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  • 1. Conventions Within aMusic Video of theIndie Folk GenreDamien Rice 9 CrimesDaughter - StillSauzanne Micael

2. Damien Rice 9 Crimes 3. Damien Rice - 9 Crimes10s20s30sThe music video is initially introduced with the useof a wide shot. This automatically enables theaudience to set the scene and presents an idea ofhow the rest of the music video might appear. Theaudience is first able to see this isolated location,which appears to be an area at the back of abuilding, with large garbage bins focused in theforeground and centre of the shot. With referenceto the rule of thirds, audiences are drawn into thesignificance of the prop bins as they can thenquestion whether they have any relevance to theactual music video itself, as a result keeping themmore engaged. The smooth, slow-paced trackingmovement follows the first shot which juxtaposeswith the sharp cut to the next close up of the bins.The jump is used to keep the audience aware as itmanipulates the attention to the current shot, soaudiences are constantly aware of what they areseeing. 4. 40s50s1m1m 10sThe natural lighting used throughout the music video issomewhat dim and lacks brightness. As a result, thetime of day is questionable. The lighting suggests themotif of this music video is not uplifting or positivenecessarily as brightness generally connotes emotionssuch as happiness and joy, which there could ultimatelybe a lack of within in this video. Therefore in terms ofuses and gratification, the audience will not be viewingthis piece of media as a source to boost their self-esteemand using it more so for entertainment value. Asthe next shot jumps in an extreme close up of femininelips, the first question can be asked of whose lips theyare? The audience is aware that the music playing andthe lip synching movement of the mouth contrast as thesong predominantly sounds like a male voice, as well asthe fact the artist is actually a male yet a female issinging along. As the camera continues this slow-pacedtheme which flows with the gentle nature of the song,the audience can now confirm this is a female, as thefemale is using direct mode of address to connect withthe audience, staring directly at them. The pace of theediting allows the viewers to take in this femalesbeauty. After analysing her face, it is quite clear there isa lack of make up which contributes to the mise-en-scenegreatly, adding to the natural, calm atmospherecreated thus far. 5. 1m 20s 1m 30s 1m 40sAs the progressive zooming out movement of the camera continues, 1 minute and 10 seconds in it ismade clear that this face the viewers have become familiar with, is made to look like she does not havea body with the use of editing. This can be interpreted in many ways with some people finding thisamusing and comical whereas others would find this deranged image slightly concerning. In a way, theunnatural head positioned in the way it is juxtaposes with what the audience has seen so far. Theunnatural vs. calmness of the video contrasts. A sense of enigma is created as the audience now has apuzzle to solve, creating interest for them. We can also wonder whether there will be an anchoragewithin the video and hoping the rest of the video explains this possible message, adding to thesuspense.The second character is introduced 1 minute and 30 seconds in, using a mid shot. This character ismale, his costume consists of him wearing a puffer jacket with the denotation being a vibrant, orangecolour and plain denim jeans. This character, unlike any other prop, lighting, background etc. used inthis music video could be the first initial sign of hope for the atmosphere or storyline. This is becausethere is a symbolic element to the character introducing the audience to the first stand out colourwhich is connoted as and often related to the idea of adventure as well as being one of the healingcolours. The audience can also associate his need for a quote with the subtle wind blowing the leavesas the time of year is autumn. It is evident that all the sounds are muted out, such as the leavesblowing to exaggerate the focus solely on the music being played throughout. 6. 2m 10s2m1m 50sIt is made obvious the male character is inpursuit of something as he is looking aroundthe area. The assumption can be made that heis looking for the females head as the audiencecan combine the two characters as those twopeople are the only ones around in this isolatedarea. The male then comes across a proppenny, shown in a close up of the ground,positioned the queens head head facingupwards.Questions arise from this particular prop such as is itrelevant? Or does this link to the females head?Seconds later, a close-up captures the mans facialexpression as he notices the head a feet away fromhim. This proves the earlier assumption that the twoare linked is correct as most people would reactdifferently if they saw a head laying on the floor,however this man looks more intrigued.As the man proceeds to try and touch the head,the female head floats up and away from himwhich is shown with an over-the-shoulder shot.Viewers are made aware she is tied by a piece ofstring around the neck. This can be associatedwith the balloons which are usually used in timesof celebration which again contrasts in this musicvideo. 7. 2m 20s2m 30s2m 40sAfter displaying signs of frustration such as asigh in a close-up shot, the scene jumps to astatic wide shot of the man walking awayfrom the head. Moment later, we recognisethe head is actually following him. Thoseviewing this music video might feel there is adeep connection between this head and themale character as his happiness to see thatshe is following seems deep-rooted. There is acertain level of innocence attached to thishappiness, which is peculiar as the man isclearly an adult, but in a way the idea of thisfemale in the shape of a balloon giving himjoy could be similar to the way a childexperiences joy with balloons.2m 50s 8. 3m3m 10s3m 20s3m 30sThe angle of the camera is positioned tocapture the man walking down with theballoon like head. Through the use of facialexpressions of both the male and female, it isquite clear they are both content. The close upof a young male boy with a slingshot is shown,again using direct mode of address, gazingdirectly at the audience. This is cleverlymanipulated to make it seem as if the child isaiming the slingshot towards the audience. As aresult of this, these kids are stereotyped to beantagonising. The shot jump cuts to thereaction of the male character who respondsthis using body language that displays hishorror. The irony of children ruining an adultschildlike state holding a balloon allows theaudience to sympathise for this character,referring to the Uses and Gratifications theory.The last shot is a close-up of the girls mouth inpieces. This eerie, unnatural camera shotfinalises the storyline quite bluntly as theending was completely unexpected. 9. Lyric Break DownLeave me out with the wasteThis is not what I doIt's the wrong kind of placeTo be thinking of youIt's the wrong timeFor somebody newIt's a small crimeAnd I've got no excuseIs that alright?Give my gun away when it's loadedIs that alright?If u don't shoot it how am Isupposed to hold itIs that alright?Give my gun away when it's loadedIs that alrightWith you?Leave me out with the wasteThis is not what I doIt's the wrong kind of placeTo be cheating on youIt's the wrong timeShe's pulling me throughIt's a small crimeAnd I've got no excuseIs that alright?I give my gun away when it's loadedIs that alright?If you dont shoot it, how am I supposed to hold itIs that alright?I give my gun away when it's loadedIs that alrightIs that alright with you?Is that alright?I give my gun away when it's loadedIs that alright?If you don't shoot it, how am I supposed to hold itIs that alright?If I give my gun away when it's loadedIs that alrightIs that alright with you?Is that alright?Is that alright?Is that alright with you?Is that alright?Is that alright?Is that alright with you?No...1. 2. 10. Conventions Used Within the MusicVideo A strong sense of narrative Themes of love Use of extreme close-up shots Simple editing techniques A narrative based on two main characters 11. Daughter - Still 12. Lyric Break DownI'll wrap up my bonesAnd leave themOut of this homeOut on the roadTwo feet standing on a principleTwo hands longing for each others warmthCold smoke seeping out of colder throatsDarkness falling, leaves nowhere to goIt's spiraling downBiting words like a wolf howlingHate is spitting out each others mouthsBut we're still sleeping like we're loversStill with feet touchingStill with eyes meetingStill our hands matchStill with hearts beatingX3Two feet standing on a principleTwo hands digging in each others woundsCold smoke seeping out of colder throatsDarkness falling, leaves nowhere to moveIt's spiraling downBiting words like a wolf howlingHate is spitting out each othersmouthsBut we're still sleeping like we'reloversStill with feet touchingStill with eyes meetingStill our hands matchStill with hearts beatingx3I'll wrap up my bonesAnd leave themOut of this homeOut on the roadTwo feet standing on a principleTwo hands longing for each otherswarmthCold smoke seeping out of colderthroatsDarkness falling, leaves nowhere togo 13. Mise-en-SceneLightingThe lighting used throughout the music video is all artificial lighting. This is due to theaction taking place at night. Lighting is mainly used in the foreground of the shots tohighlight the females facial features and expression. This enables audience to relate tothe young female as they can identify with her young youthful appearance. The range ofcolours remain consistent in a dim theme, which combines nicely with the melancholymotif.Facial Expressions & Body LanguageBoth the male and female characters bodylanguage is tense and stiff. The audience canattach this aspect of the video to the title ofthe song and lyrics still. At