If Educational Videos Were Filmed Like Music Videos
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If Educational Videos Were Filmed Like Music Videos


The opening shot is a little confusing
and a little unreal. That sense of unreality is because
nearly every shot in this video is being played back at the wrong speed. We filmed this section at 30 frames a second, but it’s being played back at 24, 80% of normal speed, so it just seems a little bit off. Plus, we’re using rapid cuts with
no continuity between them. Different clothes, different locations, different everything. We’ve also got some cutaways
in extreme slow motion, because it looks spectacular, and it lets me do a moody stare into the distance without having to hold it for so long that
it becomes awkward. It also lets us fit in some product placement. Some of the shots aren’t slow motion, though. This is being played back
faster than real time, so that the dancers seem more synchronised
and precise than they really are. I mean, don’t get me wrong,
they’re good, but with the speed change,
their movements look superhuman. Also, there are dancers, because having attractive people
move in attractive ways makes the video more appealing. We couldn’t afford a wind machine
for this shot, so we bought a leaf blower
from a hardware store. We kept the receipt,
so we can return it after we’re done. The trouble with filming everything in the
wrong frame rate is that my voice won’t sound right. So the vocal track for this
was pre-recorded in a studio, and I’m lipsyncing it at the wrong speed. If my lips don’t quite match up
at some point, we’ll just cut to another take, or to a completely random slow-mo shot of
an object being destroyed, and no-one’ll care. Actually, this isn’t the studio where we
recorded the vocal track. I recorded this weeks ago
so we could plan everything, but we didn’t film that session, so we had to go to this separate
recording studio to fake that footage. This microphone isn’t even plugged in. – We’re now about two thirds
of the way through so here’s a middle eight from me,
the featured artist, in an attempt to cross-promote us. Our schedules didn’t match up,
so this was all filmed separately. Despite that, we’re still trying
to convince everyone that Tom and I met up and are great friends and are definitely in the same room. – This is the bit where we break up the video
with a bit of diegetic audio, so people can’t just rip the whole thing
off YouTube. This isn’t actually a party. It may look like we’re having
a spectacular time, as that’s the image we want to project, but in reality we are on our fifteenth take. Everyone would quite like to go home. This final section is important, though, because it resolves the question at the start: why am I falling into a swimming pool? Because ending the same way we started
makes the audience think that there’s a sensible, circular narrative that
ties everything together. Even if there isn’t. You can’t buy this on iTunes
or stream it on Spotify. It’s… it’s not a song.

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100 thoughts on “If Educational Videos Were Filmed Like Music Videos

  1. I thought about singing in this, then I thought better of it. Thanks to all the production crew who made this happen: pull down the description for full credits!

  2. That’s very clever, never seen anything quite like. Instead of explaining a concept then give an example, make the explanation the example (or the example the explanation not sure how it works). Great job!!

  3. Okay, this is gold. I'd put a wager on the autotune of this being #1 by Christmas. 😉

    But seriously… subscribed.

  4. I can't buy this on ITunes or stream it on Spotify, but I can use a YouTube converter program to save the audio to an mp3 file. But then I'd only hear it and not see it!

  5. I would like to see an actual educational video made like this. I mean sure, breaking down the fashion in which music videos are made is somewhat an educational topic for a video, but it doesn't have the same weight and difficulty in portraying like some subject in biology, chemistry or maths would. It didn't matter what kind of footage you had it would still pertain to what you were talking about. Trying to explain the inner anatomy of a frog would be a bit more tricky.

  6. I haven't watched enough music videos to be sure about this, but I think this video more or less resembles a generic pop or K-Pop video. Feel free to correct me.

  7. I was listening to Tessa Violet's songs /w Dodie and this video appeared on my recommended videos. I watched Tom Scott's videos a few years ago and now I'm back! B)

  8. I was confused the whole time until you went back into the pool and I finally understood what you were doing. Oops 😂

  9. This needs to be combined with your autotune video! If I had any skills in video editing and enough time I'd have a go but I don't

  10. "You can't buy this on iTunes or stream it on Spotify."
    Well, I can download it with Clipgrab and violate Youtube's Terms of Use.

  11. Makes me wonder; it's been 10 months or so. Now you can stream a lot of things that aren't songs on Spotify. I would suggest The Portal by Eric Weinstein. But what do I know? I'm a random dude on the internet.

  12. Ripped this off YouTube, slapped this bad boy on a cd and played it max volume on my boom box walking down the street

  13. "Bro why are music videos always so trippy, do you think it holds the answer's to life's meanings?"
    Tom Scott: "actually the reasoning is surprisingly simple"

  14. "It's not a song"
    If the "climbing in your windows" interview was turned into a song you can bet your sweet ass this will be too

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