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WJEC GCSE - Music Videos

jeremy | Friday October 22, 2010

Categories: GCSE, Eduqas (WJEC) GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Music, Music Video

Editing within music videos can be explored which emphasises and draws attention that the shots have been joined together, in particular by using the jump-cut so that the effect is abrupt usually followed by something that the audience is not expecting.

Look at MediaEdu’s Music Video Pre-Production and Music Video Production

The pace of the editing being dictated by the visuals is another area to explore. How many cuts are visible in an average music video?

Representation concepts can be explored by looking at music videos, and magazine articles. Stereotypes are often used and the way these images are used so may suggest to the audience that whole groups of people or ideas should be viewed in a certain way. 

Representations in Music

The print media likes to suggest that youth is a stage of being rebellious or in revolt. This could have some historical context with Teddy Boys as the stereotype of rebellious youth in the 1950s, Mods and Rockers in the 60s and the rave ‘e’ drug and club culture of the 1990s.

The image of young people in the past is heavily reliant on the constructed images of films and newsreels of the period.

Two contrasting films, with music by The Who, Quadrophenia, and Tommy construct differing views of young people within a historical context.

Quadrophenia is set in the 60s and is about rebelliousness caused by suburban boredom. It was made and released, with some hindsight, in the late seventies.

This is a film about Mods (right) – who were they, what did they wear and what did they drive?

The media suggested their arch enemies were Rockers (left). In fact, very little actual animosity existed between the two groups.

What did Rockers wear and what did they drive?

Film director Ken Russell’s rock opera Tommy constructs a mythical society of peaceful youth searching for redemption was made in the seventies and has some relevance to that period.

By the way the music by The Who is...


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