The Magic Of The Music Video! – Panic! At The Disco Month – Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time

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 starting the year with a band that I think are really creative both musically and with their music videos. I got into Panic! At The Disco right near the beginning of their career, their sound was so different to anything I had ever heard and I was mesmerized. Since that very first video I have been hooked with this band. So this month we celebrate a band that is very close to my heart to celebrate a year of this article running and also to kick the new year off with a bang!

Panic! At The Disco – Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time

Why did you choose this particular video?

When I first saw this video I wasn’t really sure about it but then I got to the twist in the middle and I really enjoyed how clever it was and instantly really liked it. This is another video with lots of great editing.


So, what is the narrative?

The video is in first person which through most of the video you believe that you are a woman on a night out but when it develops you see the whole video all over again and it is actually Brendon on the night out. Throughout the video the women keeps slowly transforming into this sort of monster that started to attack Brendon.

Favourite parts of the video?

The introduction to the video is really fast paced and it is a mix of lots of fast shots, blurs and light flares to create this sense of disorientation that this person has gained from drinking. It also sort of connotes the fact that not everything is what it seems. I like the fact that they have focussed on the camera movements to make it feel like you are looking through the eyes of this woman and it works really well. I like the way that this is how they introduce Brendon to the scenario as well.

The dance sequence is really interesting in this video and the edit of this looks like it is pretty complex to create this effect. It is fast paced and again relies on motion blurs and flares to create this distorted feeling and a sense of being drunk. The complex angles filmed in first angle to show the dancing creates the motion and obscure feelings you want in this video to feel like something unique. Also note that the colours are predominately red and green which are good indications that something is going to happen.

I think an area of the video that is really clever is the transformation of the female character to this monster like creature. I think it is such a clever way to create this ideology of the creature as it still does not give the twist at the end of the video. The shadow may be a simple effect but it is really clever as a shot. As the video reveals at the end Brendon is this monster and this shot could connote the way that alcohol takes over a person and ‘traps’ them into being this sort of character as drunk.

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