This past Friday night I attended Making Cool Shit: The Music Videos of OK Go at the LA Film Fest. The event featured a screening of 10 of OK Go’s music videos, followed-up by a Q & A session with the band’s lead singer, Damian Kulash.
“Have you seen OK Go’s new music video?” is a question I’ve been hearing for years. They’re name has become synonymous with the kind of entertaining and imaginative music videos that leave you thinking, “How the hell did they pull that off?”
During his talk Kulash made it exceedingly clear that he and his bandmates don’t see themselves as filmmakers, per se, but rather musicians who enjoy creating something that’s fun and visually highlights their music. But I see it differently. Maybe they don’t care about the technicalities of cinematography or traditional editing, but they care deeply about framing; and as Martin Scorsese says “Cinema is a matter of what’s inside the frame and what’s out.”
Below are some of my favorite OK Go music videos that were featured at the event. Please share your favorites in the comment section below!
The Writing’s On The Wall (dir: Aaron Duffy, Damian Kulash, Jr, Bob Partington)
Needing/Getting (dir: Dir: Brian L. Perkins, Damian Kulash, Jr)
White Knuckles (dir: OK Go, Trish Sie)
I Won’t Let You Down (dir: Kazuaki Seki, Damian Kulash, Jr)