Lyric videos are animated music videos that showcase the words of a song, animated in time to the music. These can range from simple words on screen to fully animated and illustrated creations.
At face value lyric videos may be a simple concept, but it’s one that’s taken off on YouTube. They have become a popular genre for music labels, due to their constant need to produce more visual content for their bands and artists. If you haven’t yet heard of the ‘lyric video’ then clearly you don’t spend much time on YouTube! Search the words ‘lyric video’ and you’ll get about 72,400,000 results (including a couple of our own in the first page results).
Once the domain of fan-made iMovie or Windows Movie Maker slide shows. The lyric video has evolved into fully animated, highly styalised visual genre of it’s own. Go back to 2010 and you’ll find fan made DIY Karaoke videos like this…
RMV Productions at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball 2016
If you’ve ever wondered what happens backstage at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball, then here’s a unique opportunity to find out.
For the fifth year running, RMV Productions have helped create a range of screen content for this incredible live event, hosted at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December 2016.
We thought it would be fun to give you a behind the scenes insight into the work we do, and what better way to do this than to cover our work at one of the UKs best live music events?
The Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball 2016 line-up was astounding with all our favourite performers like Calvin Harris, Little Mix, Sean Mendes, Craig David, Ellie Goulding, Olly Murs, Martin Garrix and Sean Paul to name-drop a few!
Imagine yourself at the event and looking at the stage – we create the visual content for the huge screens around the stage area. The stage is covered in 4k worth of HD pixel screens, supplied by XL Video, as well as two giant HD screens either side of the stage and the ‘arena motion’ pixel strip which wraps around the entire arena, just below the second tear of seating.
So….are you sitting comfortably? Then buckle your seat belt as we’re about to launch you right in to the action!
Singer/songwriter and BBC Introducing Artist Tom Prior gets transported back to the ’80s
Tom Prior Music Video Looks Like Rain by RMV Productions
We had the pleasure of transporting singer songwriter Tom Prior back to the 1980s producing his latest music video from his first studio album.
Filmed at Gun Hill Studios in Sussex, the music video for the new song, ‘Looks Like Rain’, sees Tom Prior in character as an anchorman newsreader. He is joined by a beautiful blonde co-host and a cheeky weatherman with a hidden talent for disco dancing. If you live in Horsham you may even recognise the weatherman – the very talented Chris Dale from HAODS (Horsham Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society).
Initially we had two ideas that we pitched to Tom. One involved a choreographed dance routine in water, with Tom surrounded by a waterfall as he sang the song and two very wet dancers dancing to it. The second was a newsroom concept, which Tom instantly loved. The idea itself stems from the song title, ‘Looks Like Rain’ , which sounds like a weather report. This in turn led to the news program idea; we thought it would be fun to give it a retro 1980’s/Anchorman twist.
Furthermore, we contrasted a comic video with an honest and heartfelt song. As a result, what you’re seeing and experiencing on screen, compared to the sincerity of the lyrics, is the reason why the video works so well.
We had a lot of fun filming the video and Tom was great to work with. We think he did a fantastic job, playing his straight-faced news reader character perfectly. He even admitted that he’d never done anything quite like this before, but you can’t tell!
Tom’s track ‘Looks like Rain’ is released on Friday 4 November 2016. It’s the first single from Tom Priors new album, The Sunday Scene, out on Island Records.
Warner Music asked us if we could create an illustrated lyric video to promote the release of the track ‘Balance of Nature’. I think everyone loves the song ‘Close to You’ by Bert Bacharach, most famously sung by ‘The Carpenters’ and recently covered by Rumer on her new album; ‘This Girls In Love’, and this song has a very similar feel and tone.
Lyric video’s are something we do often at RMVP but we don’t always get to really unleash our creativity; drawing illustrations and designs, as often the artwork is provided, so I was raring to go on this project!
It was nice to have time to begin with sketching and working out a theme that would flow through the whole animation. I started by sketching the animals that would fit with the verses, taking inspiration from Rumers instagram page. It’s easy to see she has a real personal love for nature, (and especially dogs!) and we wanted to keep that feeling with the illustrations by using smooth movement for the animation, so it wouldn’t be anything too jarring or “in your face”. I went through a few different renditions of animals in love, narrowing it down to the birds and deer.
One of my favourite artists is Alphonse Mucha, alongside other art adventures he designed posters showing off the leading ladies at theatres of his day. I particularly like the bold outline he gives some of his leading ladies, such as the painting ‘Job’ and I wanted to use this style to show off Rumer herself. I had a fun time including her in the animation, with her interacting with the birds to help her fit her into the scene.
We received such a great response about the lyric video from Rumer and Warner Music, which is always good, and encouraged me to push further into creating a beautiful animation to match the beautiful music. Here’s the final video:
I’m looking forward to creating more awesome animations in the future! I love the whole creative process from coming up with creative ideas & pre-vis, to creating a story board, animatic and then final animation. And I enjoy the challenge of taking on a range of styles and animation types. Last week was pretty 2D animals and nature, this week is a crazy hand drawn psychedelic alien animation and next will be a full 3D bombastic software launch animation. 🙂
But we don’t just do lyric video… RMV Productions provide a wide range of creative media services including animation, motion graphics, video production, filming gigs & live events, screen content and visuals for live events, corporate, web and marketing video… and anything else you can commission us with to provide that next creative challenge!
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We’ve just had a great weekend at our 4th Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium. This is the culmination of almost three months hard work creating a range of video content for the show, which features a bevy of the worlds top pop stars!
For each Capital Ball we provide motion design, editing and animation; creating stage visuals, motion graphics and artist intro videos for each act performing at the show. We start about 2 months in advance, as soon as the design look & feel is locked. Working with creative director Beth Honan, we help design the motion graphics and video effects to fit with the over all creative for the show and of course Capital’s branding.
Stage visuals for Will.i.am
We edit the stage intro VT’s for each act, taking their portfolio of music videos and cutting a ‘mash-up’ montage, layered with video effects and motion graphics. These are played out right before each act take to the stage.
Another fun part of the project is creating karaoke animations to get the crowd singing and dancing during breaks between acts. We confess we also have a little bit of a sing in the studio when we’re making these.
Karaoke on the giant screens at Wembley
Check out some examples from the show…
RMVP produce a lot of screen visuals and creative video content for concerts, music festivals and live events. Our team is constantly expanding to meet the needs of the bigger and bigger projects we take on! And of course we still cater for small projects and events, as well as web and corporate video & motion graphics.
Get in touch to discuss how we can help produce dynamic and engaging video content for you. email@example.com
We created a series of track visuals for Ladyhawke’s new album which are going out this week across her social media channels. Check back every day for more visuals and insight from Ladyhawke on the inspiration for each track.
We pitched for this job on Creative Commission. After winning the pitch we discussed some ideas with IE Music and set about creating some concept animations. These started life as a very different visual; more of a room made of audio waveforms with neon blobs dancing in time to the music. But after discussing this initial concept with Ladyhawke we decided to go for something less clean and more trippy, which is in keeping with the album.
So we came up with the hypnotic kaleidoscope animation which moves in time to the music. Once this look was signed off a different animation was created for each track.Each visual has a different look and feel inspired by the music and lyrics for that song. For ‘Chills’ we went for an ice cold look and gave the kaleidoscope a crystal-like patern which at times feels like a snow flake.
Ladyhawke visual for ‘Chills’
‘Wild Things’ had to be warm and vibrant! It has an Indian vibe inspired by the abstract patterns in Indian textiles and festival prints.
Ladyhawke Visuals for ‘Wild Things’
In total we created 11 visuals for each track on Ladyhawke’s new album ‘Wild Things’. These were shared each day across her social media.