Learning About Telling Stories From Music Videos

The Not On The Wires blog, peopled by a group of young multimedia reporters, comments on the way storytelling in a now-famous music video can inform how modern journalists do their jobs.

when I heard that Gaga’s latest video was directed by a Steven Klein, a leading photojournalist, I couldn’t wait to see how this photojournalistic approach to composition and style would translate into the moving images of a music video.

Alejandro is 8:43 of painstakingly lit shooting. It may not be to your musical tastes, but there’s no denying the magnetic appeal of this carefully composed and considered piece of video:

To start with, consider the first two minutes of the video carefully. No words are uttered, and yet as a viewer you’re still experiencing “a story”.

The post goes on to say "photojournalism is more about creating a moment, a situation, an experience inside an image. These moments can often be staged, just like a film, in order to convey the artist’s vision."

Exactly. Fiction in order to tell Fact.

Stan of News On The Line would love this idea. Yeah, let's jazz it up. Put on your M-16 bustiers, people.