90 oracle items tagged as video
October 31, 2012 / submitted by Melanie, St Lucia
Q.  I have to say that Coldplay's music videos are some of the most innovative and entertaining that I have ever come across.
Do the video concepts come from the band themselves?

Sometimes but by no means every time. They have a video commissioner at their label plus Phil Harvey is very involved in that creative process of looking at directors, pitches and treatments for video ideas.
The whole concept for the Paradise video came from Chris and was all planned last minute while they were in South Africa.

October 9, 2012 / submitted by Lynsey, United States of America
Q.  Hey!
I've always had the dream of being in a Coldplay music video.
What do you think the chances are to be in one?
(Sorry if this is a stupid question)

It's not a stupid question. I saw a casting advert for the Paradise video I just posted in the last question.
I recall there were job ads that popped up for Speed of Sound & Charlie Brown too. I'm sure there were others also but failing that, there's always the live route. For example, I myself am in the Fix You video.
Well, I attended the concert where the live footage was shot for the latter part but still, I'm in there somewhere...

April 11, 2012 / submitted by Vickie, Czech Republic
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I love Coldplay's colorful video clips and I was wondering, how long does it take to create one like Every Teardrop is a Waterfall or Strawberry Swing? It seems really complicated with all the colors and I can imagine how time consuming it may be. I would also like to ask if there is/are some artist/s helping with those clips?
Thank you,
Vickie :)

I'll start with the ones you mentioned, the actual filming of ETIAW took 2 days in London.
Even though both had significant live artwork taking place around the action, the Strawberry Swing video took much longer. Chris was only on set for one day of filming (after costume fittings etc. but there was a lot of prep. That video was also particularly difficult because of all the chalk drawings that were done and the frame by frame technique.

Videos can be very time consuming but the band don't always have a lot of time so their involvement would usually be 1-2 days depending on the schedule and of course what they are needed for. Behind the scenes however there is a lot of preparation and after the shoot, editing and whatnot. Sometimes a video is needed in a turnaround period of 2 weeks but the average process is around 6 weeks.

Videos like Fix You & Lost which both feature live footage usually only involve the band performing the song twice on a couple of nights and again, it's the other shots and editing that take longer to complete the final film.

The Scientist took a month to prepare (it was also the length of time it took for Chris to learn the lyrics backwards) and a further 2 weeks of work.

Yellow's video was a 12-hour day but took less than an hour to shoot - running through the song 5 times.

Each video will not only have band input but the director's who will also work with a team of people to get the look just right so yes, there are artists (in a broader sense of the word) involved.

April 11, 2012 / submitted by Ryan, Australia
Q.  Hi Oracle,
I was just wondering why are there two music videos for Trouble?

The first Trouble video was deemed too dark for the U.S audiences so a second one was made. The second bears more than a passing resemblance to their video for
Don't Panic as both were directed by Tim Hope.

March 28, 2012 / submitted by Ben, United Kingdom
Q.  Last week I went on a geography trip to Studland Bay where the music video for Yellow was filmed - why was this beach, of all beaches chosen?

James Frost (one half of the video's directing team) said it was their producer who suggested it.
As is usual with videos, several locations are given as options before a scout of those places are carried out. Studland Bay was actually the first they visited and as soon as they saw it they knew immediately it was the right place to film.

March 19, 2012 / submitted by Dominic, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle,

I was showed my friends the other day the video to Strawberry Swing because I loved it and they were really impressed by it. However, they questioned many times whether each scene was drawn by chalk or if it was done on computer. I'm curious as to how long it took to make the video and if each shot was really drawn out?

Thank You,

Yes, they really did draw out each scene in chalk as Anchorman found out in his Shynola interview.

March 8, 2012 / submitted by Joanne, United Kingdom
Q.  I am kicking myself. Was there a video that Chris filmed holding his breath underwater all the way through? I have searched for it and can't find it.

If you click 1999 on our timeline, then further click on SEP's television icon, you will be able to watch the Bigger Stronger video where all the band members - not just Chris - are holding their breath underwater. They don't hold it all the way through though.
Unless you're thinking of someone else that almost fits the description?

September 1, 2011 / submitted by Colin, United States of America
Q.  Where was the music video for Speed of Sound filmed? It has to be one of the best sets of all of Coldplay's music videos.

There is an accurate paragraph about the video here.

July 7, 2011 / submitted by Una, Finland
Q.  Hi Oracle!
I was just watching Coldplay In My Place music video and I have one question... Who are the two people on stairs? :)

I assume that's after the last question I answered... In that case, that is DEFINITELY tagged so I'm afraid you'll have to go and check In My Place tags.

July 7, 2011 / submitted by Chloe, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle, I was wondering where the music video for In My Place was filmed? I didn't see anything about it in the tag cloud, but if you've already answered this question, I'm sorry! :)

Love from the US, Chloe

Hmm, I thought I had actually but will be sure to tag this reply. The video for In My Place was filmed at Saatchi Gallery, London.