Take On Me

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to one of my favourite music videos of all time… “Take On Me” by A-ha. The song also happens to be my default ringtone on my phone. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 19, 1984

TRIVIA: The first release of “Take On Me” in 1984 includes a completely different recording, and was featured in the first video, which shows the band singing with a blue background.

The second video, directed by Irish-born British film director Steve Barron, is the most recognized video for the song. It was filmed in 1985 at Kim’s Café (now called “Savoy” cafe) and on a sound stage in London. The video used a pencil-sketch animation / live-action combination called rotoscoping, in which the live-action footage is traced over frame by frame to give the characters realistic movements. Approximately 3,000 frames were rotoscoped, which took 16 weeks to complete.

BONUS VIDEO: Here’s the original music video (and original recording) from 1984…

See you next Tuesday!

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