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Music Video Theory

This is a Prezi, in which I explain music video theory, relating to real life examples and my own music video. I have presented thus on a Prezi – to access, select the image below in which a new tab will appear with the presentation. musicvideotherorrr


Music Video

The three styles i could potentially theme my music video on are:

Performance – This structure relies heavily on the performer. This style includes lip syncing, whilst acting in a location of choice. For example, Adele, ‘Hello’ uses the performance style. As a soloist, she sings on her own meanwhile also acting out her pain whilst suffering with heartache! This would be a difficult theme to select due to the quality of the actor would have to be high standards to make the music video look professional. However, with recreating this style with a band, this includes instruments, a suitable location and a singer with fellow band members. Mumford and sons, ‘little lion heart’ was one take, shot all at once from different camera angles, and then edited to produce the music video. This style is time efficient however also difficult to produce as I do not know a band in which I could use for this.

Narrative – The narrative technique shows a different take on music video. This is similar to a short film however no speaking unless occasional lip syncing. The narrative acts out a story to portray a message behind the song. I feel that this type of music video would be most suitable for me as with the resources I have, I could make this happen. This also interests me the most. For example, ‘wake me up’ by Avicii portrays a message clearly and this is the main focus of the music video.

Conceptual – This example is unrelated to the first two, however this option does not appeal to me because I do not like the idea of having a display of short videos that work with the song but not necessarily go after one another. I enjoy structure and a tight story lines to music videos, not making my music video too ambiguous or confusing to view.


Here are listed resources and a rough outline of how I desire my music video to turn out. Here are some vague ideas and some elements that triggered me to be inspired, and how I will put these aspirations into action in my music video!

  • Megan – Drama Student, also a singer (but not intending on including lip syncing).
  • Locations including Denham, London, Portugal, my house, Megan’s house. I desire my music video to be filmed in generic locations, such as a house, but to also be juxtaposed by the natural settings of Portugal and Denham green which are quiet locations allowing easy filming. The contrast of location is metaphorical to the average lifestyle of my actor, Megan, in comparison to her large dreams as the story told in the music video is revealed.
  • Base it around a diary – I received a diary for my  birthday which includes a delicate design. I would like to include drawings in this using the time lapse method which is a creative technique. I would also like to feature the diary as being a large part of Megan’s life, as she carries this with her on her adventures in the music video. The diary also has a delicate flower design which suits the natural aesthetic of the setting, and also her dreams to travel the world.
  • Go Pro Hero 4 black – can be used to take multiple slow motion shots in high detail. 240 shots per second. This can be slowed down to a bare minimum. The holder also remains the camera steady and enables users to film struggle free of any movement reflected on camera.
  • *insert name* The small time lapse pod – This small device takes images over 24 hours or whatever time desired. I could use this for my music video to video cloud movement.
  • *insert name* Handled tripod – this handheld tripod as demonstrated below is placed on the users shoulders and held by the hands of the users. This makes it easy for users to film without any jolty movements.
  • Tripod – there is two tripods shown below. One is an expensive tripod which shows smooth and efficient movement. The tripod also allows the user to focus as the tripod provides options to do this on the device. The second tripod is a standard tripod which is smaller, however fulfils a similar duty by enabling users to steadily place the camera on a device, which aims to stop any movement from the camera. The tripod’s furthermore enable pans and tilts.
  • *insert name of tripod* – This device is a device which allows users to slide the camera up and down the tripod. This can be useful when being creative with angles, without suffering the difficulty of any unnecessary movement.
  • *insert name* Red light – This light is commonly used in the drama studio. With the drama studio containing dark lighting, it is quintessential that the room is lit correctly enabling the audience to be able to view Megan. GetAttachment-13.aspxGetAttachment-14.aspxGetAttachment-15.aspxGetAttachment-16.aspxGetAttachment-17.aspxGetAttachment-18.aspxGetAttachment-19.aspxGetAttachment-20.aspxGetAttachment-21.aspx