OK Go — “Upside Down & Inside Out” [music video]

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OK Go, in association with Russia’s S7 Airlines, have released an impressive music video set aboard a zero gravity airplane. Parabolic flights are used to train astronauts in zero-g maneuvers, giving about 25 seconds of weightlessness out of 65 seconds of flight in each parabola. So expect to see the usual meticulous choreography, but delight in the level of genuine fun they are obviously having throughout their experience:

How is OK Go ever going to one-up themselves now? The group have continually made music videos that follow the trend of their original six treadmills one-take wonder, “Here It Goes Again”, and because it doesn’t really cost anything to mention said videos; here:

There is a good interview with OK Go band members Damian Kulash and Tim Nordwind about how they shot the video for “Upside Down & Inside Out” over @ Nerdist.com >>http://nerdist.com/ok-gos-frontman-explains-their-anti-gravity-video/<<

N: So what went in to making this thing? I know you guys are in zero-g up there in an airplane, so how did you pull it all together?

DK: The biggest challenge is that within the Earth’s atmosphere, the best way to get zero-g is parabolic flights, right? It’s a plane that’s essentially throwing you up into the air and catching you. The longest amount of time you can safely do that for is about 30 seconds. We wanted the video to be, you know, a full three-plus minutes of zero-g, so we had to figure out how to make a single take with only 30 seconds at a time.

So we did a single take that was 45 minutes long by doing these parabolic flights, which throws you up into the air for 30 seconds, catches you, resets for the next scene, and then starts again. It takes about four or five minutes for the plane to get ready to throw you in the air again, and during that time, we’re all just sitting perfectly still in our seats. So our eventual take, it’s 40 minutes long with only three and a half minutes of zero-g over these eight periods. We then cut out all of the long waiting periods where we were in double gravity or normal gravity, and sort of sew it all together. It is one long routine, but we’ve cut out a lot of the waiting periods.

The other challenge is that because you only get 30 seconds at a time of weightlessness, testing anything or practicing anything is really hard. Basically, we go to Russia for a week and over the course of that week, we had a half hour of practice. You really have to optimize the time you have, you know?

N: So with that short frame in which to do it, how many tries did you guys actually have at getting one good take?

OK: In the end, we got eight full takes. We could get one full take per flight, because each flight had 15 parabolas of weightlessness, so what we would do on our shooting week, our final week of shooting, we had eight flights, two flights per day, and we did the first seven scenes of the video all in a row, and then reset, and then did the full video from scene one to scene eight. The eighth scene is the one with the balloons and the liquid everywhere, so we could only do that once per flight because we couldn’t be up there and clean the plane. So what we’d do is we’d do the first seven scenes as a practice in our run-through, then reset and do all eight in a row.

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~ by Fionnlagh on February 17, 2016.

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