‘ If I Were In Your Shoes’ features a live performance featuring the whole band in plain white studio (so as not to distract from the performance). Special effects include circling the band, fast-forwarding effects, and features close-ups of the singer Josh Franceschi and of the two guitarists performing, as well as overhead shots of the singer and guitarists performing. These various effects prevent the video from becoming dull. Although the studio is completely white, the fast-forwarding effect and circling of the band adds some frantic energy, whilst the over-head shots create an alternative view to traditional close-ups.
‘ In The Night’ was filmed in a dark tunnel with strong artificial lighting during the night as reference to the title, and to represent the emo/alternative genre. It also features a live performance and close-ups of the singer and a guitarist’s body art whilst he is playing, traditional of this genre. Special effects include blending screens of the singer’s face for surreal, abstract, and sometimes disturbing effect.
‘ Brain’ is another video by Hardy that features a live performance in a plain studio. There are many references to lyrics in the song, such as ‘tick tock time away’ being represented by a ticking clock, and a rewinding effect to represent the lyric ‘I want to rewind to the start’. The guitarist and singer’s shoe laces are moved around using stop motion, another special effect to add an unusual perspective to this video. Colour is added to the video with paint, possibly to decorate the white studio, or to represent the band’s colourful and energetic music.
Hardy’s work with live performance has interested me, and I would like to include it within my video. The performances can show a band’s unique approach to shows, and can add original flavour to any video. The fast-forwarding special effect that is featured within ‘If I Were In Your Shoes’ is an effect I would like to include, as it can add frantic energy to any shots.