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Video Killed the Radio Star

Posted: Mon, 26th Feb 2007, 12:47pm

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Arktic

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ls:tv presents a surreally literal music video for the song "Video Killed the Radio Star" that's as darkly comic as it is blood-drenched.

This is ls:tv's entry into the video to music category at the National Student Television Awards, currently held by our station for last year's "Warning Sign" video.

Shot on a Sony PDX-10P in three days, then edited with Adobe Premiere. Visual effects and chromakeying were done with VisionLab Studio with aditional elements done with Adobe After Effects.

As well as working on the post production, I play the lead character - and for once, I'm happy with my acting wink

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Posted: Mon, 26th Feb 2007, 2:15pm

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Heheh, cool. I'm not a huge fan of the track itself, but as music videos go, i've seen worse on MTV.

It was quite reminiscent of various Foo Fighter's videos, particularly Everlong which is probably my favorite, but I think this needs a few tweaks to get to that standard.

My only major gripe is the vaseline lense, which does nothing for the vid as far as i'm concerned.

My other issues are with the shots and editing, which don't quite do it for me. Doing videos deliberately in time with music (intro) is only really successful if done throughout or with some particular interesting visual content. In this particular example, the timing in the intro it was rather slow and didn't do anything for me.

By contrast, the rest of the vid needed more rapid editing, particular the arguement, which - while well acted - lacked the adrenaline that could have been created with some pace in the cutting. Some variety in shots would have been nice too, as most of the shots seemed wide-angle and a little detached from the emotion meant to be present.

My final thought is that although this IS great for the time spent, the budget, the level of ability etc; its disappointingly lacking in the attention to detail that (just to be tediously repetitive) a Foo's video would have. In such a production, all of The Video's house would be comically stylised, with the family eating, i dunno, fried cassettes or something with a dog made from...pfft..er....Tripods etc.

I realise its terribly pedantic to point out these things, given that its almost impossible for you to achieve what i want, but its still worth pointing out for future productions.

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Posted: Mon, 26th Feb 2007, 8:44pm

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Gotta love Michel Gondry.

Enjoyed this, quite good. I agree with Xcession's suggestion for expanding this universe and having more tongue-in-cheek detail, would have been quite cool.
Posted: Mon, 26th Feb 2007, 11:21pm

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I thought that was great! I found it very entertaining. I loved the 80's grading as well.
Posted: Wed, 28th Feb 2007, 7:28am

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Ouch. Not the hugest fan of this, sorry. Please know I'm trying to be supportive and subjective in what I say here. Don't want to sound harsh, but I really disliked this one, man, and here's why:

Editing, framing, and flow.

While you didn't break any technical 'rules' per-se, it seemed like you just chose a new angle and cut to it because you had to, not because it worked best artistically. The most glaring is cutting between "I like to set my camera on the ground" shots and medium wide shots. There's just not good flow.

It's actually not so much the editing as the framing choices. You stick loosely to the rule of thirds, and I think that's what kills you here: the framing. There's consistently too much headspace, not enough, none at all, or the shot is just framed for the sake of adding another angle; little consideration is given to whether or not the shot adds anything to the video as a whole. And while of course, you need filler every now and then, not every angle should appear this way. A good example of this is the pacing and choice of angles in the bathroom scene. While he's sawing the radio, you cut between him and a blood splatter, and then out of nowhere we see a different blood angle, which doesn't fit into the continuity you had going already. You also don't cross the line, but you come close one or two times, which makes for bad flow angle-wise.

Then there's lighting and grading. While I can't accuse you of much because I dunno what budget you have for lighting or camera choice, I really, really dreaded watching what looked like well buffered webcam footage. The color reproduction wasn't that great and there was vignetting almost all the time, all over the edge at different moments. Like I said, I concede defeat on this argument, as you may not have the means to light correctly. If you do, then USE THEM! You NEED lighting, my man!

Altogether, a 2/5 in my vote, but being subjective makes me give it a 3/5. Best of luck on your next project!
Posted: Wed, 28th Feb 2007, 8:42am

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What Ben and Xcession said goes for me too, especially the pace of the editing.. I'm not going to repeat what everyone else said so...

Man, I loved the idea! And I think you pulled it off pretty good too. I've seen my share of bad Swedish music videos at work, so if it's any makes you any happier it would probably be good enough to run in this country.

funny stuff.
Posted: Wed, 28th Feb 2007, 11:42pm

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Hey guys, thanks for the feedback so far!!

I can't really argue with anything anyone's said, not because I agree, but because I think it's essentially a matter of opinion about most of the things that have been mentioned. As you note Ben, as there's very little conventional 'rule breaking', so I guess it's just down to personal taste.

As ever, it's great to hear your opinions guys, and I'm glad that some of you find it funny! Fingers crossed that the judge finds it funny too smile

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Thu, 1st Mar 2007, 1:44am

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Arktic wrote:

I can't really argue with anything anyone's said, not because I agree, but because I think it's essentially a matter of opinion about most of the things that have been mentioned. As you note Ben, as there's very little conventional 'rule breaking', so I guess it's just down to personal taste.
I want to make a distinction here, for your benefit and for clarification, that personal tastes aside, there are major problems with flow that I think could be remedied in future projects. The flow in this is actually quite appalling considering that of Warning Sign, and seeing as this is WS's successor.

So while it mightn't have been everyones' cup of tea, and that's fine, I think you need to take into account the more subjective criticisms; as they are invaluable. Not to say you're trying to disregard them or anything, just pointing it out. Also, please note I'm not attempting to disparage the video, as I'm sure it has its audience somewhere; but even to that audience there are things which drastically need fixing.
Posted: Thu, 1st Mar 2007, 9:49am

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Knowing Arktic as well as I do, or think I do at least, I imagine his response isn't quite the dismissal it looks like it is. I could be wrong though. For the record, however, "Down to personal taste" is a non-arguement. Its a synonimous phrase for "thats just my opinion" and as this forum has highlighted time and time again, opinions and tastes are not infallible - both can be wrong.

Atom: i've remove your post. Get a grip.
Turtleneck: I've removed your post too. At least post something which justifies your blatantly melodramatic disgust.
Posted: Thu, 1st Mar 2007, 4:59pm

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i think it was very funny, i didnt expect the whole camera on heads thing but it made me laugh.

i also think that when you compare it to some of the other stuff that people film in their own house this comes out on top.

keep it up and good luck with the judges razz
Posted: Fri, 2nd Mar 2007, 2:58am

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Xcession wrote:

Atom: i've remove your post. Get a grip.
No idea what you're talking about, bud. Someone pranked my account and any messages you guys have sent me about whatever posts I didn't write myself have been deleted from my inbox as well. I'm looking in the dark here. I've got emails stating I have 4 or 5 new private messages, but my inbox is empty.

No effin idea.
Posted: Fri, 2nd Mar 2007, 3:56am

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Great! Always do like to hear that song!

Loved the uber-80's fade out at the end shot of the broken picture.

I would have liked the footsteps on the stairs at the beginning to be in time with the bass drum. Also a "Honey I'm home"-loosening of the tie while twisting the neck slightly after a hard day at work would have been cool. The acting was a bit much-something that is tempting to do when one's face/expressions are covered. Acting in a costume like that is not easy, one quickly thinks subtleties will not work. BTW the costumes were great-I would have expected something like that to be floppin' all around on your head. That not doing it made it look a lot more "pro".

The cuts from the cutting to the blood flying were a bit sketchy. The ground level shots were perfect!

Overall- great!!
Posted: Sat, 3rd Mar 2007, 2:32am

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Very interesting. Could have been better if the timing was more in sync (as basically everyone has already said)

But Rad costumes! Nice productions values.
Posted: Tue, 6th Mar 2007, 12:54am

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One of my fav songs of all time. I never get tired of it, no matter how many times I hear it..

As for the video. I loved it. Def one of my favs on this site. I loved the costumes (very creative) and the murder scene was funny. Looking forward to seeing many more films from u.

5 stars all the way.
Posted: Sun, 11th Mar 2007, 3:26pm

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Really entertaining lol. Nice concept too.
Bad continuity at the bath scene though. Blood spatter, then no blood spatter on the roof.

Very well done though. I was smiling all the way through.
Posted: Sun, 18th Mar 2007, 9:55pm

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Hehehe this is hilarious! Love your characters! The blood is a bit overdone, but still, you did a wonderful job. Five stars.
Posted: Thu, 5th Apr 2007, 12:56pm

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Hey guys - as ever, thanks for the comments!

Just a quick update, the National Student Television Awards were held this past weekend with around sixteen stations attending, and for the third year running, ls:tv took the title for Video to Music along with another 7 out of a possible 15 awards (including the prestigious 'Best Broadcaster 2007' award!).

Cheers biggrin
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