Ready For The Weekend Textual AnalysisPresentation Transcript
READY FOR THE WEEKEND CALVIN HARRIS
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LYRICS AND VISUALS?
The visuals appear to contradict the lyrics in some way – there are no examples of direct illustration of the lyrics.
The lyrics are amplified in the line ‘this reflection in my mirror…when I tilt it toward the sunlight you fall out of view’ Calvin Harris is holding a circle with another screen inside it, showing footage of the sky which tilts upwards towards the sun. The camera then pulls away from him creating the impression that he is falling and he is then blocked out of view.
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MUSIC AND VISUALS?
The video editing does not always fit with the pace of the music as the camera often pans from one screen to the next in what appears to be one edit however and the dance routine emphasises and fits with the beat of the song
The camera shots often move between screens quickly, zooming in and out and focusing on different screens. There are frequent close ups but the focus is often blurred which adds to the abstract feel to the video
The use of colour in the video is important to setting the mood of the song as bright primary colours are used for the background and the girls’ costumes. Calvin Harris wears red and black which reflects the colour scheme and the energy of the electro pop genre
CLOSE UPS AND STAR IMAGE MOTIFS?
The video is similar to previous videos by Calvin Harris such as I’m not Alone and The Girls which predominately feature groups of girls dancing in unison, which also imply sexualised display of females
There are frequent close up shots of Calvin Harris but the girls in the video seem to take the main focus as there are more close ups of them which highlights the issue of voyeurism in the video
REFERENCE TO THE NOTION OF LOOKING?
The video continually refers to the notion of looking as there are frequent uses of screens within screens encouraging the audience to look at the artist
The girls used in the video appear to be on sexual display as they are revealing quite a lot of flesh. Calvin Harris is seen sitting in a chair whilst two girls dance beside him, suggesting that he is watching them and encourages voyeurism
PERFORMANCE, NARRATIVE OR CONCEPT BASED?
Performance based – mainly shots of Calvin Harris performing the lyrics to the song and girls dancing
Little narrative is used
Also concept based as the video is slightly abstract and reflects the conventions of the electro pop music genre