After last week’s introductory episode of ‘Every Song a Story‘, the pressure is on to deliver! Your comments have been very much appreciated as we explore this new ‘video easy’ style (and we push Ewan’s video editing skills to the limit).
Remember the goal here is not to critique bad performances, it is to give a (very) basic overview of some cinematic techniques to allow us all to discuss what we see on screen during the rehearsals and at the live shows of the Eurovision Song Contest. Everyone finds it easy to relate and discuss music, we want to be able to do the same with the visual side of the Contest. And it is a vital part of the Contest. With just three minutes to grab the attention of the viewing public and jury members, getting the visual message right is just as important as the audio mix, the harmonies, and the right blend of lead and backing vocals.
There’s no hard and fast rules, but there are techniques and rules of thumb used over and over again. They might apply to the full three minutes of a song, or just a small portion, but once you know what to look for (or even what you would do given the same circumstances), unlocking the visual potential of a Eurovision song becomes much easier.
Framing The Story, Emphasising A Duet
With examples stretching from 2014 right back to 1959, this week’s essay is about framing shots; specifically framing shots in songs about love and relationships, making up and breaking up… although the lessons can apply across the genres. How do you tell the classic stories of boy meets girl, boy leaves girl, girl decides they need to get back together, boy tries to run away, and beyond?
By thinking left… centre… right…
As always, thanks to Tony Zhou for his inspiration through ‘Every Frame A Painting‘. Every Song A Story will be running weekly throughout April here on ESC Insight, and we value your input as we explore the visual world. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments, or reach out directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.