Essay on Compare and Contrast Critical Analysis

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Essay on Compare and Contrast Critical Analysis

The following comparison and contrast will critique music artwork in Flying Loftus- Never Catch Me by Kendrick Lamar and Power by Kanye West.

Flying Loftus- Never Catch Me by Kendrick Lamar

The music video is a good art concept. The artists came up with creative choice of material for audience enjoyment and high “entertainment value”. There are dolls, flowers, a church and funeral setting all merged to convey the message

High production value as a result of the Creative stage design, art direction, and costuming contributed to high “production value”. The rapper’s hyper-vaulting flow and embedded rhyme patterns give out the best off the piece.

Good casting enhanced the production. The choice of dancers was the best. A boy and a girl moving in similar fashion and rhyming with the beats gives the song a viable outlook. The production is well-organized, practical script for student production crew capabilities and class time limitations.

Well-written script makes its point in clear, concise imagery and action that is easily understood by audience. For instance, the use of a casket in the church helps bring the theme of the song which is the artist’s thoughts about death. Well-paced script also tells the story efficiently with no “slow” parts. Kendrick Lamar raps throughout the song bringing out a buoyantly jazzy production.Essay on Compare and Contrast Critical Analysis

Good picture quality with appropriate lighting, exposure, color balance giving footage a professional look. Good shot composition and staging framing of shots reflect professional expertise and aesthetic taste.  Variety of shots – use of different camera angles (low, overhead) and shots (XCU, CU, OS, LS) kept it interesting. Camera movement (zooms, pans, tilts, dollies) were fluid, steady, and appropriate in enhancing the music video. Well-timed cuts and fluid continuity also made the editing virtually unnoticeable to the audience, (seamless edits).

The music also had high-quality audio with clean, clear lyrics and music throughout the video (There was no hum or hiss). However, being a rap, it is quite challenging hearing and getting the lyrics at first glance. Consistent and optimum audio levels maintained throughout the music video (so that there were no pegs or dips).

The graphics were legible, easily readable, and aesthetically designed to render a professional look. The music was well-written, detailed, pertinent project report which reflects thorough, astute observations and evaluation. The piece accompanied an appropriate choice of music which enhanced and supported the intended mood or tone of the drama.

Power by Kanye West- A Weaker Artwork

The production generally lacks entertainment value to keep audience interest. It tends to be boring because of the minimal effort reflected on the production. The set lacked production value. However, the costumes were creative and appealing. The casting was relatively below par. The casting performers were not professional if not believable and thus it reflected that there was minimal effort in casting. Generally, the project was too simple for a music video production in this class and therefore not challenging enough.

Notably, there was not enough variety of camera angles. Too much of the same type of predictable shots made it a boring piece.  Consequently, the overexposed, out-of-focus, and improper costumes looked unprofessional and non-receptive to the acclaimed moral society.  The piece was also too short that it appeared not to have fully conveyed the desired message. Ideally,

Such a project would be between 3 to 5 minutes long. However, this one is 1 minute and 42 seconds long. Perhaps, the concept was not developed adequately to effectively deliver the theme or message.

Otherwise, just as Lamar’s rap, the song’s pace is relatively fast to keep audience interest.  The creativity in the production can also not go unnoticed. The performers were made to appear at different positions amidst a powerful Kanye West. A number of what would be his aids sat at his front while others were made to float in the air, upside down and appeared to be moving in air. This was sheer creativity. The camera movements were also on point as the camera was adjusted perfectly: zooming out to take a wholesome view of the setting.Essay on Compare and Contrast Critical Analysis

Just like Kendrick’s “Never Catch Me” the music also had high-quality audio with clean, clear lyrics and music throughout the video (There was no hum or hiss). However, being a rap, it is quite challenging hearing and getting the lyrics at first glance. Consistent and optimum audio levels maintained throughout the music video (so that there were no pegs or dips).