The Magic Of The Music Video! – Green Day Month – Redundant

As you may know, I am a Video Editor – and one of the things (probably the main thing) that 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 on end – they are an addiction.

This month we look at a band that I spent a lot of time watching their music videos when I was growing up. I used to love going to the music store on Saturday mornings as a kid / teen and would always use my pocket money to buy a new album and I used it once to buy a DVD that was full of Green Day music videos. Like I have said I was obsessed with music videos and I spent a lot of time watching this DVD, there was so many videos I loved and there were so many reasons why.

A lot of the videos in this months list are the old school Green Day because these music videos inspired me a lot growing up. I watched them so much and was fascinated by them and thinking about it now I strongly believe the editing of them has a strong role to play. I owe Green Day alot, they were the band the that used their songs to learn the guitar and they were one of the first punk rock bands I really listened to. So if you are used to only newer Green Day videos, you are in for a treat.

Green Day – Redundant

Why did you choose this particular video?

This was never one of my favourite videos as I found it repetitive and that it doesn’t have the same pace as their other videos. Although, saying that, when you watch it you start to appreciate how clever it is. I don’t think I saw any other videos like this one so it took a while to get used to but when you watch it, you can truly appreciate the clever editing.

So, what is the narrative?

The music video apparently pays homage to a short film called Tango by Zbignew Rybczynski. Throughout the video the band stay in a static location whilst a number of people walk around them doing mundane tasks on repeat.

Favourite parts of the video?

The most interesting thing about the video is that it is filmed on one constant shot, which makes the video and the movement very effective. The whole ideology of the video and song is to connote repetitiveness and the mundane in this video are clearly visual.

Another thing that is really clever about this video is the colour scheme. The whole room is a bold turquoise, the green screen skies are bright blue, one wall is bright yellow and two women have a flash of red colour to them. The bright colours really create an effective impact and sort of connote the mundane that is happening in the actual scene. It creates a sense of false enjoyment that the couple in the song are apparently having in reality and they paint a false reality to ignore the truth.

The final part I find interesting about the video is the way it creates different stages of claustrophobia throughout with the amount of people in the scene throughout. As the song develops, more people enter the scene and creates the drama to go along with the lyrics.

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