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Monday, December 04, 2006

A music video triumph

Courtesy of Andrew Sullivan, I found this Lionel Ritchie video. It features the most spectacularly awkward opening and closing transitions from scene-setting to music video ever. It also features a character whose name is "Tony Billy Boy."

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's pretty impressive. Not only awkward, but a good dose of creepy as well. I loved Lionel Richie back in the 80s; my favorite video was for "Dancing on the Ceiling" in which he, yes, danced on the ceiling.

Matt

teague said...

You're right, it is kinda creepy, too.

My parents have the vinyl for "Dancing on the Ceiling," and I remember he's on the ceiling on the cover. (That video is indeed pretty awesome. If only I got invited to all these rockin' parties that Lionel goes to.)

Anonymous said...

Wow - thank so much for posting the Dancing on the Ceiling video too (I was obviously too lazy to do the same). I can totally see why I was fascinated as a kid. I think there's a Fred Astaire movie where he does the same trick - is it just splicing together footage of different rooms with the ceiling as floor, wall as floor, etc? It looks pretty smooth, just like that keytar.

- Matt

teague said...

Heh heh, keytars are the definition of smooth.

I'm 99% sure that how they achieve that effect is by rotating the whole set (and rotating the camera with it). The transitions are pretty quick in the Lionel Ritchie video, they must have turned it quickly (and used green screen for the times when others are on the "floor"). It's more obvious how the effect was achieved when you look at the Fred Astaire movie you mentioned.

Needless to say, this is one effect that remains only accessible to those with oversized budgets...