The main idea behind the video is that of Gaga being kidnapped by a group of supermodels who drug her, and sell her off to the Russian Mafia as a sex slave. It takes place in a fluorescent white bathhouse.
The video Bad Romance starts of with a long shot from which we are able to see Lady GaGa sitting in the middle with everyone else around her. The long shot is able to show the audience where the video is set.
It then slowly zooms in cutting twice, once to a mid shot and then to a close up of Lady GaGa’s face. Then cuts to an insert shot to show an extreme close up of the music player which she plays. An insert shot adds needed information, information that wouldn’t otherwise be immediately visible or clear. The extreme version of the close up, magnifies beyond what the human eye would experience in reality, the audience wouldn’t see the music player from the long shot therefore the close up allows the audience to see what is happening better.
When the video starts it cross fades again and again to show the setting, firstly we see a source of light, then a room with pods and then from a close low angle shot we see bottles of Vodka. We then experience another example of an insert shot. We first see the pods from a long shot so the audience can see the creatures come out of the pods it cuts to an extreme close up. This way the audience are able to see the creatures coming out of the pods from a better angle.
When Lady GaGa actually starts singing it cuts to show a mid shot of an over the shoulder view of Lady GaGa looking into a mirror singing the song, this shot allows the audience to recognise the artist. The camera is at a low angle from this angle we can’t see the faces of the super models as they are standing up and Lady GaGa is sitting down. This could imply them as more superior in comparison to Lady GaGa.
Then from a high angle shot we see Lady GaGa in her normal form, the high angle shot shows her as helpless and weak. It also makes the audience feel sorry for her as through the high angle shot she seems innocent.
When the chanting ‘rah-rah-ah-ah-ah’ starts again we see from a low angle shot Lady GaGa standing in the middle surrounded by all the other dancers. This shows her being surrounded by evil as from the low angle shot the audience can see all the other dancers towering over her.
It then cuts to show her from an over the shoulder view of the Russian mafia. This shows the audience Lady GaGa from the eyes of the Russian mafia. It then cuts to show an extreme close up of a bottle of Vodka, seeing the bottle again from a close up implies the importance of it in the video.
It then cuts to another scene where Lady GaGa is standing in the middle and all the mafia are surrounding her, however this time it doesn’t feel as if she is surrounded by evil. This is because the camera that is panning around her is from a low angle shot, again showing her as in control and more powerful.
It then cuts to a low angle shot, where the camera seems as if it has been place on the floor, we see GaGa walking in front wearing a white fur gown. The camera follows her, again as the camera is at a low angle we see her as in control and more powerful. It then cuts to an extreme close up of the side of Lady GaGa’s face, to show her expressions.
It then cuts back and forth from GaGa with the mafia man and her dancing. The quick jump cuts show the fast pace situation. It then finishes with a long shot of Lady GaGa finishing her dance then it cuts to a high angle mid shot of her lying down on the burned bed as the camera zooms out.
At the start of the video, Gaga is pressing a button on a MP3 stereo which seems to play a demented excerpt of the fugue in B minor from Book 1 of the Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach.
When she let goes of the button it launches into the song. Whilst the song is playing and near the end when she goes, “ Work-work fashion baby, Work it, Move that bitch crazy” the screen flashes to the beat to the music from walking Gaga to sitting Gaga to Gaga in bath.
In the bathtub, she has orange hair that is short and curly which is different from the other costume. Her eyes are big which could show the effect of her being drugged and from the drink. Wearing earphones, white nail varnish and a tattoo on her wrist. In a crop white colour to show her innocence and represents the sexuality and how she will be auctioned to the Russian mafia.
There are shots where Gaga is wearing hardly any make up and are just showing her portrait image to show her emotions.
The dancers around her remove the overcoat she is wearing to show her wearing a revealing costume of a short diamond top and hot pants.
When Gaga is just in the centre of the room, in her underwear and with diamonds surrounding her. Showered in diamonds could support this portrayal as she feels constricted and trapped as there are many people around her– men who are looking to bid for her.
When she is being revolved and she is wearing a top that looks like metal and is turning around a orbiting ring is surrounding her to reinforce what is happening to her .
In the next part, she is in an all green costume, with weird and unusual shoes that do not look like human shoes and look uncomfortable supporting her situation. It looks as though she is wearing a tight top, skirt and legging although she is actually wearing an all in one suit, with her hair tied up in a strange way which matches this outfit, completed with sunglasses again. She looks as though she is on a catwalk where everyone’s eyes are on her and looking at the clothes but in this situation the people are looking at her as she is the one being advertised for auction.
She then wears a polar bear coat with a trail as she leads up to the male sitting on the chair completed with lot of make up. And sunglasses which show her stern expression. her hair big and curly. She then removed the coat and exposes herself just in lingerie while the man looks at her in a mask
She lies on the floor wearing an all in one red outfit in high boots as well as the dancers behind her. She is in the centre and without a mask, so the attention is on her and all of the outfits are different in comparison to each other
At the end, she is on the bed in her lingerie, by a skeleton to show that she has killed the man that won the bid for her.
At the beginning, the lighting is high key and there are always lights turned on at the back of the camera shots to emphasise the light on Gaga. There is then a shot that shows a shot that looks like the sun to represent the beginning of something. The light then shines through somewhere to show the setting where the pods are set. The lights pans around for effect and show the unusual props that are featured. It is as though a door has been open to reveal the light.
The light gets brighter as the sign gets closer and is featured more into the shot.
As the shot shows the pods, the lighting is dim and appears that there is only light coming from the lights that are seen at the back of the setting.
When she is in the bath with orange hair and big eyes, the lighting is high key
When she is staring into the mirror, the lighting is low key
The lighting get brighter as the story develops
When she is in the green costume, the lighting is dim once again
Then gets bright again as she appears in the fur coat and brightens even more when the dance at the end comes on to show her dominance and power she has regained at the end of the situation of the video.
Modern colours are used such as black and white and lady gaga stands out as she is in green while the rest of the people are in black and white. There are lights added into the scene that make the scene appear brighter and more effective.
In all of the scenes, the colour white is involved which represents the innocence of her due to the concept of the music video.
When she is in the bathtub with the big eyes, the orangey hair she has is the only colour that stands out in the scene because of the settings and lighting.
There is a lot of use of silver and diamonds that represent wealth and sophistication.
In many of the scenes they appear dim but the lighting used and that can be seen in the shot make it very clearly to see Gaga.
Most of the outfits are very sparkly and so stand out even in low key lighting. Such as the red costume that appears near the end of the video, the brightness of the red is seen clearly in the setting and via the use of lighting
As the lighting gets brighter the colours stand out more, emphasising the importance of Gaga and the role she has.
The sign saying ‘Bath Haus of GaGa ’ is another introduction to the video.
The mirror forces her to look at herself and she doesn’t seem happy to do so, perhaps she doesn’t like what has become of her.
When she is hunched over in a cylindrical cage it shows her being oppressed and not having her freedom.
She is wearing diamond studded earphones which could symbolise that she is worth a lot to the Russian mafia and she deserves the diamonds in their eyes even is she may not want them.
The lap tops which portray the bidding of the auction as the supermodels are trying to sell her off to the Russians. She appears to be worth a lot to them £100,000, similar to the cost of the diamonds.
She appears to be in high demand, showered by diamonds which could be an analogy for the icy characteristics of the Russian people.
The portrayal of Lady GaGa lying upon the scorched bed creates an image which differs vastly from the ordinary and what you might expect in a video based on a sort of relationship not matter how unhealthy it happens to be. The remains of who is supposed to be the male interest it also scorched and the fact that she is holding a form of gun which shoots flames insinuates that she is responsible for his demise, as well as achieving the effect of her regaining her dominance in the situation She is taking control and is no longer going to suffer at the hand of other and this ‘bad romance’.
The sun glasses she is wearing shows a reflection of the man, this is her trial and tribulation to face.
The glasses are made from razor blades which could link to her being treated cruelly e.g. cutting herself, because of her awful situation
Russian alcohol is depicted relates to setting and they appear large and dominant. When she is in the bath, her eyes are very large, which could suggest that she has been dosed up with drugs and alcohol, and so she isn’t as upset, because she is less aware of what is going on around her.
There are white pods which are small and confined but people and her emerge from them, they are being restricted and she feels trapped. The writing upon the pods says ‘MONSTER’ this could be related to either she feeling as if she is turning into a monster or the her abductors behaving like monsters. She appears to be coming out of the pod similarly to a coffin the crucifix links to vampirism, perhaps suggesting that she feels like the living dead.
Her facial expressions never seem to be happy, as she is being oppressed.
At the start when in the throne she has a very stern facial expression to show her dissatisfaction in having to conform to the rule which her captives are setting down, she is very annoyed and unhappy with her situation. All of the models surrounding her appear to be wearing stern dispositions, sort of like leading by example that's how they want her to react.
She doesn’t seem to be quite as upset when she is at first in the bath by herself listening to her music; she seems to feel better when she is away from her supermodel captors.
When she is in the bath, her eyes are very large, which could suggest that she has been dosed up with drugs and alcohol, and so she isn’t as upset, because she is less aware of what is going on around her.
After this it portrays her regaining her feistiness, and fighting back rather than crying and hiding away. When the supermodels try to rip her over coat off she tries to fight them before they eventually get their own way. When they eventually take off her coat she portrays a look of disgust and embarrassment at having such a revealing outfit on.