The Shoes – Time to Dance Music Video
I was introduced to the music video “Time to Dance” by The Shoes recently and I was so blown away that I had to write about it. Before watching it I’ll tell you a few reasons why I’m so impressed.
- The depth of field is tweaked repeatably. The shot seems to be moving in and out of focus often giving it an uneasy feeling. The best example is at 1:52, watch the way the background ‘wiggles’ and shifts. I love this and I think it gives the film an independent, raw sentiment.
- Often in design you will hear people say, “Less is more” and this video embodies that.
- I think this is the direction that modern film making will shift. The style is so subtle, it’s not overwhelming and calling attention to itself. Audiences these days I believe are more interested in film subtlety and not exaggerated film techniques that draw attention to themselves.
- Of course Jake Gyllenhaal gives an amazing performance that is again, subtle.
- The use of quiet pauses. The video is able to ramp up a lot of tension during spells of pauses and non-movement. ie, 4:16 and 7:55
Overall, I loved this video and I think it’s worth consideration within my blog of film theory.
We need to keep an eye on director Daniel Wolfe, I’d be interested to see if he’s able to create something just as amazing a second time.