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 – All The Small Things
Why did you choose this particular video?
If you ever ask anyone about Blink-182 then this is the video and the song that they will mention – I think that is why I am not that keen on it because it is so commercial, however saying that I think it’s music video is genius and sort of defined a generation. I think I have this video to thank completely for revolutionizing music videos for me and making me realise they can be so much more then a narrative, they can be a parody as well. I love watching it now and finding things I didn’t probably see the first million times. I can’t remember if it was Charlies Angels or the Uretha Chronicles as to how I watched this video the first time but I know I have watched it so many times and read so many articles on it as you will find out.
So, what is the narrative?
No real narrative it is more about parody and taking the mickey out of boybands such as Backstreet Boys and NSync* that was relevant at the time although it funnily enough ended up being a parody by accident of One Directions Your Beautiful music video as well as it was all filmed at the same location
Favourite parts of the video?
The comedy factor of this video is fantastic – there is so much in it that can make you laugh and if you follow pop bands then you can notice so many little things that even heighten the comedy even more – that was something I have always adored about this video highlights include the banners behind Mark, the wind tunnel scene, the dance routines and the water scenes.
From an editing perspective the motion zooms were something that I always found pretty cool – it is an effect that is used so freely in television and music these days but I feel that with this video it was always used differently to how it was used in other videos around this time. The only one I can think that used it was Britney and Backstreet Boys and the fact that this was used probably on a level to enhance the pop video parody blows my mind (and I only just realised this when writing this).
The tattoo scene was always another scene that I found interesting, mainly because I read an article about this video and I didn’t realise until reading that the couple kissing the background is Tom Delonge and his ex-wife. Now, looking at this framed scene again for this article it is a really interesting set up as it obviously is portraying the way that you can get all the girls you want when you are in a band, I feel like it is also a juxtaposition that there are two types of musicians the ones that go out for the ladies and the ones that settled. Back in the day I just found this interesting as I was a fan of the band and music videos and loved a good random fact and I adore Mis-en-scene.
My favourite shot of the whole video is when the group are taking the mickey out of Christina Aguileria’s music there is one section where they are just chilling out and video eating flowers. I just love this shot so so so so much! I love the quick witted comedy about it, I love the fact it brings the punk rock rebellion side to the video and that it metaphors the fact they know the world they are in are so fake that they can eat anything. Honestly I could probably write an essay on that shot, I love it so much as it is so comedic.