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 – Adams Song
Why did you choose this particular video?
First of all, I love this song, I always have whilst it is sad I just love the musical construction of this song and I adore the piano interlude as I feel it heightens the music. It was also one of the first Blink-182 songs I learnt on Keyboard and one of the first songs on guitar.
This song’s music video has so many magical edit elements in it that it really is something that I find inspiring and always have. I think it was a video that made me realise the editing and motion techniques you can use to make a video pop.
So, what is the narrative?
It is a video that sort of looks back at photos of the band in a memory style but also looks at the people in the background and the problems that they are dealing with that you may not of realised initially.
Favourite parts of the video?
The one thing for me that has always been a huge deal for me in this video is the parts where you zoom into a photo and it sort of goes into a stop animation effect to allow you to explore the narrative of what is happening behind the band in the photos. I had never seen this technique before and it completely fascinated me. As a Motion Graphic Designer as well as a Video Editor there has been many times where I have had to create 3D elements to a photo to make it feel like it is alive and I think it is this video that initially introduced me to this magic.
The fast edited photo montage near the end when the music is reaching a climax is also another really important part for me – I have edited many montages for fun or for work and I wonder if this video had an impact on how I have edited some. I think this video really showed me the impact quite edited photos can have on a piece and the sentiment that it can have when done correctly and in time to a piece of music.
Another thing that I adore about this video is the editing in the room where Blink-182 are performing, again it goes in time to the music and this is something I love doing as an editor and looking back at it now I do wonder if it again had an impact on the way that I edit. I love the way that the quick cuts start when the emotion of the song builds up at the end – super effective and heightens the emotion.