Initial song ideas for a video – Mini pitch

The song that I have chosen as an idea for my music video is Honey Sweet by Blossoms. The song is about a relationship that has failed however the singer is still in love with the person and wants to get back with them.

[Verse 1]
I’m out, will she love me?
I’m still seeing honey sweet
You shout ‘don’t you leave me’
‘Don’t you leave this incomplete’

[Pre-Chorus]
I wanna know if this road
Belongs to my eyes and only mine

[Chorus]
Then I’d go back and show my love
A heart attack, I’m told I should have known
No more nights alone, so cold
Let’s go back discreet, honey sweet

[Verse 2]
I’m out, I heard a heavy creek
Behind my window, honey sweet
There’s no doubt you still love me
You’d still love this incomplete

[Pre-Chorus]
I wanna know if this road
Belongs to my eyes and only mine

[Chorus]
Then I’d go back and show my love
A heart attack, I’m told I should have known
No more nights alone, so cold
Let’s go back discreet, honey sweet

[Bridge]
Teardrops stain skies of thunder
Autumn pain, change my number
I’ve seen you two about
And talk about rebounding

[Chorus]x2
Then I’d go back and show my love
A heart attack, I’m told I should have known
No more nights alone, so cold
Let’s go back discreet

[Outro]
Honey sweet
Honey sweet
Honey sweet
Honey sweet
Honey sweet

Narrative:

My narrative will start in the introduction music with a shot of a couple fighting and breaking up. To show this I will use mainly symbolic shots as a naturalistic break-up could be hard to portray effectively. Shots I would include would be close ups of each characters face to show the emotion within the scene and mid shots of the guy trying to hold on and the girl pushing him back. These shots would be fast paced to portray the chaos of the situation and how the guy feels confused and lost. The video will follow the couples story of the guy trying to get back together with the girl and her keeping pushing him away.

Performance:

The performance will be separate from the narrative. I aim to have a moving performance of the singer walking down the street staring at the camera breaking the fourth wall with the camera tracking in order for the audience to feel his emotion and upset.

Favourite Music Video from Former Student

This video is my favourite of the former student music videos as it is interesting and engaging and has a good balance of performance and narrative. The story of the boy killing someone and feeling wracked with guilt after as he knows it was a mistake and he will be found out is easy to follow and understand. This makes the video engaging as I am not trying to work out the message within the video so it is more enjoyable to watch.

The video is also compelling as an amplified narrative is used with some aspects of illustration. The amplification adds another layer to the music and makes the video captivating as it is not exactly an echo of the song so new aspects of the song are discovered. However the moments of illustration, for example when the lyric “blood on your hands” is sung we see a shot of the actor with blood on his hands, makes the narrative easy to grasp and coherent with the song.

Furthermore, the video also follows typical conventions of a pop music video, for example lip syncing is used over the track rather than having a live performance in the video. Another reason why this video is so good is because of it’s brilliant lip syncing which makes it believable and easy to watch. The costumes also fit in with the typical mise en scene of the pop genre for example the girl performing is wearing a trendy and fashionable outfit. This makes the music video appealing for the target audience making it successful.

Detailed Music Video analysis

Here is my close analysis of Katy Perry – Chained to the Rhythm

Here is my close analysis of Sigrid – Don’t Feel Like Crying

This task made me take a deeper look into music videos and how every aspect of them such as mise en scene or camera can help portray the intended narrative. As I have now looked at 6 music videos and analysed them to varying degrees of closeness, I think I now have a good understanding of what the conventions of a music video are and how to make my own music video as successful as it can be.

For example I have now decided that I will aim to have a combination of performace and narrative even if one aspect is more prominent than the other. I am also determined to use an amplified narrative as is all of the music videos that I have studied that is what has been used. It also means that I can be creative with my storyline and include interesting symbolism with the audience still understanding the connection unlike in disjunctive narratives.

 

Music Video Form & Conventions

I have understood from this task that visuals add to the music produced by the artist however the main aim of a music video is too promote the artist. Music videos mean that there is another platform to see the star making them more present in their audience’s lives.

This task of analysing music videos will help me when I come to create my own music video as I have now learnt key features and types of music videos. These include:

  • Illustrative – When the narrative shown in the video is closely echoing the lyrics and music
  • Amplified – When the narrative shown is inspired by the song but also adds another level to the music
  • Disjunctive – When the narrative shown has little to no relationship with the lyrics or music

Music videos also don’t have to be narrative, they can purely be a performance by the star. If the star is performing, a convention of music videos is for them to lip sync and not actually have them singing in the video. On top of this they can be purely narrative with the star not singing or being present in the video.

These factors, as well as mise en scene, will have to be thought about carefully before I begin creating my music video as to portray my intended themes and narrative effectively.