Detailed analysis of a similar media product to my chosen genreAlternative RockArtist: Linkin ParkMusic Video: NumbCamerawork: There are a lot of close ups used to emphasise the facialexpressions of both the singer and the actress that is being used in thevideo, as the song is an emotional one. Tracking is used to follow the actress through her school and showwhat her every day life consists off there, showing different uses ofcamerawork along the way, including close ups which I alreadymentioned. As the song starts off, there is a soft build up which leads into aheavier section, which is the chorus. The soft build up uses a mid shot ofa girl standing on a bridge with her bag, with calm scenery in thebackground, which happens to be quite deserted apart from the lone boat.The camera then shows an establishing shot and long/wide shot to showthe scenery, which is an old styled town/city, and then back to the girl onthe bridge that is looking around. This emphasises the loneliness of thegirl. Later on throughout the video, the girl is shown painting in herroom viciously by swiping her paint brush up/down/across her canvas.Camerawork used here includes a mid shot to show her upper bodymovement (arms swinging) and facial expressions (sadness and anger).Panning is also used to pan across her front/side as she is doing this toemphasise her emotions.Editing: There is a lot of cutting going on throughout this music videobetween the band playing in an empty church and the girl during hereveryday life (arguing with her mum, sitting alone at school, etc.). It doesthis at appropriate moments to relate what’s happening to girl with thesong’s lyrics, i.e. “every step that I take is another mistake to you” whileshe is arguing with her mum. Yet again, editing is used to relate the girl to the lyrics: during thechorus, the lyrics include “I’ve become so numb I can’t feel you there”,while at the same time shows the girl sitting in class among a lot ofpeople. Fast motion editing is then used where everyone walks out of theclass fast leaving a blurry, distorted image behind them temporarily, whilethe girl still remains in her seat with no fast motion editing added to her.This goes along with the lyrics “I can’t feel you there” because she feelsso detached from everyone else; this is how she sees the world/her life.Sound: The main and virtually only sound that is heard throughout themusic video is the song itself. The band is shown playing and singingalong to the song. Even when the band itself isn’t shown singing/playingand it cuts to the girl, the song still plays, and at the end of the video, it’sas if the girl can hear the band playing, and run towards the church wherethe song is coming from. This indicates that the song being could bediegetic.
Mise-én-scene: Locations and settings used include a church, a school (university)and other random locations around a town/city. This helps createverisimilitude because they are everyday settings that people the sameage as the girl in the video can relate to. The costumes worn by people inthe video (from the band, to the main girl, to the extras) are very casualclothes that teenagers would wear (i.e. hoodies, jeans with holes in them,etc.). Props would obviously include the instruments that the band isplaying, school books being carried by students, dinner, etc.