The Magic Of The Music Video! – Marianas Trench Month – Desperate Measures

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 -Desperate Measures

Why did you choose this particular video?

Marianas Trench can keep releasing music but this will always be my favourite track by the band, I love it so much and it is just one that I listen to when I am down, happy, sad or excited. I don’t know what it is about it but I absolutely adore it. The video to it is amazing there is so much to love.

So, what is the narrative?

It is part of the video strand I was talking about for Ever After so the narrative of the video follows on from the Fallout. In the song the woman who is the star of all the videos is playing with dolls that is controlling all the movements that Josh is doing. There are also a few film parodies along the way.

Favourite parts of the video?

I really like the introduction to this video when you are welcomed to the narrative and the fact that Josh is being controlled by the female in doll form. I really like the way that both shots have a completely different tone and really contradict each other. The shots of Josh are really darkly lit with just this one light putting the main focus on him where as the shots of the woman are bold and bright. I like the fact that is depicting the darkness that he is feeling in these shots and that she is controlling his movement maybe in the relationship that the video is a metaphor about.

I love the fact that a vignette is used throughout the whole video to create this sort of dark edging to the shots. Usually when you edit, vignettes are used to sort of connote the past and the fact that this is evident throughout, it feels more and more like this video is a memory and thoughts of Josh as to how he metaphorically feels in the relationship he currently has. The vignette being used throughout also creates this sense of sinister feeling to the video whilst making you realise that everything is a little bit ‘off’. A really simple editing technique that works very well indeed.

Another thing I absolutely adore about this video is the use of the colour blue, you will notice throughout that it is used a lot and I think it is a fantastic colour to use as it really highlights a lot of the shots. Obviously the most obvious thing to think of is the colour of the sea because they are named after that famous underwater fault, however if you look at the meaning of the colour blue it brings a whole new meaning to the video. According to The colour blue can represent meanings of depth, trust, loyalty and sincerity. If you look at the visuals in the video it really does highlight some of these meanings in a dark way and that is why it is so effective.

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