Thirty Frames Per Second

Thirty Frames Per Second

The Visionary Art of the Music Video

Book - 2000
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Baker & Taylor
A detailed exploration of the worldwide cultural impact of music videos features hundreds of full-color illustrations and examines the artistic visions of such directors as Spike Jonze, Peter Care, and Mark Romanek, discussing their iconoclastic and trend-setting work. 12,500 first printing.

Book News
In the foreword, Jeff Ayeroff argues that music videos changed advertisements and films and promoted visual literacy. In 2000, for example, the director Spike Jonze won the MTV Best Director award and was nominated for an Academy Award for best director of Being John Malkovich. On the other hand, it is argued that MTV shortened an entire generation's attention span with its fare of what Michael Shore called "a bastard offspring of art, falling somewhere between the mini-movie and the maxi commercial." After the book's introduction, 60 directors (Jonas Akerlund, Paul Hunter, Jim Blashfield et al.) follow alphabetically with a concise description of their work and large, trippy color video stills of Sting, Madonna, and Nine Inch Nails. A graph and accompanying text on how music videos are made is an interesting feature. No notes or bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2000
ISBN: 9780810943575
Characteristics: 272 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Feineman, Neil
Alternative Title: 30 frames per second


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