Textual Analysis of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi Gemma Davey
Introduction Short film title: Paparazzi Genre: Music video/Drama Year: 2009 Director: Jonas Akerlund Producer: Rob Fusari Source (web address): youtube.com
MICRO ELEMENTS Camera angle, movement and position A lot of close ups on her and her boyfriend: almost intrusive Close ups on objects such as flowers, the water feature etc. – calm atmosphere. A strong contrast for the chaos that later occurs sense of chaos: confusion is created with the upward shots of the paparazzi’s flashing cameras
Framing Lady Gaga is centre frame ‘We love her again’.
Editing and special effects Use of fades There are quick edits When she kills her boyfriend at the end, there are quick edits of close ups of her and her boyfriend To show the passage of time during the police investigations, editing is used here where the people disappear and reappear having moved on in their investigation The flash of a camera to change the shot, complementing the paparazzi that are obsessed with lady Gaga
Mise en scene Many different forms of media: the camera’s of the paparazzi, newspapers, reporters and microphones etc. Lady Gaga is wearing costume that audiences would never wear
Sound Diegetic sound: the birds tweeting, the rustle of the wind, the water fountain The major scale on the piano: Soft Rhythmic Regular hypnotic effect indicative of normality. However this changes to a minor scale again, foreshadowing something bad may happen The song – non diegetic?
Titles/Institutional references The titles are in keeping with the comic-like feel of the whole video because of the font they are in and bright colours ‘The End’ - quite a traditional idea
MACRO ELEMENTS Two narratives A girl who appears at first sweet and innocent who is betrayed by her boyfriend and she kills him The second , the lyrics of the song which shows the portrayal of the media: ‘we are the crowd’, ‘need that picture of you’ ‘this photo of us, it don't have a price’ ‘I'm your biggest fan I'll follow you until you love me’ ‘chase you downuntil you love me papa-paparazzi’ ‘I'll be your girl backstage at your show’ ‘my lashes are dry, purple teardrops I cry it don't have a price’ – purple is the colour of mourning ‘we're plastic but we still have fun’
Representation Lady Gaga: Principal character At the beginning: quiet and ‘loved up’, dependant on her boyfriend’s love At the end: a very different person She also ‘plays up’ to the camera whereas before she was ‘camera shy’ The media: This short film shows the power of the media – a critique of the media Manipulative: they influence the public on their view of Lady Gaga
Audience pop music Scenes of a sexual nature – not for younger viewers
Themes/Messages Critique of ‘the Media’ and ‘Celebrity’ The constant theme of chaos