The majority of the lyrics are illustrated throughout the video
‘ balcony of summer air’ – the shot shows Taylor Swift standing on a balcony
‘ see you make your way through the crowd’ – the male in the video is shown walking through the ball towards Taylor
‘ sneak out to the garden to see you’ – shows Taylor wandering outside looking for the male lead
An amplified message throughout the video is the idea of a ‘Love Story’ and this is shown in the narrative of the lyrics shown in the visuals throughout the video in a chronological order, like a story.
R elationship Between Music & Visuals
The beat of the song is regular throughout the first half of the song and the editing of the video represents this. Shots are long and slow.
When the beat changes to a higher tone near the end of the song, the cuts of video become quicker and shorter. Wirth more shots as the pace alters.
C lose up / Star Image Motifs
There are some close ups of Taylor Swift which show her emotions within the song
These close up’s are not used voyeuristically like they are used in other music videos
This video relates to other videos by Taylor Swift in the idea that it follows a narrative but the image of the film, set in a period of time and the use of flashbacks does not relate to other videos by Taylor.
N otion of Looking
Neither the main artist or extras in the video are on sexual display. This suits the period of time in which the video is set
There are no references to the idea of ‘looking’ within the video
I ntertextual References
The video links to ideas of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ through:
- Mise-en-scene -- clothing – of the period
-- setting - In a ball/at a derelict castle
Storyline that links to a traditional love story such as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
- The Video also links to a book through the lyrics ‘The Scarlett Letter’. This is a book written in 1850 that also links to traditional love storylines.
There is also a link to Pride and Prejudice (2005) and the video also features the actress who played Lydia in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in the background.
P erformance/narrative/Concept Based?
The video is mainly Narrative-Based – portraying the story written in the lyrics
There are no performances of the artist within the video
The video is also concept based; Based around the idea of a story like ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’
Overall, the video for ‘Love Story’ is closely linked to popular love films to add intertextual references to make it more appealing to the audience.
The genre of music is portrayed in the setting of the video
There is a close link between the visuals and music/lyrics