Video Analysis : Slipknot – Psychosocial

Introduction

“All Hope is Gone” is written and shown in front of the building when this video clip was begin, I think the massage is very clear that we don’t have any hope if we always live like this, that’s  Slipknot want to say so we have to burn everything to start this life again.

The Idea and Shoot

This video clip  was produced after Sulfur so we can still see the same idea but with the different themes in a video 1 we sew a lot of water but in this video we saw a lot of fire, I thought that Slipknot want to make it balanced between water and fire. In this video clip after the “All Hope is Gone” scene  we see all the members of Slipknot are carrying a very big mask and the picture interpretation is using cut to cut technique with very fast cut to cut. When all of Slipknot members is using the mask and the music is begin to fast with the sound of  the drum and guitar the scene is changing into Slipknot are perform in front of  the house  which is surrounding by fire in the middle of night so the lighting technique is help with the fire.

The transition from one scene to another is still use the same technique like the video 1 ,like playing with focus( we can see it at minute 1:26,1:46 and 1:57), the transition and the movement of the camera like till up, till down, pan left and pan right were  used by the director as a connector or transition from a scene to another scene with a very fast movement but in this video this technique is a little bit rare to use than the video 1 , (we can see it at minute 0:59 and 1:41) the different is in this video clip there are a lot of fire element so the cameramen have to be careful while they using their camera and we can see at the reef part 1:11 a slow motion movement is use to make this video more dynamic.

The video clip still use the same angle that is a scene when the members of Slipknot was playing with fire and slow motion movement  to make the picture stronger (we can see t at minute 2:46,2:54,2:54,3:11 and 3:44). This video saw at lot of angriness that’s was fire was chosen as the perfect element. In this video I think there are two main picture idea, fire and the “All Hope I Gone” building , I think it is very interesting when we see the lyric of this song because almost slipknot video clips have a connectivity with the picture and the idea of their video clips. Let’s take a look.

Psychosocial lyrics
Songwriters: Crahan, Shawn; Gray, Paul; Jordison, Nathan; Taylor, Corey;

I did my time and I want out, so abusive
Fate, it doesn’t cut, the soul is not so vibrant
The reckoning, the sickening
Back at you, subversion, pseudo-sacred, pyscho virgin

Go tell your classes, go dig you graves
Then fill your mouth with all the money you will save
Sinking in, getting smaller again
Undone, it has begun, I’m not the only one

And the rain will kill us all
If we throw ourselves against the wall
But no one else can see
The preservation of the martyr in me

Psychosocial, psychosocial, psychosocial
Psychosocial, psychosocial, psychosocial

Oh, there are cracks in the road we lay
From when the devil fell, the secrets have gone mad
This is nothing new but would we kill it all
Fate was all we had

Who needs another mess, we could start over
Just look me in the eyes and say I’m wrong
Now there’s only emptiness but I’m missing something
I think we’re done, I’m not the only one

And the rain will kill us all
If we throw ourselves against the wall
But no one else can see
The preservation of the martyr in me

Psychosocial, psychosocial, psychosocial
Psychosocial, psychosocial, psychosocial

The limits of the dead!
The limits of the dead!
The limits of the dead!
The limits of the dead!

Fake and defenseless lie
(Psychosocial)
I tried to tell you first
(Psychosocial)
Your hurtful lies are giving out
(Psychosocial)

Can’t stop the killing
(Psychosocial)
I can’t help if it’s hunting season
(Psychosocial)
Is this what you want?
(Psychosocial)
I’m not the only one

And the rain will kill us all
If we throw ourselves against the wall
But no one else can see
The preservation of the martyr in me

And the rain will kill us all
If we throw ourselves against the wall
But no one else can see
The preservation of the martyr in me

The limits of the dead!
The limits of the dead!

The conclusion

I think there is a lot of connectivity between the video, psychosocial means there no intelligence in this life so all hope is gone the broken building and fire means that every rules and laws was no longer used and we have got to find something new to live again.

Reference:

[- From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/s/slipknot-lyrics/psychosocial-lyrics.html -]

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