Music Video: The One-Shot, One-Take Wonders

By: Jen Rubin
On January 25th Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton dropped their latest single “Say Something” and it is seriously awesome, you guys.
Not only is the tune catchy AF but the video is nothing short of perfection.
Haven’t seen it yet? Here you go!

Soo good, right?
The video directed by Arturo Perez Jr. from  La Blogothèque, a Paris based production company who is no stranger to the one-take video, was literally done in just that, ONE-TAKE.
I know, I know… but here is the real kicker: The thing that sets this one-take video apart from all others, are you ready for this? The entire performance was filmed live.
Yup, live. Think about that for a minute…
Remember that elevator scene and how it was timed so perfectly? What about that 60 person choir that showed up at the end? And don’t even get me started on that steadicam op’s flawless performance. The amount of work this must have taken to pull something like this off lives only in my imagination, which leaves me with just one question:
BTS release soon? PLEASE?

La Blogothèque may be known for their live “take away shows”, but the one – take video is nothing new to the music video genre. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
OK Go – The Writing’s On The Wall:

July Talk – Guns + Ammunition:

Weezer – The Sweater Song:

Lucas – Lucas with the Lid:

Gary Jules – Mad World:

LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls
(98% one – shot with a few cuts at the end of the video which doesn’t quite fit the mold but fun nonetheless)

Childish Gambino:
(Also, MOSTLY one-shot with a few cuts)
AND one more from La Blogothèque:
Phoenix – Ti Amo:

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