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Music Video Project

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Mansi G

on 31 October 2016

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Transcript of Music Video Project

Mansi Gupta, Abby Stevens, Kara Yang, Rabia Kang
Research Question
How does Katy Perry's use of simile and metaphor in lyrics, as well as scenarios from the music video, contribute to the song's theme?
Introduction To Lyrics
The Main Metaphor
The Importance of Similes
The Lyrics: Symbolism, Imagery, and Onomatopoeia
The Chorus Lyrics: Significance
Introduction To The Music Video
Music Video Colors, Angles, and Setting
The Music Video Scenarios
Conclusion To The Music Video and Lyrics
Return To Research Question
• mostly close-up shots of Perry, mid/far-shots of characters
• show characters' transitions from miserable/scared to happy/free
• wide-screen shots when people are running in happiness and freedom

• close-ups of Perry show she is main persona
• Perry is mysterious; she walks past situations of characters

• Perry’s colorful purple hair goes along with colorful fireworks
• colorful fireworks connect to people letting their true colors show

"ignite the light and let it shine"
light starts from Perry and starts to grow
"cause baby you're a firework"
many fireworks exploding
"as you shoot across the sky"
fireworks start shooting across sky

“come on, let your colors burst,”
being one's true self
• metaphor/comparing to firework: everyone is full of light
• tone: consoling, accepting, loving
sympathetic, understanding
• mainly targeting anyone that has low self-esteem
• fireworks represent confidence, dark video represents fear/despair
• letting your “true colors” show without worrying, corresponding to colorful fireworks
• chance to watch fireworks happens few times - being "firework" shows uniqueness
• close-up shots of Perry (main persona), mid/far-shots for characters

• tone shifts back and forth from negative to positive
• as video progresses, problems are solved because of characters' motivation to be themselves
• theme: breaking free from one's shell, showing who one truly is

“Do you ever feel, like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?”
discusses feeling of despair and emptiness
conveys desire to escape hardships and start fresh

“Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin. Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?”
describes feelings of weakness and fear

“You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July”
communicates people need to be themselves, without fear

“You don't have to feel like a wasted space
You're original, cannot be replaced”
implies everyone is significant and unique, not worthless

Similes are sympathetic and understanding (pathos).
How does Katy Perry's use of simile and metaphor in the lyrics, as well as scenarios from the music video, contribute to the theme of the song? (Theme: break free from one's shell, show who one truly is)
Five Scenarios:
all ended with gaining confidence, characters being able embrace who they are
whenever they gain confidence fireworks shoot from their hearts
1st Scenario
The parents are fighting
children are scared
boy doesn't have confidence to interfere
boy breaks through his fear and pushes them apart
2nd Scenario
Self-conscious about body
girl is covered up and alone while others have fun
afraid to jump in water because she isn't confident about her body
3rd Scenario
A girl with cancer
alone in room, watching TV
afraid to face the real world
doesn't want to be trapped anymore
4th Scenario
5th Scenario
Boy encountering gang
Gay couple
boy is bullied by gang
stopped by gang, feels trapped
pushes them away, stops them with his talent/magic tricks
present significant meanings
use simile, metaphor, repetition to highlight main message
include hypothetical questions to make audience think
"'Cause baby, you're a firework"
conveys message that everyone is amazing, remarkable, unique,
tells audience not to give up, keep being themselves
says people should love and accept others as they are
The Main Metaphor
Nature-related symbols:
Hurricane vs rainbow
Lightning bolts
Impact message by providing visuals for abstract concepts
Weak, flimsy objects:
Plastic bags
House of cards
Strong, vibrant objects:
Open doors
The moon
Contrast between weak and strong builds argument
"'Cause baby, you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
make 'em go, 'aah, aah, aah'
as you shoot across the sky-y-y"
Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make 'em go, 'oh, oh, oh!'
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe
emphasis of main metaphor
comparison of audience to fireworks
underlying meaning of self-confidence
giving reaction everyone will have when audience shows its true colors
Chorus Lyrics Significance
how scenarios shown in video affect meaning of song
meaning of light/shadow, camera angles, and imagery in relationship to lyrics
boy is afraid of what others think of him for being gay
in a party sitting in the corner being shy
overcomes fear of being judged, and kisses other boy
Perry uses simile and metaphor to underscore different obstacles shown in MV scenarios
empathy shown in similes, such as “
drifting through the wind like a plastic bag

metaphor: “
Baby, you're a firework
!” emphasize having courage, being self-confident,
Perry's encouraging words help characters to overcome their fears
simile and metaphor contribute to song’s message of being oneself, the overall framework of song

repeats "boom"
shows sounds of fireworks exploding
emphasizes change that occurs with self- confidence
"boom, boom, boom, even brighter than the moon."
Discussion of:
Focus on Perry:
Focus on Color:
Focus on Fireworks in Relationship to Lyrics:
Focus on Shots (Angles):
overcoming stereotypes and fear
showing everyone should be proud of him/herself
shows overcoming obstacles
communicates being brave and strong enough to do anything
overcoming inner fear, not being afraid to be yourself
doing what you want to even if others think it is wrong
Message Delivered:
importance of doing what is right
significance of love
let your talent shine
Message Delivered:
Lyrics Conclusion:
Conclusion to MV:
Conclusion to MV Pt. 2:
Theme: break free from one's shell, show who one truly is
• dark lighting contrasts with bright fireworks • dark video lighting, street lights, indicate fear/depression
Focus on Lighting:
baby, you're a firework
" - main metaphor
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