Passion Pit “Take a Walk” With Helicam Technology

The video for Passion Pit’s “Take a Walk” is dizzying, but we mean that in the best possible way. The clip follows a bouncing ball traversing Greater Philadelphia, and the song’s bouncy rhythm and soaring melody deliberately correspond with the ball’s journey. Director David Wilson achieved this effect with a helicam — a camera mounted to a custom-designed mini-helicopter, which created the up-and-down motion of the camera’s point of view.

“Essentially, we were able to achieve moves with the camera that I haven’t seen before,” Wilson said in a release. “The bounce is something that really differentiates this from any helicam video I’ve seen before.”

We guarantee you’ve never seen Philly like this, which helps realize Passion Pit’s Michael Angelako’s goal for his band’s videos: “From now on, I want every music video to be like its own short film,” he said. He’s off to a good launch.

Passion Pit’s new album Gossamer is out July 24 on Columbia.

 

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