American alt-rock band OK Go has released a music video that at least looks like it was done all in one 5-plus-minute-long take …using a drone. The official I Won’t Let You Down video, shot in Japan, starts indoors, then moves outdoors and eventually expands to 2,300 dancers, making ample use of both close-ups and altitude.
The band said it took a full month of planning and rehersal to get the continuous-shot video completed. To get the choreography correct, they performed everything at half speed, then show it at double speed, which helps to explain the rapid ascent to 400m at the end.
The video, released October 27, already has nearly 12 million views on Youtube. Wikipedia notes that filming was done by an octacopter drone, and the final shot was taken from a 700m (3200′) altitude — in the clouds.
Enough talk — here it is: