'It's a kind of magic' sang Freddie Mercury and he could have been singing about using camera tricks in funny song videos. He wasn't, but he could have been.
It certainly looks like magic. Using split screens lets you talk to yourself, sing with yourself and... ahem... play with yourself. It also means you can save money on staff costs and band member recruitment. Of course, the downside is that if what you are producing is rubbish you can only blame yourself.
This won't be a problem for our first choice though. Dan and Dan are masters at video editing, and nothing shows this off more than 'The Daily Mail' song. (The camera trickery here, of course, is the papers appearing in his hand... On a different note, don't they look alike?)
Charlie McDonnell, otherwise known as the Stephen-Fry-ident-featuring Youtube star Charlieissocoollike, said he was so impressed by Dan and Dan's YouTube videos that they inspired him to create his own. Here's a rather impressive song about himself, which he sang with... himself:
Another person using camera trickery to play tribute to someone else's greatness is Corey Vidal, who performed this YouTube tribute to both Star Wars and Moosebutter (the a capella band who wrote the lyrics). To be fair though, he does do a very good job of it, which is probably why he's had close to 10 million views...
Wouldn't it be great if YOU could decide what happened in a song? Or even better, on a first date? Well Anyone For Tennis can help you out here on both counts. (We guess this is not so much video trickery as YouTube trickery, but what can you do?)
But, although we may veer away for a short period, it isn't long before we return to the masters of camera tomfoolery. Yes it's Dan and Dan celebrating Dan's 30th birthday by paying tribute to the clothes he's about to throw away. This features the trick, you know... the trick.
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