yamman, on 26 March 2011 - 08:38 AM, said:
If you are reading this, lip-synching doesn't necessarily equal a bad video. You of all people should know that, when you use it right and tastefully, it's not cheesy and helps convey the message of the song. Just because it feels fake to you when you do it in the video, doesn't mean it feels fake to the viewer!
Take movies as an example. Are movies where looping is used (almost all) worse or less true than ones where the dialogue from the set was used? -I- don't think so. Once again, it's up to the skill of the actor and filmmakers to ensure the intent comes through.
There are equally as many good 'art videos' in your catalogue as there are 'lip synching' videos - the quality has nothing to do with whether or not it's got lip-synching! (By that same token, there are just as many 'art' and 'lip-synch' videos in there that aren't as timeless and that also has nothing to do with whether you're miming or not). Do what feels right for the piece!
Just think... if you didn't allow 'miming' (in some form or another), we never would have got any of these (arguably some of your best) videos:
So. Central Rain
LOSING MY RELIGION
Shiny Happy People (yes, it's a great video!)
MAN ON THE MOON
WHAT'S THE FREQUENCY, KENNETH?
Bang And Blame
IMITATION OF LIFE
By that same token, you have many great 'no-performance' videos too:
FALL ON ME
It's The End Of The World As We Know It
It Happened Today
All these videos work because they feel 'right' for the piece. Would MAN ON THE MOON work as well with just the shots of photos being passed in front of the camera? Your performance in that video adds to the feeling of 'storytelling' and 'inclusiveness' of the song. Same with the end of EVERYBODY HURTS. The way you used lip-synching in these videos was restrained and with purpose, which made them arguably much more effective than if those sequences had have been cut!
If we get no more lip-synching videos for the rest of your (hopefully long) career then so be it, but just know this fan thinks you've used it to great effect in the past before and you should give it a chance again in the future if the piece could benefit from it!
Heath "I-don't-care-if-it's-lip-synched, who does?" Smith
I agree with everything you've said Heath. Absolutely spot on.
Man on the Moon is one of my favourite videos of all time. It has a timeless quality - the black and white medium, the desert scenery, along with Micheal's emotional performance. It managed to find the balance between having an 'arty' feel and being a traditional music video. The lip-synching gave it a link to the song and helped feel like Michael was telling a story. Unlike 'Walk it Back' where I felt totally disconnected from the video and felt no link between the video and the song. Basically, it sparked no emotion in me.
It is very possible to create intelligent videos that have lip-synching - R.E.M. have proved that time and time again. Yes, there are plenty of dumb lip-synching videos which I'd never care to see again (eg. think of many of those spandex laden 'hard rock' videos of the late 1980s) but it is not the lip-synching which makes them 'dumb'.
And yes, Heath, many of those 'no-performance' videos were great too.