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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Terry Thomas | United Kingdom | 2016 | 4 m A handmade paper stop motion music video that tells the story of a lonely starling waiting for love. Viewing Instructions

On the Road

Joi Olympia | United States | 2016 | 4 m Movement 5 from the Hotel Chelsea Song Cycle, inspired by the traveling stories of historic artists who passed through the Chelsea Hotel, including Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, and Jack Kerouac. Joi plays guitar, bass, percussion, and violin on her album to weave together their beloved tales… Read more »

Mirror (Spiegel)

Alfred Adam | Austria | 2016 | 3 m German with English Subtitles The band “Limbus” from Graz (Austria) tells the story about modells in the modell business, where it is hard, inmoral and where young girls loose their dreams and where the young people are exploited. Mirror shows the world between dream and reality.

Don’t Feed the Party Animal

Evan Younger | United States | 2016 | 2 m Facebook | Twitter In a 1950s nightclub, a wallflower longs to be the life of the party and win over the cutie across the dance floor – but how can he compete with the suave crooners onstage and her beefcake boyfriend? (A music video for the band… Read more »

Throne of the Crow

Holly Siders | United States | 2016 | 4 m Music Video for the song “Throne of the Crow” by Cognition. A self-centered, cold-hearted woman attends a surreal high-class party and realizes in her seemingly last moments that the denizens of her own mind are what are destroying her. Cast Ina Pesheva

Devil in the White City

Holly Siders | United States | 2014 | 4 m Facebook An obsessed fan of serial killer H.H. Holmes aspires to recreate his legendary crimes. Song by The Existential Gentlemen Cast Amanda Wickline Jess Paul Cassidy Bayes Kim Waybright

The Keys

Sonia Benarab, Archie Thomas, Joe Hoster | United Kingdom | 2015 | 9 m Facebook | Twitter Five years ago a young man met an ex-ballerina during the last month of his North American adventure. Little did he know, it was the start of a love story, which would change him, forever. Unfortunately, this romance was… Read more »