John Legend's "A Good Night" Music Video Shot with Google Pixel 2 and Beastgrip Pro
As well as their in-depth behind the scenes video, where they briefly discuss techniques they used to add depth to the footage, camera tricks and the benefits of shooting the entire music video on the Google Pixel:
They also did a quick interview with John about his experience and thoughts on the project. We've posted a few short snippets taken from the original Google Pixel blog below.
Tell us about the inspiration behind the music video for “A Good Night.”
John: The song and the video are about a magical night where you meet someone you immediately connect with and can envision a future together. You're single, dating, probably using all the apps people use now (I haven't dated since the advent of Tinder, etc., but it's a fascinating era in romance), and not finding someone special. But one night—maybe caught up in the music or the drinks or whatever—you meet someone that changes everything. That's a good night!
The video is set in a club and visually represents the swiping left of the apps by literally swiping dating candidates away. But eventually our couple finds each other. And then, during the bridge, we see things transform into a fantasy future where our couple sees themselves getting married. It turns into a beautiful celebration of love and connection. All DJ'ed and hosted by yours truly!
Why did you decide to shoot it on Pixel?
We thought it would be cool to shoot it on Pixel because the camera is amazing and we were fascinated by the idea of using a smartphone to film a big budget music video, a video that brings the smartphone dating experience to life.
What surprised you about filming the video with smartphones?
It was really seamless. We're so used to doing everything with expensive cameras when we do these major shoots. But the experience of filming with smartphones felt really natural and the quality from Pixel was amazing.
How do you think technology like smartphones can help aspiring artists and creators get noticed?
The technology people can use to create has become more accessible and democratized. And there are so many new ways to inexpensively publish your work. This is true in music, filmmaking and other fields. I love it. It's a boon for creativity and gives so many more people the ability to tell their story and express their vision.