90 oracle items tagged as video
June 15, 2009 / submitted by Jo, Argentina
Q.  Dear Oracle, do you know who directed Muse's Butterflies and Hurricanes videoclip?

Thank you so much :)


PS: Perhaps you can tell me who directed Lovers in Japan video too?

P. Holtkamp and Tim Qualtrough directed the Butterflies and Hurricanes video. Mat Whitecross directed the Lovers In Japan clip.

May 27, 2009 / submitted by Antonella, Argentina
Q.  Good day Oracle, I've a question for you. Who is the man that appears in God Put a Smile Upon Your Face video?
Thanks a lot,

That would be the awesome actor Paddy Considine. If you've never seen any of his films I would highly recommend that you do!

February 16, 2009 / submitted by Jean, Canada
Q.  Respected Oracle,

During the Twisted Logic tour, at the conclusion of "The Scientist", one could hear an added part that was, in fact, a recording of "The Scientist" played backwards. If you take this recording, and play it backwards, it sounds exactly like "The Scientist" from the album. Can you explain how Coldplay pulled this off?

I'm not sure how you mean pulled this off? Basically what you heard was, as you say, the track played backwards, not the band playing live.
As the video (by Jamie Thraves) was a reverse narrative, Chris did actually have to learn the song backwards. There's a version of the video available on The Scientist DVD single that plays it running backwards.

February 16, 2009 / submitted by Siya, South Africa
Q.  Yellow (Hallo).......Watching the video for Yellow , one can easily think it was shot in ONE TAKE. Was it, or is it just cleverly shot?? Well, either way its cleverly shot.....please answer, otherwise am banging my head against the wall wall deserves that!

It was actually all down to clever techniques. It took about an hour to shoot and they ran through the song 5 times*. After the film was processed it went through a process called gradual grade that gave the impression of the day changing.
*Another interesting bit of information is the track was running at double speed, as was the camera. What you see is the film at its normal speed giving the effect of it looking slightly slower than normal.

January 22, 2009 / submitted by Jessamacar, Australia
Q.  Dear Oracle,
Can Chris do flips like in the LITii Video clip or is that why they used puppets???
from jess

Supple as Chris is, he doesn't do flips or the splits but that's not why puppets were used.
On the subject of the video, there have been a few more questions...
Crew members in the video aren't modelled on the real crew so no, you can't spot Roadie #42.
I can't believe I'm about to talk butts but someone DID ask, this also means that no-one had to show their plumber's crack (we call it a builder's crack here)!

January 21, 2009 / submitted by Simon, Netherlands
Q.  Hi Oracle, is it true that Coldplay's fifth member made an appearance in the new Life in Technicolor ii video?

Indeed it is. One of the chaps holding a video camera is wearing a cream sweater, similar to Aran style and that is Phil Harvey.

January 21, 2009 / submitted by Taylor, United States of America
Q.  Dearest Oracle,
In the new video for Life in Technicolor ii, one of the little girls has an unofficial Coldplay biography. Has this book already been published, will it be published in the future, or was it just a book cover made for the video?

It was just a video prop. From the terrible photo on the cover to the appalling name (Playing it Cool) I’d hope no such book ever exists! I wonder if she bought it at the jumble sale for 10p? For our overseas fans a jumble sale also known as a rummage sale is a bit like a yard sale or car boot sale without the yard or car and usually takes place in a church/village hall. People sell home baked cakes, various donated second-hand bric-a-brac, books etc. They also tend to have a Tombola, which is basically a raffle to win prizes. In the video it's part of a village fete.
All the proceeds raised are for fundraising purposes, whether that is to donate to charity or a local cause such as a new church roof. NB: This video is fictional so didn't really happen...

January 12, 2009 / submitted by Durl, Canada
Q.  Hullo, kind Oracle!
I have recently discovered that Coldplay's beautiful video 'Yellow' was shot with Chris alone because Will's mother's funeral was scheduled on the same day of the shooting. But as for one other beautiful Coldplay video, "The Scientist", I am quite unsure as to why Chris is alone in it. What was the reason?
By the way, with or without fellow band members, these videos are extremely stunning.
Thank you, all knowing Oracle.

Jamie Thraves directed The Scientist and he said, "Originally it was just a story with a character not featuring the band, but Chris is a really great performer it made sense to use Chris".

October 29, 2008 / submitted by MARGIE, United States of America

It was where the video for Lost! was filmed, that's what they were referring to. You can see it here.

August 15, 2008 / submitted by Miriam, United States of America
Q.  I was wondering- in Coldplay's music video The Hardest Part, was it the bands idea to to have that those 80's dancers in it? How did that come up and is it supposed to be funny? I was trying to find an "inner meaning" but I can't seem to find one.

There isn't an inner meaning. Basically Mary Wigmore, the video's director had been waiting for the right project to come along so she could use the footage. It was originally from a U.S talk show called Attitudes. The clip was taken from a 1990 episode in Miami featuring Gene & Barbara (the latter died a few years ago) and was spliced with the band's performance. It is supposed to be funny but of course no way patronizing to the amazing dancers.