For the first video off Mat Kearney's upcoming forth studio album, Just Kids, the singer/songwriter says he was obsessed with the idea of making it with drone technology. So he shot the entire "Heartbeat" clip in the Los Angeles River bed in just a single take, he says, "with this crazy helicopter drone flying around our heads."
Turns out, it wasn't such an easy task.
Shooting with a flying robot without any stops wasn't the only bit of risky behavior necessary to pull off the shoot. Set at the busy 4th Street Bridge in Los Angeles, famous for films like Grease, Transformers, Terminator 2 and Anchorman, Kearney had to avoid live traffic and manage rushing in a car from the top of the bridge to the bottom in only a few minutes. (There were several takes where he didn't make it in time.)