Natalie imbruglia torn
Media Studies analysis of Torn
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Natalie imbruglia torn
The subjects of the video (i.e. Natalie Imbruglia and the man in the video)
move around the camera
The camera doesn’t move for the whole video
The video is comprised of wide shots, mid shots, medium close ups and
The editing contains a lot of jump cuts as the camera doesn’t move for the whole
It also contains a fade to black at the end
The speed of the cuts doesn’t necessarily speed up with the momentum of the
music in this video
This video contains parallel editing between the performance and narrative
The video contains 46 shots
MISE EN SCENE
The narrative and performance is filmed in one room that looks like a studio
Both characters have very casual clothes and the apartment itself looks
neither fancy nor bad.
The room gradually gets torn down by studio staff to reflect the meaning
behind the song and that their relationship is being torn apart.
There is use of a high key lighting.
NARRATIVE VS. PERFORMANCE
The video is a split between the Narrative and Performance as the cuts flit
between Natalie Imbruglia singing to the camera and the relationship
between her and the man in the video.
The video is a postmodern piece that challenges the relationship between
narrative and performance, as these two things are being shot in one
space and camera shot.