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 I used to love when I was at college. At the age of seventeen, i really got into the world of NME and the Klaxons I think were one of the first alternative bands that wasn’t rock that I actually liked. I really liked their style of music and the way that that videos were so unique and bizarre. Even now all these years later when I hear their songs or watch their videos I can remember the feeling, smells and emotions I had, it is weird but it is true. I wanted to dedicate a month to their music videos because I was addicted to them as they were so unique and striking that I would watch them so many times.
Klaxons – Golden Skans
Why did you choose this particular video?
This was the debut single by the band and the video already stands out as there is a lot of things happening that you need to watch it more then once to really take it all in. I like the use of the lights, the slow motion and the sound effects that are actually subtly put into the video as well to create this futuristic feel to the video.
So, what is the narrative?
Apparently the music video was heavily influenced by the music video Can You Feel It by The Jacksons. It was directed by Saam Farahmand.
Favourite parts of the video?
The video opens up with these words that are moulding into the liquid matter surrounding them, the way that the GFX interacts with the background is sort of a sign of what the video has to come – it mixes with the reality of the music video and allows the world around it also play an important part of the video as much as the music itself. This is also one of the first music videos by the band and it really sort of welcomes you to the world of the band and it really leaves you wanting more and not sure what to expect
This is the first shot of the band and it happens with a huge explosion the thing that you notice is that the sound effects of the lights and movements also play a huge part in this video as well as the music video. I really love the way that the diegetic sound plays a huge part in the video where usually this is not played and it just has the single over the top. The fact that this video plays around with these sound effects being prominent create this really unique and striking video that really reels you into it and makes it instantly stand out from other bands. One thing i really love with this video as well is the way that slow motion is used in such an effective way to create these big and bold effects which really again, reel you in.
Another thing that I really love about this music video is the use of light flares – they are used in such creative ways that it creates these really pretty shots. There is a lot to take in when you watch this video and the hint of these light flares really make you focus on the action and the important parts of the shot.
These shots when the guys are jumping are really good examples as to why I love the use of speed in this video. These shots are really slow and they really highlight the drama that is happening and the way that the flares again are the main focus of this song. I really like the fact that the band are blurred slightly in the background as well to make you really focus on the action at the front.