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Music Videos as a Visual Artform? - 1/3/2013 11:05:04 AM   
IsotopeBill

 

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I mean let's face it, if you're into watching music videos then you'll know there are a lot of dire ones these days. The prevalence of churned out commercialised videos that have ridiculous production budgets and values but absolutely no zing has left this writer feeling a bit despondent about sitting down to check out the latest music video releases.

But it's an artform and as I understand it for many up-and-coming directors it's a very affordable and accessible artform. In the world of a music video anything is possible! That's what I love about them and why I love a really GOOD music video. One that captures you, is shot well, looks tasty and gives you goosebumps, especially when the song is excellent too.

I don't know, I guess I want to ask what are you guys' favourite music videos? Not for the song or anything like that, but as a visual artform? Are there any stand-out music video directors who you like to follow because you like their material. Chris Cunningham, director of some Aphex Twin videos springs to my mind, Rubber Johnny is incredible (six months to edit apparently!!). Has he done anything recently?
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RE: Music Videos as a Visual Artform? - 3/3/2013 3:15:26 PM   
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There is a series of really DVDs dedicated to music videos (Spike Jonze for example).

I have the Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry ones and some of the videos blow me away with how good they are and how well they are made on what I guess is a relatively small budget. Some times the songs aren't to my taste. Gondry did a few for Bjork whom I'm not a huge fan of, but I watch them despite the music because they are so good!

One of my favourite music video of all time has to be Around The World by Daft Punk.

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RE: Music Videos as a Visual Artform? - 5/3/2013 12:57:57 PM   
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Oooh Michel Gondry? That's worth looking at. I love how Eternal Sunshine was put together, there was some seriously clever on-set and editing trickery that made that film a pleasure to watch. Plus I have to admit it gets me a bit, I like the film itself. Will have to check out his music videos.

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RE: Music Videos as a Visual Artform? - 5/3/2013 3:22:36 PM   
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I liked when music video's got so ridiculously expensive that they were like miniature movies that told a story, rather than ones where it was just the band performing, which I've always considered to be pretty damn lazy.
And then there are ones that aren't either of those, but are just abstract imagery... the best of those are from Tool, as far as I'm concerned.

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RE: Music Videos as a Visual Artform? - 7/3/2013 8:51:39 PM   
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ORIGINAL: IsotopeBill

Oooh Michel Gondry? That's worth looking at. I love how Eternal Sunshine was put together, there was some seriously clever on-set and editing trickery that made that film a pleasure to watch. Plus I have to admit it gets me a bit, I like the film itself. Will have to check out his music videos.


The Michel Gondry one is amazing! His work for Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, Bjork and Kylie are really good!

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RE: Music Videos as a Visual Artform? - 8/3/2013 7:16:05 PM   
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I've always loved this video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXbLyi5wgeg

Pulp - This is Hardcore

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RE: Music Videos as a Visual Artform? - 12/3/2013 6:22:34 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: will1000


quote:

ORIGINAL: IsotopeBill

Oooh Michel Gondry? That's worth looking at. I love how Eternal Sunshine was put together, there was some seriously clever on-set and editing trickery that made that film a pleasure to watch. Plus I have to admit it gets me a bit, I like the film itself. Will have to check out his music videos.


The Michel Gondry one is amazing! His work for Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, Bjork and Kylie are really good!


I think he did Radiohead's Knives Out as well.

Music videos can be fantastic (though a lot are drivel). Check out this animated one for Flux Pavillion's Superbad.

CLICKY

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RE: Music Videos as a Visual Artform? - 4/4/2013 10:58:07 AM   
IsotopeBill

 

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I know it's not actually one shot but this one is fun. It's the classic OK Go 'This Too Shall Pass' video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w

I like these gimmicky videos but I also like story ones. I like it when there's a whole film compacted into a short time frame, there's great art involved in achieving that.

I can't think of many good story ones though (apart from Green Day's Wake Me Up When September Ends but I'm not going to bring it up...), can anyone think of any good ones?

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RE: Music Videos as a Visual Artform? - 9/4/2013 6:50:32 AM   
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Live's "Freaks" it's a very good story one, very, very good at that.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEUsJRVV-PE





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RE: Music Videos as a Visual Artform? - 21/4/2013 8:25:45 AM   
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The best videos for me are:

1) David Bowie- Dead Man Walking
2) Marilyn Manson- The Beautiful People
3) Filter and The Crystal Method- (Can't You) Trip Like I Do
4) David Bowie- I'm Afraid of Americans
5) Nine Inch Nails- Closer

The first three videos I mentioned were directed by Floria Sigismondi, so I would recommend anyone to check out her videos as they are visually incredible.

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