Tupac – Ghetto Gospel
This is video is known as a Narrative Video which basically means a video with a story. It begins with a point of view shot with us the audience looking through a crowd. Diegetic sounds of a helicopter and sirens codes an immediate indication of trouble/crime scene. We then focus to a close up revealing a man lying dead on the floor. This shot immediately throws us into the action.
The next effective shot is the camera defocusing, which codes the impression of confusion or in the case a flashback as after this defocus we are take back to the beginning of the characters day. The mise-en-scene is very realistic which adds more emotion, enabling the audience to connect with the character more.
The Narrative is explained effectively through a montage, flashes of different periods of time throughout the characters day simultaneously telling the story with success. There are key points made through short flashes throughout, indicating aspects of the characters life that are vital to the story. One being drug deals or some type of dodgy deal, a close up focuses in on the hands exchanging money which clear codes that type of deal. The video is ultimately a cycle it starts and ends at the same point with temporal leaps, the overall time span of the video is a day.
The video also does some things to break the narrative for example fading to black this reminds the audience it is still a music video, not a film. The last few notifiable shots in the video are sharper detailed points. The video has some shots overlooking the city which gives off an impression of the character considering life choices. Another good shot is when the cup falls at the end it signifies the man falling once he is shot, this is conveying the story with a different object being shot which i think is very effective.