Magic Of The Music Video – The Missed Tapes Month- Holiday, Green Day

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.


Green Day – Holiday

Why did you choose this particular video?

When I was a teenager, I was addicted to Green Day music videos, apart from the fact I had a lot of them on DVD, it was also the fact that they were so different to anything I had ever seen before. I wanted to include Holiday in my original set of articles but ended up choosing American Idiot instead as I had so much history linked to me and that video. So today I get to talk about this video that I love. It is erractic, fun and there are parts of it I just adore.

So, what is the narrative?

lots of different sections one where the band are in a car, another where there is a fight between two clients, and the beginning on Boulevard of broken dreams.

Favourite parts of the video?

The introduction of the video is very fast and quick editing which makes the tempo of the visuals exciting and engaging. It becomes obvious that the background is a green screen and the quick editing creates so much drama. The one thing I really like is the way the edits go on time to the best.

Throughout the first part of the video there are these great light flares that are used to compliment the background of the area that they are driving through. It creates this really creative sense to the video and artistic feel. I also like the use of the motion blur and speed edits which are used to create this really fun effect.

In the next section of the video I really like the way speed is used both fast and slow to highlight the action and narrative that is going on. There is a really clever camera and editing technique used so that you can witness the band as more then one character and it creates this fun comedy in the video.

The last section of the video is the set up for Boulevard of Broken Dreams music video. The thing I like about this is the colour grade as it has that toxic green that is evident in American Idiot music video. It is used again in a political way which is a great way to portray the linking narratives through the video.

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