Week 4 Epiphany

Every now and then I will be listening to a song and will quickly think, wow this is amazing, I wonder if they made a music video to this, and am instantly curious to see how they chose to portray their song visually.

When you hear a song you like and then watch the music video, it can either make you start to dislike the song or make you like it even more. And vice versa for songs you don’t like.

I was listening to a song by Jungle titled Julia, and found myself on youtube looking up the music video for this song.

Within the first five seconds of the music video, I knew it was going to be good. I wanted to discuss the way the director made this video (as well as the amazing choreography of the dancers), however I had already written my found scene and this probably doesn’t fall into the category. I did however get the sudden realisation of the effectiveness of camera choreography and how an excellently choreographed camera on a dolly doing one lengthy shot can be just as, and even more amazing than a scene or music video of the camera angels changing every few seconds.

The camera follows the dancer as he moves around in the open space and moves in, out, around, and above the dancers making their movements even more enticing.

I feel as a director I can learn from the directors J from Jungle and Oliver Hadlee Pearch and utilise the seemingly empty ‘hard to work with’ space of a room and use the camera itself on a dolly to create an amazing scene to look at.

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I probably wouldn’t have appreciated this style of dancing nearly as much if the camera hadn’t followed the dancers the way it did in tune with the music.

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I think it is one of my favourite music videos to date and it makes me like the song even more.

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