Magic Of The Music Video – The Missed Tapes Month – Panic! At The Disco, Ready To Go

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 doing something a bit different – since I started this article I have had to choose four or five music videos for each month for the selected band or artist I decide to discuss. However, there are some videos that I love that just miss out on entering the top of my favourites so I thought it would be fin this month to do something called The Missed Tapes and have a look at music videos by bands we have previously covered but did not get a chance to shine in the sun.


Panic! At The Disco – Ready To Go

Why did you choose this particular video?

Today we are looking at a music video by Panic! At The Disco that I found incredibly difficult not to talk about as it is one of my favourite videos. There is so much to love about it and I think it was the first time I started to see the talents of this band in a new light. It wasn’t just about the music there was a lot more to them then meets the eye.

So, what is the narrative?

The music video shows the band re-enacting famous scenes in filmes such as Mary Poppins, Singin’ In The Rain and Grease.

Favourite parts of the video?

I really like at the beginning of the video the use of closeup shots, zooms and blurs to create an idea of the location and also to sort of set up the location for this opening shot. The way that it focusses on the really basic items int he room that make up a rehearsal space are also very clever because a lot of the shots to come are a sense of surreal to making the opening shots very plain is smart. It may be very simple editing but sometimes that can be the most effective.

The one thing that I really like about these shots are the colour grades and how dramatically it alters the era in which this section of the video is meant to be. You also notice that the editing takes a different pace and that there is a slight vignette around the edges to really connote the age and to highlight the actions. Also at the end of this section there is a really clever technique to show a transition where Brendon gets push and he spins off screen into the next.

The section on the rooftop is a fun one to analyse as an editor because it plays with the speed in certain areas to highlight the actions that are created throughout. It is also a really nice contrast to go from a very faded set of shots to ones that are bold and a lot darker with hints of the surreal starting to kick in. This particular set of shots feel like the theatre.

The last part of the video I want to discuss is the part with the graphics as I love it, I adore the way that it feels like it jumped out of a book and it really brings an element of surprise to the video. The graphics are not on for very long but for the time that they are they bring a sense of magic to the world of the video.

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