West Palm Beach, Florida (WiredPRNews.com) – Is it possible to shoot a music video without a camera? Radiohead did. For the first time in history a video was shot with a laser – and it was done at the G-Star Studios in West Palm Beach, Florida. Long known as one of the most technologically advanced bands in the world, Radiohead has always been on the cutting edge of new world visions. Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the greatest rock bands on the planet, the English alternative rock band from Oxfordshire performed the song Deck of Cards from their seventh album In Rainbows at the G-Star Studios under closed set conditions and super secret security.
The famous band, with over 23 million records sold, shared the spotlight with the world’s only high definition laser mechanism, the HDL64E developed by Velodyne in San Francisco, used here for the very first time. It is not a camera. Essentially, it is 64 lasers mounted on a revolving turret that spins at various speeds up to 900 revolutions per second. It gives a 360 degree 3-D view of the entire area out 150 meters. The data is fed into a computer where the “camera lens” or “view point” is flown around to any point of reference that the laser has marked, including direct overhead shots. A second laser scans for direct facial close-ups.
The resulting visual product is unlike anything ever filmed before. The “Director of Photography” was Velodyne Field Applications Engineer, Rick Yoder, who helped create the original technology that was invented by Velodyne founder, David Hall. “This technology is stunning,” says G-Star Studios head Greg Hauptner. “Whether it takes hold like the ‘talkies’ in the Jazz Singer or will go the way of 70 mm film, one thing is certain: this new laser system will revolutionize filmmaking in one form or another.”
The G-Star Studios, with over 93,000 sq. ft. under roof, is building the largest sound stage in south Florida. Fifteen students from the G-Star School of the Arts worked on the sets of the Radiohead shoot and were invited as VIP guests of the producers at the Radiohead concert given at the Cruzan Amphitheater.
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