I have chosen to analyse the 9 key shots from the Major Lazer – Powerful (feat. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley) music video. Its genre is the same as the song Tommy and I have chosen, dance/electronic.
Here is the link to the music video:
9 Key Screenshots:
Individual screenshot analysis:
This is the first key shot because it is the first time you see one of the featuring singers and main characters (Ellie Goulding) and the set, which is clearly a cafe or restaurant of some sort. This shot also tells us that it is during the day, as there is natural light coming through the windows at the back. This shot is important as it sets the scene of the music video.
This is the first time you see the other main character and singer, Tarrus Riley. The lighting is quite dark to set a warm, relaxed atmosphere, but also having some natural light coming through the blinds to show it is day time.
This shot is also important, as it shows us that something is going on in the video, as if Ellie Goulding has the power to bend metal. This is the main focus of the video and it introduces the power between the two singers in the song, “Powerful”.
This shot shows the light become slightly bluer and more sinister almost, as we see that Tarrus Riley also has a power, to make fruit float. This clarifies that both singers have some form of power.
This shot is important because it shows that the other characters in the video are amazed by what Goulding and Riley are doing and what powers they have. The mans facial expression in this shot emphasises the amazement and how unnatural their power is.
This shot also shows the shocked facial expressions of the other customers. It also shows gives the impression that this restaurant is possibly a road side food stop, as there is a bearded old man in a vest behind the counter. The furniture, architecture and props also give this impression, for example the old kettle on the counter.
This shot shows both singers working together and combining their powers to make everything in the restaurant float and lift. Their power represents the song name, “Powerful” and the lyrics. This shot is also important as it is the first time we see the two singers coming together and meeting due to their unnatural powers.
This is a key shot because it is the most busy. It shows the two singers using their powers on both sides of the shot and in the middle is a very out of hand, messy looking restaurant with floating people and props to show how powerful the two are. It shows that things have got out of hand it it shows peoples shocked facial expressions. The business of this shot makes the whole scene seem a lot more crazy and out of hand.
This is the final key shot, right at the end of the video. It shows the two main characters leaving together in a car in the dark. This is strange because we saw what looked like natural light coming through the blinds in previous shots. This shot is important as it suggests the two with powers have bonded and are leaving together because they have become friends in some sense.