Sometimes musicians endeavor to create narratives for their music videos which actively enhance the emotional impact of their songs.
Music videos in their construction stretch the gamut from corporate-organized publicity stunts to painstakingly crafted artistic statements integral for an understanding of the song they accompany. They are an interesting reversal of normal films — where in normal films, a score acts as an interwoven element critical to interpreting the film, in music videos it is the film that is adding an extra dimension to our interpretation of the music.
Often, that filmic dimension is small, content to present band members as eye candy or demonstrate a group’s onstage energy. But sometimes musicians endeavor to create narratives for their music videos which actively enhance the emotional impact of their songs. Sometimes, they craft films that are as artistically complex as the songs themselves.
Yesterday, Francis and the Lights (a project of Francis Farewell Starlite) released a music video for “May I Have This Dance (Remix).” It is directed by Starlite’s friend and collaborator Jake Schreier (“Paper Towns”) — the two attended Berkeley High School together — and features Adam Newport-Berra (“Barry”) as cinematographer. Both Schreier and Newport-Berra have previously worked with Starlite on the music video for “Friends,” which featured Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Kanye West in a minimalist white studio space.
Both are rare cases of thoughtful, engaging pieces of visual art that leverage lighting, color, camera and subject together to produce an abstracted form of…
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