Video: Childish Gambino (reverse)

Donald Glover, aka Troy from Community, aka Childish Gambino.

Now, I can’t find this mentioned anywhere online, but watch this clip and keep an eye out at 2:46, watching his hood.

Tell me this video wasn’t filmed in one take, backwards.

EDIT: If it actually was, it’s insane. The dancing at the start/end alone would take weeks of practice, surely.

EDIT 2: Okay, it’s not filmed backwards. I’ve watched it in the harsh light of day and I’m pretty sure it’s a stiffened hood. Would have been amazing, though.

So… here’s the backwards scene from Top Secret.

2 Comments Video: Childish Gambino (reverse)

  1. Robyn

    1. Why make a video backwards that doesn’t look like a video filmed backwards? Just for the hoodie ripple? That could be created by stiffening the hoodie with wire.

    2. Looking at other backwards music videos, the lip synch is really hard to get looking natural. Look at Goodshirt’s “Blowing Dirt” and The Pharcyde’s “Drop” videos. The Pharcyde even worked with a linguist who phonetically transcribed the backwards song so their mouths would make the right shapes. But even still, it looks like a backwards video – but they do all sorts of cool things with the backwardsness.

    3. To me, Mr Glover’s video looks like a one-take performance video, not unlike Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” vid. It’s a cool way of making a high-impact, low-budget video that puts the spotlight on the artist.

    4. I have been watching too many music videos lately.


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