Music video analysis(Goodwin theory) :Good Grief

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This is thought beat as the rhythm of the song parallels the person pressing each button on the phone.

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This image portrays the idea of a conventional 80’s game show.
Therefore, we see the idea of Inter textual referencing because it refers to media outside the music video. The time which it is set in also referred to Bastille’s common motif
Furthermore, The audience can see the idea of voyeurism because we can witness the persons success without their awareness.
Additionally, the bright and reflective colours reflects the usual genre characteristics shown within the genre ‘Electropop’, such as “Blah Blah Blah” by Ke$ha.

The genre, Indie rock, is portrayed through MISE-EN-SCENE using costume and setting. In order to deviate from rock(which normally includes dark settings with he theme of isolation) This scene includes brightly coloured costumes, a bright scene with the dancers being closely packed in order to repel the theme of isolation.

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The song contains rhythms that can be considered fast paced. Therefore, the music video creators have replicated the pace through the use of editing, swapping between each scene quickly, such as the dance scene.
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The two shots shown here and the others following  them change within seconds of each other. However, the parts of the music video include slow motion,  the change in pace within the music video correlate with the actual song. An example of slow motion could be the car driving past slowlyScreen Shot 2016-09-23 at 10.53.19.png

The target audience for indie rock bands like bastille are conventionally teenagers/young adults.stereotypically, this age group are seen as wanting freedom. The car portrays this theme, attracting this age range through miss en scene.Screen Shot 2016-09-23 at 11.02.34.pngScreen Shot 2016-09-23 at 12.46.48.png

During the music video, the lady is seen playing the drums in correlation to the drums within the song although she is actually shown to be involved in the narrative. The use of diagetic sound connects the narrative and song in an obvious way, making the audience focus more intently on the actual narrative. Goodwin theory has been related too because the visuals match the music precisely.Screen Shot 2016-09-23 at 11.07.26.png

The idea of voyeurism is repeatedly shown in this music video, but this time it had become more defined as the audience can now see the television.

The theme voyeurism is emphasised through the the voyeuristic treatment of the female body, a concept stated by Goodwin.

The music video has attempted to increase the bands recognition through the use of a motif. Additionally, the motif has helped explain the narrative. The music constantly refers back to a teddy bear (the motif). However, each time the audience captures the teddy bear it is seen as chaotic,evil and violent. This portrays the overall message Bastille try to get across to their audience. Through editing, the teddy bear has purposefully been placed to show the increase in violence.

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The music video follows Goodwin’s theory through the use of sound, there is a relationship between lyrics and visuals. The lyrics include the lexis “watching” while simulatneously the audience can see a tracking shot of a naked women on the screen:Screen Shot 2016-09-26 at 12.07.44.png

The lyrics and visuals both relate the reoccurring theme of voyeurism.

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The Music video doesn’t conform to most indie rock songs.
Typically, you can see primarly themes of love and relationships in most songs based on this genre but in Good grief violence is mostly shown through editing.
As the director has purposefully placed violent shots throughout the music video to emphasise this unique theme.


One thought on “Music video analysis(Goodwin theory) :Good Grief

  1. WWW: insightful comments and some application of Goodwin’s theory.
    EBI: add an intro
    try to set your ideas out clearly – they become muddles at times
    check spelling, etc
    develop ideas fully eg. explain the significance of the motif, does this music video conform to/subvert genre conventions?


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