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Music VideoArchive

Mar 17

Today we all chose song in which we would like to use for our music videos. I therefore decided to go for this song. I think this song is great because It doesn’t have a music video already. I also think this song is great because it is British. I think it would be a lot harder to do an american artist due to their accents being different. Another reason I chose this song is because of the pace. It is not too fast but it isn’t too slow either. I think this song is uplifting and therefore would be enjoyable to make a music video for.

Narrative

The narrative is a love song. They mention about having a future together. They seem to be having a rough time in their relationship and keep referring back to ‘we’ll get through’. He also says that he’d stop smoking for her which implies his love for her. Then he goes on to talk about having a baby implying a future between them – this could symbolise hope. He highlights many things he loves about them for example he says “And when we drink it just gets funnier and to be honest I don’t mind us drunk If it means that we get through” This implies he’s holding on to the relationship and doesn’t wanna let go, we get this impression when he says about getting through. Its almost as if he is scared of losing her and will do anything not too.

Performance

I think in the music video their performance would be in relation to the narrative. They would have clips going form them singing as a band and then move on to clips of him and his girlfriend.

"yeah"
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I then decided to make a work cloud to describe the song I chose. Here i have around 20 descriptive words. In which came to mind when listening to this song. This is going to help me in the future when I am creating my music video as I can ensure my music video fits in with these describing words as these are what is envisioned when listening to the song. I also found it useful making this word cloud as it has given me the skill in order to find describing words from my imagination.

lyrics:

It gets difficult to talk when you nearly deafen me ’cause you start laughing
If it means that we get through
And though you’ll mix up every detail of every story that you’re ever gonna tell me
If it means that we get through
You know I never wanna trouble you when you’re working so I always try to wait
If it means that we get through
And when we drink it just gets funnier and to be honest I don’t mind us drunk
If it means that we get through

[Chorus]
I won’t smoke if you don’t no more
‘Cause I know you hate the taste of it
And I don’t wanna picture our first born
If you’ve stopped discussing names with me
But if it means that we get through then you know I’m up for anything

[Verse 2]
You know I always try to settle you when I’m away ’cause we struggle sometimes
If it means that we get through
If it means that we get through
If it means that we get through

[Chorus]
I won’t smoke if you don’t no more
‘Cause I know you hate the taste of it
And I don’t wanna picture our first born
If you’ve stopped discussing names with me
But if it means that we get through then you know I’m up for anything

Anything you need at anytime at all I want you to phone me
Everything you feel on every night alone is because you need me

Anything you need at anytime at all I want you to phone me
Everything you feel on every night alone is because you need me

[Chorus]
I won’t smoke if you don’t no more
‘Cause I know you hate the taste of it
And I don’t wanna picture our first born
If you’ve stopped discussing names with me
But if it means that we get through then you know I’m up for anything

[Outro]
You know I always try to to settle you when I’m away ’cause we struggle sometimes
If it means that we get through

Mar 13

Today we looked at some previous students music videos and we ere set to the task to find the one we thought was best. I therefore chose this one:

Why I like this music video:

This was my favorite for many reasons:

  • Firstly I liked the editing on it, I liked how they make the shot all patchy and almost animated. I think this fits in well as its unique and fun.
  • I also think it represents a narrative. I think the animated parts are part of the narrative and the non patchy parts are the performance. I think this was a really good idea as now the audience can tell the difference from the narrative and performance it also gives us a clearer sense of the narrative.
  • I really like many of the shots such as the close ups when he is playing the guitar I think this looks really good as it’s all in time, in the music you can hear the guitar and therefore they did a closeup on the guitar emphasizing the sound.
  • furthermore I think the way they had the shot of all three of the artists at the same time side by side. This looks good as they’re all in the same time with the music and I think it is really impressive how they’ve done this.
  • Another really good aspect of this music video is the way the camera moves. The camera zooms in and out emphasizing the artist singing.

mise-en-scene

  • I think they all used mise-en-scene to their advantage whilst making this music video as I believe all the aspects have been covered and thought about greatly. Firstly we can see that their costumes match in with the genre of their music, we get this impression through their clothing and accessories such as sunglasses.
  • We can also see that they used lighting to their advantage you can see this many times throughout out the clip such as at 2:13 I think these shots have a good affect on the video as they can symbolize many things such as happiness.
  • Furthermore their acting represents their genre well they are playing the guitar and are also very enthusiastic when singing.
  • Make up and hair also plays a vital part in this to portray their genre across. I believe their hair represents most rock stars hairstyles they all have fairly long hair which emphasizes their head movements.
  • They also used props to their advantage when they had the instruments. Typically in all rock music videos they have guitars and other instruments to match in with the music.
  • The setting also played a vital role in portraying across their genre. I think the setting of the studio with the bright lighting looks really good for their performance part. I also really like how they were in a park for their narrative. I think this was nice and they stood by the pond representing many different meanings.

Analyzing this music video is going to help me greatly when I come to creating my own video. This has shown me the importance of mise-en-scene but also all the camera techniques. Not only has this shown me the importance this has shown my how I can edit to create more of an affect. I now know the affect every small aspect can have to make up a good music video. This video has also given me inspiration to be more unique with my video after seeing the animated parts I really thought that was clever and therefore I want to do something different.

Mar 12

In class we were told we were going to analyse two music videos on with our partners and one on our own. As a class we decided to do Jess Gylnne- Thursday, we chose this song as the music video is very unique and quite difficult to analyse therefore this got our brains working hard to try find hidden meanings, we were then asked to fill in this form in our partners. After filling this we had to analyse our own and fill in another one of these documents. I decided to go with Godzilla – Eminem as I thought the music video was very unique and random. I knew this would be difficult however I wanted to give it a go.

After analysis this music video this has given me many different techniques I will need to use in my music video. I have learnt many conventions from analysing this and I think this has given me many transferable skills. I think this was a good music video to analyse as it was unique however I liked how it uses amplification to tell us the narrative. I have also learnt how to analyse videos well. For example when listening/watching a music video I now look out for the camera movements cutting speeds etc in which I never did before. I can also clearly see themes and subject matters when watching other music videos. Learning how to analyse the technical conventions also helped me greatly as when I am making my music video i can now ensure I have some of my own technical conventions.


Analyzing Godzilla by Eminem I found very difficult as it is a very random music video and the narrative is not very clear at all however I managed to infer many meaning from some scenes in the video and some lyrics also. being able to analyze this has helped me greatly as when I am making my music video I can be sure to include some of the features in which I liked about the video. This video has a very unique style to it. This may also help me in the future as when I need to analyze anything this has taught me to look deeper into the meanings. After analyzing this I believe I have gained many technical skills such as being able to analyse deeper, being able to notice the aesthetics, how the star is represented, the visual rhythm of the song, the relationship between the narrative and star and the generic features of a music videos.

Mar 11

 

Today we analysed some music videos our self. We had a playlist of many different songs in which would be suitable to be analysed. Once we found a video we wanted to analyse we wrote about their MES, their performance and narratives, the impact and appeal and the type of structure.

 

From doing this textual analysis I have learnt many different things. I have learnt about some of the conventions music videos need. some of these include

  • lyrics
  • music
  • movement
  • Camera angles
  • Mise-en-Scene
  • backgrounds
  • Narratives
  • Props
  • speed, beat and rhythm
  • sound

Knowing these conventions will help me greatly in the near future when I am making my own music video as I now know what I must include in order for my music video to be functional.I also now know how to structure my video accordingly.