Wednesday, 29 September 2010


At the minute I am trying to decide whether I should change my song choice due to my actor being unavailable at the times that would be convenient to me. Therefore I either need to find a different actor, try and get as much filming done in a certain space of time or I can decide to do an animation instead. All of these options have pros and cons and I will have to weigh up which decision will be best for me.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Lyrical Analysis

I will now analyse the lyrics to 'BoysBoysBoys' so that I can think about any meanings behind the lyrics. By doing this I am also allowing myself to create ideas for my music video.

Verse OneHey there, sugar baby, saw you twice at the pop show

You taste just like glitter mixed with rock and roll
I like you a lot, lot, think you're really hot, hot
Know you think you're special when we dance real crazy
Glamophonic, electronic, d-d-disco baby
I like you a lot, lot, all we want is hot, hot

ChorusBoys, boys, boys, we like boys in cars
Boys, boys, boys, buy us drinks in bars
Boys, boys, boys with hairspray and denim

And boys, boys, boys, we love them, we love them

Verse TwoBaby is a bad boy with some retro sneakers
Let's go see The Killers and make out in the bleachers
I like you a lot, lot, think you're really hot, hot
Let's go to the party heard our buddy's the DJ
Don't forget my lipstick I left it in your ashtray
I like you a lot, lot, all we want is hot, hot

Boys, boys, boys, we like boys in cars
Boys, boys, boys, buy us drinks in bars
Boys, boys, boys with hairspray and denim
And boys, boys, boys, we love them, we love them
Boys, boys, boys, we like boys in cars
Boys, boys, boys, buy us drinks in bars
Boys, boys, boys with hairspray and denim
And boys, boys, boys, we love them, we love them

Verse Three
I'm not loose, I like to party
Let's get lost in your Ferrari

Not psychotic or dramatic
I like boys and that is that
Love it when you call me legs
In the morning buy me eggs
Watch your heart when we're together
Boys like you love me for ever

ChorusBoys, boys, boys, we like boys in cars
Boys, boys, boys, buy us drinks in bars
Boys, boys, boys with hairspray and denim
And boys, boys, boys, we love them, we love them
Boys, boys, boys, we like boys in cars
Boys, boys, boys, buy us drinks in bars

Boys, boys, boys with hairspray and denim
And boys, boys, boys, we love them, we love them
Boys, boys, boys, we like boys in cars
Boys, boys, boys, buy us drinks in bars
Boys, boys, boys with hairspray and denim
And boys, boys, boys, we love them, we love them

Lyrics courtesy of

'BoysBoysBoys'- Lady GaGa Lyrics

Lyrics | Boys Boys Boys lyrics

Copyright Email

Here is the Email I sent to Interscope Records asking permission for the use of BoysBoysBoys by Lady GaGa. By sending this email I am obeying copyright laws and not just using the song without letting them know first. Until I recieve a reply email stating that I cannot use the song, I will go ahead with my media project and see whether I will get a reply.

Why Do I Need Copyright Permission?

Now that I have a chosen song I need to let the record company know that I wish to use their song. By letting the record company know, I am reducing the risk of getting in trouble with the record company so I feel that it would be easier to just ask for permission so that they know that I am not making a profit by making the music video and that I am only using the song for my coursework.

Song Choice

As all four of my final songs have the same target audience, I decided to survey 24 people from the target audience, (teenagers) to help me decide which song I should choose for my music video project. The results were as follows:

School Uniforms by The Wombats is represented by the colour orange, it received 5 votes. The feedback was mainly that it was a good song choice and that it was a lively and upbeat song, however it received negative feedback due to the fact that the target audience are teenagers and they didn't want a song that was based around school.
Kiss Me by New Found Glory is represented by the colour purple. It received 3 votes, people thought that this song was sweet and slow but they felt that for my project I should do a song that is more interesting.
That Kiss by The Courteeners is represented by the colour green. It received 7 votes. People thought that this song was an unusual song and that the video for this song could be quite quirky and an interesting choice. This song is not very well known, so a lot of people were intrigued by this song.
BoysBoysBoys by Lady GaGa is represented by the colour blue and it recieved 9 votes. The feedback that I received for this song was that it was modern and 'fresh'. People seemed to like the idea of a random and lively video and a lot of people already like the song as it is quite well known.
The most popular song choice from my target audience was BoysBoysBoys by Lady GaGa and therefore this is the song that I will create a music video for. The next step to my project will be to get in touch with the record company in order that I can obtain copyright permission.

Song Ideas

I have decided to create a video to a song that I personally like, because then I feel that I would be more encouraged to do the song justice and work hard in producing a good video. After much deliberation I have narrowed the song choices down to:

Kiss Me- New Found Glory?

This song has a mixture of beats, with slow verses and a fast chorus, which would allow make to shoot the video in a number of different shots and speeds. For me, this song has no different interpretations and is instead a straightforward, sweet and simple song and I would definitely do a storyline type of video as it is, in my opinion simply about love. The song is not 'mainstream' and therefore I hopefully would be able to obtain permission to use the song, however, the problem that would occur with this song would be a romantic area for me to shoot the video in.

Lady GaGa- BoysBoysBoys?

Personally, I really enjoy this song and I feel that it is important that I enjoy the song that I will create a video to as then I will want to do the song justice by having a good video. This song is a pop song and therefore features the lively element that I was looking for. As the song is quite a fun, modern song I would be able to play around with different mise en scene. If I decided to use this song, I don't think I would have a storyline, but instead I would have a random storyline and it would be more related to the feel of the song and not the song itself.

School Uniforms- The Wombats?

'School Uniforms' by The Wombats is a really lively, upbeat and happy song and so the video would have to be fast paced to fit in with the feel of the song. This song would also be a good film to shoot as it is about falling in love with someone at school and therefore I could film the video in my own school and use our school uniforms which would therefore make props and location easy to film. A problem with this song however is that towards the end of the song the lyrics get very repetitive and I think I may find it difficult to find different things to film for the repetitive section.

That Kiss- The Courteeners?

'That Kiss' by The Courteeners would be a good video to create as it is a song that creates a lot of imagery as the story of the song are very clear as they create a song. Also, the song has a casual, informal feel to it and the video would be very down to earth and regular- no special sets or outfits would be required. The Courteeners are very well known and I feel that getting permission may prove difficult, however, this particular song is not one of their more famous songs. The video for this song would be very specific to the lyrics so that a story would be created.

Katy Perry- "Hot N Cold" Cover Analysis

Hot N Cold Cover Analysis

This is the cover for Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold". The colour scheme on this cover has a very strong link with the name of the song. Red is used to extenuate hot, and blue is used to highlight cold. The singer is dressed in a pale pink dress, which is similar to that of the background and also her skin colour, this is to ensure that the focus is on the bold colours, thus enabling the cover to stand out. The image of the singer herself link to the video for the fact that it has the same 'random' feel to it, due to the singer holding a slice of watermelon as though it is a phone. Personally, I feel that the watermelon brings personality to the cover and thus makes it unconventional. Also, the watermelon is a very strong red and therefore helps the red font to stand out. The singer herself is shown to be disgusted and shocked at the watermelon, and this portrays the singer to have a fun side, and therefore will attract people for that reason.

Katy Perry- "Hot N Cold" Video Analysis

How is the singer represented?

The establishing shot is a long shot of a wedding, with the singer dressed as the bride. The singer does not stand out as she has the same hair colour and shade of dress as the bridesmaid, therefore the singer is blended into the scene. This suggests that the singer is married to her music and she is not trying to get attention, but instead is singing because she loves to do so, hence the wedding scene is highlighting her passion. The next scene features the singer chasing after a male, which shows that although she is famous, she still has to try hard to get male attention. This may make her appeal to females as she would be seen as somebody to relate to. Also, throughout the entire video, the singer is shown to be crazy as some of the aspects in her video are random. This portrays the singer as being fun, lively and childish, these aspects of her personality are shown through the obviously male bridesmaid, the hula hooping and the zebra at the end of the video. There is no angle shots throughout the video which gives the audience the impression of equality.

What relationship exists between the images and lyrics in the video?

At the beginning of the song, Katy Perry says 'your no good for me' whilst pointing violently at a male character, thus showing the audience who and what the song is about. Apart from that there is no major link between the images and the lyrics, however, there is a storyline to the video and therefore she is singing of her partner, who always changes his mind and the video, at the beginning shows him changing his mind about getting married and then changing his mind again at the end of the video, but apart from that, there is no major linkage between the two as the video is fairly random.

What relationship exists between the music and images in the video?

The music holds a fast, strong beat and this is reflected in the video as it has been edited so that the cuts occur on the beat, thus linking the two together. The characters in the video are also shown to be dancing to the beat of the music, as if they can hear it. However, towards the end of the video, the scenes from before are shown, but are not shown to be in any particular order and are shown to be mis-matched and the cuts are not on the beat. This may link to the storyline of the video and may represent the mind of the male character as he is feeling confused.

Are there any inter-textual references to other media forms?

At a point in the video, the groom pulls out his phone and she is shown to be singing there, portraying the singer to be up to date with technology, and modern. The whole video is set as a wedding, and hence, there is a lot of references to weddings, such as the wedding dress and the bridesmaids.

What do I like about the video?

I like the liveliness of the video and how it makes me feel happy. I would like to aim that my video leaves my audience feeling good. I also enjoy how she doesnt take herself too seriously and can therefore be seen to have a good time. I would like to take the fun element of this video and use it in my own video.

Friday, 24 September 2010

What Comes Next?

After researching music videos, posters and single covers, I feel that I am now in a position to start planning my own music video as I have found what makes a music video a particular genre and also found what I personally like about existing music videos, which will help me in creating my own. After research I feel that I may change my genre to 'pop' as I feel that my current chosen genre may not be as lively as I would like it to be. I would like my video to be fast paced and energetic. I will conduct a little more research into my new chosen genre before deciding what to do next.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Paramore Poster Analysis

Paramore Advertisement Poster Analysis
The advertisement for the Paramore album 'Brand New Eyes' features an image of the band and also an image of the album that is for sale. This is effective because it shows the audience the product that is being advertised, as well as advertising the band. The colours used are yellows, blacks and browns, which also reflect the colours in the image of the band as one band member has a jacket of these colours and the main singers hair colour also matches the colours in the poster. The poster has a 'teenager' feel to it as the background of the poster is shown to be wood and the text boxes and images appear to be held in place with sellotape, showing a scruffy and casual look to the poster, showing that the band do not take themselves too seriously. This is also shown by the main singer who is pulling a face at the camera and also is stood with her hand on her hip, which is used to show importance and attitude, thus reflecting the teenage genre, yet also showing that she is the most important in the band. The text used is all in capital letters to allow the text to stand out to the target market and makes the text appear important and bold. The band name stands out from the rest of the poster due to the different style font and also the white background surrounding it, allowing it to be easily read and as it is the bands trademark font for their band name, it allows that to be instantly recognised. The image of the butterfly that appears on the album cover is also shown in the background of the wood, and this repetition of the butterfly clearly shows that this is the product that is being shown and emphasised.

You Me At Six Poster Analysis

You Me At Six Poster Analysis
The poster has a vibrant red background which allows the white text and black clothing of the band to stand out and therefore draw the audiences eye. The band are all wearing the colour black to show the bond between the band and also, as they are all wearing similar clothing it shows that they work together and makes the poster look more professional and thought out as effort has been takent to ensure that they are wearing similar clothing. The band name, You Me At Six is shown in capital letters and placed at the top of the poster, allowing the band name to be more noticeable. The main singer, who is the main focus throughout the majority of the bands music videos is central, and in front of the other band members as the chances are that the main singer is usually the most recognisable and therefore allows the band to be instantly recognised from their music videos. The simplicity of this poster is effective as there is nothing drawing the audience from the band and the bands name, thus making the poster vivid in the markets mind.

Panic! At The Disco Poster Analysis

Panic! At The Disco Poster Analysis

This poster has a dark feel to it as there is no bright or vibrant colours, instead there is a blue outline to the bands name and there is a pink tint over the image. The blue outline of the band name shows a masculine side to the band and also that they are quite relaxed and therefore their music is fun and young. The pink tint over the image is to give a feel of femininity and sexuality to the poster, especially seeing as the image is of very provocative women, giving a feeling that Panic! At The Disco's music will be about love and relationships, alternatively, it may also show that the band are passionate about their music and career. The font has been placed on a diagonal path, showing that the ban do not take themselves too seriously and that they are still quite childish and informal. The serif font used on the poster also reflects the font used on the single cover, thus showing intertextuality to the 'circus' theme that the band have utilized, which is therefore allowing the market to recognise the Panic! At The Disco merchandise. The leaf pattern which is acing as a border for the poster also brings some femininity to the poster as leaves and flowers are stereotypically appealing to females. The poster has been kept neutral in the target audience gender as it has both male and female selling points.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Prodigy Poster Analysis

Poster Advertising 'Invaders Must Die' Tour

The Prodigy have kept the 'Invaders Must Die' franchise uniform by repeating the font and colour scheme, this is very effective as the audience will be able to instantly be able to relate the video to the single cover to the poster. This particular poster is a tour poster and so it contains dates and venues, and The Prodigy have kept the font consistent throughout all of their merchandise and therefore acts as a trademark for this particular band, making it instantly recognisable. The grey and black background also emphasises the bright and vibrant font, making it stand out to the market, and making it unmissable. The image of the speaker tower shows gives the impression to the audience of loud, important music that is unmissable. This image is an effective way of making the poster seem unique and gives the poster an edgy, unconventional feel as it is not an image that is widely used, especially in black and white, with a 'grainy' texture. The band are not shown on any of their merchandise, which could show that image is not important to them, and that the music is their main focus.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Paramore- "The Only Exception" Cover Analysis

The Only Exception Cover Analysis

'The Only Exception' is a love song, and this is reflected by the font of the song title as it is serif style font, meaning that the font is feminine and italic which gives the text a romantic, handwritten feel. The romantic font is contrasted to the font of 'Paramore' as this font is sans serif and simple, this shows that this style song is unconventional for Paramore as they are not known to have slow love songs. Another way in which the audience can tell that 'The Only Exception' is a love song is through the image of an empty locket. Lockets represent love, (especially as this particular locket is pink, which is a colour used to represent love) as they can hold pictures of loved ones, however lockets may also represent secrets as they are personal and need to be opened to find out what is inside and as it is empty it may show that the singer has no secrets to hide from the person she loves. The black background allows the locket and also the text to stand out and therefore draws the audiences eyes to the artists name and the song title, thus attracting customers and making the cover instantly recognisable. This single cover is likely to attract female teenagers as the font is quite mature and feminine, and the pink locket would also attract females as it is stereotypically a female item. It is clear that Paramores target audience is teenagers as the song features conventional teenage issues- love and drama. Also, many of the bands existing fans are teenagers, due to their previous merchandise, and will therefore be interessted in any new work by the band, however, the band are also appealing to a general teenage audience as they have made an unconvtional song for their 'image' and therefore widening their fan base. The single cover is effective because it is simple and therefore the attention can be focused on the only image on the cover and also the font, due to the black background, which makes things stand out and as a conclusion, drawing the attention of the audience.

Friday, 10 September 2010

You Me At Six- "Liquid Confidence (Nothing To Lose)" Cover Analysis

Liquid Confidence (Nothing To Lose) Cover Analysis
The images shown in the 'Liquid Confidence' music do not reflect the lyrics sang in the song. This randomness is mirrored in the single cover as the images show no immediate reference to the lyrics, video or meaning of the song, however, by continuing the random theme throughout all the 'You Me At Six' franchise they are creating an unconventional intertextuality. The background is a plain, light, neutral colour which may show that the band are not influenced by any other artist. The plain colour also makes them seem quite mature or maybe it is a representation of their target audience which would make their target audience both males and females and of no specific age. The vibrant colours on the front however, show a more youthful side to the band and therefore may attract a younger audience as vibrant colours generally appeal to a younger market. The band name is in large, bold capital letters to show that the band are proud of who they are and that they are bold characters that stand out, as the black font stands out from the beige background. The song title is in a fancy serif font and is also in italics, and has adds a touch of femininity to the single cover. The femininity is also shown through the images of the flowers and the pink flash that is used.