Almost fifteen years after the release of Jonas Åkerlund’s video for Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up,” which enraptured audiences who got caught up in the video’s high-octane action plot and its surprise ending, the Russian band Biting Elbows used the now cheap, lightweight, high quality GoPro cameras to make a first-person perspective film that does Tarantino on a fraction of the budget.
While Tarantino-like unnecessary or unexplained violence might not be your thing, it’s hard not to be awed by the group’s 2011 video for “The Stampede” and the newer 2013 video for “Bad Motherfucker.”
According to an interview on Big Think with Ilya Naishuller, the Biting Elbows’ frontman, who also directs the band’s music videos, he came to music after filmmaking. After the release of “Bad Motherfucker,” which took the specialized expertise of five different stunt men to play the video’s hero, his phone was ringing off the hook. When he released “Bad Motherfucker,” which was subsidized by a sponsor, he was in production for a feature-length film shot in Russia for an American audience.
Take a look at the music videos below, and be amazed at what can be done simply by strapping a GoPro to a helmet: