A Virtual Reality Music Video

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Foals Mountain at My Gates is a bold approach in audience engagement: filmed with a GoPro Spherical camera lens, it offers viewers the possibility of ‘calling’ the shots. The video’s panoramic footage can be manipulated on Google Chrome or the YouTube phone app via a mouse or the AWSD keys. Directed by NABIL for United Realities, the interactivity compliments the catchy tune and thoughtful lyrics.

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The slow zoom from a black a screen to an increasingly concave rectangle provides a clear glimpse of the directional arrows in the top left corner.  We become part of the bird’s eye view flying toward a housing estate setting where the video was filmed – the CGI mountain landscape was added later.

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During a recent performance on Triple J’s Like a Version, Yannis explained that it was “filmed in the round”. When operating the arrow functions, it can be disconcerting to notice multiple frontmen, although the swooping birds enhance the eerie feeling.

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This would make an interesting related text for the HSC Area of Study: discovery.

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