You may remember when director Chris Milk teamed up with Arcade Fire to produce the interactive film/music video The Wilderness Downtown. It was a unique web browser-based music experience that highlighted the power of HTML 5. Now he’s produced another similar project which showcases WebGL. This one is much more visual but there is an interactive element, too, as you fly through the video.
This video is the making of Rome.
Milk’s film, 3 Dreams of Black, is a trippy journey for the Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi song “Black” from their Rome album. It’s cool technology but requires some horsepower to run. You have to have a WebGL-enabled browser like Google Chrome (it is, after all, another Chrome Experiment) and the more powerful your graphics card, the better it will run. Try this to see if you can run WebGL. I tried it on both a MacBook Air and a MacPro with an NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 for Mac. It was quite choppy on the Air and there were a few scenes that were just black. But with the 4800 card? Smooth as silk.
Now if Milk can just put the actual artists performing in his next one it’ll take these web experiments one step closer to actual music videos. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.
And no discussion of any Chris Milk project is complete without a viewing of Last Day Dream.
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