Friday, November 07, 2008

Flashback Friday: Money for Nothing - Dire Straits (1985)

This Steve Barron directed video was the one of the first music videos to use CGI and was considered groundbreaking at the time. According to Wikipedia "Ian Pearson and Gavin Blair created the animation, using a Bosch FGS-4000 CGI system. The animators went on to found computer animation studio Mainframe Entertainment (today Rainmaker Animation), and referenced the "Money for Nothing" video in an episode of their ReBoot series. The video also included stage footage of Dire Straits performing, with partially rotoscoped-animation in bright neon colors, as seen on the record sleeve."

It's been a very long time since I've seen this video. It's nostalgic, to say the least. This was the 1996 "Video of the Year" at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Dire Straits |MTV Music

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