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November 18, 2008 4:28 PM   Subscribe

BIKE HERO (slyt)
posted by boo_radley (69 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow. This is wonderful. Many beautiful moments: the timing with the car at 1:50, the double-hand gesture at 2:24, the score multiplier at 2:50, and especially the [spoiler] at 3:18.
posted by grimmelm at 4:38 PM on November 18, 2008


Activision goes viral.
posted by knave at 4:40 PM on November 18, 2008


Wow.
posted by aubilenon at 4:46 PM on November 18, 2008


Obama should hire these guys.
posted by DenOfSizer at 4:46 PM on November 18, 2008 [2 favorites]


Dayum.
posted by Kinbote at 4:50 PM on November 18, 2008


Damn you, boo_radley. I'm gonna go on a forwarding bender because of this.
posted by piratebowling at 4:52 PM on November 18, 2008


You Rock! I love the Michel Gondry-ness of it. Its strange, I was just watching the making of Star Guitar earlier today.
posted by phirleh at 4:57 PM on November 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


Is this the food critic kid?
posted by stargell at 4:59 PM on November 18, 2008 [4 favorites]


That was awesome. I watched it twice.
posted by procrastination at 5:11 PM on November 18, 2008


That was the most amazing slyt we've ever had.
posted by Caduceus at 5:13 PM on November 18, 2008


My god, that is some serious work.

Where is the making of??
posted by fire&wings at 5:14 PM on November 18, 2008


Any chance this is fake? There are a lot of points where the biker looks away from the trail which could have been used to hide edits. Most suspiciously at 3:05.
posted by phatboy at 5:18 PM on November 18, 2008


that's fucking glorious.
posted by empath at 5:22 PM on November 18, 2008


Any chance this is fake? There are a lot of points where the biker looks away from the trail which could have been used to hide edits. Most suspiciously at 3:05.

You know what, even if they did it in more than one take, it's still fucking amazing, and they deserve all the mad props available.
posted by Caduceus at 5:24 PM on November 18, 2008


BEST OF WEB
posted by humannaire at 5:28 PM on November 18, 2008


Very, very cool.

The tempo of a song, alteration of physical space, speed of bicycle rider and a POV camera all work in concert in a meticulously choreographed and coordinated effort to create a piece of recorded art. I don't mind that they went for the video game reference by recreating the gaming experience in a new context but imagine if the entire video was based on an original concept? It'd lose a lot of the novelty, but could be even more interesting.

Mind you, I'm not saying this doesn't fucking rule... a lot of work must have gone into this. I'm not attempting to be the 'lazy critic' here; I'm merely pondering.

Thanks for sharing this, boo_radley.
posted by defenestration at 5:30 PM on November 18, 2008


Yeah I'm thinking corporate viral vid -- it was just way too amazing! (No offense to the folks who made it if it's not. Actually, take that as a huge compliment, cuz HOLY SHIT!!)
posted by LordSludge at 5:30 PM on November 18, 2008


I hate guitar hero, and I love this post.
posted by tylermoody at 5:32 PM on November 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'd give this about a 90% chance of being a viral from an ad agency and 100% chance of me not caring.
posted by empath at 5:35 PM on November 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


Please help me understand what this is.

What is the Guitar Hero and why is all that painting on the ground being biked over so cool?
posted by nickyskye at 5:37 PM on November 18, 2008


seriouslY?

Guitar Hero
posted by empath at 5:40 PM on November 18, 2008


I kept waiting for the Bat For Lashes girl to show up. That said, holy awesome.
posted by gwint at 5:47 PM on November 18, 2008


As my mother would say, people are so creative.
posted by gottabefunky at 6:00 PM on November 18, 2008


This is fucking brilliant.
posted by sperose at 6:02 PM on November 18, 2008


And I think it's fascinating how our reaction to things like this has become one of balancing awe and how-fucking-cool (if it's real) with aw-bullshit what-crap (if it's some viral ad), until the question is resolved. And the two categories are coming closing every month.

What happens when they actually merge - when a video like this is (somehow) simultaneously made by a) a bunch of super-creative kids with too much time on their hands and b) some heartless ad agency with deep, deep pockets, trying to sell us cars or video games?
posted by gottabefunky at 6:06 PM on November 18, 2008


Ok. Totally lacking the cultural references, but I hate it when someone posts something that makes me think something I hate is cool. Now I want to be in the know.

Hate video games, hate stupid biking, hate dumb song, but this rules.

Kids these days with too much time on their hands. When I was their age the internet was for porn.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:09 PM on November 18, 2008


empath, thanks for the education. I get it now.
posted by nickyskye at 6:10 PM on November 18, 2008


Holy effing shit. That was seriously, seriously good work.
posted by middleclasstool at 6:16 PM on November 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


Watching it with the sound off is really, really boring.
posted by GuyZero at 6:28 PM on November 18, 2008 [2 favorites]


Hate video games, hate stupid biking, hate dumb song, but this rules.

You hate video games and biking, but you're linking to Avenue Q? What now?
posted by Caduceus at 6:35 PM on November 18, 2008 [2 favorites]


That was pretty tops.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:48 PM on November 18, 2008


Of course it's fake. They filmed it (camera boom?), added dots and what-have-you digitally, then greenscreen a guy "riding" the film. And by riding I mean holding up handlebars in front of a greenscreen. This cost over a $100,000 to make. Okay, that's my guess.
posted by spork at 7:30 PM on November 18, 2008


That was really quite cool even though I hate you and your SLYT posts.
posted by xmutex at 7:43 PM on November 18, 2008


I don't blame you; I'm basically terrible.
posted by boo_radley at 7:44 PM on November 18, 2008


spork needs more beer! viral but still fun.
posted by xorry at 7:49 PM on November 18, 2008


Great find! Very entertaining. I am going with the 'ad agency' guess.

I spend a lot of time biking and a) the hands on the handlebars seem to be at far too low an angle for somebody actually on a bike putting some weight on them (these are almost horizontal, superman style), and b) the camera doesn't seem jumpy enough when going over the grass and curbs. But still, a great idea and pretty well executed. I approve.
posted by foodmapper at 7:53 PM on November 18, 2008


Okay, I don't get it.
posted by yhbc at 7:53 PM on November 18, 2008


I liked the bit where the bike rode over the colored dots, all set to music.

That was cool.
posted by kcds at 8:14 PM on November 18, 2008


Okay, I watched empath's link and I still don't get it.
posted by yhbc at 8:17 PM on November 18, 2008


meh?

OK, is this cool because it imitates some video game? It sure is not interesting in its own right. Some preteens play with a video camera. ??? We are in pocket protector territory here.
posted by caddis at 8:21 PM on November 18, 2008


Very cool! I wonder how long it took to set all that up?
posted by oneirodynia at 8:35 PM on November 18, 2008


Seconding the wow. And zowie.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 9:05 PM on November 18, 2008


Of course it's fake. They filmed it (camera boom?), added dots and what-have-you digitally, then greenscreen a guy "riding" the film. And by riding I mean holding up handlebars in front of a greenscreen. This cost over a $100,000 to make. Okay, that's my guess.

If this is the case . . .

Okay, it's still pretty awesome.
posted by Mikey-San at 9:10 PM on November 18, 2008


Metafilter: We are in pocket protector territory here.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 9:53 PM on November 18, 2008


We are in pocket protector territory here.

Get Off My Lawn!
posted by empath at 12:13 AM on November 19, 2008


(Thanks, empath (imagine if that kid learned how to play an actual guitar? The mind boggles)).

What a funny video. I'm old and like cheese. Crazy kids.
posted by From Bklyn at 12:38 AM on November 19, 2008


What is controlling the lights?

When he picks his hands up to show the time, the lights on the bike keep blinking. Explain?
posted by honest knave at 2:06 AM on November 19, 2008


I didn't get it either. Thanks for explaining empath!

Still, disappointing - the link text BIKE HERO had me all fired up to see someone doing some amazing tricks on a bike.
posted by jack_mo at 2:32 AM on November 19, 2008


This. This is... This is fucking amazing!
posted by sveskemus at 4:18 AM on November 19, 2008


I can see my lawn from here. And he's riding all over it.
posted by DU at 6:11 AM on November 19, 2008


Did every other generation act like this as they got older? "I'm cool and hip, and I don't know anything about this, so it must not be cool and hip! Only nerds like video games. And Facebook? That's dumb. I already have friends."
posted by smackfu at 6:20 AM on November 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


This is really awesome...I can't imagine how many takes it took to get the timing roughly correct.

Metafilter: That's dumb. I already have friends.
posted by schyler523 at 6:59 AM on November 19, 2008


?
posted by Outlawyr at 7:40 AM on November 19, 2008


Wow! I hope for their sanity that they were smart enough to take advantage of some of those "look away's" and edited this together from multiple takes. BUT, I suspect it's one take and those were just the rider checking before turning corners/intersections.
posted by JBennett at 7:42 AM on November 19, 2008


Meh. I'd be impressed if he did it on expert.
posted by owtytrof at 7:50 AM on November 19, 2008


Maybe.
posted by owtytrof at 7:50 AM on November 19, 2008


I thought that at certain times the handlebars looked edited in, but still cool.

Of course, if it turns out to be a viral, my outrage will know no bounds, etc. etc.
posted by djgh at 8:45 AM on November 19, 2008


I think it was awesome. In addition, I'll not be checking this thread ever again, so if it's viral, maybe I'll never know...
posted by elwoodwiles at 9:15 AM on November 19, 2008


I thought that at certain times the handlebars looked edited in, but still cool.

Yeah totally, also the toilet paper was obviously faked and I'm pretty sure it wasn't the real Lars Ümlaüt.
posted by piratebowling at 10:58 AM on November 19, 2008


Still, disappointing - the link text BIKE HERO had me all fired up to see someone doing some amazing tricks on a bike.

But he took it off that sweet jump! He got like three feet of air that time.
posted by oneirodynia at 11:41 AM on November 19, 2008


man, kids these days need to get off their couches and learn how to ride a REAL bike....oh shit...wait.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 6:36 PM on November 19, 2008


Made by an ad agency
posted by nev at 9:11 AM on November 20, 2008


with CGI notes.
posted by nev at 9:19 AM on November 20, 2008


Correct link
posted by nev at 9:22 AM on November 20, 2008


What is controlling the lights?

When he picks his hands up to show the time, the lights on the bike keep blinking. Explain?


I presume the LEDs were preprogrammed to display the notes in time to the song.


To explain a bit further, Guitar Hero is a game where you use a fake plastic guitar to hit 5 colored notes in time to them sliding down the screen. The various effects throughout the video (the "50 Note Streak!" "100 Note Streak!" etc) are part of the game, and the song always ends with a "You Rock!" even if you suck.

Certain notes are shaped like stars as they come down, and will fill up a "Star Power" meter. When filled, the guitar can be tilted to rock out, earning double points and generally saving you from losing the song. That's what is happening when he looks up at the lightning streamers and the notes all turn blue.

It's a neat video, ad agency or not.
posted by graventy at 11:33 AM on November 20, 2008


Another article/interview on it. The handlebar lights were an added effect. And there were cuts.

Still fun, though.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 11:57 PM on November 20, 2008


The most obvious cut is if you look at the path when the runner goes past and don't get distracted as intended, you can clearly see they've morphed over the cut....and this is done a lot better through out the rest of the clip.
posted by DOUBLE A SIDE at 7:38 AM on November 21, 2008


A crummy commercial?!
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 10:44 PM on November 21, 2008


everything i ever loaved is ded nwo
posted by boo_radley at 11:43 AM on November 24, 2008


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