One shot (music video)

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A "one-shot" is any music video which consists of action, continuous in time and space, from the perspective of a single camera[citation needed] — a single long take. In order to be able to make one-shot videos several special techniques are used. Most commonly the stage props which are not currently caught on cameras are changed during the shot. For other videos some parts are filmed before the final shot and then replayed on screens in the video.

One of the most famous music video directors for this genre is Michel Gondry, who has done many of his videos in this style.

This differs from the meaning of two shot, etc.


Music videos by Michel Gondry[edit]

Other examples[edit]

Videos mistaken for one shot[edit]

Contains several edits disguised by dissolves, particularly when the camera is pointing down at the ground and the dissolves are less noticeable due to motion blur.
The video was spliced together from two separate takes. The cut between the two happens when the camera turns away from the face of guitarist, and singer on this track, The Edge and the cut was hidden by having smoke blowing in from the side of the frame.
The video contains several cuts when the camera tilts down, transitioning into another shot when it tilts up again.
Although often cited as an example of a one shot video, it actually contains several cuts to reverse angles and close ups and is not one long take. There are in fact about 50 cuts in the video.
In a Channel 4, documentary discussing the Greatest Pop Videos of all time, the director Kevin Godley revealed that it was filmed in 3 shots, each shot transition hidden by a lens flare.[12]
The video editing process is the same as Virtual Insanity by Jamiroquai.
Hidden cuts during camera moves.
In interviews, band member Damian Kulash and visual designer Hector Alvarez both admit to a cut at 2:27 when the curtain opens.[13]
The video is a long take until near the end, when a few cuts are introduced.
There are several cuts at the end of this video, starting at 3 minutes.
The video is made of multiple long takes superimposed over one another
The video was actually stitched from multiple takes to create the illusion of a single, continuous shot.
Co-director Travis Schneider stated in an interview that although the video was planned to be one shot, there is one cut in the video.
Though the video, involving the band using parabolic flight from reduced gravity aircraft to simulate micro-gravity, is from one long 40-45 minute shot, periods when the band is not in micro-gravity were trimmed from the final product.
The video drastically slows down playback of about 4.2 seconds of actions that take place in real-time. However, to capture the amount of action, the band had to use multiple high-speed cameras on the same mounted system, their respective footage stitched together to compose the final video.


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