Radiohead House of Cards video

Still from Radiohead, House of Cards video, directed by James Frost. Production company: Zoo Films. Technical director: Aaron Koblin. Post: The Syndicate
Zoo Films director James Frost has created a stunning new promo for Radiohead track House of Cards, which has just premiered on Google. See the video here.

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Still from Radiohead, House of Cards video, directed by James Frost. Production company: Zoo Films. Technical director: Aaron Koblin. Post: The Syndicate

Zoo Films director James Frost has created a stunning new promo for Radiohead track House of Cards, which has just premiered on Google. See the video here.

In a technological first, the video was shot without the use of any cameras and only using lasers and scanners. The effect makes scenes of a party, a street, and Thom Yorke singing look very strange indeed. “We scanned the images using two different technologies,” explains Frost of the process involved in making the video. “For the stuff that features Thom, we used a system called Geometric Informatics System, which basically is a scanner that records points of data at 180º. For the wider environments we used a lidar system which is 64 lasers that revolve, recording 90º slices, so once you have collected all the data you basically stitch all the slices together to create a scene. We used this for all our exterior shots, where we drove very slowly collecting data.”

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Still from Radiohead, House of Cards video

For more info on the making of the video from Frost, see the August issue of CR, out next week.

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