Monday, 17 October 2011

Music Video Deconstruction: Iris

Artist: The Goo Goo Dolls
Track: Iris
Year of release: 1998
Length: 3:36
Audience: 15 - 24

The Goo Goo Dolls are American alternative rock band and this song was written for the sound track to the film City Of Angels.

The music video is a mix between concept and performance, feautures shots of lead singer Johnny Reznik cross cutting between the concept location and where the shots of the band are plating.
There are two locations in the video, the first location we see from the first few shots is that its very high up, like a viewing room on top of sky scrapers. The room is full of telescopes and this reference to Johnny looking down on everyone through the telescopes is made for the link between this song and the film City Of Angels, as angels look down upon people.

The mise en scene in the skyscraper scenes give of a fantasy feel to the video with what johnny is wearing and his hair make him look like an Anime character, and fantasy/anime is something that would appeal to The Goo Goo Doll's more 'Emo' Audience.

The second location is on the middle of a road under a unnel where all band members are present this is where the shots of the performance side to the video are filmed, though follow codes and conventions of music videos and are mainly focusing on the front man Johnny Rezner lip syncing to the camera.

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