The Magic Of The Music Video! – Maroon 5 Month – Harder To Breath

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 am not the biggest fan of but I really enjoy some of their music videos. I would say the only reason I bought the album Songs About Jane was because I really liked the music videos as they had a narrative, bright colours, or were just fun to watch. Maroon 5 songs were always around in the early noughties and they dominated the music channels so I thought this month it would be fun to look at their videos. Whilst a lot of them will be early Maroon 5, there will be some that are more modern and this is due to the fact that they were impactful when I first saw them. So let’s go!

Maroon 5 – Harder To Breath

Why did you choose this particular video?

I really like the editing on this video it is harsh and goes really well with the time of the drum beat that it is nice to see creativity. I really like edits when they are on a beat and this is one of those videos that really does this.

So, what is the narrative?

The band perform in a room where the band keeps moving around. Near the end of the video it becomes lighter and you see more of the room being revealed.

Favourite parts of the video?

I really love you have any shots of this video before the music even kicks in the trunk is gradually appearing into the shop really quickly and erratically and when the beat kicks in you realized that it is in time to the beat and that is very clever shot.

I really love the color grade on this video the blue and dark shadows are really effective. I the the color grade work really well with the lyrics of the song as well as creating a sense of mystery about the band too. This is another video from Maroon 5 where color really plays an important part on the narrative and yet again is really effective and something that is so simple but really striking.

It’s not just the editing click shots that make this video stand out it is also the camera pan shot too. The fast pan of camera angles to one area to another create this drama to the shots and emphasize the guitar riffs when they kick in. You may not notice it but watch the video again and really pay attention to it.

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