Sometimes an artist has more to say than a three minute song can contain. In an audio format we have the idea of the concept album where it all flows together like a narrative work telling an overall story or having a running theme through all of the songs. At times though, a single song or a part of an album just needs to be expressed in a larger format and so we come to not only the music video, but the music video as a short film. There have been quite a few ever since the conception of the music video by artists such as Kanye West, Sigur Ros and the Beastie Boys, and whether good or bad, it is interesting to see the artist’s entire vision. Featured today are four short films from the last few years from Lana Del Rey, Best Coast, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Lady Gaga. They all differ greatly, but they all tell a story that revolves around a song or songs that the artist feels is important enough to warrant a larger vision. Lastly, we have the first and one of the most influential music videos of all time – Thriller by Michael Jackson. To this day, Jackson’s short film still stands high as not only a great film, but one of the best music videos ever made.
Lana Del Rey – Tropico
Written by Lana and directed by Anthony Mandler, Tropico is a tale of redemption told to the music of Body Electric, Gods and Monsters and Bel Air — all tracks taken from Lana’s Born To Die — The Paradise Edition album.
Tropico stars Lana Del Rey and Shaun Ross.
Best Coast – Our Deal
Lady Gaga – G.U.Y. – An ARTPOP Film
Thirty Seconds to Mars – City Of Angels
Directed by Jared Leto
“City of Angels” a short film by THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, featuring Alan Cumming, Ashley Olsen, Corey Feldman, James Franco, Juliette Lewis, Kanye West, Lily Collins, Lindsay Lohan, Olivia Wilde, Selena Gomez, Shaun White, and Steve Nash.
Michael Jackson – Thriller