Ten Amazing One Shot videos
Nothing is as amazing as a truly organic one shot video. A single take may not sound like much, and it takes a real art to turn this clip of continuous footage into a piece of art that can captivate an audience. Here are Just Ten pieces of work that do just that.
1. Spice Girls – Wannabe
Ok, I’ll level with you; I didn’t want to get off on the wrong foot. But this music video is pretty good for a one-shot. Director Jhoan Camitz’s first ever music video is entertaining and never dull, as these five impressive dancers prance around a hotel populated with your average elderly upper class. However the thing that really sells this video is how much fun these ladies are having, as they rip through places they clearly shouldn’t be, being ushered from room to room by ill-mannered waiting staff. What is also a marvel is the flawless choreography throughout the video, enhanced even more so by the one shot element.
2. Cibo Matto – Sugar water
This music video is a marvel or directorial talent, from concept through to execution. The Michel Gondry Directed music video follows the two different Members of Cibo Matto (A New York based Indie Rock Band) as they go about their day. Although apparently unconnected at the start, halfway through the video the perspective swaps, leaving the viewer confused at best. This video really needs to be watched a good two or three times to really appreciate the complexity of the operation here, as although there appears to be two different cameras in play, instead there is only one.
3. Ok Go – The writings on the wall
Is there anyone who doesn’t immediately think of Ok Go as soon as one shot music videos are mentioned? These kings of visuals are famous throughout the world for having elegantly composed and innovative music videos, most of which are within one take. This particular video plays with the audience’s perspective constantly, as a camera is zipped around a warehouse displaying ever optical illusion imaginable, keeping the viewer on their toes throughout the experience.
4. Childish Gambino – Sweatpants
Although not strictly all one shot, this masterfully composed video for Donald Glovers Rapping Persona Childish Gambino captures the audience from start to finish, firstly by reeling them in from intrigue thanks to the slightly oddly shot first section, and then blowing their mind with some pretty impressive editing and Visual effects. All in all this video really captures the essence of the song in both its content and execution, making for a really pleasurable viewing experience.
5. Kylie - Come Into My World
Similar to Gambino’s mindfuck of a video is Kylie Minogue’s VFX heavy come into my world. Another Michel Gondry masterpiece, this video uses multiple layers to confuse, entertain and amaze the audience as the star and extra grow in every rotation of the set., a truly awe-inspiring video that will break your mind.
6. Chet faker – Gold
There’s something about this video that can really move you. Whether it’s the brilliant choreography, mesmerising roller-skating or the looming, ghostly background figures, you cannot deny that this is a masterpiece of a one shot video. The cinematography is on point and Hiro murai (Sweatpants director) really pulled this one out of the bag, leaving an audience that can’t look away.
7. Kiesza – Hideaway
(Kiesza, Ljuba Castot, and Rami Samir Afuni)
Another amazing video that captures the true essence of good choreography is this quality video for Canadian born singer Kiesza. What really sells this video however is not the raw dancing talent, the fluid choreography or the people in the background realising they’re on video, but instead the human element of it. The fact that these dancers are evidently having a great time, plus how small the dancing cast is, in addition to how visibly knackered Kiesza is by the end of the routine, that really puts this video a cut above the rest.
8. Lucas - Lucas with the lid off
Another Gondry great, this perspective questioning video for Danish DJ Lucas uses the very stylised themes in the music and mirrors them exceptionally in the video. From the old timey sepia, to the 4:3 place holders for the camera, this video is dripping in charm and class. The wide array of closely packed sets and perfectly timed bits of footage played on old tv’s give even more amazement to be showered upon the audience. All in all, this is Gondry at one of his best.
9. Jamiroquai - Virtual insanity
This visual beast of a video was the brainchild of Jonathan Glazer, the director of the Karmahead music video. This video uses clever practical trickery and not-so-subtle sneaky edits to create a magical experience that can break the mind of even the strongest of souls. Glazer has crafted this video in such a way, you can get a real sense of the song, purely from absorbing the visual extravaganza set before them.
10. Metronomy - Love Letters
Yet ANOTHER classic from Gondry, this video cleverly blends live action with intricate illustration to create a visually appealing and technically beautiful video as the camera flies from perspective to perspective, not shying from the raw, unedited approach.