Now that amazing CG special effects have become ubiquitous, it’s impressive to see a band pull off elaborate stunts that are completely effects-free. Take for example the video for the catchy song “Grip” by the Dutch band zZz. Commissioned for an art happening in Amsterdam, director Roel Wouters’s clip consists entirely of a single overhead shot of a trampoline from which gymnasts in
brightly colored smocks soar into the air toward the camera — each holding a sign for a particular editing effect (particle burst, blur & pulse) that isn’t being used. Thus, in place of an actual digital explosion, you have a wildly leaping gymnast who represents one. It might sound a bit meta, but it looks breathtaking.
The event had strict directives that allowed the team only one chance to get the video right — and it had to go on display without editing — but the gymnasts, performers, and band members pulled off the thrilling, involved routine flawlessly.
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