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Micheal Jackson






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  • 1. Michael Jackson Thriller
  • 2.
    • Michael Jacksons Thriller was a 14 minute video making it a short film as well as a music video.
    • It as directed by John Landis who also co-wrote the screenplay with Michael. It was the most
    • expensive music video of its time, costing $500,000, and is thought to be one of the most
    • successful music videos of all time. This video really revolutionised the music industry, because
    • at the time MTV didn’t air black musicians, and when thriller was aired it was the first African
    • American video to be shown. Changing music
    • videos forever.
    • Thriller is not a conventional music video and is
    • more like a short movie or horror film with Jackson
    • choreographed dancing with zombies. Throughout
    • the video we see Jackson in a choreographed
    • danced routine, including the main dance sequence
    • with Michael singing the chores, which became a
    • world famous dance routine. All the chorography
    • was done by Michael Peters who had previously
    • worked with Michael on Beat It. There is a lot of
    • cinematic references within the video which makes
    • it feel and look like a short film. At the beginning it opens with opening credits and goes into what
    • seems like a film with a narrative sequence. During this sequence we see Michael purposing to
    • his girlfriend, which she accepts, but he warns her that he is ‘different’. A full moon appears and
    • this in when we see Michael change into a werewolf. his date runs aways and he chases after her which is when it cuts to modern-day and Michael and his date sitting in the cinema
  • 3.
    • watching the film. This makes the audience realise
    • that what they have just watched actually hadn’t
    • happened and that it was all part of the video. It
    • then continues to carry on like a short film, with
    • the narration and acting, until 4 and half minutes
    • into the video when Michael begins to sing the
    • song. Throughout this whole time the audience is
    • made to feel as though they are watching a film,
    • and they kind of forget that they are actually
    • watching a music video. Later, the video was cut to
    • not contain the narrative beginning but instead just
    • jump straight into the song. Even after the song is
    • being sung the audience is still watching the story
    • unfold and it still feels to the audience that they
    • are watching a movie. The music video ends with his
    • girlfriend waking to realise it was all a dream but
    • Michael turns back to the camera to reveal his
    • yellow eyes. This ending would be the kind of thing
    • the audience would be familiar with seeing in a film
    • and so it rounds up and continues the movie feeling
    • intertextuality of the music video.
  • 4.
    • This was the first music video of its kind but it
    • created a whole different genre and merging
    • of filmmaking and music. Many artist created
    • the same affect after.
    • The camerawork throughout the video
    • helps to make the music video seem like a
    • short film. The audience would be used to
    • seeing this type of camerawork in films and
    • so gives them something recognisable and
    • something which they can relate to. With the
    • audience being familiar to the this type of
    • camerawork it helps them to realise idea of
    • wanting it to be a short film. In music videos
    • they audience is used to seeing quick cuts but
    • in this there aren’t any but only cuts from one scene to another. This type of editing is what we
    • would be more likely to see in films rather than music videos. Which again help to create its
    • movie feel.
    • The lyrics throughout the song helps to tell the story being told in the movie. They are helping
    • to establish the sense of subject.
    Edit cut to new scene