Thirty Seconds to Mars: Robot Camera Films Jared Leto on Colbert 

Is this how bands will be shot in the future?

Jared Leto may have been in charge of ordering Replicants to do his dirty work in Blade Runner 2049, but in real life, he’s actively working with robots to promote his music. On Thursday, Leto’s band rock band — Thirty Seconds to Mars — appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert where they used a robot camera to capture their performance. Which, is actually totally historic.

For the first time in late night television, a musical performance was captured not by a human-operated camera, but instead, by a robotic camera. The result actually looks way more futuristic than anything in Blade Runner. The robot camera’s movements create coverage that is fluid and deliberate simultaneously. Described as a “single unedited take,” the footage of the band doesn’t resemble any kind of concert footage you’ve ever seen before. Despite the fact that this camera-person was a robot, there’s something about the footage that actually feels more organic than the staid techniques you might normally associate with seeing a band perform their new song on a talk show. If this is what the future of what rock looks like, it feels more personal than you might expect.

No human films like this.


Called, “Dangerous Night,” the single sounds pretty cool, too, even if the robot filming stole the show. During the performance, a Bitcoin miner was hard at work. At present, it’s unclear how much Bitcoin how much was mined during the performance.

Thirty Seconds to Mars consists of Jared Leto, Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Milicevic. They’re probably still most famous for their 2002 album, 30 Seconds to Mars, though, it’s possible “Dangerous Night” will quickly change all of that.

You can grab the single “Dangerous Night” right here.

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