If you're looking to make a music video on a budget, then there's not many better ways than using a green screen. It's not just for smaller artists, too, with some of the world's biggest musicians pulling out one of the oldest tricks in the book to make their next masterpiece. However, they're not always used for serious purposes, but actually end up being totally hilarious. Here's 10 of the best music videos using a green screen, and the hilarious outcomes.
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber - I Don't Care
When Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber teamed up for I Don't Care, they had a hit on their hands. However, director Emil Nava wanted to take it to the next level with the music video, and what better than with a green screen? The result is a hilarious music video full of standout moments - including Sheeran in a bridal gown, Bieber in the running of the bulls, or JB dressing up as a corn on the cob.
Speaking to Variety about the video, Nava said "I think it’s the true legends that know how to kind of be a comedian with their performance and be able to just drop into different characters but still kind of retain their iconic-ness." It's hard to argue with him, with the pair combining for one of the funniest videos in a long while.
Herve Pagez and Diplo (feat. Charli XCX) - Spicy
This remix of the Spice Girls' hit Wannabe is as absurd as it is catchy, with the music video to match. Featuring Diplo and Charli XCX taking a ride on flying dolphins, there's UFOs, asteroid explosions, and dolphins shredding it on the flamenco. Charli would make a great addition to the Spice Girls if she wanted to, with this video serving as a potential audition tape.
Kira Puru - Molotov
Kira Puru goes wild in the music video for Molotov, and it's a visual treat. Featuring some of Kira's best dance moves, not only is the video full of trippy visuals (it's amazing what you can do with Photo Booth), but it's also a great representation of what a Kira Puru live show looks like. A self-admitted bad dancer, Kira isn't afraid to get down and boogie, and this video captures that in all its glory.
Hobo Johnson (feat. Elohim) - Uglykid
Hobo Johnson always has his tongue firmly in his cheek, and that's never more evident than in the video for Uglykid. It's utterly endearing, featuring Johnson sleeping in a wheelie bin, weightlifting with cheeseburgers (which seems way more motivating) and much, much more. While the song might be a little bit self-deprecating, the video just shows Johnson having a lot of fun, and we love it.
Bryce Vine (feat. YG) - La La Land
Bryce Vine cruises through Hollywood in the La La Land video - or so you might think. He's actually on a soundstage in front of a green screen, which makes for a very meta video. It's a nod to the illusion that is Hollywood, while the actual song is intended to be an "anthem" for Los Angeles, with Vine telling Billboard "there's nowhere else that's quite like LA, so it needed a new anthem."
Skepta (feat. JME) - That's Not Me
Skepta is one of grime's biggest stars, and That's Not Me is credited with bringing him back to his roots. The video projects the same "nostalgic backdrop" that JME raps about in the song, and with the video being made for just £80, it's almost most certainly the cheapest music video to ever win a MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Award. This music video is one of grime's most important moments in recent history, and can be seen as the start of Skepta's rise to fame outside of the UK.
Macklemore (feat King Draino) - How To Play The Flute
Someone must have challenged Macklemore to see how many green-screen backdrops he could fit in the one video. He appears in heaven, as a Greek god, a prom king, a matador, Bob Ross, a cybergoth and buried in sand. The result? One of the craziest music videos in a long while, and Macklemore as you might never have seen him before.
Kodak Black, Travis Scott and Offset - ZEZE
ZEZE is a huge track on its own, but when Travis Scott directed the music video for the track, things went up another level. It's half behind-the-scenes footage, and half a CGI adventure, and is a look into how hard making a music video actually is. It features underwater scenes, dollar bills flying across the screen and more, as well as glaciers and volcanoes. Oh, did we mention the 50 feet tall twerking dancers?
Billie Eilish - Bad Guy
Some of the effects in Bad Guy are as mesmerising as Billie Eilish's vocals are. In particular, the floating heads in plastic bags are as freaky as they are cool. This is one of the more impressive uses of a green screen we've seen, and is typical of Billie's amazing music videos.
Hanson - MMMBop
It wouldn't be an article about green screen music videos without mentioning Hanson's MMMBop. The video features the trio hanging out with Albert Einstein (who would undoubtedly have been a fan if Hanson were around in his time), as well as hanging out on the moon. Is this music video daggy? Probably. Do we care? Definitely not.