PSY Meets Minecraft: Hilarious Parody Video by Stage 5
Red 5 Studios and its entertainment network Stage 5 TV have debuted a new music video today which pairs up Korean pop sensation PSY with Minecraft in a parody of “Gentlemen”.
Titled “Minecraft Grieferman,” the music parody pays tribute to anyone who’s ever had a person cause them grief while gaming, with instances we can all relate to—using dynamite to blow up the house, and filling the castle with lava, just to cite a couple of examples. The video itself shows the “Grieferman” plotting and scheming from his “secret sand cave” as another player builds up his castle. The griefer then blows up the castle while the other player’s eating a cake.
The music was created by Stage 5′s Andrew Volpe, lead singer and songwriter for the rock band, Ludo, and more recently, the pop group, Hot Problems.
We got a chance to interview Brad Allen Wilde, a member of the Stage 5 crew, who told us how they put the video together. After all, Minecraft doesn’t exactly come equipped with camera tools.
“The cool part about getting to make this video is that the tools we used to create the shots were actually developed by fans of the game. The Minecraft talent out there is nothing short of amazing!
“For capturing the footage, we discovered a couple of different methods: Camera Studio Mod and Fraps allowed us to capture the in-game action, the time-lapse moments, and most of the vistas; and we created the personality moments (dancing, kicking the chicken, cupcaking, etc.) using Mine-Imator. It’s an incredibly easy-to-use program, but it has enough options to let you create some pretty rad scenes.
“Once we had figured out those tools, it was just like making any other music video with costumes, sets, and a “cast” of extras. It wasn’t long before we had all the footage of dancing, griefing, and Minecraft mayhem that we needed.”
Wilde explained that the team was inspired to make the video after watching a lot of Minecraft griefing videos. The set-ups in these prank videos, he said, are often “extremely entertaining and creative—some of them, downright hilarious.”
“I’ve found the more effort and planning the griefer puts into his scheme, the better the pay-off in the end. One of my favorite player-made videos featured a griefer making a hidden lava trap in someone else’s house. Knowing the builder of the house was pretty OCD about his Minecraft, the calculating griefer made one block out-of-place: an imperfection he knew the builder wouldn’t be able to resist. Without fail, the builder destroyed the block, triggering a flood of lava that promptly destroyed his creation.”
For the future, the folks at Stage 5 intend to focus more on video game parody mash-ups, sketch comedy, and other gaming-related music video, with new content in that vein coming out three days each week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
“In two weeks, we’re presenting the perfect music video reply for Internet trolls–it just might make trolls think twice before hitting the comment button. And then we’ve got a “Game of Thrones” music video in the works to follow up in June. It’s going to be epic!”
Readers: what’s your favorite case of griefing you’ve witnessed?