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The Writing’s on the Wall – OK Go

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A four-minute, epic one-take video that adds to their highly ambitious visual collection of music, this is OK Go’s The Writing’s on the Wall. The series of forced perspective and anamorphic illusions, with a few gravity tricks mixed in, took “nearly three weeks to assemble and 50 takes to get right.” We’re big fans of one-take videos, and this kind of relentless perspective-bending only adds to why we’ll be watching this one more than once.

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Update: OK Go has released a behind-the-scenes look at how their team put the complex, one-shot music video together:

There’s more OK Go in the archives — two versions of This Too Shall Pass (2010), one that’s an homage to Rube Goldberg — and many more perception-bending illusions, including Brusspup’s Amazing Anamorphic Illusions, Kokichi Sugihara’s Impossible motion illusions, and Fred Astaire’s famous dance scene in Royal Wedding.

via Stereogum. Thanks, @benjohnbarnes.

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