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ROTATION EFFECT from Billie Eilish – bury a friend

December 5, 2019

This video is brought to you
by Storyblocks Video Hey guys, it’s Jordy here
for and welcome to… …Copy Cat Friday. In this weekly series we recreate effects
from famous films and music videos. And today we’re taking a look at 3 effects
from ‘Burry a Friend’, by Billy Eilish. [Music] [Cinecom’s intro music] Hey folks, after we got
two million hits on the video where we recreated the black tears
from ‘When the Party is Over’, we just had to do another
Billy Elish video. Oh yeah, Billy Eilish. Thanks for the correction! Alright, today we’re taking a look
at 3 effects from ‘Burry a Friend’, we’ve analyzed the music video, search every corner of the frame
to reveal its cinematic secrets today. And there’s also a BTS video. Anyways, I’m gonna start off with a quick
shoutout to our sponsor Storyblocks Video. It’s an online library packed with
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the first link in the description below! Now let’s start building a movie-set! [Music] So, we’re building these walls for
our short film which is in April, but for the Billy Eilish video
we can also use these walls. That’s why we are putting
some tempo to it, and try to finish these walls
as soon as possible for Friday. [Music] So now that we have our hallway,
without doors though, we can start with the first effect which is
gonna be a full camera and talent rotation. In the music video they used
a professional rig, we don’t have that, so
starting off on Monday we’ve been trying to crack the
case on how to simplify this rig. After a lot of brainstorms and testing,
this is what we came up with. This right here is the beast machine,
I’m not an engineer, but I do think that this is the cheapest
possible way to make yourself rotate. What you’re gonna need is
a table that is high enough. On this table I’ve attached this tube,
it’s an aluminum tube, but it is super thick, and that way it won’t
bend when I’m going to hang over here. What is better even is using a steel tube. This tube has been attached
with this brackets on this pallet right here
which sits on the table, and also these brackets also
that attach it to the entire table. Long story short: it’s sturdy as hell. Now, to make it extra-sturdy, I’m just gonna
collect as much weight as I possibly can. We got paint buckets here, lots of waters,
extra weights, cables and everything. And this I’m going to place on top
of that tube as well, and that way I’m definitely sure
that tube won’t fly over. that’s how engineering works. Yannick, can you help me? Thank you, Yannick! Now this is super sturdy, and I can
just go ahead and lean onto it. The idea is that I’m going
to seat on this tube and just kinda rotate around like that. That is going to end bad, so that’s why
we’ve created this second masterpiece, which is this plank over here. This right here is just a simple plank, but what we’ve done is adding
these handlebars to it so that I can hold myself sturdy, we’ve also made some kind of rigging here
so that we can attach a camera right here. It doesn’t matter how you rig it, as long
as you can get a camera up here so that is focused on you. Then, on the bottom we’ve
made these extra holes so I can stick my feet to it. And that way I’m definitely
super sturdy against this plank, and finally, you can also wrap a rope
around yourself and the plank and that way you can rotate in safety. Or you can also just let
your friends hang there and just go away for a couple of hours
and pull off a great prank. We’ve got this hole here in this plank
and that is used to put it on this tube. There you go! And now I can sit on the
aluminum bar like so, but for extra safety and comfort
we’re using this little foam here we can just wrap around it,
there we go! And now I can sit very safely
on this thing, like so. I’m just gonna show some footage
of during the shoot right here. The center of gravity actually
sits somewhere right here above your stomach, but our rotating point sits
underneath your crotch. So, that’s why you’re going
to need some counterweight. On the bottom as you can see right here. And these counterweights
are going to make sure that you can just hang anywhere
at any point in the rotation, it kinda works the same as a gimbal,
where you also wanna make sure that the camera stays at its point,
wherever you point it to. And that’s it! Super-duper simple! The lighting you’re seeing
in the background is gonna be the second effect. It’s actually quite easy. We hang three LED lights
to the ceiling of our hallway, these are all from Aputure. There’re two LS-1 panels
and one 120-D. Important is that you aim the light down,
there can be some light cast on the walls, but you wanna minimize that. So we used black wrap or cinefoil, which is aluminum foil painted black. Wrap that around your lights
to make the light point down. Now since all of the these lights
came from one brand, we could control them
with a single remote. Just turn them on and off randomly, but try to always have
at least one light on. Now if you don’t have a light kit
that comes with such a remote, then here’s a very interesting alternative. These are smart power plugs. You can find them in any brand and they usually
cost between $10 and $30. I’ve got a set of 3 plugs, which
simply goes into the wall and in there you connect
any light that you want! A simple light bulb, a work light,
a desk light, whatever. Through the remote we can then
turn these smart plugs on and off, creating a beautiful light show. And that brings us to the last
effect from the music video, and that is where Billie
is floating in that hallway. For this to work, you are gonna
need to hang yourself… …the safe way, of course! So, that means around your hip. Ideally, you wanna wear
a climbing belt, but we’ve also done it
without in the past, which also works, but it just
hurts a little bit more. So, throw a rope around anything
from the ceiling, you can also do this outdoor and
throw a rope over a branch of a three or use a swing from a playground. And then just hang, that’s it! Filming this from a tripod,
is gonna give you an easier way to remove
the rope in post production. If you do so, make sure
to also take an empty shot. Where you kinda just move
away from the shot. There’re two ways to remove
the rope now, the first technique is within
Adobe Premiere Pro. Place that empty shot
on the bottom of your timeline and the other shot on top. With the top one selected,
head over to the Opacity property from which you take the pen tool
to draw a mask around the rope. When you’re done, hit Invert. You then wanna enable the
animation for the mask path and change it over time
so that it keeps covering up the rope as you might wiggle a little bit. And that’s it! The second technique is more advanced
and happens inside After Effects. For this technique, you could
have gone handheld and you don’t need that empty shot. We’re gonna use an effect
called Wire Removal. Drag that to your clip and now set the point A and point B
to the beginning and ending of the rope. Usually ‘Displace’ is gonna
work best for the removal style, but you can try a different method if
it doesn’t give you the right results. Finally change the Thickness,
Slope and Mirror Blend to remove the rope according
to your shot. When you’re done, you’re gonna have to
start the animation for both point A and B. Overtime, you wanna
change their position so that it keeps following
the rope, and that’s again it! And those where 3 effects from
Billie Eilish, ‘Burry a friend’. I hope that you’ve learned
some new things today. Thank you so much for watching,
thank you Storyblocks for the support and like always: Stay Creative! [Jordy whistling] -Hello!


  • Reply Malay Doshi February 8, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Hi Jordy! Your hard work pays off.. Yanick you too… ❤❤ U r family!

  • Reply Ruby Gloom July 3, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    What about when she was completely floating???

  • Reply TheExternalFlame July 5, 2019 at 1:33 am

    6:48 not cool dude

  • Reply Ciara Mills July 5, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    In the comments on the vid at 0:53 those people are like he's saying her name wrong it's Billie eYlish or it Billie I-lish but no it Billie Eilish

  • Reply Flex Xlish July 6, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    I liked it because you put too much effort,??

  • Reply Harry420 Hedd July 12, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Or use a green screen

  • Reply Fast doggo July 13, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    This was posted on my birthday

  • Reply Writingsetc July 16, 2019 at 9:19 am


  • Reply Writingsetc July 16, 2019 at 9:20 am

    oh nvm

  • Reply Estelamaris Carmona July 17, 2019 at 4:48 am

    2:13 esto es presupuesto ?

  • Reply NonTye Chan July 17, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Ooof , I thought he would show the end result

  • Reply Chalyssa July 17, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Zijn er nog nederrrrlanders hierrr ??? ?

  • Reply Sunny Robloxian July 19, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Sub to me

  • Reply løndon mane July 19, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Joji used this too

  • Reply Charly Pol Alem July 19, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Más vídeos en español! Saludos desde México

  • Reply Cookies Crumbs July 22, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    where is the actually footage of the finished result?
    we want to see it

  • Reply Blade VR July 23, 2019 at 3:16 am

    its burry a friend not berry a friend

  • Reply krebberz's channel July 24, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    you are gorgeous

  • Reply call_me Alonso July 27, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    7:37 not going to remove the boner ?

  • Reply Dimitri Zeigler August 2, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Omg you are such a great channel and help us make every video awesome

  • Reply Yuki Aishi August 5, 2019 at 8:50 am


  • Reply Whatever . Sad August 5, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Please please please do Jumex alive in my coffin grave effect

  • Reply Creepers holding me hostage. August 8, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Belly Eyelash

  • Reply min Sugar August 8, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Arab army and Billie Eilish fan?♥️?

  • Reply OMFG Nation August 9, 2019 at 3:43 am

    my balls hurt in that bar.

  • Reply It’s Dacanay August 10, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Copycat Friday. Get it? No oh okay…

  • Reply Sims4 Movies August 10, 2019 at 11:03 am

    eyyyy Nederlanderrrrrrrrrrrr

  • Reply The fierce Lion uwu August 10, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    They actually spun her around
    I saw the behind the scenes

  • Reply hilda lagrimas August 12, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    I took out my Vr box cause i thought it was a 360 video?

  • Reply Mato Shooter August 14, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    if i be a poupular singer and i need an effect person the only one that i would hire would be you like literally everything you do is cheap easy and cool

  • Reply Ochanya Adikwu August 15, 2019 at 1:19 am

    I luv Billie eilish

  • Reply RAIMA CHOWDHURY August 16, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    "Tree effects from Billie Eilish's 'Bury a Friend'." ?


  • Reply chemicalRatt August 16, 2019 at 6:34 pm


  • Reply Gaming with Avery August 19, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    You can just turn your camera around so u have no problems building that contraption

  • Reply Melissa Way August 20, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Step 1: make a movie set

  • Reply abdulazis comayog August 21, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    How about the needle part??

  • Reply Don't Reply August 22, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Billy's Eyelash

  • Reply Audrey Drum August 27, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Bad word ???

  • Reply Santi Maspons September 1, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    You talk too much ?

  • Reply wendy phan September 4, 2019 at 1:26 am

    uuuummm is that real

  • Reply gacha ilom1lo September 4, 2019 at 4:10 am

    .. She didn’t use edits for the rotate effect dumbass..

    Smh TO YALL

  • Reply Dareen Almohsen September 5, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Here 7:18

  • Reply B Size Indian September 6, 2019 at 12:34 pm


  • Reply Jacob's Gacha World ! September 8, 2019 at 3:11 am

    Billie Eilish

    Billie Ellsh

  • Reply Nadji Ryad September 9, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Am sure it's not the first time someone say this to you but i can't control my self " DO YOU REALISE THAT YOUR FAMILY NAME MEAN WHORE WIND" ????

  • Reply Kristine Nicole Cruz September 9, 2019 at 7:23 am

    That's not rotation effect

  • Reply Matheus Henrique September 10, 2019 at 4:45 am


  • Reply Löwenherz 005 September 12, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    I think it is a lot easyer to film you on a Greenscreen and rotate a video in Background in post!?

  • Reply WOTstatyuga September 12, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    хуйня полнейшая

  • Reply NinjaXx_Gamer 27 September 13, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    0:26 i see a booger on ur nose

  • Reply itsemyyy September 13, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    spreken jullie nederlands?

  • Reply Will Sanders September 13, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    You removed the rope, but you forgot the tent. ?

  • Reply sharkerio September 14, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Man I've been binging on all your videos! I have a trip coming up at the end of the month, and I'm just taking notes and planning shots. I hope I can knock most of them out. Thanks for the great content!

  • Reply michael assibu September 14, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Billie eyelash

  • Reply فزاعة - fzzaeh September 18, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    نتمنى ترجمة كل الحلقات بالعربي … حلقاتكم مميزه

  • Reply Pradip September 18, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    5:00 Epic

  • Reply noime Dio September 18, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    no eres gracioso

  • Reply smitecraft September 20, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    why did u not use Green screen

  • Reply No one Important September 23, 2019 at 5:31 am

  • Reply Young Bruno September 23, 2019 at 2:52 pm


  • Reply Tech Tamizhan September 28, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Super channel and perfect video

  • Reply michael jay de guzman October 12, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Is magic

  • Reply Nicole Larissa Thaler October 16, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    so dammn great =D

  • Reply Eckardt Stander October 19, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    2:40 best part

  • Reply Eckardt Stander October 19, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    4:40 i thought that was for something else

  • Reply kiromk October 23, 2019 at 4:03 am

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  • Reply Manda 3D Projects October 23, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Billie Eilish is not pronounced like Eye-lish, use Google Translate

  • Reply MOHAMMED RAFI 001 October 23, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Which software you use for editing

  • Reply Taka Huellucination October 24, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    yeah i'm just gnna hang and tie and tell my client to sit on a pole that goes up his ass

  • Reply Ryan Asin October 25, 2019 at 11:44 am people really need the name of the song playing in the background 1:55 there. Give up the goods!!

  • Reply StolenOxygen October 26, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Where is the actual final video? I feel like I don’t see almost any of the it in this 🙁

  • Reply Arbaz Ahmad October 27, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    U didn't teach what u was suppose to…lol…

  • Reply David Kilper October 29, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Very cool construction. You probably could have masked out some of the pants to hide where the rope was attached too. Loving the ingenuity all around.

  • Reply Bim Bims November 1, 2019 at 10:46 am

    *Billie Whiplash

  • Reply Tys Huon November 1, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    All that technical language for the last effect, my mind was just durrrrr

  • Reply Parinthaz November 2, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Tremendo clicbait … titulo en español y el audio en ingles

  • Reply JayJs November 4, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Hahahahahaha talk abuot being resourceful

  • Reply Drickco Paul November 13, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    U guys r doing great job walai

  • Reply Maria Cecília November 16, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Say her name like you want, if people understand, that's what matter. (and I call her elish too XD)

  • Reply RetroPixels Gt November 17, 2019 at 3:09 am

    it looks like he had a boner while floating

  • Reply Bill Nessworthy November 25, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Most effort put into a YouTube video ever

  • Reply AZy_DAy November 30, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Is it called "boner effect"?

  • Reply Helio Filho December 2, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Essa equipe conhece ???? show

  • Reply Igor Sadovyi December 4, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    dislike for fucking yelling in the start of video!

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