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 – It’s Not Over Yet
Why did you choose this particular video?
This track has a real arty vibe to the music video and again the editing techniques throughout make it this really unique visual to watch. When you do a cover of a song it is always hard to make it look different and stand out and this video definitely does that.
So, what is the narrative?
The band are dressed up in samurai using swords and destroying prism shaped objects that fly towards them.
Favourite parts of the video?
The music video opens with this slow pan up to this unusual shape in the sand, on first glance you think it is just a pan to look at this shape but it becomes clear that this is an establishing shot of the location of the band and they are inside which is highlighted when the video does a fade dissolve between the two shots. The thing I like about this shot is the colour grade as it has hints of blue and grey and is very different to the shot that it fades into. It is really effective and slowly welcomes you into this music videos world.
The one thing that I really like about this video is the pace, a lot of the Klaxons videos are fast paced and erratic however this one is a lot slower and calmer and that could be because of the theme of the video. I really like the way that the shots slowly fade together and create this really interesting sequence at the top of the video. It keeps changing angles on the band and like their other videos the cuts happen on the beat of the music which is really effective.
The main part of the video is the band interacting with the prisms that are flying towards them and it is an interesting part of the music video as whilst the pace of the video is a lot slower it really highlights the fighting that they do against the prisms. The colour grade is quite bold to allow the bright and dark colours to stand out. The fact that the fighting is happening in slow motion again create a sense of calmness to this video.
The finale of the music video the whole dynamics of the video change, the editing gets more erratic, the movement gets crazy and the colour grade also changes. The quick editing creates this really dramatic part of the video and intertwined with the bright colour grade creates a lot of impact on the video and reflects the style in their other videos.