Hey everyone. I just wanted to let you all know that my advisor loves the idea of my final thesis project. Here's what my thesis proposal is that I sent him:
My Senior Thesis is going to be mainly focused on the technique and work involved in making a music video. I have always enjoyed watching music videos and I have always been interested in the making of these videos. Recently I've noticed that a lot of Blockbuster Movie Themes have been pop songs. The band who sings the theme song have a music video. What I find so fascinating about this is that rather than just have a video that contains the band and maybe actors playing out a mini-movie, the music video contains the band and clips from the movie. A prime example of this would be ?Vindicated? by Dashboard Confessional from SpiderMan 2 and ?May it Be? by Enya from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. I find it interesting that this form of music video has become so ?fashionable?. I am also interested in the marketing value of the video. My project is going to be titled ?The Fields of Athenry: A Music Video Revolution.?
I intend to research the reasons and motivation behind this new kind of music video that has caught on so quickly. In order to do this I will research the ?how to? of making music videos and why they choose to do what they do and I will compile my findings in a 2-3 page paper.
My actual project will further illustrate the technique as I intend to film a music video, syncing the images of the band and movie clips to the song ?The Fields of Athenry?. I decided on this song because I am in the midst of writing a screenplay based on the song mentioned above. I wanted to make my video from scratch. I will be recording the song, film the lead singer and I will also film selected scenes from my screenplay to add to the video. A deeper look inside the making of this video will come from a complete director's log.
I feel that by doing this particular project that it will pull together all that I have learned in the Communication Arts Department. The music video will contain filming, directing, editing, marketing, research, and audio. I hope to go into directing after graduation. I would love to go into music videos. I find them fascinating. The fact that a director can take a song and turn it into a mini-movie is something that I would love to get my hands on. I feel that this project is a good way to start.
He replied in an email that said he thinks it's an excellent idea. I am so glad cause I was really nervous. I didn't think he was going to like it. I am going to produce my own version of the song Fields of Athenry, maybey I can talk Macfive into playing it on Highlander Radio (I mail him a copy), and maybe I can try and work something out where I will be able to put the video on the web so ya'll can see my final project! Woo hoo! I am so excited!
There's a dear little plant that grows in our Isle
Twas St . Patrick himself, sure, that set it;
And the sun of his labour with pleasure did smile,
And with dew from his eye often wet it.
It grows through the bog, through the brake, through the
Mireland, and they call it the dear little shamrock of Ireland.