Music Video Deconstruction
Red Hot Chili Peppers –
Monarchy of Roses
Genre – Alternative Rock
The music video begins with a line
of ink that creates a path and
outline that turns in to the
musicians playing the intro to the
The camera angle follows this line
throughout the whole music video in
many interesting motions.
The simplicity of this opening and
the focus on the artists with their
instruments is a convention of this
type of music video as the main
focus is on the artists talent.
The simple colour scheme and nature of this music video continues as the
lyrics begin. In this shot the focus is still on the artists and their talent with
their instruments. In this shot the mise -en - scene also show that this band is
not a mainstream pop band as they don't follow the latest fashion, as these
band members are topless with big heavy black jackets and jeans on.
The use of the contrasting black and white imitate the raw dark feelings of
the songs and what they are singing about as well as the hard sound of the
guitars and drums.
The mix between the close up of the guitar on
the left hand side and the long shot of the
whole person playing the guitar on the right
hand side combined makes the music video
more interesting and varied.
The continuing theme of the ink line running
through each image and the contrasting black
and white colour scheme creates a house feel
for this music video as it follows the
stereotypical conventions of alternative rock
- Main focus on the instruments and artists
- Simple in colours, costumes, not lots of
things going on at once,
- Lyrics or significant messages within the
This mix of animations and film footage create an interesting feel towards this
music video as the two styles are combined.
Even though the camera angle is more focused on the larger object of the train
the focus is still on the artist as he is the only person in this scene walking along
the top of the train.
“Do you like it rough I ask and are you up to task?
The calicos of pettibon where cultures come to clash”
Here because the camera is directly looking at the lead singer and the camera
doesn’t move the main focus is still on him with the striking dark ink patterns
developing around him. The fast paced cuts between each shots follows and
mimics the fast pace beat of the music.
The close up of the eyes is a striking image that shows the power that can be
created by just using the continuing theme of the ink drawings.
This scene is the only part of the whole music video (the chorus) where there is
colour added. The redness of the roses stand out against the black and the white
and draws your eye to them as they are the main focus of the song. At this point
the camera is panning 360˚ around the band at a low angle shot to make the
band look powerful and controlling as the roses fall around them.
Panning camera movement between all the artists
Tracking backwards as the ink line runs towards the
camera creating scenes of the artists playing.
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