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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Varya Demidova – Ashageta

Mikhail Romanovskiy | Russian Federation | 2017 | 3:43 Cast Varya Demidova Producer Igor Vdovin

BVIS – Black Gold

Stian Dale | Norway | 3:58 Norwegian with English Subtitles With a combination of practical and digital effects, this music video creates an abstract interpretation of who the oil is. The artist Bvis has the role of the physical manifestation of the oil. We are introduced to the oil at the bottom of the ocean… Read more »

Our Untold Story – Calm Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors

Johannes S Karpe | United Kingdom | 2017 | 3:12 Facebook | Twitter Song: Calm Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors (African Proverb) Band: Our Untold Story Calm Seas… is available on iTunes, Spotify and all other major online retailers around the globe. Written by – Xander J Turian Performed by – Our Untold Story Recorded at MISSING… Read more »

My Love is a Light Attire

Donna Greenberg, Duygu Basmaci | Canada | 2017 | 3:36 Facebook | Twitter “My Love is in a Light Attire” is the fifth song from the album Love Songs of James Joyce, a “song cycle” set to poems from Chamber Music (1907), an early poetry collection by the famous Irish writer James Joyce (1882-1941). This is an… Read more »

Love Will Triumph

David Miller | United States | 2016 | 5:46 Activist Poets Climbing Poetree & singer sisters from Rising Appalachia muse their spit rhymes to weave a story of love & triumph Writer David Miller Trey Scott Naima Penniman Alixa Garcia Producer Trey Scott Naima Penniman Alixa Garcia Director of Photography Keresey Pearl


Donna Greenberg, Duygu Basmaci | Canada | 2017 | 4:30 Facebook | Twitter A present haunted by the spectres of the past, reflections that cast back another’s image — this is the fleeting illusory reality of “Reflections,” a music video to an original song by Donna Greenberg, from her newest jazz CD STUCK ON YOU (2017). This… Read more »

Don’t Try to Change My Mind

Donna Greenberg, David Rawlings | Canada | 2017 | 3:34 Facebook | Twitter Sassy, sexy, flirtatious & fun – an upbeat swing song great to dance to! A music video to an original song composed & sung by Donna Greenberg, from her newest jazz CD STUCK ON YOU (2017). Kudos to Mark Kieswetter (arrangement/piano), Jordan O’Connor (bass),… Read more »

#Taplife – Eyes

Anthony Lo Cascio | United States | 2017 | 4:56 Facebook | Twitter In today’s world of untruths, half-truths and fake news one thing is for sure, Big Brother is watching and thanks to whistleblowers like Ed Snowden we now know just how much information is actually being collected. Hero or traitor Edward Snowden has become the… Read more »

Only Wanna Party

Brian Kohne | United States | 2016 | 3:01 Facebook ONLY WANNA PARTY is the transmedia comedic short that features an award-winning soundtrack. It stars Willie K and Eric Gilliom as the Barefoot Natives. The compilation was produced and directed by Brian Kohne in Hawaii with post-production by Raymond Rolak. There are plenty of pratfalls… Read more »

Too Many Feelings

Amartei Armar | Canada | 2017 | 5:04 English, French with English Subtitles Vancouver Femcee “Missy D” wanders in the dark forests of her emotions with her masculine and feminine energies there to guide her. Producer Lu Zhang