Train – Drive By
Storyline: The music video starts off with diegetic sound as the main
singer and his supposed girlfriend are having an argument over the
He then leaves his house in his car in order to win her back.
(As he takes the cover off the car the music starts)
Throughout the music video the scenes cuts from the present to the
Past. This is done by showing flashbacks of how they met.
Then cutting to the main singer, driving to win back his girlfriend.
In-between these scenes shots of the band playing in a field are shown.
Summary: When the shots of the band are used mid-close up shots are used (as shown above), this
focuses the audience more on the band and the music.
When showing the flash backs long shots are used in order to
establish the setting.
Close-ups are used in order to establish the main characters.
The first shot however of the band playing is a long shot, this
establishes to the audience the band members.
In the flash backs the couple are the main focus of the shots.
At around 2:25 of the video the music slows down, as well as the
cuts. Also more long picturesque shots are used.
Near the end we have a point of view, mid close-up shot from the
couple as they look happily at each other.
The video ends on a shot of the couple together (mid shot) as they
drive off. The clip fades out to finish. This scene is sort of like the
happy ending to the video as the guy gets the girl.
Convention Genre Meaning
Pop rock – it focuses mainly on the lead singer, uses bright colours
and has narrative as well as performance.
Commercial exhibitionist, as it advertises the cars a lot. Televised bard, as it has the storyline of the
guy trying to win back the girl.
Classic story telling motifs, as it’s a guy trying to win back the girl and the guy gets the girl.
Thought beats, as the cuts are in time with the beat of the song. Narrative and performance are used
in the video. Illustration, the song its talking about driving by and it shows the singer driving in a