May 13, 2011

Listen Up: Radiohead's 'House of Cards'

Radiohead is usually ahead of the times in their music and also music videos.  Their 'House of Cards' video was done completely with scanners and lasers!  They used "Geometric Informatics scanning systems produce structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a Velodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers is used to capture environments such as landscapes.  In this video, 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the exterior scenes."  Phew!  What a mouthful.

I'm not going to pretend to understand exactly how this video was produced, but I understand that the lasers and scanners took the data it collected and produced the 3D images we see in the video.  The other really interesting part of the process was that on set they used a sheet of plexi glass with little pieces of mirrors on it that was put in front of Thom Yorke while 'scanning' him.  This was to make the image break up and become irregular, which you'll see in the video.

Here's the 'House of Cards' video:

And you can check out more about how they made the music video here:

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