The Music Business
There are a variety of themes that feature throughout this documentary, music and Meat
Loaf are themes as the documentary talks about the making of Meat Loafs music video to
Bat Out Of Hell. The overall topic of music is discussed and its impact on the public.
Filming is also a theme in this documentary because of the filming of Meat Loafs video.
The Music Business follows a linear narrative structure with some form of circular motion
to it. This is because we see interviews with different people about music throughout the
video and the story seems to go back and forth in time, however it still has an
introduction about music, a middle and a conclusion. When certain stories are being told
there are a variety of different people talking about the topic in interviews.
All of the interviews featured in the documentary use the rule of thirds and cameras are
placed onto tripods to get a steady shot. There are camera shots of cameras filming the
video for Meat Loafs music video, also tracking shots and zoom shots are used frequently
as well as establishing shots of places being filmed.
Mise En Scene:
The background for many of the interviews seems to link with the topic that is being
discussed in the documentary. Lot of the more noticeable pieces of mise en scene appear
when the documentary is showing footage of the music video Bat out of Hell. However this
isn’t necessarily mise on scene which was put there for the documentary, instead it is the
mise en scene of the music video which is used in the documentary. There are also certain
places such as the Virgin Records headquarters in London which is part of the mise en scene.
The ‘Voice of God’ method is used in The Music Business as the narrator tells the
viewers information about the theme being discussed. However we do not see the
narrator, instead we see footage of different things whilst we hear the voice of the
narrator. There are interviews frequently where we hear the voice of the person
speaking and the sound of the cast and crew making noise when filming a music video.
There is a sound effect of a heart beating in the background when people are
speaking. Then there is also music recorded by Meat Loaf playing throughout as well as
dramatic classical music.
Lots of fast paced editing is used to make the documentary exciting and this reflects
the type of music which is being talked throughout. There are many transitions
between different interviews and there is also green screen used as mise en scene
behind the interviewers.
Archive Material: There is footage of celebrities walking into a award ceremony and fans
cheering them on. The footage of Meat Loafs music video is seen as well as his live