Weezer, best known for their iconic tracks Buddy Holly and Beverley Hills, has been a music industry staple for over two decades – and isn't stopping any time soon. The geek rock outfit has released two new music videos both directed by Peter Quinn, and the grunge-inspired track What Happens After You? was shot entirely using a 360 camera.
VFX artist and video AI director, Peter Quinn, has been making some extremely impressive visuals and wacky social media content lately, having worked with the likes of Will Smith, Michael Bublé, Yungblud, Snoop Dogg, James Corden, and Camilla Cabello – bringing to life extreme catapults, UFO abductions, and multiple clones.
• If you want to get creative as well, these are the best 360 cameras (opens in new tab) around
The latest visual effects collaboration with Weezer, however, is filmed in a music studio with just Quinn, frontman Rivers Cuomo, and an Insta360 One RS 1-inch 360 Edition (opens in new tab).
The music video is very cleverly shot and captures all angles of Weezer’s studio, having cloned Cuomo multiple times throughout in different scenarios, from playing drums on couch cushions, lying on the floor, having a solo dance session, shining a light into his eyes in the corner of the room, and playing multiple instruments including the piano:
Watch video: Weezer's What Happens After You?
It's awesome that all of the cloned Cuomos seem to interact with and look into the camera at the same points in the footage, as the track picks up the pace with a drop towards the end. "My challenge was only having one person but wanting to have the dynamic feeling of a full band performance," he told (opens in new tab) Insta360. "The Insta360 camera was the ONLY way I could film this."
Quinn had Cuomo play different instruments at predefined locations around the studio space, and following that he used an Adobe After Effects (opens in new tab)plugin for the Insta360 reframing. Quinn then had the task of merging all of the takes together and masking the footage; by this point, it was then only a matter of choosing which Cuomo clone to focus on for each part of the track.
Weezer's Blue album (its debut and arguably its best) is also present on the monitor screen behind Cuomo, which adds a nice nostalgic touch to the video. The lo-fi vibes of the video and the multiple personalities of Cuomo acting strangely also fit perfectly with the track's lyrics.
"When the song got more intense at the chorus for example, I quickly reframed the footage; spinning, zooming in, zooming out to ‘tiny planet’ then zooming in to a close up; to create a dizzying, frenetic sensation," Quinn explained.
Video director Quinn found his niche and rose to internet fame during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, where he found the time at home to practice and perfect his work on the art of special effects.
He also posts multiple how-to and explainer videos on his Instagram (opens in new tab) and Twitter (opens in new tab)accounts for those who are always asking the "How did he do that!?" questions.
• You may also be interested in the best smartphones for video recording and vlogging (opens in new tab), as well as the best headphones for video editing (opens in new tab), and not forgetting the best free video editing software (opens in new tab).
• Looking to purchase a 360 camera? Take a look at our reviews of the Insta360 Evo (opens in new tab), the Insta360 GO (opens in new tab), the Insta360 One X2 360º camera (opens in new tab), and also the Insta360 ONE R Twin Edition (opens in new tab) - plus keep an eye on the best Insta360 One RS deals (opens in new tab) this month.