A Detailed Comparison of Two Music Videos

A Detailed Comparison of Two Music Videos

Length: 787 words (2.2 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Excellent

Open Document

Essay Preview

More ↓
A Detailed Comparison of Two Music Videos

The video's I have chosen to analyse are from different eras. I am
using Ashanti's 'Rain on me' video, which was made in 2003 and is in
the category narrative. I am comparing this with Shanni Holiday's
'Locomotion', made in 1962 and is in the performance category,
although it has a theme of trains in the video.

The story of 'Rain on me', Ashanti plays herself; her boyfriend, who
is jealous of her success, physically assaults her when they have
arguments. Ashanti finds her boyfriend cheating on her with another
women, and finally leaves him for good. The video reflects current
issues in society such as domestic violence, fame, recreational drug
taking, casual sex and affairs.

In comparison, the 'Locomotion' video has a completely different style
and impact, and shows Shanni dancing throughout, having a train theme
linking to the title. The video shows how dated it has become by the
clothes worn, and the style of dancing.

There are only 3 different edits used in Shanni's video, whereas
Ashanti's video has 200 edits, showing us how technology had changed
over the years and can be used to create dramatic impact. The editing
fits in with the pace of Ashanti's music, as the music speeds up, so
does the edits. When there is tension in the video, short sharp edits
are used; an example of this is when Ashanti finds her boyfriend
cheating on her. The director used many 'dissolve' edits, which added
drama, this is just one of many special effects used. 'Dissolve' edits
have been chosen to add variety to the video, as the audience today
will expect more than they did in 1962. 'Locomotion' used simple edits
where you can see the dancers' feet, then the director goes straight
onto Shanni dancing again, there is no special effects used
throughout.

In both videos the images tie into the lyrics, an example of this is
when a pillow is used as a prop and as Ashanti sings 'hug my pillow'
she does the action.

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"A Detailed Comparison of Two Music Videos." 123HelpMe.com. 05 Dec 2019
    <https://www.123helpme.com/view.asp?id=118099>.

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

Essay School House Rock: Animated Educational Music Videos for Kids

- The Benefits of School House Rock: Animated Educational Music Videos for Kids "As your body grows bigger, your mind must flower, it's great to learn, 'cause knowledge is power!" Any person in their twenties can tell you where this phrase comes from, and that is because every Saturday morning in between Saturday morning cartoons children would wait anxiously for a five minute break of School House Rock. Little did we know that while we were singing along to "Sufferin' Till Suffrage" we were learning a history lesson....   [tags: Educational Music Videos]

Free Essays
1049 words (3 pages)

Essay on The Music Of Music Videos

- Music videos began to rise in the 1980 's and ever since then have had a long lasting effect on both the music and television industries. One of music videos most groundbreaking successes was that of MTV, which had a monolithic appearance in the cable TV industry and in American culture. However, MTV as a channel is now that of a dying one. The music video industry continues to thrive due to the developments, expansions, and improvements in technology over the years. In this Post-Network Era, different methods of distribution, for example, YouTube, has allowed there to be a much growth in regards to music videos....   [tags: Reality television, Television]

Research Papers
1737 words (5 pages)

Music Videos And Its Demeaning Attitude Towards Women Essay

- In the twenty-first century, media outlets such as YouTube and Netflix allow for ease of access to pop cultural trends through any device with an internet connection. However, the content of modern pop culture evidently reflects on gender inequality because of the disparity between the roles of men and women in popular media, specifically in music videos. Music videos often display men as well dressed dominant figures compared to the women who are likely shown to be half-naked and exhibiting overly sexual acts such as brandishing their buttocks....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Role, Music video]

Research Papers
1316 words (3.8 pages)

Music Journal: Study of Latin American Music Essay

- This semster, I spent a lot of time appreciating Latin America music, watching videos, and enjoying their beauty in the media center. Some albums such as Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “ACJ Songbook and Carlos Santana’s “Music of the Andes” impressed me deeply. In particular, since I have hectic workload this semester and always feel tired, I become quite relaxed as I listened to Jobim’s “ASJ Songbook”. I really admire its elegence and usually feel refreshed after I leave the media center. In addition, some Tex-Mex tracks gave me a perpective of regional culture of the border along Texas and Mexico....   [tags: music, videos, album, song]

Research Papers
550 words (1.6 pages)

Sex and Music Videos in the 21st Century Essay

- Sex and Music Videos in the 21st Century Females have been portrayed as sex objects in music videos since MTV began. Some of the earlier stars on MTV consisted of Prince, Kiss and Aerosmith, just to name a few. Even those videos contained images of women in bikini’s, so why are we so shocked and appalled when Kid Rock has 20 surgically enhanced women parading around him as if he is king. Is it really that shocking that Sisqo’s, “The Thong Song” was voted 2000’s summer anthem, by Jet Magazine. His most recent album contained thirteen tracks....   [tags: Music Essays]

Free Essays
774 words (2.2 pages)

Montage in Films and Music Videos Essay

- In the 1920s, artist like Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov and Vsevolod Pudovkin started experimenting with the new technique in their abstractfilms which is known as montage. Montage which is a synonym for Editing is a technique where two or more shots are juxtaposed which create a new meaning thatis not existent looking at the shots individually (Manovich, 2001). Few of the early examples of films using this technique are The Battleship Potemkin(1925) by Eisenstein and Man with a Movie Camera(1929) by Vertov.Montages are widely used in many other TV production areas like Advertisement, Dramas, News Programs and Music Videos....   [tags: Film Review, Montage]

Research Papers
2456 words (7 pages)

Gender Representations in Music Videos: Essay

- Music videos originally served the purpose of creating an outlet through which artists could generate publicity for their work, broaden their popular appeal, and reach wider audiences with interesting audio-visual content (Berry & Shelton, 1999). Over the years, the visual imagery in music videos has increasingly become as significant as the music it represents, as music videos have now become major outlets for propagating views and stereotypes that influence popular culture. One of the most noteworthy features of modern music videos is the portrayal of gender according to the worldviews, experiences, and expectations of the music artistes, or in line with gender stereotypes associated with...   [tags: maculinity, hip hop, social orientation]

Research Papers
1649 words (4.7 pages)

Sociology: Sexual Objectification of Women in Music Videos Today Essay

- The Research Problem This study works to examine the use of sexual objectification of women in music videos today. The primary purpose was to examine the differences between genres, specifically hip-hop and country. I tested the following; Women are more likely to be sexualized in hip-hop music videos than in country music videos. Literature Review Since the explosion of music videos in 1981, a large portion of their popularity has been due to the objectification of women and their sexuality....   [tags: Explicit Desired Content, Exploitation]

Research Papers
924 words (2.6 pages)

Music, Music Lyrics, And Music Videos On Children And Youth Essay

- American Academy of Pediatrics, (2009, November). Impact of Music, Music Lyrics, and Music Videos on Children and Youth. Retrieved November 18, 2016, from http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/124/5/1488 This authors of this article wrote with an interest in informing parents and pediatricians of the large impact that music, music videos, and song lyrics can have on the lives of their children and patients. They discussed a wide variety of the different aspects in the lives of youth that music and music media can influence....   [tags: Psychology, Cognition, Brain, Hearing]

Research Papers
916 words (2.6 pages)

Power of Dance in Music Videos Essay

- Power of Dance in Music Videos When VH1 got a panel of “music industry experts” together to decide on a list of the greatest music videos ever, it was Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice” that was the video of choice. Close behind on the list were videos for songs such as Madonna’s “Vogue” and Jackson’s “Thriller.” It seems to me that there is a significant theme all of these videos share…DANCE. Berkeley had it right. If you want a song to catch on, put it with a moving body. And if the body happens to be the king or queen of pop, that doesn’t hurt....   [tags: Performance Arts Dancing Essays]

Free Essays
393 words (1.1 pages)

This shows that the director reference to the
lyrics in this scene. A hat was used as a prop in 'Locomotion'; this
was to enhance the dancing sequence. The moods of the videos are very
different. In 'Rain on me' it is stormy and dark and depressing
throughout the video, reflecting the stormy relationship between
Ashanti and her boyfriend. However in 'Locomotion' is a very cheerful
song. The facial expressions link with the mood of the video, as in
'Rain on me', they help convey the saddening atmosphere that is
present in the video. The director shows a close-up of Ashanti's
facial expression, where she can sense that something is wrong. The
director also used an extreme close-up of Ashanti's tears, showing the
drama and sadness, this is also an example of camera framing. Unlike
Shanni's video, where her facial expressions were happy throughout,
showing that it was a light-hearted song.

In 'Locomotion' there is a strong reference to trains, as a dance
makes a reference to a tunnel and the movements of the dancers feet
are like the shuffling movements of a train, helping to get across the
theme of trains to the audience. The video shows stereotypical
businessmen waiting for the train; all the commuters are male, because
it is an era where men are the classical dominant sex, who are
successful compared to Ashanti's video where she is successful.

The 'Locomotion' video is short 2:15min; it has no narrative and is
not interesting enough to engage the audience for a longer period, it
is also only set in one location. The technology was not so advanced,
so no special effects were used. 'Rain on me' video is much longer,
5:20minand used a range of edits, different locations and there is a
narrative throughout, which makes the video interesting enough to go
no for a longer period.

Another example of camera framing is highlighted in 'Rain on me' when
Ashanti's boyfriend is in the dark, all you can see is his silhouette,
this is effective as it makes him seem 'evil', dark and menacing, and
adds atmosphere to the scene and links effectively with the song.
There is a variety of different camera framing in 'Rain on me', but in
'Locomotion' there are few camera angles, as the use of the available
technology was poor. A further example of basic camera framing
techniques used in the video 'Locomotion' is an unimaginative close-up
of one on the dancers, showing you her movements.

In 'Rain on me' the fights between Ashanti and her boyfriend are
choreographed. An example of this is when you see Ashanti's boyfriend
kicking down her bedroom door, the fight looks authentic but each move
is choreographed, this links with the category 'narrative', as the
fights tell the story. Shanni's video had a dance routine, which the
audience could copy, which again links to the category, as it is a
performance video.

Overall I preferred Ashanti's 'Rain on me' video, as it was more
sophisticated and interesting to watch. Shanni's video had no physical
contact with others, as social standards of that era were very
conservative. Shanni wore unrevealing clothes because of public
expectations. Unlike Ashanti who wore revealing clothes and had a lot
of physical contact with the opposite sex, showing us how social
standards have changed. There is some competition in Shanni's video,
as the dance routine could be coped, this was a popular feature in
videos of that era causing competition between other videos. There is
more competition with videos made today people expect to be
entertained by the videos, not with just music and dance but with
special effects and good use of technology. 'Narrative' videos hold
people interest, so most videos today are 'narrative'. Videos have to
grasp the audience's attention to sell and make money from them. In
conclusion because social standards have changed, this reflects the
music videos. Technology has advanced over the years, making videos
more entertaining for the viewers at home.
Return to 123HelpMe.com