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 pop band that I grew up listening to when I was a kid – Steps. When I was a kid I used to find music videos magic, I was addicted to them and I used to find some of the pop bands had the most amazing videos and in some ways I have them to thank for my obsession with them. I used to love Steps videos – they always came with a great dance routine (one of them i learnt and won a talent show with) and a really fun video. There are some from Steps that I loved and some of them I found so clever that even when I watch them now I am amazed and have a huge surge of nostalgia. So this month we celebrate a fun pop group!
Steps – Better Best Forgotten
Why did you choose this particular video?
I remember seeing this video a lot when I was a kid and I used to love it, and I remember taking ages to learn the dance routine. Watching it now I see that there is a lot of comedy and cinematography that we can delve into so lets have a look today.
So, what is the narrative?
H and Lee take on the role as the ‘directors’ of the woman sections of the video.
Favourite parts of the video?
I really like the silhouette shot at the beginning of H and Lee pulling up a chain. The fact that it is on a turquoise background means that they image really pops. The shots fade in and out of a light blue ripple close up which feels to me like it is connoting water. In the shots after this it is set up that the duo are holding water guns so I wonder if this is to set up this imagery into the viewers mind. This opening shot is also quite an important one too because it sort of portrays the role that H and Lee are playing in the video – sort of more behind the ‘scenes’ even though they are a key comedy aspect of the video.
Ok, we are going to stay on Lee and H because the one thing I love about this video is the humour that is created from the simpliest edits. Faye is introduced and you start to believe that this is going to be your average pop band video where the singers always make sultry looks when they are singing about love and then it pulls out to this long shot of the behind the scenes and it is the two guys mucking about. I really adore the cinemetography in these shots. I like the fact that when you are on the Behind the Scenes shots the colours are a lots more neutral and a lot more plain to make the Steps stars stand out.
A steps video wouldn’t be complete without a dance routine and this one have one with a catchy dance that gets repeated throughout the video. The one thing that is interesting about this part of the video is that the editing starts to change – it is not about the fades anymore it is about the sharp cuts from Long shots to close ups to create this uplifting chorus line. Also the shades of blues in the background and the outfits has slightly changed – does this connote this is when you take the band seriously and really focus on them and not the comedy? I do not know but that is how I like to see it.