Thursday, 14 October 2010

Analysis of a music video

Lostprophets - Last Train Home.
The narrative of this video is centred around repetition. Except every time it repeats a certain amount of years has passed, starting in the present day but as the window cleaner cleans the window there is a cut in the film and it changes to him in 1974 doing the same job but younger. The editing at this moment is seamless the only reason you notice it to start with is because a sepia filter is used to film the 1974 era part of the video and the window cleaner has changed clothes and became younger.
The ideology we could relate to the narrative would be restricted narrative because the video revolves around the singer and we only see what he see's. As the singer drives around he starts to notice things that later in the video change and become dated to the new time frame, for instance the skateboarders, this brings a sense of it feeling more real. The song being called last summer shows how even though the years go by the things teenagers do don't change and that its just the clothing that changes and skateboards get updated. This structure helps the audience which would mainly be 14 - 17 year old boys relate with the video and as at the time of its release skateboarding was huge with this age group. In this video shop keepers are represented as being kill joys that are always after you even if your not causing trouble, but the youth are portrayed as young and in love, just trying to have a good time doing what they enjoy no matter what period of time they are in 74, 85, 04. They show teenagers don't change for instance when you see the leavers banner there is toilet roll thrown into the air, and a couple outside the school kissing. These connote that at least the basic things of life will always stay the same. At the end we see the window cleaning guy through out all 3 of the time periods, he changes as he throws newspaper into the bin, this I feel is an appropriate ending seen and summarises what the whole music video has been about, that things may change in appearance but will always carry on as they have.

1 comment:

  1. what does "...the ideology we could relate to the narrative ..." mean. I don't really understand this? Ideology is either understood as a set of ideas that naturalise inequality, or the study of ideas in society. how does this relate to narrative?