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 looking at the band that is one of my favourites and their music videos played a huge role in why I ended up loving this group as they were so engaging and also very entertaining. I initially came across the band when I was listening to a Spotify Radio and the song Stutter came on. I found it so unique and from that song and from watching the video I started to become a fan. The more music they released, the more videos I watched the more of a fan I became. I have managed to see them live twice and even interview one of my music heroes Josh Ramsay for this site which was so surreal. So this month we celebrate the creativity of this band.
Marianas Trench -Stutter
Why did you choose this particular video?
Even though this video is not one of their early tracks I decided to start with this video first because it is the first single I heard by the band. The video is comical and is really good fun that I really enjoy it. When you start to look into this era of Marianas Trench you realise that this is actually part of a bigger narrative that continues across all the videos from singles released off of Ever After and that blew my mind and when you look at them in order and even more in depth it is striking.
So, what is the narrative?
The main character is trying to hide from his ex-girlfriend and he has to act like a soldier and dance to blend into the scene around him. When you watch the Ever After music videos in order you realise that this is not the first time that he has tried to escape her and the plot is continuous and more in depth when you watch them all back to back.
Favourite parts of the video?
At the beginning of the video there is this tiny section that seems surreal as you do not know what is happening, however if you have been watching the videos in the order for Ever After you will realise that this is a small catch up to remind you the story as to where you left it. To highlight to the audience that this is a previous section there is a slight dark vignette around the outside that pulls in focus to the centre and also highlights the fact that this is the past. I think this is really important to have as firstly you remember what has been happening and also it sort of teases to you the order in which you should be watching these videos.
The one thing that I really love about this video is the saturation the colour grade as it automatically ages it. Now, ok, I know that probably a lot of this footage isn’t exactly correct to the era it is depicting but that is not the point of the video as Josh has been thrown into this universe of different areas as he tries to escape his ex. I like the fact that even though it is really bold, his hair is still muted to connote that he is trying to disguise himself in this world. I really like the way that the sepia colours are used a lot in this footage.
Throughout the video you start to notice that a focus blur is used throughout so (as well as a vignette) so that your eyes focus on the action at the front of the shot. I have watched this video so many times and only realised today that the reason that it is blurred on the shots like this one, is to mask out the fact that Josh is not on stage singing at these points and it is a stand in. It is so subtle that you do not even notice it is only when you really take time to look that you notice.
The final thing I want to talk about in this video is the editing, in this video. It is predominantly quick edit cuts and this works really well for the narrative because it allows you to really enjoy the comedy that is in this video. There are so many fun things that happen to show that Josh doesn’t belong in this era and the way that he is trying to hide and fit in are not working well. It is a really fun video and I really enjoy watching it over and over again.