intro to documentary production
Thoughts to Remember:
Louden Swain is my favorite band and a lot of their songs have specific meanings that the videos help enhance. The song Gamma Ray is about the end of the world. I like this video because despite the focus on a morbid topic, the video matches the lighter mood of the song. The quick cuts throughout the video are reminiscent of the song's pace and keep the viewer focused on the action. The lighting is bright and almost tinted in a way that also focuses the video on the subject matter. The overall environment is happy and bright in direct contrast to the lyrics, but in direct correlation with the sound of the song.
I grew up listening to Billy Joel since my mom has been a fan since she was thirteen. This was my favorite Billy Joel song growing up and my mom and I would sing it together all the time. The song isn't too fast, and the tempo of the video matches this speed. The cuts are farther apart and not as immediate, which makes for a more focused viewing experience centered on the lyrics. The lighting in the video isn't extreme. It is more natural and highlights the band, which is the focus throughout the video. The lighting and sound bring the viewer into their world specifically, as it follows the band through the city and focuses on the way in which they play the music.
The worlds presented in these videos are very different. The Louden Swain video is more dramatic and heightened compared to the Billy Joel video. However, both of the styles match the music and are perfect for their specific videos and the effect they give. The world Louden Swain presents is bright and chaotic with lots of motion and a sense of urgency. In contrast, the world in the Billy Joel video is low key and quiet with a focus on self. This is reflected in the lyrics. "My Life" is a much more subject-centered song than "Gamma Ray," which has a focus on an apocalyptic narrative and a focus on community.