Structure and Breakdown The genre of our music video is a slow pop song or a ballad. We have chosen this song because we feel it made a good a story line and we had lots of ideas to play with. Our video will include a girl in an empty house alone. She is depressed due to her boyfriend being killed in the army. The girl will be walking around the house singing the song. Flashbacks of him and her together happy, ideally in black and white, will also be present in our music video.
Lyrics This house is cold and empty Just a ghost of who I used to be I stare at my own reflection Wondering if you’d ever recognise me Last night I heard you whisper Everything is fine ‘cos I am here and I am here Last night I saw your shadow But when I called your name you dissappeared, you disappeared He was gonna say goodnight He was gonna stop the world from turning He was numb the pain Who’s gonna see you in the sky Crashing down I am looking, I am looking Who’s gonna say goodnight Who’s gonna stop the world from turning Who’s gonna see you in the sky's crashing I am broken I am broken
Illustration- either a straightforward performance video or a simple narrative video (or mixture of the two) that illustrates the meaning of the lyrics and visualizes the music in a straightforward way. It could be called music video ‘denotation’.
Narratives are rarely complex because they need to market or advertise the band/artist and song so must feature ‘repeatability’ In other words the narrative code must be ‘loose’ or simply ‘suggestive’ rather than ‘realistic’ or ‘detailed’. This is because music video audiences need to be able to watch videos repeatedly and a tight realist narrative would prove too boring after the first couple of viewings.
• Some special effects • Usually calm setting, but changes when beat kicks in • May be black and white • Sometimes has a narrative • Close up of artists and characters shown in video • EXAMPLES; Snow Patrol Jamie T Kings Of Leon The Fray Dance Music Videos
Structure and Breakdown Genre – Pop, Dance Performance video, perhaps in our school hall. The artists could perform on the stage while lots of school children can be in the audience so it looks like a concert. We have chosen this video concept because it fits with the genre of the song. The song is a dance track and in these type of music videos there tends to be performance scene with people dancing, having a good time.
Music conventions of Rescue me Dance Music Videos • Dance routines • Sometimes narrative • Location – Clubs or party • Upbeat and fun videos • Women dancers usually half naked • Bright colours • All dancers wearing similar costumes EXAMPLES;
Lyrics The water's shining Rescue me The water is freezing Rescue me I'm caught between, caught between the sun and the sea I'm caught between, caught between you and me Fell in your name, it will keep me above the water Once again I rowed to the shore, with the boat and the oar Just to see....Rescuing me What's happening, happening, happening to me I can't get it right, get it right This dream … What's happening, happening, happening to me I can't get it right, get it right This dream … rescue me
Questionnaire: What would you say were the genre characteristics of our genre? Do you have any other interpretations of the song? Do you think the idea of the video will work? Do you have any other ideas for our video? Would there be anything you would add? Would there be anything you would take out? Would there be anything you would change? Which song did you prefer? Would you agree with what we said the genre was? Do you understand the meaning of the song?