Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Here's a little movie I ran into on the Internet. If you've ever wished someone would push a burning piano - an old upright in this case - from the top of the Empire State Building, then this video will be three and a half minutes well spent.

Lots of sepia tones. A very old feel. New York in slowest motion. I suspect that this is a work of high technology - although you might never notice the technique as you watch the piano fall.

The film is credited to Jeff Desom, the music, entitled Morgenrot, a simple waltz from the album Ferndorf, to Hauschka.

Here's another piano epic by the same duo - Bloksky - focusing more on the artist than on the instrument.

Burning Piano Tags: . . . . . .


ericnp said...

Not so complicated, not to distract from the composition but it looks like this might be mostly old stock footage and stills (maybe from a public domain source) while the piano is merely a composite, nicely edited into the other footage. The piano may be stills too. There are only two or maybe three angles of the piano. As a model it would be an easy CG find. The smoke is a simple particle effect. This was probably done in Adobe After Effects and not much more.

David Ocker said...

Well, any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic - which is not so much a scientific law as it is witty advice from one science fiction writer to other writer. I kind of know what After Effects does - I doubt most people know much about it. I have no clue how to do these things. You, Mr. NP, aspire to such capabilities and work with them regularly. I had gathered that we were seeing still shots and clever combinations of things. I thought the shot of the intersection from above, with the car and bus moving slowly while the piano shadow crossed the screen was very nice. Maybe that was just because there was a little color.

Jeff Desom came to my attention because of this: - which I would also consider high tech because I don't really understand what was done ... especially since I haven't seen Rear Window in decades.

And it has better music (in my opinion) than Morgenrot.

ericnp said...

Yes, the Rear Window thing, basically he was able to create a "stereoscopic" panorama because of Hitchcock's genius in using "locked down" shots from the window. A really nice job of stitching in AE... I'll have to download and see that later. The guy is a production designer so none of this is a waste of time, but is really time consuming. It's all about recognition out there in that world.