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 -All To Myself
Why did you choose this particular video?
Since last week we spoke about a video that was part of an album that is quite far into their career, I thought it would be good to look at a video for a song that is very early on in the bands career. I like the fact that it is quite a simple video that instantly allows you to be reeled into the narrative.
So, what is the narrative?
This is the fifth single to be released from the bands second album, it is a video set in an office where a guy who is the competition is hitting on the girl that Josh’s character is interested in. They keep trying to talk to each other and keep getting blocked my strict management. It all ends in rebellion and happy endings.
Favourite parts of the video?
When you are first introduced to the video you are watching a conversation between a man and a woman and you automatically think are the main stars of this video and then the camera zooms in and pulls focus to the back of the shot where Josh is there looking in. This short set of shots sets up the narrative of the video and really drags you straight into the action.
Another thing that I really like about this video is the colour grade, it is full of sepia tones which I feel sort of connote a lot that is happening in the video. It highlights the fact that they work at a mundane job and everyone that works there is bored (which is highlighted in the movement of the workers and the way that they hit hole punchers in time to the beat) and also to the fact that life is boring and dull without the girl in Josh’s life. The colour of the video plays an important role and comes into play later on as well.
This image above is when the style starts to change and the guy and girl character decide to dress with how they feel comfortable and rebel against the boss and run to each other. It may be a subtle change in the colour code of the dress attire but there is hints of red which connote passion and the styles are emphasized to be different to stand out as to who they actually are as people. The camera styles and editing slightly change as well which make it really interesting to watch.