12 oracle items tagged as videos
April 9, 2015 / submitted by Fran, France
Q.  Congratulations for your Webby Award nominations. I have voted for you.
Will we see more interactive videos in the future?

I presume you mean specifically Coldplay, because of Ink. Who knows?
If you mean in general, definitely. Ink isn't the first interactive video and creative, artistic technology is definitely moving in that direction.
I read an article about The Mystery of Woolley Mountain by The Helmholtz Resonators in an online magazine just last weekend. It's a sonic ebook and about as interactive as it gets: book, album, animation...

September 15, 2014 / submitted by Ellie, United Kingdom
Q.  I was wondering what your favourite Coldplay video is?
And whether there's a video in particular the band enjoyed filming the most?


They all said they really loved filming the A Sky Full Of Stars video in Australia
I think you can tell when you watch it. There's a real happy vibe to it.
Paradise & Magic stand out too.

March 6, 2014 / submitted by Jen, Canada
Q.  Dear Wise and Magical Oracle,

I was thinking the other day that I'd probably watched the Midnight video more times than the band had! This made me wonder how much input the band have into the making of their videos and how many times they actually DO watch the videos as they're being edited and put together. Are they right in the editing suite making suggestions, or do they agree on a general concept and then let the filmmaker run with it once the filming is over?

The band don't sit in on the editing process, no. They are involved with the concept and storyboard process and obviously the video shoot if they're in it. By the editing stage, they will already have a good idea how the end result will look.

January 22, 2014 / submitted by Bri, United States of America
Q.  Which Coldplay music video required the "most" work to shoot?

There are so many elements to some music videos that the work behind the scenes in terms of preparation, filming and editing is longer than you may think.
For example(s), The Hardest Part involved splicing past and present footage, Paradise involved different locations, LiTii required the making of puppets, ETIAW featured graffiti that once created had to be removed and so on.
I'd say that Strawberry Swing required the "most" work to shoot due to its elaborate chalk drawings. Some assume them to be effects but they were real.
When one of Shynola was asked how long it took, he replied, "far too long"

January 22, 2014 / submitted by Mollie, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle.
Does Coldplay actually play in their music videos or are they lip singing?
Mollie U.S.A

The band are miming playing their instruments when they perform in a video. They're using guide tracks. Miming or lip syncing - not singing - is common practice. That's why you sometimes see a delay.
Live videos are matched up with the recorded music. Ooh this isn't the case for live DVDs of course - those performances are 100% live.

December 4, 2013 / submitted by Madeleine, United Kingdom
Q.  How many music videos have Coldplay made? I know they don't have a video for every song but how many are currently out there? Thanks, Maddie.

I've not counted any live videos but have counted when there are 2 for some - Trouble, Violet Hill - and I make it a total of 28.

November 14, 2013 / submitted by Franco, Argentina
Q.  I don't know if this question is hard to answer but how many time is needed to make a video like Strawberry Swing or Paradise?
Thanks from Argentina, Franco.

I know I answered a question about the Yellow video yesterday but in the case of the ones you ask about, Anchorman interviewed the directors of each so the answers are already on the website. To hear what Shynola and Mat Whitecross said about Strawberry Swing and Paradise respectively, please follow the links.

February 6, 2013 / submitted by Elliott L, United Kingdom
Q.  Oh, Mighty Oracle :)

I was wondering if Chris has been noticed when recording videos like Fix You when he was in the back alleys and The Scientist when he was walking down the high street. I'm sure there must be people who are Coldplay fans and would want to meet him if they saw him in the street. Thanks. PS Hey from UK.

I'm intrigued by your "hey from the UK" - I'm in the UK too...
Anyway, to business.
Video shoots are normally a closed set so there's not generally people there who aren't meant to be if you know what I mean. People in videos are usually extras rather than random folk in the background too.
There are some occasions where that's not possible like the London Underground scenes in Paradise. Also Fix You as you mentioned, but that was shot at night and nobody was around.
The public are very respectful when filming is taking place and tend not to approach. Maybe they just feel it wouldn't be appropriate timing but who knows?
I do know that many people were so surprised to see Chris in an elephant suit that they didn't quite believe it was him!

February 6, 2012 / submitted by Russell, Germany
Q.  Hi,

I have asked this question repeatedly before, unfortunately without response.

Following the availability of the new Charlie Brown video, can you please explain to your German fans, and me as an ex-pat living in Germany, why licencing prevents us from watching the video over here?

How do we get to see this then? Emigrate to Easter Island, where it is available?

Many thanks for any feedback you can give me.


Blimey Russell, keen aren't you? The video only went up on Friday so if you have asked repeatedly and it's only Monday, you need to know Friday is Team Oracle day and I don't work weekends.

Anchorman did tell our Germany based Facebook fans and mailing list subscribers that they can watch it here.

The reason why is because official Vevo and YouTube music videos are not available in Germany, due to the German music collection society (like our PRS); it is out of our hands.

January 17, 2012 / submitted by Clare, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle! I was wondering if the Nappies was just a one time thing or if Coldplay would be doing any more joke videos. Thanks Oracle!

I would say there have been funny videos since The Nappies. For example there's been this, this and this as well as many humorous live moments too of course.