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Change the romantic pairings in Cassius' latest music video

Try over a hundred combinations of couples.
Steve Dent, @stevetdent
July 6, 2016
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The French musical duo Cassius has released a new music video that, for the first time, lets you change actors in the middle of a scene. Created for the group's single "The Missing" from the upcoming album Ibifornia, it features an interactive video from the director collective We Are From LA. During scenes with couples making out, you can switch between 20 actors just by clicking on the person you want to change, making for more than 100 possible versions of the video. The technique is not unlike YouTube's multi-angle videos, but you choose the actor, rather than the camera.

Cassius is behind the "French Touch" movement and has collaborated with The Beastie Boys, Pharrell, Fatboy Slim and others. "It's 2016 and there are so many crazy things happening in the world today ... listening to 'The Missing' and watching the video makes us think about one thing that Pharoah Sanders understood and translated in a song better than anyone: 'Love is Everywhere,' 'Love Is In Us All.' We have to believe in this... For real," they say.

They team hasn't said how they made the video, but it looks like they did a large number of identical passes with a motion control camera rig, filming different actors each time. The technique has been used frequently by music video directors, perhaps most notably Michel Gondry for "Come Into My World" by Kylie Minogue. This time, however, the filmmakers let you "edit" the different takes to choose the actors for your own version of the video. You can watch it here.

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