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 where the camera panned down, and then transitioned into another cut where the camera panned 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.[15]
The video editing process is the same as Virtual Insanity by Jamiroquai.
The video includes "purposefully long takes" and cuts seamlessly between them - and although the dancers go through the choreography continuously, it doesn't seem to be a true "single take".[16]
The Rube Goldberg Machine was filmed as three continuous takes which were spliced together in post production. In interviews, band member Damian Kulash and Machine Builder Hector Alvarez both admit to a cut at 2:27 when a curtain opens. This was done because each of the three shots was marred, by the camera in the wrong position or crew members being visible in shot.[17]
There are several cuts at the end of this video, starting at 3 minutes.
The video features a long take of the rappers saying their verses while walking around a parking garage. Editing was made for the video to make it appear as if the artists were doubling, appearing or disappearing behind walls.
  • Lazy Lad - from the Bollywood movie Ghanchakkar, 2013
Though not a one take video, it uses a mix of various camera movements to give the song a feel of one take. You can see carefully planned transitions all the way when Bollywood actors Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi is moving around in a house which grabs your attention for its bold use of colors and props. The video was directed by Sajeed A and shot by Polly Morgan.
The video was actually stitched from multiple takes to create the illusion as a one shot.
Co-director Travis Schneider stated in an interview that although the video was planned to be one shot, there is one cut between takes within the video.


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