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 are taking a look at a musician that is really talented and I actually came across him very quickly after American Idol through his music video for his debut single. I think it popped up one day on my Youtube home page and I clicked it and I was mesmerized. I love a great video with huge production and For Your Entertainment had it all. I watched it on repeat so many times I was addicted to the song and the video. I am so happy that Adam is huge today because he deserves it he is such a talented singer and I love seeing what music he brings out next. His videos are always good fun to watch and always have a lot to watch both in stye and editorially so lets celebrate Adam this month
Adam Lambert – Better Than I Know Myself
Why did you choose this particular video?
I really like the edit on this video, for a slow song they have really focussed on the style and impact of the edit and it really stands out. I really like the color grade and they way it intertwines between the scenes and the personas.
So, what is the narrative?
The music video is apparently a video about duality and exploring darker and lighter sides of the musician which is also explored in the album Trespassing. The video has metaphors about arguments of the darker taking the oxygen out of the lighter side and it all concludes by the end.
Favourite parts of the video?
The one thing that I really like about this video is the grunge style look that it has throughout. I really like the use of the vignette and they way that is sort of seeps onto the actual image that it feels sort of like damaged film which is really effective. The one thing that I have noticed in a lot of Adam’s videos that the use of flares is really effective in his videos and they are again prominent in this video – only very subtle at the beginning but it creates a lovely impact. Also another thing that I enjoy is the colour grade as it is a blue style that really creates emotion.
There is another side to this video which is the ‘good’ side of Adam and it is so different in contrast, there is still a vignette but it is tidy and neat, the colour grade is very different to the grunge look and focusses on light colours and light simplistic light flares to highlight the innocence of the shots.
One thing that I really like about this video is the transitions between the good and bad sides of Adam Lambert in this video – it is a simple wipe transition but the colours create this really dramatic section of the video and I love the fact it is a really simple editing technique that works so well.
I really love the grunge sections of this video as there are some really interesting editing techniques. There are these great quit edited shots together which create this really surreal feeling to the video and they may be really quick edits but it is really effective and creates the drama of the ‘dark side’ that is needed.