I will look a range of Post Punk band's music videos and look at the different codes and conventions.
Fellow group member Jonny has also looked at a few other videos on his C+C post
Joy Divison - Love Will Tear Us Apart
- Starts off with a POV shot of someone walking up some stairs. Some cutting of footage on the beat.
- Once in the room the rest of the video is your average performance video with close ups on equipment and that.
Echo & The Bunnyman - Under The Killing Moon
- Performance video with hints of concept
- Imagery of moons and stars and different planets
- Recurring shot of cloth blowing in the wind.
- Performance mainly focus on lead singer for most of song of him performing, framing of just his face with a constant swinging light bulb lighting up his face.
- Dark mood and setting
The Human League - Don't You Want Me?
- Narrative / Performance
- Story follows a male and female character who are starring in a film, preferred reading i believe is that the male character likes the female character but not visa vera and he is singing "Don't you want me baby"
- Shots at start make you think that the music video is the film being filmed in the video (thet's being filmed in the music video) Confusing? Yeah i know. But after a while it zooms out to reveal that its just a film set.
- All set at night to create a atmosphere.
- Performance video
- Shots of singer with guitar playing and singing
- Then shots from a concert of a audience dancing around.
- A variety of shots from around a gig, such as the audience, band meeting fans, signing goods and playing at the show
- Some shots recorded away from show and added
- Some titles flash up of the name of the song at parts of the song.
ConclusionHaving looked at videos of the post-punk genre, I can begin to suggest certain codes and conventions that most of the videos include. So far I have found:
- A lot of the videos are performance or concept based. Many combine the two in some manner.
- There is a lot of use of flashing imagery.
- Multi-layering is also used very often as is cross-fade transitions.
- Whilst the videos often use slow paced imagery, quick cutaways to close ups are used to keep the video flowing.
- Locations used are generally run-down or urban.
- Use of colour filters, especially black and white.
- Lots of camera movement to help keep the visuals interesting.
- Some sort of motif or theme is repeated through the video. This can sometimes link to the lyrics.
- An emphasise on the cold and dark to signify the mood of the band. Characters often seem very deadpan.