Royal Blood - Out of the Black - Key Frames
By focusing on this video, I can pick out 6 key performance shots that we can experiment with in our music video.
In this shot, Kerr and Thatcher are shown as silhouettes, creating an absence from the video. The use of the celluloid film overlay also helps to connote this, distancing them from the audience. They are however simultaneously present as they are seen playing their instruments, conforming to one of Dyer's key paradoxes of the star image.
This shot, similar to the previous one shows Kerr and Thatcher playing their instruments. Although there is still low key lighting, they are more well lit than before, showing their faces and instruments. They are positioned on a third each, Kerr to the left and Thatcher to the right. The use of the reading path draws the audiences eye to Kerr before Thatcher. This is important as Kerr is the front man of the band, who audiences will connect with most.
Here, a close up is used to show Kerr's bass and Thatcher's cymbal, on the right and left thirds respectively. The shot is out of focus and uses the celluloid film overlay. This creates a distance between the band and the audience, and is used at a very high cutting rate as a filler shot.
Kerr is shown on the left third as an out of focus silhouette, distancing him from the audience. His microphone is shown in the top right third, also out of focus but well lit, to maintain the idea that he is the anger, and fully establish who is in shot. The way the lighting is positioned creates a glow coming from behind Kerr, making him seem powerful despite his lack of prevalence in the shot.
The close up shot of Thatcher's snare drum is a shot we are going to try out in our song, as it starts with a hit on the snare. The drum is in focus showing its prominence in the song, with the background out of focus. The way the lights are out of focus causes them to blur, which takes the attention off of the lights, and more on the drum, causing the audience to feel part of the music.
This shot is one of the most exposing shots in the music video, as Kerr can be seen in focus in good lighting conditions. In Dyer's terms, this is the present shot that rewards the audience for their consumed consumption, however the short is short enough to leave them wanting more. The non-verbal language is key in this shot, as you can really see the emotion on Kerr's face, to the extent he looks in pain. This positions the audience with Kerr as he is shown to be ordinary and humane, as opposed to a rock star who is distant from his audience.