The Magic Of The Music Video! – Marianas Trench Month – Pop 101

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 -Pop 101

Why did you choose this particular video?

I think both the song and the music video for this track are really clever, before you watch the video, take time to actually listen to the track and you will notice that it is talking about all the formations and compositions that make a really catchy pop song. You will notice throughout that the song actually samples tiny sections of these jingles that you will recognise from many songs. The video replicates the song and creates a sort of parody of a lot of pop music videos that are well known.

So, what is the narrative?

Josh is teaching a class on the dynamics of what is the 101 of making a pop song and then it turns into the scenery of a dance track to go in time with the lyrics. The tracks works very much in time to the lyrics and also parodies a number of music videos including songs by Robin Thicke, LMFAO and Miley Cyrus.

Favourite parts of the video?

The one thing that is great about this music video is the transitions between the different sections of the video, there are lots of different ones on display but I quite like this one near the beginning. If you look closely in the scene (it is a really quick shot) you will notice that someone is holding this really bright light towards the camera to start the transition, however as it develops you start to notice that all the extra light flares have been added in post and it really emphasises and highlights the effect and makes it really ‘flashy’.

Throughout the video, the pace of the footage plays an important role as it jumps from genre to genre so it needs to reflect what is known for each of these sort of music videos. I really like when it jumps from normal speed to slow motion at certain sections to really highlight all the ‘fun’ that is happening in the scene. It is a classic move in these dance videos and it works in this video perfectly.

Another thing that I really like about this video is the number of pop videos that it parodies – in the lyrics it mentions Mumford and Sons and this clip very much looks like it has come from one of their videos as I have definitely seen one similar. The thing I particularly like about this shot is the transition that comes just before, the barn doors work as a transition between two shots and I quite like the irony that there is actually an edit transition called Barn Doors and it is like they have taken that and brought it into the real world. Also another thing that is fun about this shot is the drummer is throwing hay at the rest of the band to give it more on an effect – a comedy factor and also quite effective to the cinematography.

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