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Conventions of my sub-genre:
Pop Acoustic
By Sylvie Apps
I will analyse the conventions of two
pop-acoustic music videos:
Ed Sheeran – A Team
Ed Sheeran – Give Me Love
I have prev...
Mise En Scene
Props
In this scene the actress was trying to sell ‘Big
Issue’ magazines. This is stereotypically sold by
ho...
Mise En Scene
Costume
The actress is wearing a lot of different coloured
jumpers to keep warm and also a blanket to sleep
...
Mise En Scene
Make Up
This picture of another actress shows that she isn’t wearing
any make up apart from possibly water o...
Mise En Scene
Editing
This shot lasts for 7 seconds
and whilst the actor stays still
there is a time lapse of the city
aro...
Mise En Scene
Colours
Throughout the whole of Ed Sheeran’s –
A Team video the colour is in black and
white monochrome. Thi...
Mise En Scene
Lighting
Bright lights are reflecting off of the car lights
but are also out of focus whilst the main
subjec...
Mise En Scene
Setting
Establishing shot from a high angle of a
deserted park. The whole location of where she
has been sle...
Shot Types/Angles
Close up of the actress’s face which reveals
her emotion to the audience through her
shining eyes and sm...
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  1. 1. Conventions of my sub-genre: Pop Acoustic By Sylvie Apps
  2. 2. I will analyse the conventions of two pop-acoustic music videos: Ed Sheeran – A Team Ed Sheeran – Give Me Love I have previously analysed the shot types, length of shots and lighting in my previous textual analysis post. During this task I will focus mainly on Mise en scene, shots, angles, editing and patterns within the videos.
  3. 3. Mise En Scene Props In this scene the actress was trying to sell ‘Big Issue’ magazines. This is stereotypically sold by homeless people for them to make money whilst they are on the streets. Again, she is wearing a blanket over her shoulder which shows that she is homeless. However, people still ignore her. In this scene the actress is led on a bench in a park which shows she has been sleeping there all night as she also has a blanket and lots of layers on. These angle wings connotes cupid, purity, magic and power. Throughout the music video the performer is using a bow and arrow which emphasises the feeling of love and the fact that she is acting as cupid which is also shown through the lyrics. This shot shows an exchange of money for drugs which links with the lyrics ‘go mad for a couple grams’ and adds to the narrative. In this shot the actress is clearly taking drugs which fits with the lyrics and creates a tense storyline. This image can be very shocking to the audience but the audience also feel sympathy for her.
  4. 4. Mise En Scene Costume The actress is wearing a lot of different coloured jumpers to keep warm and also a blanket to sleep on which shows she is homeless. However, she is wearing shorts which is unusual so this suggests that she cant afford trousers. This makes the viewer feel sympathy towards her. This actress is wearing a large winter jacket and a scarf which shows it could be winter. She looks upset in the video which could suggest she too is living on the streets. In this shot the actress’s clothing completely changes to a lace edge top and she is placed in front of a mirror which suggests she is getting ready. In this shot the actress is trying to work as a prostitute to earn money. She has changed her costume to less clothing to appear more seductive. This image shows the actress wearing angel wings which shows that she is playing the role as cupid to create an interesting narrative. Old baggy clothing is being worn which suggests that she doesn’t have a lot of money.
  5. 5. Mise En Scene Make Up This picture of another actress shows that she isn’t wearing any make up apart from possibly water on her face to make it look like she has been crying. This screen shot shows that the make up on the actress is thick and black and is smudged to show that she is crying. This brings a lot of emotion to the music video. In this shot her make up is similar to the other shots in the video. Her eyes are made to look wet and as if she is crying and her face shows a lot of emotion. Her make up is running under her eye which shows she is upset. Theatrical blood is used in Ed Sheeran’s video ‘give me love’ to show that the actress is dead. Neutral make up
  6. 6. Mise En Scene Editing This shot lasts for 7 seconds and whilst the actor stays still there is a time lapse of the city around her which mainly involves cars moving past at a fast pace which suggests that she was stood there for quite a while. Focus pull whilst camera tracks out. The following shot is also a continuation of the previous time lapse which lasts for another 8 seconds. it changes slightly by featuring people walk past instead of cars. Showing that people are ignoring the girl for a long period of time as she is sat outside in the cold. This next shot of the time lapse continues for another 6 seconds. The scene stays the same but the angle of the shot changes. This is significant to show the amount of time she is sat there so the audience can connect with the narrative and feel sympathy towards her. The colour of the shots have been edited throughout the whole video to the monochrome colours of black and white. In this scene there is a smoke effect used. Overlaying images At the end of the video there is an overlaying image of the actress on top of a time lapse of the clouds. This shows that she has died which links to the lyrics and is an end to a disturbing narrative.
  7. 7. Mise En Scene Colours Throughout the whole of Ed Sheeran’s – A Team video the colour is in black and white monochrome. This is a theme throughout a lot of his music videos and dark colours are part of the pop acoustic genre in general. Most other videos I have looked at are in colour but only neutral shades and it looks dark overall. Colours in Ed Sheeran’s – Give Me Love video consist of neutral colours. However, the colour theme throughout is still quite dark although the video is in full colour.
  8. 8. Mise En Scene Lighting Bright lights are reflecting off of the car lights but are also out of focus whilst the main subject (actor) is in focus. The lighting in this image is quite dark due to the monochrome colours. Throughout most of the video the lighting is dark to fit with the disturbing storyline. The lighting is quite dark in Ed Sheeran’s – give me love. This is also due to the editing of the dark colours. Lighting is brighter in this image when the actress is acting as cupid. Also smoke bombs are used to create a mystical atmosphere.
  9. 9. Mise En Scene Setting Establishing shot from a high angle of a deserted park. The whole location of where she has been sleeping is revealed. Long shot and she is central to the image so the audiences eye line go straight to her. Establishing shot of busy city taken from a high angle. Shows that the actress fits in with the scene and she doesn’t stand out as being homeless due to the monochrome colours. Low angle central close up of her feet. Shows that she is constantly on the move as she doesn’t have a permanent home. Setting appears very mystical with the type of buildings and the after editing of the clouds in the sky.This establishing shot shows the emergency services arriving at the girls house at the end of the video as it was revealed she was dead at the start of the video (circular narrative).
  10. 10. Shot Types/Angles Close up of the actress’s face which reveals her emotion to the audience through her shining eyes and smudged make up. This shot was taken from a high angle crane shot. This shot is a close up taken at a low angle of her feet. Her lower body is central to the image and it reveals the empty city around her as well as her blanket which she will sleep with. Establishing shot taken from a high angle to reveal where she has been sleeping for the night in a large park. She is central to the image and there is a lot of space in the shot to show her surroundings. This shot is taken from a high angle just above her head so part of her face can be seen and then her reflection is shown in the mirror. It could be said that it is an over the shoulder shot if the camera was lower down. This shot is taken from an extremely low angle straight up from the ground so only the bottom of her face is revealed. The camera rotates as she turns around looking into the sky. High angle shot to make the actress appear vulnerable. Camera pans to the left to reveal the main character spying on a couple hidden behind a wall.

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