Tuesday, 30 November 2010

We are the Ocean - Confessions Lyrics

 I'm writing these confessions to you
As in all songs the lyrics are polysemic because the word confessions could include anything. We've decided that we will not therefore show the confessions. We have also decided that the protaganist will be female to help us appeal to the male gaze and signify innocence and vulnerability of the character as a feminist denotation of this. A post feminist denotation would be that the protaganist in the video is running away by choice and showing her feminine freedom. We realise that it is unconventional to have a male singing voice displaying a female protaganist but we wanted to signify these traits. 

Therefore we initially decide that the shot will show an extreme close up shot of the female protaganist writing this would then pan up to an extreme close up of the protaganist with a tear in her eye. This would signify intense emotion and get the audience to sympathise with the protaganist. 

She would be wearing a white dress both to appeal to the male gaze and to signify her innocence as from I Don't Love You by My Chemical Romance. However unlike this video the actor we have chosen has short brown hair this could signify as an opositional reading that she is a lesbian or the preffered reading that the character is a rebeliouse. To lead the audience away from the opositional reading into the preffered reading we will signify previouse relationships by having her reaching out to boys she thinks she sees in the street. The dress could signify a wedding. Therefore to anchor the preffered reading and to both stick to the codes and conventions and appeal to the male gaze we will use a serial aspect to the video by not making up the hair of the protaganist and placing her in a street. Essentially we are using the types of feminist crtiique costumes an artist like Lady Ga Ga would although perhaps not as extreme. We want to signify the protaganist is both displaying herself to get the song to sell but also a free untouchable lady.

I'm writing these confessions to you 
For this shot we intend to have the protaganist looking up at the mirror as a question of her identity such as in the Eminem video not affraid. She would post the note on the mirror and sing to the mirror holding her hand up against the mirror and touching it. 

All of the time the lighting would be very low key such as in the Leona Lewis video Light Up where the frame fades to black at the edges.
Oh wont you hold my hand, and take me to the other side
Once again there is a great deal of polysemy as to the meaning of the lyric "the other side" it could mean the other side of death, the other side of life or even the other side of the street. We want to leave it polysemic although the side of death seems to be signified.

We will therefore show the protaganist trying to hold the hand of a boy. The boy could be a band member. As she goes to hold there hand they will dissapeare. This will be done using Final Cut  

Well I want to see you, I want to see with my own eyes
Similarly to the scene where she is naked in the Lady Ga Ga video and the Flash dance video we will show a high angle shot of the protaganist colapsing to the floor and holding her eyes in tears on the floor.

I'm writing these confessions to you
Similarly to most rock music videos we would therefore here show the performance side of the video. To signify the band is non diagetic to the narrative we would use a flash cut. The shot  would be a two shot showing the lead singer in a low angle shot with the guitarist. This would track side ways around the lead singer.

Oh wont you hold my hand, and take me to the other side
We see a a low angle shot of the lead guitarist then a close up shot of him holding the guitar to get the mise en scene to match the lyric.

Well I want to see you, I want to see with my own eyes
We see a close up shot of the lead singer then an extreme close of of his eyes. The shot fades to black to signify a break away from the performance.

I'm writing these confessions to you
Like in the short film Runaway by Kanye West we will here see an extreme long shot which tracks backwards as the protaganist runs towards her. The protaganist will have bags with her to signify she is moving away perminantly.

I'm writing these confessions to youWe will then see a point of view short of him running across vast open spaces.

So wont you hold my hand, and take me to the other sideLike in the Pieces video by Sum 41 we will here see images from the protaganists past. She will reach out to touch them and they will fade away.

Well I want to you, yeah I want to see with my own..Here she will meet a river and there will be a flash cut to signify the change in diagesis.

(Guitar solo)
There will be a low angle shot signifying the band are powerfull of the lead guitarist playing the guitar. This will be intercut with a tracking medium long shot and an extreme close up of him on his guitar.
I'm writing these confessions to youHere we will see a long tracking shot of him running down a street when all of a sudden he will meet a wall.

I'm writing these confessions to youLike in the Brokeback Mountain scene here we will see her punching the wall and breaking down in a long shot from the side.
So wont you take me hand and take me to the other sideAn over the shoulder shot him looking at the other side of train tracks

Well I want to see you, I want to see with my own..
I want to see with my own eyes
Oh Oh
I want to see with my own eyes
He will sit on a wall a train will go by and he will dissapear after the train has left

Monday, 29 November 2010

Genre Research - A day to Remember

 This is a metalcore band founded in 2003. They were originally signed to Idianola Records which is an independent hardcore label. They then moved onto Victory Records which is a conglomerate of smaller independent record labels. They worked with Fearless records an independent punk record label.

The Plot Bomb Panhandle [LINK]
  • In this videe we see the performance side of the video which is diagetic and performed on the se of the concept
  • In the concept we see an old lady, a man in a suit signifying a worker, a asian looking man in a karate outfit and a fat wrestler signified by the wrestling mask all come together in a dance studio and seem to get taught a martial art by the asian man
  • This brings humour because the characters shown are archetypal stereotypes of minority communities in the same area
   Have Faith in Me [LINK]
  • In this video the performance is non diagetic to the narrative and in a pitch black room the performers are wearing black but this performance is 2:00 of 3:10 although towards the end the narrative people enter the performance world
  • In the narrative we see many two shots of a man and a woman to signify a relationship between
  • The narrative is socialy realistic as signified by the casual clothing

Genre Research - + 44

+ 44 are an alternative rock band fromed from the Blink 182 members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker [wiki]. Interscope Records was who they signed up with in 2006 a subsidiary of UMG. In 2007 they moved onto Myspace records also a subsidiary of UMG and Fearless records an independent label.

When Your Heart Stops Beating   [LINK]

  • The band a wearing casual clothing and have short hair
  • They are playing in a warehouse with lots of grafety on the walls
  • The video begins with a point of view low angle shot follwing the band walking in the warhouse this signifies social realism
  • The use of shots of a girl getting undressed in a bed with another man stereotypically appeals to the male gaze and shows the feminist point of view that these girls are in to purely to sell the song 
  • Every cut is a wipe cut to signify the whole piece is one shot therefore real
155 [LINK]
  • This is a performance based video in which the camera has a birds eye lens to signify the camera is a point of view shot of a fly
  • The shots include low angle shots of the band to signify they are powerfull
  • This is intercut with black and white shots of the band in the dressing room to once again signify realism
A key branded image that appears in both these videos is the topless drummer who is heavily tatood and the man with the purple moheeken this would normally signify punk rock which is another genre the band works in

Another key motif is the company logo

Narrative Side of the Video

A girl is packing her bag in a hurry running away from home. The chorus comes in and she is

The Perfromance Side of the Video

The band will wear casual emo clothing this inlucedes skinny jeans, shirts with comic images checked shirts either bright colours or black genreally quite tight. They will have a set of drums 2 guitars a microphone and a stand. This will be set in Lucy's garage.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Alternative Rock

Alt rock began in the 1980's and became popular in the 1990's. It was born from indie music and Britpop.

Our Lady Peace - Starseed [LINK]
  • This is a video with a sepia filter over it to signify honesty from the footage and that the footage may be old
  • The band are dressed in casual clothing with short hair to appeal to 16-24 year old audiences
  • They perform both in the countryside and in a crampt room
  • They appear to be meditating in a Budhist temple a stereotypical representation of this religion

Idea Draft 2

My idea for the song was to have a blind man writing his will. Whilst we see shots of him in bed commiting assisted suicide. The band would also perform in a crampt dark space to signify the head of the blind man.

Group Idea Draft 1

Our group Idea was to have the songe Confessions by We are the Ocean

Our idea was to have a girl writing a not as to why she's running away. She packs her bag runs away to nowhere. Meanwhile shots of the band are intergrated between this performance this will be in a garage.

Alternative Rock

Alternative Rock

This begun in the 1980's and became popular in the 1990's it comes from indie music and britpop.

Heavy Metal Summary

Heavy metal music is characterised by the screaching guitars and banging drums and sometimes screaming vocals

Heavy metal music videos nearly al have an aspect of performance in them. They all show a long shot often long angle shot of the whole band performing. This would be intergrated with extreme close up shots to show off the bands instrumental talent.  The shots would allways be tracking in some way. The convention is to have the band perfoming on a stage under flashing lights although many videos have broken this convention.

The conventional heavy metal image is to have long hair and to wear black jeans and a black shirt. However Glam metal in its metrosexual clothing and Nu metal in its casual clothing break this convention. Rarely do we see women portrayed as powerfull in the band they are generally portrayed as sex objects. although a post feminist may argue against this. The band are also always white.

Viking Metal

Chris Lawrence Viking Metal Presentationl
The point I made about the viking costume being metrosexual isn't correct the costumes are to reflect to genre of the music and to show the notion of looking
Women in this sub genre were not portrayted as the sex objects that would be stereotypical to Glam Metal

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Glam Metal

 Glame Metal began inb the 1970's key bands include Kiss and Gun's and Roses
The Darkness - Christmas Time [LINK]
  • This video contains many intertextual references to other christmas music videos because it is in a log cabin in the snow this is an intertextual link to the Wham video [LINK]
  • Stereotypically to heavy metal the band are shown in one low angle long shot perfroming there intrments to signify their power and show off their instimental ability
  • However countertypically the band aren't dressed in black
Queen - 'Bohemian Rhapsody' [LINK]
  • In this video we see the stereotypical to heavy metal see low angle tracking shots of the band performing
  • We see cross fade shots of each band member perfroming around darnkness which we then see them in a group of four
  • We also see lots of flashing low key lighting and the mise en scene of large open silver jump suits is the convention of this genre

Grunge Metal

Grunge Metal began in Seatle in the Mid 1980's [wiki]

Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun [LINK]
  • The performers are dressed in casual clothing and perform on a patch of grass infront of a blue sky
  • The canted streched angle makes the perfomance seem strange
  • We see lots of canted angle colourfull shots of body builders doing press ups, animals drinking milk, and a cuple in a bathroom with the female dressed skimpily to apeal to the male gaze
Pearl Jam- Jeremy [LINK]
  • This is a performance based video although it is in black and white
  • Like most other performance based videos it uses lots of cross fades, close ups, long shots and tracking shots
  • The band are stereotypically dressed in black  with long hair
Niravana - Smells Like Teen Spirit [LINK]
  • This is a performance based video
  • The band are unconventionally dressed casually
  • There are cheerleaders to apeal to the male gaze and to play with the idea of teenage popularity
  • The use of a sepia colour filter signifies the school is dry and drab and inpleasant to be in

Thrash Metal

Thrash Metal is like Heavy metal but with a faster tempo and agression it began in the 1980's and key bands include Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer. [WIKI]

Metalica - Fade to Black [LINK]
  • In this video we see lots of cross fades, flashing lights, long shots of the band, close ups of their instumental talent and the camera is always moving
  • The artists are stereotypically dressed in black with long hair
Anthrax - Belly of the Beast [LINK]
  • In this video the performers once again have long curly hair and are wearing black
  • It begins with a POV shot of the lead singer looking out to the crowd
  • It then Shows them grafitying a wall and in a bus
Anthrax Madhouse

Nu Metal

Nu metal is the mix of rap grunge metl and hip hop and heavy metal key bands include Linkin Park and Papa Roach it began in  1994 in claifornia.

Linp Bizkit - Break Stuff [LINK]

  • This is a perfomrance based video
  • There is a fixed low angle camera to signify stereotypically the rappers as powerfull
  • This appeals to a teenage audience 12-18 because of the use of a skate park
  • The shots cut to show lots of different people performing the song such as Eminem and Snoop Dog
Korn - Word Up [LINK]
  • In this video the bands faces are layered onto the faces of dogs
  • Therefore we see lots of points of view shots from the dogs perspective
  • They go to a club and and they use ladies in bikinis as is stereotypical to rap videos an illustration of the feminist view that naked ladies a put in purley to apeal to the male gaze 

Nu Metal

Nu metal began in 1994 in California and is the combination of rap and heavy metal young 12-16 teenage audiences are its target audience.

Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff

Monday, 22 November 2010

Plastic Stars - Frezepop Music Video Idea

Plastic Stars is a synth pop track

A girl is playing a doll. Another girl is looking after her. The narrative begins with her getting out of bed she brushes her hair. Dresses her put makeup on her. Takes her out shopping. Takes her to work. Then takes her back home. Undresses her. Takes her makup off her. Puts her in bed and cuddles in close to her in bed.

The performance side of the video involves the two characters perfoming together. They are in a small picture box set. The instruments are replaced with shopping bags for guitars. Iron boards for violins. Hair brushes for microphones. And frying pans for drums. There is lots of jump cuts used on the beat of the music.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

More Electropop

We are the robots- Kraftwork [LINK]
  • This is a performance based video
  • The robots in orange stay perfectly still and rigid while the play the instuments
  • They are all dressed in orange with slick back hair to signify that they are robots
The Chemical Brothers - Star Guitar
  • This video is just one shot which I wouldn't be able to do because it is just one shot
  • However I like the idea of seeing something every beat

The Saturdays - Just Cant Get Enough
  • This is a video in which we conventionally see all the band members perfoming different individual roles
  • They are dressed in lingerie to appeal to the male gaz
  • They are stereotypiucally in the feminist view naked to sell their song and they are portrayed as uselesss because they are worrying about their weight as signifies as we see one on weighing scales

Michel Gondry Videos

Kylie Minogue - Come Into my world [LINK]
  • This is one shot in which pans round and round
  • Kylie walks through different street scenarioes
  • As she complites a revolution one of each character inlcuding Kylie is added to the video
  • Eventualy there are 4 kylies walking around together
Light and Day - Polyphonic Spree [LINK]
  • This begins with a man looking through a window
  • He goes to the beach
  • He meets with a girl
  • The video then follows many scenarioes involving there relationship
  • There mouths are dubed over there faces so it appears exagerated
  • Suddenly everything begins to move like a mouth would
La Ville - Oui Oui [LINK]

  • A man falls through a colourfull animated tunnel signifying he is on a drug trip
  • Everyone has afros and is orange
  • They dance in fromation in a long shot in front of an animated street