In what ways does your media product use,develop or challenge forms of conventions of real media products?
My Music Video• My music video can be found at the following URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =gowZ9SL_P6w&feature=g-upl&context =G20ace0fAUAAAAAAABAA• All being well the link should work fine. I’ve had a run in with EMI blocking all my videos. They should all work. However I’m working on resolving the issue
Andrew Goodwin Andrew Goodwin is a renown media theorist and his theory is particularly useful when analysing music videos. His theory consists of six aspects, however some can not be applied to my media project as it a male only video, my video genre also being rock music means I am unconventional in genre choice therefore I have an unconventional music video with few close ups therefore analysing a video’s use of close up in a video with few close ups is rather pointless. These are four aspects of Goodwin’s theory that I will be analysing with my music video.• Relationship between lyrics and the video• Relationship between the music and video illustrating, amplifying or contradicting• Genre’s are diverse• Link between text, posters, album, single, music or film
Relationship Between Lyrics and VideoThe lyrics for my music video wererather difficult to incorporate into thesong for me, instead I incorporatedtime as a factor rather than lyrics.Such moments I used time are thejump at the start and the famousshout of “WHY!” to begin the chasesequence. The lyrics give theimpression of anarchy, therefore Iused the modern example ofhoodies, whom most would considerthe current rebellion in society.
Relationship between the music and video illustrating, amplifying or contradicting.The music style is “hard rock,” or can be interoperated asthe unconventional “rap rock” genre. It is vital that amusic video, to at least some extent resembles thelyrical content.In my video I have focused on the theme of rebellion andconforming to social masses. The idea of conforming toa social norm is an event that any teenager can relate toand is an important issue in society.I incorporated the rebellion aspect by using in sense thestereotypical view of “hoodies” being a “threat” and injoining the “threat” people feel safer, more like a gang. Inthe video the entire chase sequence is a example ofgang violence in that two are better than one, thereforethe one gets caught.
Criticisms explainedOne moment in the video that my target audiencepicked up on that didn’t seem right was the kickingleaves, my audience said that it promoted child likeattributes rather than rebellion.When one thinks about it the whole aspect of gangsand rebellion are thoughts of a simple follower or anintelligent leader (Think the Nazi’s or Stalin).
Genre’s Are DiverseThe genre I used for my music is rock music. I picked this as a personal choice due to my love of the rock and metal genre of music. I chose rock over metal as generally rock is considered more listenable to the mindless masses of people who listen to the same few over-played rock songs (Aerosmith, I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing and Bon Jovi, Livin’ On A Prayer are such examples).Basically a rock album would get more sales than ametal album due to the increased popularity of thegenre. While it is interesting to note, if the masses ofconformities individuals who fuel the talentless artists,“despise” metal music, then how come metal artistsstill frequently produce brand new material? It showsthat the metal and rock genre’s are not as unpopularas is stereotyped by the masses.
Conventions of Rock and Pop VideosConventions of a rock video:• Close ups of band members playing instruments.• Not as many close ups on the singer or band members themselves.• Band members rarely make eye contact with the camera unless the song is a balled such as Aerosmith, “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” and Five Finger Death Punch; “Remember Everything”.• Conventions of a pop video:• Many close ups of the lead singer, showing off the person as a product due to their aesthetically pleasing looks and figure such as Justin Beiber who is himself a walking advertisement.• No or very few views of people playing instruments, everything is focused on the singer.• Usually utilises many low angle shots to show the figure and full body of the singer.
Conventions Of My VideoConventional aspects of my video:• Has few close ups of the band members in general.• Only a couple of moments of eye contact in the whole song.• Follows the theme of the song closely (rebellion, power struggle).Unconventional aspects of my video:• Has some parts of the song has no lip syncing to show the rebellious aspect and the action sequences.• Promotes conforming to an unjust cause that of bullying and youths.
How Have I Incorporated the Same Theme Between my Video and Digi-Pak?My digi-pak follows a similar theme towards the video. When I was shooting the video,my original intent was to incorporate various aspects associated with rebellion andbeing powerful. I originally picked the colour green as I was incorporating a naturaltheme, however I realised when editing my video that green did not suit the productsso I changed it to a grey.The grey can be seen as either an attempt to conform to social norms as everyoneelse does, or the way its intended to be read as the industrial fight back against themasses. I then decided after consulting my target audience to change the colour tofiery, uncontrollable colour scheme which relates to theme of rock and generally looksbetter and more vibrant than the grey but also relates to the theme of rebellion anddanger.I also created a red symbol to stand out on the page, the added yellow inside the circle enables it be seen far more easily and stand out on a shelf against its rivals.