90 oracle items tagged as video
September 9, 2014 / submitted by Katherine , United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle,
This is the first time I am writing to you but I am so awaiting your response. I am studying music and I always look'' beyond'' songs, videos meaning ''how it is made''. I have question regarding video A Sky Full of Stars that I love btw. In the minute 1:13 Chris is joining the rest of the band, then they play together, after that he walks away and the rest of the band left behind turns their left, then in the minute 2:40 they meet again but Jonny, Guy and Will come from Chris'... RIGHT. In my opinion this is the mistake in video making. You may hate me for that but although I love the video that outside scenery does not match studio recording that can he hear in the song but car's honks and people screaming gives us great impression that the music is actually played! My love to all the band! Ps. I regret I did not manage to purchase ticket for Royal Albert Hall as the photos are marvelous.


Firstly, bands do not play live in their music videos; they play along to the backing track. Music videos do not have to match the studio recording and the atmosphere would have been lost if they'd have edited out the street sounds.
Secondly, not that it's a video that relies on its continuity to tell a story, I'm not sure I can agree with your theory. We can't see where the rest of the band go after they first play together. They may be out of shot but I assume they are walking down the same road as Chris in the same direction but reach their destination quicker and wait for Chris. That's what it looks like to me anyway.

September 8, 2014 / submitted by Heather, United Kingdom
Q.  Hello Oracle! Nowadays everybody seems to have a smart phone. People seem attached at the hip to technology. Do you think that it is tragic that humans are now watching concerts through their cellphones and should be living in the moment, or do you think capturing the moment is special? Thanks!

I wouldn't use the word tragic but I hate standing with my view blocked by someone waving their phone - or worse - an iPad in my eyeline.
It's a double-edged sword because there are some great clips of gigs that I wasn't at but can watch or relive if I was there. The same goes for photos. However, it's all about balance and moderation.
I subscribe to the school of Prince, Kate Bush et al. who ask people to refrain from using their phones as cameras and indeed have security patrolling to put a stop to anyone that does. It's disrespectful to breach those wishes but I can totally understand why many want to take photos/videos.
Let's face it, most people aren't watching the gigs with their eyes, but watching with their screens. They are fewer great footage clips than the plethora of absolutely diabolical quality ones that nobody will want to watch.
I totally want to enjoy the show and experience it for real. Technology is a sign of the times and a memento of a gig is great but I think it's down to the artist's wishes and the audience's judgement.

August 28, 2014 / submitted by Lucas, France
Q.  Hi
Before the True Love video got released, there was a rumor that the famous choregrapher Blanca Li was going to be involved. Was that indeed the case? Thanks!

I think that may be a typo, but Bianca Li was indeed involved and choreographed the Luminario Ballet dancers.

August 28, 2014 / submitted by Sandy, United Kingdom
Q.  Where was the True Love video filmed?

The video was shot at Venice Beach, Los Angeles (California).

August 27, 2014 / submitted by Joelle, Syria
Q.  Hey Oracle so I just watched True Love's music video and I want to know the name of the girl.
Thanks xx

The actor - I believe that's what we call male and female thespians these days - in the True Love video is Jessica Lucas.
I'm not familiar with any of her work but methinks she fits the video well.

August 26, 2014 / submitted by Valentine, France
Q.  Hello Oracle !
I have watched the music video for A Sky Full Of Stars and let me just say - it is amazing! I love how humble and simple it is, and I also love Chris' smile through the whole thing :)
My question is, though, I noticed he had an iPad attached to his leg, was that any use at all ?
Thanks for answering !

It was actually Roadie #42's personal iPad. It had a video of the piano keys playing themselves on it and the music they were busking along to. It was connected to a speaker on Chris's back.

August 20, 2014 / submitted by Jacob, Canada
Q.  I watched the A Sky Full of Stars video, and I'm pretty sure I saw Chris Martin in it. Am I right?

Ha ha ha! This made me laugh. I don't know if it's sarcasm or just a joke but it's very funny. We are done with the ASFOS spotting now.

August 19, 2014 / submitted by William, United Kingdom
Q.  Watched ASFOS video and I do believe Roadie 42 makes an appearance as well.

Yup, Roadie #42 is in it too but as with Kelly (& Frostie who is also in it), because he got caught in shot. Matt obviously had to be there too but he's in frame more because of where he was waiting to follow the band.

August 19, 2014 / submitted by John, United Kingdom
Q.  Is it 'Ask-Oracle-About-The-ASFOS-Music-Video' day?

Pretty much, yes.

August 19, 2014 / submitted by Mariano, Venezuela
Q.  Dear Oracle, I watched the ASFOS video again and I saw Matt McGinn with sunglasses and of course Kelly. Still missing who you mentioned yesterday? Can't wait for the True Love video!

We have a winner! I was thinking of Matt McGinn. For the eagle-eyed, he is leaning against a wall and then follows the band. Kelly isn't known to as many people but yes, he's in there too but in an official working capacity.