Textual analysis of lady gaga’s paparazzi

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Textual analysis of lady gaga’s paparazzi

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

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