Shot by shot analysis - Kelly Rowland . Stole                                        Roseanne Howlett


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Here is a shot by shot analysis I produced of the music video 'Stole' by the singer Kelly Rowland.

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  1. 1. Shot by shot analysis - Kelly Rowland . Stole Roseanne Howlett Shot Description Lyrics Length (secs) 1 Wide shot of boy lying on bed looking up. Intro music 3 2 Close of Kelly Rowland singing towards camera. ‘Stole, stole, stole’ 2 3 Medium close up of boy lying on bed. (Camera Music 4 panning up). 4 Wide shot (side view) of boy lying on bed with ‘He was always such a nice 3 Kelly in background singing towards him. boy’ 5 Close up of Kelly sitting on boy’s bedroom floor ‘The quiet one, with good in…’ 2 singing. 6 Close up of boy laying on bed looking up. ‘…tensions’ 2 7 Close up of boys hand gripping a shirt. ‘He was down for his brother’ 2 8 Close up of Kelly singing towards boy. Respectful to his mother, a 3 good boy’ 9 Close up of boy getting up from bed. Kelly in ‘But the good don’t get 2 background watching him. attention’ 10 Long shot of boy’s mother and sister eating ‘One kid with the promise’ 2 breakfast at the kitchen table. Kelly on bench in background singing. 11 Wide shot of mum and sister at table with a ‘The brightest kid in school’ 2 slightly changed angle. Boy is walking through the door. Mum has head in hand. 12 Close up of Kelly Singing towards them. ‘He’s not a fool’ 1 13 Close up of mum lifting her head to look at her ‘Reading books about…’ 2 son. Face is bruised. 14 Close up of boy looking horrified at mum. ‘…science and smart…’ 2 15 Long/wide shot of mum and sister with Kelly in ‘…stuff. It’s not enough…’ 2 background singing. Mums head goes back into her hands. 16 Close of sister looking towards mum. ‘…no.’ 1 17 Wide shot of boy leaving. Mum watches him ‘Cause smart don’t…’ 1 leave. 18 Close up of Kelly singing at camera. ‘…make you cool’ 2 19 Wide shot of mum and sister at table with Kelly ‘Whooaa’ 2 looking towards camera singing. Mum has her head in her hands. 20 Medium close of boy walking along path. ‘He’s not invisible…’ 2 21 Wide shot of boy walking towards his school with ‘…anymore’ 2 the camera angled, looking up at him. 22 Wide shot of Kelly on bedroom floor singing ‘With his father 9…’ 2 towards camera. 23 Close of Kelly singing towards camera. ‘…and a broken fuse’ 2 24 Medium close of boy walking through the school ‘He said he walked through 1 corridors past the lockers. that…’ 25 Medium close up of boy walking, Kelly leaning on ‘…classroom door’ 2 the wall watching him walking towards toilets. 26 Long shot of boy walking into toilets ‘He’s all over Primetime…’ 1 27 Medium close up of boy walking towards cubicles. ‘…news’ 1 28 Close up of a school girl walking through corridors (chorus) ‘Mary’s got the same 2 past the lockers. size…’ 29 Wide shot of girl turning with surprise. ‘…hands as Marilyn Monroe’ 2 30 Wide shot of Kelly singing in a classroom of ‘She put her fingers…’ 2 students. (Camera panning to the right). 31 Close up of Kelly singing towards camera. ‘…in the imprints and 2 danced…’ 32 Wide shot of girl walking towards toilet entrance. ‘…the Chinese…’ 1 33 Wide shot of Kelly singing towards camera in ‘…theatre…’ 0.5 classroom. 1
  2. 2. Shot by shot analysis - Kelly Rowland . Stole Roseanne Howlett 34 Medium close up of girl walking into toilets. ‘sh…’ 1 35 Medium wide shot of girl walking towards ‘…ow’ 1 cubicles. 36 Close of Kelly singing looking towards the left. ‘She could have been a 1 movie…’ 37 Wide shot of girls back whilst she’s opening one ‘…star’ 1 of the cubicle doors. 38 Close up of girl looking down with a confused ‘Never got the…’ 1 facial expression which turns to shock. 39 Close of Kelly singing looking down to floor. ‘…chance to…’ 1 40 Close of girl putting hands to face looking very ‘…go that…’ 1 shocked. We get the sense she is screaming. 41 Medium wide shot of girl baking away from toilets ‘…far. Life was stole…’ 2 and screaming. Camera pans slighting to left showing her desperately running out of the toilets. 42 Close up of Kelly singing towards camera. ‘ooole’ 2 43 Wide shot of girl running out of toilet entrance. ‘Now we’ll nev…’ 1 44 Close up of Kelly looking down. ‘…er know…’ 1 45 Medium close up of girl running. (Camera ‘…oow. No no…’ 2 panning right.) Turns into close up shot of girl. From lip synch, we can see she is shouting ‘help’. 46 Birds eye view shot of the boy’s body under a ‘…nooo no’ 2 blanket being taken out of the school. 47 Close up of the boy’s feet hanging out of the ‘Owoh’ ‘2 blanket. Camera pans up as the body goes up onto the ambulance. 48 Wide shot over looking the ambulance, school Music 2 kids and news vans. 49 Wide shot of Kelly sitting on a tree singing. ‘They were crying to the 2 cameras’ 50 Wide shot of sad school kids, with some talking to ‘Said he never fitted in’ 2 new reporters. (Camera pans to the right.) 51 Medium close up of Kelly singing towards ‘He wasn’t welcome’ 1 camera. 52 Medium close up of a school boy talking into ‘He showed up…’ 1 microphone. The green tint hints to the audience that the shot is meant to be coming from one of the news reporter’s cameras. 53 Medium close up two girls looking shocked. ‘…to the parties…’ 1 (Camera pans to the left.) 54 Camera zooms in on school kids crying. ‘…we were hanging in’ 1 55 Over the shoulder shot of Kelly sitting on tree. ‘Some guys were putting him 1 down’ 56 Medium close up of Kelly singing. ‘Bulling him round’ 1 57 Medium close up of upset of the girl who found (echo) ‘Round’ 1 the boy in the toilets. A microphone is being held towards her. 58 Medium close up angled from the left of the girl ‘Now I wish I would have …’ 2 crying with the microphone being held towards her. 59 Flashes back to the past. Over the shoulder shot ‘…talked to him’ 1 of the boy who dies sitting at a school dinner table eating a sandwich. 60 Extreme close up of boy eating sandwich. Facial ‘Give him the time of day…’ 2 expression suggests he’s angry. 61 Mid – shot of a school boy pointing towards the ‘Not turned away’ 1 boy laughing. 62 Extreme close up of boy looking down and looks ‘If I would have been…’ 1 upset. 2
  3. 3. Shot by shot analysis - Kelly Rowland . Stole Roseanne Howlett 63 Medium close up of Kelly singing towards ‘…the one to maybe…’ 2 camera. 64 Wide shot of school grounds. Kelly in background ‘…go this far’ 2 singing on tree. Camera zooms in. 65 Mid – shot of Kelly singing pretending to play a ‘He might have stayed at...’ 1 guitar. 66 Medium close up of boy looking upset towards ‘…home playing angry 1 school kids. chords…’ 67 Long shot of school kids staring towards boy. ‘…on…’ 0.5 68 Extreme close up of boy looking towards the ‘…his gui…’ 0.5 school kids. 69 Mid – shot of two school kids looking towards ‘…taaaar’ 1 him. One is pointing towards him, laughing. 70 Flashed forwards back to a wide shot of school ‘He’s not invisible…’ 3 kids and news reporters. (Camera pans up into a bird’s eye view shot. 71 Mid shot of news reporter with a microphone ‘…anymore’ 2 talking to a camera. 72 Medium close up of Kelly singing towards a ‘With his baggy pants and his 2.5 camera. legs in chains’ 73 Bird’s eye view/wide shot of the school kids and ‘He said he walked through that 3 news reporters. Camera pans up. classroom…’ 74 Medium close of Kelly singing. ‘…door (verges in) 2 ‘Everybody…’ 75 Wide shot of school ground with Kelly in ‘…knows his naaa…’ 2 background singing on tree. Camera is looking down. At her. 76 Long shot of school kids in classroom. Kelly is ‘…mme (verges in) (Chorus) 1 sitting on one of the chairs. ‘Mary’s got the …’ 77 Close up of Kelly singing towards camera. ‘…same size hands 2 78 Close up of girl hand shutting draw. ‘As Marilyn…’ 1 79 Extreme close up of girl crying ‘…Mon…’ 0.5 80 Long shot of girl crying on her bedroom floor. ‘…roe… 0.5 81 Close of Kelly singing towards camera in class ‘She put…’ 0.5 room. 82 Close up of a midwife’s hands holding a blood ‘…her fingers…’ 1 pressure monitor. 83 Medium close up of girl leaning on draws crying ‘…in the…’ 0.5 hysterically. 84 Mid – shot of midwife checking girl’s blood ‘…imprints…’ 0.5 pressure. 85 Close of girls hands leaning on draws. ‘…and danced…’ 0.5 86 Close up of Kelly singing towards camera. ‘…Chinese theatre…’ 2 87 Extreme close up of girl crying. ‘…show’ 2 88 Close of Kelly singing towards camera ‘She could been a movie star’ 2 89 Long shot looking through the entrance when girl ‘Never got the…’ 1 is having her blood pressure checked. 90 Close of girls necklace (Jesus’ cross) ‘…chance to…’ 1 91 Extreme close up of girl looking upset and ‘…go that far’ 2 towards the midwife’ 92 Close up of Kelly singing towards camera ‘Life was stoooole’ 3 93 Long shot of Kelly sitting in classroom. ‘Now we’ll never…’ 1 94 Medium close up of midwife taking blood ‘..know (merges) Now we’ll 2 pressure monitor off girl. never…’ 95 Mid – shot looking behind Kelly in classroom’ ‘…knooow’ 2 96 Long shot of girl crying on bedroom floor. ‘ohhhh’ 1 97 Medium close up of a boy running. ‘Greg was…’ 0.5 98 Wide shot of boy bouncing boy past another ‘..always…’ 0.5 3
  4. 4. Shot by shot analysis - Kelly Rowland . Stole Roseanne Howlett basket ball player. 99 Wide shot of boy taking hold of ball. ‘…getting… 0.5 100 Long shot of boy jumping up and throwing ball ‘…net from…’ 1 into the basket ball net. 101 Medium close up of boy lying on the floor. ‘…20 feet away’ 2 Camera zooms in. 102 Medium close up of Kelly singing towards ’20 feet away’ 2 camera. 103 Medium close of boy smiling next to his girlfriend. ‘He had a try out…’ 1 104 Long shot of boy’s girlfriend touching his face. ‘…with the…’ 1 105 Close up of boy lying on floor. Camera zooms in. ‘…sixers’ 1 106 Wide shot of boy looking towards camera ‘Couldn’t wait…’ 1 suspiciously with another basketball player. 107 Wide shot of three boys walking along looking ‘…for Satur…’ 1 towards boy. Camera pans along with them. 108 Wide shot of Kelly singing on tree. Camera ‘…dat (Saturday)’ 2 zooms in. 109 Close up of boy turning towards the three boys. ‘Now we’re never gonna…’ 2 110 Medium close up of two of the boys staring at the ‘…see him slam’ 2 boys. Camera pans along with them. 111 Medium close up of boy staring towards them. He ‘Flying high as…’ 1 falls as if he has just been shot. 112 Wide shot of young people around the area ‘…Kobe…’ 1 running towards the scene. 113 Wide shot of people running. ‘…can’ 1 114 Medium close up of Kelly singing. ‘Life was stoooole’ 2.5 115 Wide shot of people looking down at the boy. ‘Now we’ll never…’ 1.5 116 Close up of boy lying on floor with a hand stroking ‘…knooow’ 1.5 his face. 117 Wide shot showing the basketball bouncing along ‘Never, never, never know’ 1.5 the floor. 118 Wide shot of children in classroom. (Camera Music 2 panning right.) 119 Close of a school girl looking down ‘Stole, stole, stole’ 1 120 Mid – shot of Kelly sitting on tree singing ‘Stoooole…’ 2 121 Extreme close up of a school girl wit a sad facial ‘…ooole…’ 1 expression. 122 Medium close up of Kelly singing. ‘…oole…’ 0.5 123 Wide shot with Kelly sing on tree. ‘…ole’ 0.5 124 Medium close up of a school boy looking up. Music 2 125 Wide shot of classroom. (Camera pans right.) Music 2 126 Medium close up of a school boy looking towards ‘ooo woh…’ 2 camera. 127 Wide shot of Kelly singing on tree. Camera ‘yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, 2.5 zooms in. yeah…’ 128 Wide shot of classroom. Camera pan right. ‘…yeeeah’ (merges) (Chorus) 2 Mary’ got the… ’ 129 Medium close up of Kelly singing towards ‘…same size hands…’ 2 camera. 130 Long shot of people at a memorial wall for the two ‘…as Marilyn…’ 2 boys who died. Girl is walking towards it with a pushchair. 131 Mid shot of girl walking away from memorial with ‘…Monroe. She put her…’ 1 pushchair looking sad. 132 Long shot of classroom with Kelly singing in ‘…fingers in the…’ 1 background. 133 Mid – shot of girl walking whilst looking at wall. ‘…imprints and danced…’ 1.5 (Camera pans left.) 4
  5. 5. Shot by shot analysis - Kelly Rowland . Stole Roseanne Howlett 134 Wide shot of people standing around wall. Girl is ‘…Chinese theatre show’ 2 in the middle with pushchair. 135 Medium close up of Kelly singing looking right. ‘She was gonna be a star’ 2 136 Wide shot of girl looking into pushchair. Wall in ‘She could have been a movie 2 the background shows paintings of the first boy star’ who died. 137 Close up of baby in pushchair. ‘Never got the chance to go 3 that…’ 138 Wide shot of girl standing up. ‘…far. Life was…’ 2 139 Close of Kelly singing. ‘…stole…’ 2 140 Wide shot of girl writing on wall. ‘…stole’ 1 141 Close up of Kelly singing towards camera. ‘Now we’ll never, never know 3 no’ 142 Medium close up of two boys walking towards the ‘Greg way always…’ 1 wall. 143 Wide shot showing painting of the second boy ‘…getting hits…’ 1 who died. 144 Medium close up of one of the boys pointing at ‘…from 20 feet away’ 1.5 the wall with a basketball. 145 Wide shot of the wall with Kelly in the middle ‘He had game, oooh’ 2 singing. 146 Wide/long shot of people looking towards the ‘He had a try out with the…’ 1.5 school with sad facial expressions. 147 Close of Kelly looking down. ‘…sixers, couldn’t…’ 2 148 Medium close of Kelly singing. ‘…wait for Saturday’ 2 149 Mid – shot of Kelly singing. ‘Now we’re never gonna…’ 2 150 Close up of Kelly singing. ‘…see him slam’ (merges) 2.5 ‘gonna see him’ ‘Flying high as…’ 151 Wide shot of people walking by the wall looking ‘…Kobe can’ 2 up at it. 152 Wide shot of Kelly sitting on tree singing. ‘Life was stooole’ 2 153 Wide shot of people walking by the wall. ‘Now we’ll never know’ 2 154 Medium close up of girl writing ‘Think before you ‘Now we’ll never, never know 2.5 act’ on the wall. no’ 155 Medium close up of Kelly singing towards ‘oh no no…’ 2.5 camera. Camera zooms in. 156 Medium close up of girl looking across wall. ‘…no’ 1 157 Medium close up of Kelly singing. ‘Yeah their lives were stole’ 2 158 Wide shot of wall. Camera zooms out. Music 1.5 159 Close up of Kelly singing in the classroom. ‘Now we’ll never kn…’ 2 160 Wide shot of girl walking away from wall with ‘…ow’ 2.5 pushchair. (Camera pans right with her.) 161 Wide shot of the classroom. (Camera pans left.) ‘We were here…’ 2 162 Close up of Kelly singing. ‘altogether yesterday’ 2 163 Long shot looking at the back of Kelly leaning ‘Stole, stole, stole’ 2.5 onto a school desk. 164 Medium close up of Kelly turning around from the Music verges out 2 wall, looking at camera then turning away. 165 Wide shot of wall with Kelly in middle. She exits to Silence 7 the right. From the very beginning of this music video, there is a sense of distress. The lighting is very limited which represents unhappiness. A teenage boy is introduced lying on his bed. A sign of distress would be the face of the boy. He is looking up towards his ceiling with a un-expressional face which suggests he might be feeling lost or troubled about something. 5
  6. 6. Shot by shot analysis - Kelly Rowland . Stole Roseanne Howlett Kelly Rowland, the artist of the video is sitting on the floor is a glow light effect around her. I feel this is trying to symbolise that she is playing the ghost of the video. She is not actually their but is over watching the boy. In another shot, the boy is gripping a piece of material which could either be a piece of clothing or a towel. This symbolises that he is perhaps distressed. The boy leaves his bed and heads downstairs to find his mother with her head in her hands. His sister is sitting with the mother with a cheerless facial expression. As the mothers head comes up to look at the boy, she has a bruised face which tells the audience she has most likely been abused. The boy’s facial expression is shaken. The lighting is again very limited which makes the atmosphere very gloomy. It gives the setting a dismal factor. As if something has gone wrong or if something bad is going to happen. As if it’s building up towards something hurtful. Kelly is again in the background with a glow which suggests she’s not actually in the scene. The boy exits with out speaking which helps represent he’s troubled. As the boy walks along the path with his backpack, he looks angry and very lost. The lighting has a grey tint to add tension and sorrow. A slow motion effect has been added, like something dire is going to happen. He walks past lockers which symbols he’s in school. The motion has become slower and the lighting is darker which tells the audience the something bad is coming much closer. The boy enters the toilets. There is a blue and grey tint in this scene which makes it feel cold and gloomy. There is then a flash and it goes onto the next scene. The next scene represents a young teen girl walking through by the lockers which the boy did. She suddenly turns in surprise then enters the toilets. Her face is very confused. She opens the cubicle which the boy entered and her face turns into hysterical terror. It portrays that she has perhaps found the boy in a bad state worst, dead. She runs out screaming. The next scene represents the boy being carried under a blanket. This resembles that he’s obviously dies (committed suicide). He probably did it as he was feeling depressed. The lyrics before the chorus goes ‘he’s not invisible anymore’. This symbolises that he was perhaps not a popular boy at school and may have not had many friends. When he’s carried out, the audience get a better clue that it is him as his shoes are hanging out from underneath the blanket. It goes on to show school kids crying with news reporters interviewing them. There is a scene where it flashes back to the past when the boy is still alive. It shows him eating his lunch at school. He’s sitting on his own which suggest he had no friends. Other school kids are pointing and laughing at him, which tells the audience he was picked on. This is what perhaps partly depressed him. It then flashed back to the present time. Kids who bullied him are crying, which shows their huge regret for not talking to him. After this we go onto a slightly different story. This time it is about the girl who found the boy in the toilets. It begins by showing her crying on her bedroom floor. This represents that she is obviously upset. It then goes onto to her having her blood pressure taken. Conventions such as a midwife and baby pictures on the wall suggests the girl is pregnant and this is why she is crying. The next scene goes onto some boys playing basketball. It focuses on a specific boy who is the best player. After he gets the ball into the net, he goes over to his friends and girlfriend. He then notices three boys walking together staring at him. He looks very suspicious. He then falls to floor as he has just been shot. Possible reasons behind this could be jealousy. People rush over as the boy lays on the floor and dies. These three characters were the victims in this video. The final main scene is of the girl walking over to a memorial wall for the two boys who died. She is with a push chair which suggests this is a later on as she had just turned pregnant when first introduced. There are lots of people looking over the wall. The girl writes a specific quote on the wall ‘think before you act. This is the moral of the video. Everyone in the video had acted in a way to cause pain and misery. The first boy committed suicide. If he had perhaps talked to someone trustworthy about how he felt, then he could have conquered his misery. The school kids all bullied him. They had acted in such a way to drive that boy to this state of depression. The young girl had become pregnant at a young age. The lyrics go ‘She could have been a movie star, never got the chance to go that far’. This states that because she became pregnant, she ruined her chances of this great opportunity. The boys who shot the last boy may have been jealous of him due to his great talent. At the end of each chorus it goes ‘life was stole, now we’ll never know’. The video is trying to tell the audience that if these incidents did not occur, then perhaps their lives would have been much better. No one will ever know. 6

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