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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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

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 »

Nightmares Come True (Nothing to Hide)

Ulla Romero | Spain | 2016 | 4 m A girl wakes up by the ticking of her clock sitting on the floor of a hotel hallway in the middle of the night.  She realises that it is not a dream and her journey through the night begins. Cast Tania Nochaos Luis Junior

Googoosh – Two Windows

Yasmine Asha | 2017 | 7:00 Persian with English Subtitles Facebook ‘Two Windows’ is the newest music video of the Iranian legendary singer GOOGOOSH. The story is about a lonely man and a lonely woman who lives on two different planets, but each night, for a brief moment, they see each other image in the …Read more »

Spectratta

Susan Maughlin Wood | United States | 2016 | 5 m Spectratta Brief Synopsis We are all on the spectrum, if only by our tiptoes. The more we recognize this, the more compassion, empathy and indeed celebration we can experience for the whole spectrum of neurodiversity. In “Spectratta,” the video companion to Sonatina for Violin and …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

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 »

Colibria

Camilo Coba Riofrío | Ecuador | 2015 | 6 m Spanish with English Subtitles Twitter In a post apocalyptic world, a young woman immerse herself into an abandoned building deep in the forest. There, she discovered a dead body, whose hands hold a platonic solid that wraps her completely. En un mundo postapocaliptico, una mujer …Read more »

We Live in the Lake

Mark Pedelty | United States | 2016 | 2:39 A song and music video created for the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance in order to help them raise awareness around sedimentation issues and direct community members to their restoration projects Cast Natalie Warren

Mïus – Strobe and Noise

Peter Varsics |Hungary | 2016 | 5 m 26 s Facebook This music video verifies the concept of the song with a dark, time-wrapped, paradox abstraction. Strobe and Noise is a kind of revenge story about the cycle of violence placed in a never-ending loop of dream, where characters, time doesn’t exist in a normal way …Read more »