So instead of using a camera like a normal band, Radiohead, in all their progression, shot their most recent video for "House of Cards" with lasers or something. I don't freaking know, people, does it look like I understand technology?
The Geometric Informatics scanning system employs structured light to capture detailed 3D images at close proximity, and was used to render the performances of Radiohead's Thom Yorke, the female lead, and several partygoers. The Velodyne Lidar system uses multiple lasers to capture large environments in 3D, in this case 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute, capturing all of the exterior scenes and wide party shots.
Uh-huh. Thom York had this to say about the video:
I always like the idea of using technology in a way that it wasn't meant to be used, the struggle to get your head round what you can do with it. I liked the idea of making a video of human beings and real life and time without using any cameras, just lasers, so there are just mathematical points-- and how strangely emotional it ended up being.
Uh-huh. You know, I've been emotionally attached to a laser before, and let me tell you what -- incredible lover. I'm talking burning passion. And, okay, pubes.
That's a screenshot there, and there are several more after the jump.
UPDATE: Two videos added after the jump. One is the music video, the other a "making of" video. Go here to play the video and manipulate it in real time using a visualization program.
Radiohead Use Fancy Technology in Camera-Free Video [pitchforkmedia]
Thanks Dan, what're you doing this weekend? You wanna come over and take turns staring directly into a power burning laser? Oh, and thanks again for letting me know the video is out. You rock.