December 30, 2017
Faking the Robot Camera Move from Kendrick Lamar's 'Humble' Music Video
No robots were harmed in the making of this tutorial—mostly because there were none.
Kendrick Lamar’s music video for his hit single “Humble” was one of the most iconic of 2017. That’s partly due to the fact that the song itself was also iconic as hell, but much of the credit has to go to co-director Dave Meyers and The Little Homies (Lamar and Dave Free) who managed to pack a crazy amount of cinematic acrobatics into a piece that lasts only three minutes.
If you want to try and replicate the look of the video, well, you’re gonna need a lot of expertise and super expensive gear, like one of those giant robotic arms. Sry. But hey, there is a way to kind of fake one of the video’s coolest moves—and you won’t even need a robot to do it. Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom shows you a pretty simple workaround in the following tutorial.
Just in case you’re not sure which robotic camera move I’m talking about, it happens at about the 2-minute mark in the “Humble” music video.