Music videos have been in a state of recession for years now, as downturns in the music industry and the rise of low-cost, high-concept viral videos have supplanted the big-budget event video. But the one-shot music video has endured even as the music video has mostly outgrown its auteur phase. Because elaborate one-shots are so difficult to pull off, ambitious artists and intrepid directors are drawn to them for the visual spectacle as much as the bragging rights. Director Michel Gondry single-handedly raised the one-shot to new heights, but his ingenuity has been matched by a few artists and directors brave enough to try the most difficult trick in music video, if not all of cinema.
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