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Music video conventions - UNFINISHED

23 Aug 2015
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  1. Andrew Godwin’s Theory Music Video Conventions
  2. Andrew Godwin’s Music Video Conventions ▪ Voyeurism ▪ Narrative and Performance ▪ Relationship between the lyrics and visuals ▪ Genre Conventions ▪ Intertextual References ▪ Star construction
  3. Voyeurism Voyeurism is the notion of looking and it is typically used to sexualize characters in a video, but may also be used to imply spying on someone. It is often achieved through the use of handheld cameras, mirrors, screens, telescopes, magnifying glasses, binoculars and other items that direct the viewers outlook.
  4. Voyeurism Miley Cyrus – Can’t be Tamed This video uses shots a crowd of people looking at Miley like a caged animal. This is done to parody the voyeuristic way that celebrities are viewed.
  5. Narrative and Performance Godwin proposed that it was crucial for a music video to have either a narrative (a short story or plot line) or a performance (a sequence in which the artist sings, dances or plays an instrument). This allows the video to be more entertaining in attempts to retain the audience’s attention. It can also be used to create another layer of meaning to the video and make the video more memorable.
  6. Voyeurism Miley Cyrus – Can’t be Tamed This video uses shots a crowd of people looking at Miley like a caged animal. This is done to parody the voyeuristic way that celebrities are viewed.
  7. Genre Conventions Goodwin’s theory claims that it is important for a video to exhibit conventions of it’s genre. This can be done through shot types, locations, actors, props and content. Like a film, a music video will consist of certain conventions so that the piece appeals to, and is easily identified by, the audience.
  8. Genre Conventions Sheppard – Geronimo This video exhibits multiple conventions of the indie-pop genre. Indie bands aren’t as mainstream and thus have lower budgets to create their videos, this often leads to creative and quirky videos as seen in Shepppard’s use of cardboard to create the setting and props. Another convention incorporated is the shot types, there are often
  9. Relationship between Lyrics and Visuals Godwin claims that visuals can be used to ILLUSTRATE, AMPLIFY or CONTRADICT the lyrics of a song This can be done to reinforce, add or create meanings in a song
  10. Illustrating Lyrics EDEN – End Credits Illustration is the most simplistic form of representing lyrics and works by shoeing a literal representation of the words. In this video a cigarette appears as the lyrics “cigarette ash” are sung and a polaroid shown respectively.
  11. Amplifying Lyrics Hozier – Take me to Church Amplification of the lyrics using visuals aims to enhance the concept that the lyrics propose whilst still retaining the meaning. Both the lyrics and visuals of this music video are an incitement against institutions that undermine humanity.
  12. Contradicting Lyrics Jessie J – Price Tag Contradicting the lyrics of a song can be achieved by either ignoring the meaning of a song or by showing the exact opposite. In Jessie J’s video she is shown singing ‘Not about the money’ as she stands under a money tree. By doing so, she is creating a juxtaposition that is more stimulating than having her, say, burn the money.
  13. Star Construction Artists may associate themselves with certain places, items or ideas that are iconic and memorable to their audience This may be done
  14. Star Construction Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear As part of her star construction in her album ‘1000 Forms of Fear’, Sia has concealed her face and is instead recognized by a blonde, bob cut, wig. By doing so she constructs herself to be somewhat mysterious and connotes her lack of superficiality. She also uses Maddie Ziegler in her videos for Chandelier and Elastic Heart; her use of contemporary dance is again enigmatic and will thus create a larger appeal.
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