Music Videos

A music video or song video is a short film integrating a song and imagery, produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are also cases where songs are used in tie in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie ins and merchandising could be used in toys or marketing campaigns for food and other products. Although the origins of music videos date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they came into prominence in the 1980s when MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these works were described by various terms including “illustrated song”, “filmed insert”, “promotional (promo) film”, “promotional clip”, “promotional video”, “song video”, “song clip” or “film clip”. Since the creation and increased popularity of YouTube, mainstream artists now promote new music videos by releasing trailers of short promos on the site for their upcoming song and music video. Consequently, YouTube has been converted into a social media platform for celebrities and artists to market themselves to their fans and audiences.

Music videos use a wide range of styles of contemporary video making techniques, including animation, live action filming, documentaries, and non-narrative approaches such as abstract film. Some music videos blend different styles, such as animation, music, and live action. Combining these styles and techniques has become more popular because of the variation it resent to the audience. Many music videos interpret images and scenes from the song’s lyrics, while others take a more thematic approach. Other music videos may be without a set concept, being merely a filmed version of the song’s live performance.[2] Music videos have also become a place where product placement is evident in almost every mainstream video. They are always parent and it usually takes place because the artist is sponsoring a product or brand. An example of product placement is the Beats Pill being featured in numerous hip hop videos. The strong emphasis on product placement is something that has evolved because of the global scale music videos can reach because of websites such as YouTube.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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As Long As You’re Mine

Jade Winters | United Kingdom | 00:03:32 | 2020 Written and performed by Ella McCready for the soundtrack of the feature film One Four Three, in which she also stars. Writer Ella McCready Producer Alex Hogben Performer Ella McCready WATCH NOW!! Viewing Instructions

Waters of March

Elizabeth Lewis | Canada | 00:03:35 | 2020 English Waters of March is the classic written by Tom Jobim and performed by jazz singer Stacey Kent. The delicately rendered animated drawings move at a rollicking pace transitioning back and forth from real to abstract images telling the everchanging story of loss and hope. Producer Elizabeth… Read more »

Keep Shining

Lisa Sniderman | United States | 00:05:21 | 2020 English Keep Shining Music Video Writer Lisa Sniderman Producer Lisa Sniderman Animation Sisara Sanal Music Producer Scrote WATCH NOW!! Viewing Instructions

So Beautiful

Brandon Nicoletti | Canada | 00:05:26 | 2020 English A narrative music video created for Nathan Carroll’s ‘So Beautiful’. It tells the story of a teenage boy who experiences passion, heartache, and self discovery when he falls in love with one of his male classmates. Cast Nathan Carroll Producer Jansen Otten WATCH NOW!! Viewing Instructions

Bones – Music Video

Kelly Sarri |  United States | 2019 | 3:49 Music Video Bones by Georgia Water Cast Georgia Water Producer Lauren Opsala


Michele Konrad | Australia | 2017 | 5:04 A singer with a broken heart confronts the ghost of his old love. Cast Dewey

To The Boss, Immediately

Music vid in allusion to Bruce Springsteen’s song: Streets of Fire ___________________________________________________________________ When you walk down Meet your eye-lids on the floor Staring at a clown Who says: “It’s you I am looking for!” And you are watching The signs at the bowl (to) Dip red And the wall cracks And the pieces of your… Read more »

How About You?

Music Video by the Eric Ekstrand Ensemble shot in NELA

Background Music

Singer/Songwriter Bad Driver brings her intimate folk rock to life in this atmospheric music video. The track “Background Music” is about the solitary experience of listening to music. To visualize this, the filmmakers shot macro footage of chemical reactions in Petri dishes and then incorporated them into the performance to create a fluid and etherial… Read more »