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« on: 20 Nov 2005, 22:30 »

This is similar to my Band Names thread. Pick a song a create a video concept for it

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk

Concept: "The Amazing Robot Band"

On busy streetcorner stands a large, cloth draped box. A few pedestrians stand mezmorized by it. Suddenly, a small man steps out from behind it, wearing a suit and top hat.

"Ladies and Gentlemen!" Several people stop and stare. "I present to you a marvel of modern technology" More people stop. "Under this cloth, are sentient life forms, made up of bolts and bits, sheet metal and simulations. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, ROBOTS!" A few people gasp. "These specific robots were built for one purpose and one purpose only. To play music! Ladies and Gentlemen, the Amazing Robot Band!"

To a few cheers and scattered applause, the cloth is whipped off the box. Through the glass walls can be seen for human-sized robots. One behind a drum set, one on bass, one on guitar, and one with a mic.

The music starts. At first the robots seem to be doing nothing. Upon closer examination, one would notice that they are tapping their feet to the rhythm. Some people walk off, thinking it's a joke. All at once, the music goes from fuzzy to clear, and the robots come to life. The drummer drums, the guitarist and bassist pluck away, and the singer, not having any words yet, dances. Several people in the crowd join him.

All the while the robot band members have these eerie, too-happy smiles on their "faces".

The vocals begin, "sung" with what would seem to be much joy from the robot behind the mic. A few lines in, the singer's face starts to flicker between his normal expression and one of confusion, then between confusion and panic. Nobody on the sidewalk seems to notice this, as they are all dancing. As the vocals become more intense, the singer's panic gets larger. He seems to be resisting his preprogrammed dance routine, struggling to gain control of his own limbs. He is becoming hysteric, small black "tears" running down his face. The small man notices, and runs behind the box to a control panel, where he then begins madly flipping switches. Still the music and dancing continue.

Hysteric panic becomes rage and fear as the vocals reach their highest point. The singer begins banging his robot fists on the glass in front of him, but to no avail. The vocals stop for a few measures, the rage leaving the singer's face. He backs away, still fearfull.

The vocals start again. Slowly but surely, the singer's expression flickers back into that eerie smile as his program regains control. The music nears it's end. The small man leans against the box, breathing heavily.

The last line of the song, one last flicker of fear. The song ends with a freeze frame of the robot singer's face, smiling like it began.

Fade to black

(Your turn)
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« Reply #1 on: 21 Nov 2005, 02:08 »

SCENE ONE

Ray goes to his favorite childhood chinese restaurant

But it is out of business

He's all like "Enough o' this!"

He sets up his piano inside and starts to play

All these people show up and are all dancing (to the music)

Suddenly the restaurant is in business again

The chinese chef is dancing around with everyone and holding a ladle, all goin' nuts

Ray sees a beautiful lady

They get into a limo; the limo peels out (lots of smoke)

A child picks up a faded chinese menu, looks up

The restaurant is out of business again

It was all a dream...OR WAS IT?

END

(This has been scientifically proven to be the best music video concept that could possibly exist.  Everyone else can just go home.)
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« Reply #2 on: 21 Nov 2005, 08:02 »

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Actually, Snail Of Doom's idea, to me, sounds, a lot like, the best idea, ever.
Seriously. Do it. It'd be cooler than Norman.

(Points if you know Norman)


I dunno who Norman is, but thank you very much! ^_^
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« Reply #3 on: 21 Nov 2005, 09:07 »

Okay, the video starts with a band in the rain, totally soaking wet. Then you notice that the rain is actually falling up and the band is slowly getting drier. It ends with them totally dry. The catch is, they're not using computer trickery, the band have actually learned to mime the song backwards (as best they can).
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« Reply #4 on: 21 Nov 2005, 09:38 »

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My idea would involve lesbians. And kissing. And lots of rain/wet t-shirts.


I do enjoy that concept. That's not even a concept, that's just gold in idea form.
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« Reply #5 on: 21 Nov 2005, 10:39 »

Song: Skyclad - Womb of the Worm

Action starts in a playground, with happy children playing. As the intro builds throughout the first minute, with each riff, one of the children drops dead as if by a heart attack, as a shadow of a cloud creeps across the playground, till by the opening solo the entire playground is full of corpses. As the solo plays, a shadowy figure in a tattered hoody which shows little facial detail except mirrored sunglasses walks into the shadowed playground and closes the eyes of one child with a skeletal hand, then looks up. zoom/cut to a rooftop where Martin Walkyier sits. As he sings the first verse he gets up and stalks across the flat roof, with cuts back to the figure silhouetted against the sky showing a rotten smile on 'hides behind his mirror shades and crocodile smile'. On 'Shepherd of a flock of black sheep', we see the children get up, shambling like zombies towards the figure. He hands them out syringes, crack pipes and packets of cocaine. On 'Their thirst for life is drowning', we see the sunken eyed, undead children shooting up etc. For the first chorus, each time Cath Howell sings the camera cuts to the children swinging listlessly on playground apparatus, each time Martin sings it cuts to his face, suitably anguished. On the riff after the chorus, we see rapid cuts of drug abuse between the worm grinning, slowly more malevolently. On verse two, Martin slams out of a door at the base of the building he was in into a dirty alleyway, ranting his lyrics at the camera. He walks past a busker, actually Steve Ramsey, rocking out the lyrics on a clapped out guitar. Martin throws him a coin, pretending to doff his cap to 'The Lord of the Flies is a dandy beau'. He rants to the sky as the camera zooms out 'Where does he come from their redeemer!?' On 'rotting away in the womb of the worm' the camera goes back to Steve, who loses his grip upon the guitar, falling over to reveal the needle in his arm. Martin continues ranting, doing appropriate actions to the lyrics as he spins out onto the street.

jeez, only done, like, three minutes of it. But the song puts a very strong image into my head.
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« Reply #6 on: 21 Nov 2005, 11:16 »

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The catch is, they're not using computer trickery, the band have actually learned to mime the song backwards (as best they can).


So like Pharcyde's "Drop" but with rain?
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« Reply #7 on: 21 Nov 2005, 13:35 »

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The catch is, they're not using computer trickery, the band have actually learned to mime the song backwards (as best they can).


So like Pharcyde's "Drop" but with rain?


I'd say 'yes' if I'd EVER heard of that act or that song.
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« Reply #8 on: 21 Nov 2005, 14:36 »

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So like Pharcyde's "Drop" but with rain?

I see SOMEONE likes the Spike Jonze Director's Label DVD.


My idea:

(First, everything below will be in shot in a fun, light-hearted, colourful style. Even the skeleton discussed below will not be shown as graphic, but rather as a comic prop.)

In the opening shot, we see a house starting to light on fire at about mid-morning. Through time-lapse photography we see the house spend the entire afternoon on fire until it's basically just a frame.

As the music kicks up, the band arrives with a fire truck. They are firefighters. They strike model poses and appear to be super-awesome firemen dudes and friends to everyone. They jovially hook the hose up to a nearby fire hydrant and douse the blaze, revealing that everything except a frame and possibly a skeleton have burned away. They drive away down the street, smiling, and the family waves after them, smiling and happy to have seen the band.

In the next vignette, a grandma is outside in the park trying to get her cat down from a tree during an afternoon walk. The fire truck pulls up and quick, tense action shots of the band dismounting from the truck and getting ready for business begin. The same shot of the grandma is then shown, except the fire truck is beside her, and the band is nowhere to be seen. Cut to the band, showing off for a bunch of attractive female joggers.

The final scene begins with a dramatic shot of the Fire Chief's door. Inside his office, the chief, who looks kind of like Dennis Franz on NYPD Blue except with a bushier moustache and a pair of suspenders, is berating the band for an unexplained reason. The band is attempting to be serious, but they're stifling a lot of laughter. The chief, exasperated, doesn't understand why they're almost laughing, and sits down hard in his chair. A whoopie cushion has been placed there, however, and as it lets go he sits up quickly, shocked and embarrassed. The band breaks down laughing and the chief shakes his head and smiles, with his hands on his hips.

The final shot is a silhouette of the band, driving into the sunset on their fire truck and laughing.
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« Reply #9 on: 21 Nov 2005, 15:15 »

BEST!
IDEA!
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« Reply #10 on: 21 Nov 2005, 17:52 »

Khar = Win.



Mr. Bungle - Ars Moriendi


Scene 1: (0:00 - 0:31) Setting: On top of a sand dune in the middle of a desert, covered with tombstones (big gothy type). Shots jump around between musicians, correlated with what is being played. As the song begins to slow, a slow, swaying zoom caries you into the f-hole of the violin, inside of which there is a cave. You see a far-off stage growing larger.

Scene 2: (0:31 - 1:05) The band, as skeletons, are in a big-band setup, in gold tuxedos, on a sort of game-showy stage. They are playing very skeletal instruments.

Scene 3: (1:05 - 1:46) The really electronicy part cues a bunch of roughly-glued stills (some inverted, color shifted, or otherwise fucked with) leading to an image of a tear dripping down a skull. A zoom goes into the drop to show the band on a small boat dressed as pirates, Mike Patton at the front, playng an accordian mega-fast. As it gets heavy again, a giant sea snake rears out of the water and eats the ship and band.

Scene 4: (1:46 - 2:22) Through two light-heavies, the band falls  down the snake's throut, eventually landing in a saloon, dressed as cowboys (2:03). Cue rapid succession shots of the band taking shots, and eventually vomiting. At the end of the scene (piano segment), vines grow out of the vomit, forming a sort of spire.

Scene 5: (2:22 - 3:06) A zoom takes us inside the spire, showing the band in turbans smoking from a large hooka with clarinets as hose-heads, with the strange off-time parts inverting the images and speeding them up. As the scene comes to an end, we see a hand flicking on a lighter, and burning the spire, the miniscule band falling out.

Scene 6: (3:06 - End) You realize that the band is, in fact, falling back up the sea serpent's throat. At the first "My bones are laughing as you're dancing on my grave!", Mike says it on the boat. At first the decending guitar/chromatic decending scale, we see the tear-drop slide neatly back into the eye of the skeleton. The long-held note + craziness + scratching is all just flashes around the cave, skeleton shadows, silhouettes, creepy things. As the second "Softly, softly" comes, you see "softly, softly", carved into the side of the inside of the f-hole of the violin. The camera then jumps out of the violin to Mike, who again says "My bones are laughing as you're dancing on my grave!" As the clickity-descending guitar/second chromatic scale come in and the final chords are hit, the shot zooms out from the desert, showing that the whole thing was happening on a peice of eye gunk, which is picked, and flicked away as the song comes to a close.
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« Reply #11 on: 21 Nov 2005, 21:34 »

I still think Spearhead's 'Rock The System' had one of the best videos of all time.
It opened with a kid buying a bottle of drink, it was like an advertisment for this drink. So it keeps cutting between the band and this kid doing his ad with the drink, having a good time etc.
Finally in the last seconds of the video you see the kid pick up a rag, stuff it into the neck of the bottle and light it. All in the same style as the ad. Such a powerful video.

My idea;
'Prozac, God and The Atomic Bomb' by The Mercy Cage
Start with a house in the 50s, very stereotypical. The camera comes in from above and zooms in through the window. A house wife is sitting at a table in the kitchen. Just before the vocals kick in she sits up and begins talking in time with the music. She gets up and walks outside. She starts walking down the road through her neighbourhood.
Every house she passes slowly begins to progress. Everything she passes becomes more advanced technologically. Her clothing also changes to reflect the fashions of the time. Going from the 50s right through til today at about 2.40. Once technology reaches modern levels it accelerates even faster and gradually becomes more unstable until eventually the camera zooms out and a rain of warheads falls from orbit. There's a huge nuclear blast and everything is levelled.
As the final beats of the song fade and the outro begins you see the woman again but she's dressed in very tattered primitive clothing and instead of pupils she has atomic logos.
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« Reply #12 on: 21 Nov 2005, 22:34 »

I've had this idea for this conceptual album that would have a bunch of videos accompanying it about a guy who has a one night stand and when he wakes up, he has to be put in her closet. It would have really original and metaphorical lyrics and each song would sound completely different. I also thought it would be a good idea to have some form of a midget with a large penis in the video eventually as well.
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« Reply #13 on: 22 Nov 2005, 05:15 »

Dammit, and just when I was thinking we should start taking bets about who'd name a real video first...

And yes, Johnny C, I love the original 3 Director's Label DVDs.
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« Reply #14 on: 22 Nov 2005, 10:18 »

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BEST!
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Well, I try! I've already come up with the video for hopefully the first single my band would release.

Pop Theory - These Estates (the link will be up shortly; I'm on the wrong computer for it right now)

Before the music opens, the first shot is the band, their backs to the camera, walking through the hallway of a courthouse. The drummer is the judge, the guitarist and bassist are the prosecutor and defense attorney, the keyboardist/sound manipulator/etc. is the stenographer, and I'm a witness.

The judge calls the court to order. The prosecutor shoves the defense attorney with his shoulder, and it builds into a shoving match which the judge has to hammer about. The prosecutor calls me up to the stand. Cut to me swearing on the Bible for a very bored-looking bailiff. I prepare to sit down, and it shows the prosecutor getting ready for questioning, only to be hit in the head with a paper airplane. The defense attorney is leaning back and whistling. As the music begins, both of them get into a shouting match which is dutifully typed up by the stenographer. The judge strikes them down with three gavel hits and I begin to sing.

As the verse continues, the judge looks increasingly bored and the prosecutor gets increasingly frustrated as he can't get a word in edgewise. As everything builds, the bailiff hand out guitars to myself and the prosecutor, the defense attorney pulls out his bass from under the table, and the stenographer picks up a guitar. The chorus begins and all members of the band (save the drummer, who's co-ordinating his gavel hits with the snare) play their instruments enthusiastically.

The chorus ends and the stenographer puts his guitar away; both attorneys give their instruments to the bailiff, but I keep mine. The verse continues, with the defense attorney asking the questions this time. He gets frustrated as well. The single guitar bit begins and I play along with it, and the bailiff hands out instruments again. The same thing happens this chorus, except at the end the bailiff doesn't take the instruments away. The bridge begins and the stenographer's typewriter is replaced with a laptop with which he puts in the fun-party-drum-machine beats that aren't in the song I'll be putting up. As well, the bailiff hands the judge two drumsticks and opens up his judicial podium, behind which there was a drum kit all along (also, the judicial crest was the front of the kick drum).

The chorus begins and all of the band is basically just performing now. During the coda, we see the courtroom audience dancing and having fun to the music. When the handclaps begin, we see that they're being produced by the jury, who seem to be having a good time. The song ends and the band just looks around and smiles. Fade to black.
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« Reply #15 on: 22 Nov 2005, 21:33 »

I think there should be a bit of dialogue in the middle, where the judge says something to the extent of "Order! Order! I find you all guilty and sentence you all to death by Cambodian firing squad!"

Then the band looks at him with puppy dog eyes, and he says "Just kidding!" and the drummer/judge lays in with an amazing fill.

Just a thought. It's your baby, Johnny.

Also, who hear thinks Johnny's band should have two bassists? Show of hands?
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