Adam Sadowsky

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Adam Sadowsky
Posted about 5 years ago
Adam Sadowsky: How to engineer a viral music video
The Pythagoras Switch videos were a huge source of inspiration for us. In trying to emulate some of those magnificent interactions we discovered just how truly outstanding those small-scale machines really are. Our hats are most certainly off to the talented builders responsible for those amazing machines!
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Adam Sadowsky
Posted about 5 years ago
Adam Sadowsky: How to engineer a viral music video
Many thanks, Daniel! Of course, these machines are very trial and error based. We'd seen every piece fail so often - far more often than they ran - that it took me a month of watching the final video to not be nervous that it wasn't going to work! Indeed, it was so thrilling when it finally worked all the way through - we were all just ecstatic!
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Adam Sadowsky
Posted about 5 years ago
Adam Sadowsky: How to engineer a viral music video
I guess that depends on what you mean by "harder". It was really hard to build - months in a warehouse building & experimenting & rejecting ideas. But during the shoot the resets were very time-consuming when time wasn't a luxury, leading to unbelievable stress. The first shoot day was particularly stressful as we'd only scheduled 1 day of shooting and the day ended w/o a single successful take. At the last minute the band and producers came through with a second shoot day, and we got a complete run on the 2nd attempt. What a relief! 85 takes (85 resets!) is a long two days. Meals during the shoot were taken "walking" to save time. Some reset teams had it tougher than others. Whereas the paint only fired a handful of times, the dominoes team had to reset every single time. They got really, really good at it. It wasn't easy for anyone - Shirley to produce, Dermott to light, James to direct, or the (superhero!) camera operator, Mic Waugh to shoot. But the result is so rewarding!
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Adam Sadowsky
Posted about 5 years ago
Adam Sadowsky: How to engineer a viral music video
You're correct, Nick. Because the camera operator was being descended manually by another fellow who couldn't see what the camera was seeing, the camera missed the machine operating during the descent in all three otherwise successful takes. The decision was made to insert a good take of the descent from an otherwise less successful take so that the machine had visual continuity - even if the cuts were ultimately visible to those with keen eyes. It was believed that it was better for the majority of the viewing audience to see continuous machine operations (and a few to catch the cut), than to have what might appear as machine "dead time" and the machine effectively "restart" through unseen forces. Nevertheless, it absolutely was one of the original requirements to design and build the machine so that it could operate and be captured in one continuous take.
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Adam Sadowsky
Posted about 5 years ago
Adam Sadowsky: How to engineer a viral music video
I can say that the outtakes are wonderful. There's something delightfully frustrating about watching a montage of the same segment failing 8+ times in a row. We've also got 50+ hours of behind the scenes footage we took during the build, time lapse footage of the whole machine coming together, and interviews with the team and band. It should make a nice documentary that I hope will be out soon.