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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The Covz – No Stranger to Love

Jesse Levine | United States | 2015 | 4 m 28 s A music video about a young man battling addiction and loss. Cast Ben Siegl

Cosmic Sugar

Billy Judge Baldus | United States | 2017 | 4:37 Website | Facebook | Twitter A group of hikers enjoying the fresh air of the Wisconsin Northwoods settle in for an evening of campfire sing-alongs. Using advanced technology, the Prunites, from the mysterious purple planet Prunus, travel a great distance across the galaxy to planet… Read more »

Young Chinese Dogs – Hey There

This is a ‘backwards’ shot, one-shot-video of a young man dancing very emotionally, listening to the song sang my a girl. Our goal was to shoot it so one wouldn’t realize at first that it’s being shown backwards 🙂 The dance movements were choreographed especially to the song

The Hard Road Trio- Mama Spin Me Round

Orlando Martos | United States | 00:06:49 | 2020 English A mother and her son are left in dire straits as they struggle to get by in 1950’s New Mexico. Left with no choice, the mother does whatever it takes to provide for her son, even if it means selling her dignity. Cast Noa Maes… Read more »

War & Peace

Mojtaba Yari | Germany | 2015 | 5 m 15 s Persian with English Subtitles Jangh o Sol (War & Peace) is a fantasy music video acting in an indefinite country and showing an army officer and his soldiers leaving for war. Whereas suddenly there comes a message that the war is over – now and forever…. Read more »

Armchair Dreaming

Gilbert Trejo, Frankie Latina | United States | 2017 | 4:28 Website | Facebook This is the 2nd music video from musician Angie Shyr’s Jackie Highway mobius-strip writing project. It is an illuminated snowglobe of wonder emerging from the beauty and harmony of our hopes & dreams come to life. Cast Angie Shyr Writer Angie… Read more »

She’s on The Prowl

Michael McCallum | United States | 2018 | 3:17 Website | Facebook | Twitter An experimental music video for Michigan-based band, Mighty Medicine, by award-winning filmmaker, Michael McCallum and his company, Rebel Pictures. Writer Michael McCallum Producer Michael McCallum This Movie is No Longer Available

Straight Into The Ocean

Carolyn Laws | United States | 00:05:40 | 2021 English Straight Into The Ocean – A Music Video by Allen Ling Nov 19, 2020 This visual and audio work is about heartbreak, closure, friendship and tragedy. We follow the journey of lovers, and witness two very different outcomes. Completed in 2020, the original song and… Read more »

ACS France

This is the promotional video of “ACS France” a company specialized in aerial filming for cinema, television, and large-scale events. For this music video, ACS France commissioned original music from film composer Jonathan Galland.

The Heart and The Void – A House by the Sea

Daniele De Muro | Italy | 2018 | 4:42 Facebook It’s a love story fragmented in time. Present and past are contained in a patchwork of pictures where the characters’ inner fights are displayed through dance, looks and small gestures of their hands, looking for a spiritual bond that could fly, free and pure over… Read more »