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Music Video

Genre Mixing: Music Video + Travelogue

The originality of many great movies comes from blending two seemingly different genres. Examples of genre mixing include “The God Father” (crime movie + family movie) and “Terminator” (sci fi + love story). We see this process with “Kicking The Clouds,” a music video that also is a travelogue. The video features Lazy Habits, a…

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Music Video with a Message Wins at MoMo Film Fest

Jessica Janos dedicated “Acid Waves” to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Music videos aren’t known for delivering searing messages, and perhaps that risk-taking effort partly explains why the video, featuring music by Pale Blue, won the Mobile Motion Film Festival “Best Music Video Award.” But “Acid Waves” is not only issue oriented but highly entertaining. In…

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Found Images in an iPhone Music Video

“Silience in London 2017” is a fine example of a music video shot as mini-documentary.

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A Daring Music Video Innovation

The music video genre invites experimentation. Case in point: Olivia Wilde’s “No Love Like Yours,” in which the title song doesn’t begin until nearly three minutes into the six-minute video. Daringly, the opening segment celebrates another piece of music, “Ain’t I Right”performed by the Georgia Sea Island Singers and recorded in 1960 by folklorist Alan…

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Backward March: Reverse Motion Creativity

Usually, we have no problem picking a thumbnail to illustrate our articles. A single frame can capture a key action, a surprising location, or a memorable expression. Not so with “Fly Away” because the essence of the film is reverse action: people and objects moving backward in time. So you’ll just have to trust us…

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Astonishing Actions in a Music Video

In the beginning, movies were about actions such as a train entering a station, an old man drinking a beer, Annie Oakley hitting targets, and a sneeze captured by Thomas Edison in 1894. Since those early days, many other elements have been added to the mix including close-ups, music, dialogue, and visual effects. But French…

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