Welcome to a brand new feature for The Phoenix Remix – as you may know, I am a Video Editor – and one of the things (probably the main thing) that actually inspired me to work in television post production was actually music videos.
Music videos are one of my favourite things in the world and I spent hours and I MEAN literally hours when I was growing up watching them Even now in the modern world, I can find myself getting lost on YouTube watching music videos for hours – it is an addiction. .
To start this feature off, there was only one band that I wanted to choose because apart from being the inspiration of learning the guitar, I think they had a huge impact on my video editing career as well as they way I edit.
Blink-182 – Josie
Why did you choose this particular video?
This is another video that I have watched on repeat so many times, it is not my favourite Blink-182 song but the comedy factor yet again was something that mesmerized me. It was like no other music video I had seen before and looking back at it now, I do wonder if it is videos like this that inspired me to learn how to perform comedy on the stage without me even realising.
It is also not the original music video for this song, there was another one where the band are performing in a basement and it starts to flood – the band were not happy with the outcome so decided to work on another video. If you watch the clip below, I also think they made the best decision.
So, what is the narrative?
This video sort of welcomes you into the world of the standard American high school that is depicted in teen films – a dorky guy determined to try and date the popular girl and will go to lots of comical ways to do this.
Favourite parts of the video?
The first few parts of the music video has some of my absolute favourite shots in the whole video, they are such little segments but they have always been something I have truly adored. The opening shot of Tom Delonge skating into school stopping and throwing his jacket anywhere is something I have always loved for the comedy factor and to me is such a huge nod to Jim Carrey. This one shot always reminded me of the sort of characters that he would play in his nineties films such as Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar and Ace Ventura that he only cares about himself. If I watched a film and it had that shot it really would not surprise me. Such a simple thing but super effective in setting up Tom’s character in this video.
Such a stupid part but at the beginning when Mark holds his plectrum up to the camera – I have no idea why but this again is a shot that I adore and really always love in this video. I like to think of metaphors a lot when I watch music videos and to me this shot sort of feels like it is making one about the narrative. It is one of the most underrated tools for playing the bass or the guitar but it is also one of the most important and I feel it is sort of a representation as to what Marks character plays in this video. Completely underrated but at the right moments you realise that he is actually pretty important to someone.
I really love the editing in this video – the fast pace and the style really reflects a lot of the teen movies that were big in the nineties – just like Dammit it had to me that wow factor that American school is a whole different universe to the UK and that really again had an impact on me making me wish I could of grown up over there.
The comedy again in this video is on point -you can easily define the roles of each of the band members, Mark’s comedy acting is wacky again and this time Tom comes out of the Straight man role to play a wacky character as well. The difference between Tom and Mark is that Tom is the enthusiastic buddy that is pumping up the determined friend.