed to make that possible.
The longest period of weightlessness that it is possible to achieve in these circumstances is about 27 seconds, and after each period of weightlessness, it takes about five minutes for the plane to recover and prepare for then next round. Because we wanted the video to be a single, uninterrupted routine, we shot continuously over the course of 8 consecutive weightless periods, which took about 45 minutes, total. We paused our actions, and the music, during the non-weightless periods, and then cut out these sections and smoothed over each transition with a morph.
You can spot the moments in the video when we skip ahead in time because they are points when gravity briefly returns. This happens at 0:46, 1:06, 1:27, 1:48, 2:09, 2:30, and 2:50.
You might notice that these moments aren’t 27 seconds apart. That’s because the song moves in musical sections that are a little less than 21 seconds long, and it was important to us that the punctuations of gravity in our routine work musically with the song. To fit the 27-second periods weightlessness into 21-second sections of music, we performed our routine slightly slower than what you see here (the song is normally 92.5 BPM, and we performed it at 72 BPM), and later sped up the footage (28.47%) to bring it back up to normal speed.
Before and after each period of weightlessness, there is a roughly 20-second stretch when it feels like there’s increased gravity. These are most easily understood as the periods when the plane is throwing everyone up out of their seats into weightlessness, and then catching them again when it ends. (For a better explanation of parabolic flight, see the link above) In this video, the first scene, in which we sit waiting and then do the goofy laptop dance, was performed while we were experiencing double gravity, just before the beginning of the first weightless section. The first round of weightlessness hits at about 0:26, and you can see us all lift a little in our chairs when double gravity gives way to zero gravity. You can also see double gravity at the end of the video. When the last weightless period ends, at 3:20, the paint we’ve splattered all over the plane comes raining down with double force as we are all pressed into our seats.