Music videos are extremely important these days, they sometimes show us the monuments of certain countries which may increase the number of visits for these countries, and this was exactly what happened with the music video “Despacito” as the video was photographed in a place called “Porto Rico”. And according to “New York Times” magazine, number of visits for this place after the video had increased by 70%. Now, I am going to analyze three music videos which are: Confident: by Demi Lovato and directed by Robert Rodriguez, Perfect: by Ed Sheeran and directed by Jason Koenig and the last one is: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri and directed by Catherine Hardwicke. It is important to mention that the three music videos were almost produced at the same time, “Perfect” and “A Thousand Years” both of them talk about two love stories with different details, while “Confident” talks about a dangerous prisoner who got imprisoned.
There are several ways of transition and camera movement, according to the website ” filmsite.org” by Dirks T. (n.d) , the point of view (POV) or perspective (including relative height or direction) chosen from which to photograph a subject. Various camera angles, compositions, or positions include: front, behind, side, top, high (looking down), low (looking up), straight-on or eye-level (standard or neutral angle), tilted (canted or oblique), or subjective, etc. So, high angle means camera shots from a high position while low angle, means camera shots from a low position. In “Confident video”, the director used the camera angles (high and low) many times, it can be mainly observed in the action scenes to express the weakness of the person who was being hit, or the strength of the person who is hitting. “Perfect” video also contained one high angle shot which was the one when they were taking a drink and this was the only shot in the whole video, it also contained one low angle shot which was at the snow mountain scene as the actors were sitting on a snow mountain and the camera shots from a low position, “A Thousand years” video also contained only two high angle scenes which were when the girl was sitting among lots of blue candles. Another camera angle is “Tilt”, which is known as camera moving up and down, this technique was used in the opening scene of ” Confident” video, it was also used in ” A Thousand Years” video when the camera moved from down to up to capture the whole scene, but this technique was not used in “Confident” video because of the action scenes which were very fast and come after each other. The last thing to talk about in the camera angles is Pan, which means camera movement left and right, and it was used in the closing scene of “Perfect” video and some other scenes in the middle of the video, but the other two videos did not use this technique.
According to the website “filmsite.org”, the editing technique of alternating, interweaving, or interspersing one narrative action (scene, sequence, or event) with another – usually in different locations or places, thus combining the two; this editing method suggests parallel action (that takes place simultaneously); often used to dramatically build tension and suspense in chase scenes, or to compare two differences; also known as inter-cutting or parallel editing. Dirks T. (n.d). So, Parallel Editing is considered one of the strong techniques which build tension and suspense to the video or the movie, this technique was used in the three videos which I am analyzing today in which: in “Confident” video, it was found when the leader of the troop was watching the two girls fighting on the computer screen, it was also used in “A Thousand Years” video when the girl was singing and there was a wedding which was taking place at the same time. While “Perfect” video did not use this technique in the whole video, and maybe this happened because the video was continuity edited so there was no chance for the parallel editing to be used, and according to “learner.org” website, continuity editing is editing that creates action that flows smoothly across shots and scenes without jarring visual inconsistencies. Establishes a sense of story for the viewer.
“Mise-en scene” is In the original French, mise-en-scene (pronounced “meez-ahn-sen”) means “putting into the scene,” and it was first applied to the practice of directing plays. Film scholars, extending the term to film direction, use the term to signify the director’s control over what appears in the film frame. As you would expect from the term’s theatrical origins, mise-en-scene includes those aspects of film that overlap with the art of the theater: setting, lighting, costume, and the behavior of the figures. In controlling the mise-en-scene, the director stages the event for the