The Blog for Penryn (UK) -based Kernow Youth Society for the Performing Arts. Our society is open to young people aged 9 upwards from the Falmouth and Penryn area. Our aim is to allow members to explore their interest in the performing arts through drama and film activities. KYSPA has a strong citizenship theme with activities aiming to promote self confidence, teamwork and communication skills.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Summer 2008 "Rent" Music Video

The theme for Summer 2008 is music videos and the first to come out of editing is "Rent" from a 2 film shoot on August 11th at Falmouth School.

Our version stays very true to the original music video by the Pet Shop Boys in 1987 which featured a chauffeur and a wealthy socialite. We adapted that to a busy, influential businesswoman and her Personal Assistant.

As in the original music video the woman appears virtually oblivious to the main male character, her PA, despite the fact that they are in each other's company for most of the day. In the way intended, the combination of images and the song's lyrics leave us wondering whether the man IS in fact content to be just an employee (for her to "pay his rent") or whether watching constantly from the sidelines is quite hard for him.

Almost all shots were filmed by the course participants themselves to create a "montage" of images that take us through a busy day, closing with the businesswoman breezing off leaving her PA to catch the bus home alone. All course members participated as actors in this video and it was filmed quite quickly as the first shoot over-ran a bit.

I'm really happy with how it turned out and I hope you are too.

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