Analysis of ‘Dawes - Stories
Don’t End - In The Studio - Part
The clip opens straight away with a shot of a member
of the band, Taylor, guitar in hand, performing.
Located in a studio with a homely feel. He plays the
start of their song ‘Most People’ live and the audio
seamlessly changes to the studio version of the track.
A fade leads the clip onto the next shot, a mid shot of the band’s drummer Griffin
performing the song which is playing in the clip. This is followed by similar shots of
the two other members of the band also performing the track, though the studio
recording continues playing. The over the shoulder shot of the keyboardist (Tay)
helps to reinforce the sense of the audience being a fly on the wall.
The song fades to a low volume and is replaced Taylor
talking about the band’s first record in an interview with
the whole band, shown through a shot of all four
members. Again, there’s a really homely feel created
by the lighting, sofas and the dog. This shot is followed
by a close up of Taylor talking, though not looking
directly at the camera.
Taylor continues talking whilst a few shots of the
band recording in the studio are shown for about 10
seconds. A panning shot is used which reinforces
the fly on the wall sense, and there are also shots
of all four members of the band separately hard at
work. The audience is given the feeling that the
band is very much equal and no particular member
is given more screen-time.
There is always the sense that it’s
an exclusive behind the scenes
insight into the recording process
with a variety of shots used and
from different angles. The shot at
the top seems to have been taken
over some equipment, and the
second is over the band member’s
shoulder, which helps to show it
as slightly more natural as it’s as if
he might not even know that the
camera is there.
As the topic of discussion changes slightly to the second record, the
clip goes back to a shot of Taylor talking, still not looking at the camera,
but this time the shot is from a different angle. Another close up of
Taylor is used. After a few seconds of this shot, the talking continues
whilst close-ups of recording equipment are shown. Before the talking
stops and the song returns, another shot of them being interviewed is
Breaking up the interview after Taylor mentions the new record the
band are shown performing a track from this record; ‘Most People’ (as
they were at the start of the clip.) They’re performing in sync with the
studio version which is playing. The shots are transitioned between
The previous shot is of Tay and fades into a two shot of him with
Taylor, where Tay is now speaking about the record. This is then
followed by a mid shot of him speaking, from a different angle. The
track continues playing quietly in the background but fades out before
the end of his speech.
When Tay is finished speaking,
the audio quickly changes back
to the studio recording of ‘Most
People’, firstly with a close up
of Taylor playing guitar, and
then followed by shots of the
band within the studio.
The clip is continually well lit and therefore quite welcoming, and shows the
audience what sorts of things the band get up to in the studio which help the
video serve its purpose as a short behind the scenes documentary. In all three
of the above shots a pan is used, following the action in the clip.
There is an amusing (though possibly not on purpose) link to the
lyrics of the song which is playing in the next shot.
“Or maybe I make trouble everywhere is followed by Griffin jokingly
hitting Tay in the back of the head. This further emphasises the
behind the scenes essence of the clip as the audience see the band
messing around in the studio. Again, the shot itself gives the feeling
of being a fly on the wall.
The song fades slightly as a mid shot of Taylor is used to show him
speaking about the band’s influences and the progression of their sound
through their three albums. Whilst still speaking shots of the band
recording are shown from a variety of angles, as well as close-ups of
equipment. After these shots the same close-up as before is used and
then is followed by the same mid shot, whilst Taylor continues to speak.
At a mention of the band a shot of them all in the studio together is shown
for the first time in the clip (excluding interview footage), where their
producer is talking with them, though the interview audio continues. The
final shot is the same mid shot of Taylor finishing off what he is saying,
and the song that has been playing quietly comes to an end.