While She Sleeps - Our Courage, Our Cancer Deconstruction

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While She Sleeps - Our Courage, Our Cancer Deconstruction

  1. 1. MUSIC VIDEO DECONSTRUCTIONS While She Sleeps – Our Courage, Our Cancer
  2. 2. Type Of Music Video  Our Courage, Our Cancer is both performance-based and concept-based.
  3. 3. Genre Characteristics The music video has the element of performance to it throughout, and this is common to a lot, if not all, Metalcore bands. Common instruments can be seen as well, such as the guitar, bass and drums. There is also a piano, which is quite unique in the genre.
  4. 4. Relationship Between Lyrics And Visuals “My Inspiration” Seems to be talking about a specific person, or a person that symbolises a group i.e. War heroes. “We think of you with love” Shows a boy hugging a man (Father and son presumably), which is a sign of love. Most of the lyrics have no direct relationship with the visuals, the visuals just illustrate the meaning of the song and the main theme; life and death.
  5. 5. Relationship Between Music And Visuals  When music slows, so do the visuals: shots are longer and often in slow motion.  When the music is fast, and the guitar and drums kick in, the visuals accompany this: shots are shorter, the band move faster.  The video also demonstrates on beat editing: - 0:42 – 0:45 - 3:07 – 3:10
  6. 6. Close-Ups And Artist Motifs These print screens also demonstrate this feature, as throughout the video there are close-ups of the band. A motif would be that the whole band are wearing black, and this does not change at any point during the video.
  7. 7. Reference To The Notion Of Looking 3:38 0:02 0:54 0:56
  8. 8. Reference To The Notion Of Looking 0:14 0:16 2:14 2:15
  9. 9. Reference To The Notion Of Looking 2:40 2:41 2:16 2:17
  10. 10. Intertextual References The music video refers to war through images frequently.
  11. 11. Intertextual References Life/Death is another reference, which also links to war.
  12. 12. Intertextual References Rebellion/riots also seems to be another reference.
  13. 13. Goodwin’s Theory  Goodwin’s theory was that every music video will fulfil at least 4 of these features, but Our Courage, Our Cancer fulfils all of them even if it is only vaguely.

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