David Fincher – Justin Timberlake Ft Jay Z – Suit & Tie
This shot is a Close Up of Justin Timberlakes hands, it draws in attention as soon as you see it, Fincher probably did this to show the passion of someone playing the piano to show the raw emotion. With this being the first shot you see in the music video it’ll make the audience think what the next shot will be after, it keeps the audience guessing what the video will be without giving a lot a way.
This shot is a Pedestal, the camera has started from the mid point of Timberlakes stomach then progressively goes up to above his head. I think the has used this shot to make the audience wonder why we are seeing Timberlake pour a drink whilst singing. What I get from the relation with the music is that he is practising before his show so he practices anywhere he is with anything around him.
(0:09 – 0:12)
This shot is a Medium Close-Up (MCU) It is halfway between a mid shot and a close up, it normally shows the person/subjects head and shoulders. I think the director has done this to show the expressions on his face, it is a better shot then just him sitting down eating. I think it somewhat relates to the music as it shows how casual and laid-back Timberlake is before he gets into his ‘Suit & Tie’
This shot is an Over The Shoulder shot, the camera shot is over Jay Z’s right shoulder and the background behind him is blurred as the camera focuses mainly on Jay Z. I think Fincher has down this to symbolise that Jay Z is an important character in this music video. Same with Timberlakes shot above how Jay Z is just all casual and laid-back until later into this music video wear we see him in his ‘Suit & Tie’.
This shot is a Very Long Shot (VLS), I think the director has done this to show the scene whilst Justin Timberlake is dancing and singing his way forward across the stage. This very long shot also shows what is going on behind him that there are back up singers and a band, it shows a lot of detail going on makes the music video more entertaining.
This shot is a Low Angle, this makes Timberlake more intimidating and overpowering than all of us watching. That when he sings we all look up to him as if he is some sort of God. It makes Justin seem that he is this main attraction. I think the director has done this to show the passion and determination Justin has when he is recording in the studio.
This shot is another Over The Shoulder angle but it is different from the previous as this one is looking over Timberlake’s right shoulder overlooking the crowd he is performing for, I think the director has done this to show how higher up Timberlake is when he performs that he is somewhat more popular, it shows his talent and whit. We can also see how the audience is in awe of when he performs, they are engaged in his performance that Timberlake grasps the audiences attention.