video was meant to be one long smooth take, moving between different
environments and ending up in the feedback of the cinema screen
Programming the motion control camera rig was very tricky.
There are a lot of film speed changes in the video, and the tracking
of the camera had to be adjusted accordingly to appear seamless.
This was made particularly difficult as the rate-of-change between
different camera/track speeds was quite variable.
After weeks of set building and camera tests, it was the night before
Dom&nic finally had it nailed.
We were all looking forward to our first early night, and a great
day's shoot ahead.
band came down for final rehearsal, and Billy Corgan spontaneously
decided and then insisted (despite weeks of planning) that the camera
tracking rails and equipment should be revealed halfway through
Apparently it "broke the 4th wall".
We had to stay all night and reprogram the rig with heavy hearts.
I always watch this video with a sad sense of what-could-have-been
when the flow is broken halfway through.
I think we spent 4 or 5 days editing this after, adjusting speeds
and combining takes of appearances/disappearances/performances
the final video into one single seamless take.
Curiously, the band dissolved shortly afterwards.