Monday, 12 September 2011

Video Deconstruction Beyonce- Best thing i never had

Best Thing I Never Had.

Artist: Beyonce
Song: Best Thing I Never Had
Album: 4
Producer: 'Babyface', Antonio Jackson
Genre: R&B-Pop

"Best Thing I Never Had" is a song by American singer Beyoncé Knowles taken from her fourth studio album, 4 (2011). It was released by Columbia Records on June 1, 2011, as the second single from the album. An R&B-pop song, "Best Thing I Never Had" has lyrics about revenge and karma. Not wanting to end up broken-hearted, the female protagonist relates that she feels happy to have parted from her love interest who did not recognize the potential of leading a happy life beside her.

1. Fade in, mid shot of Beyonce in white lingere in a white room with bunch of white roses in background. Mucis starts straight away and B starts lip-syncing Cut to CU of B looking straight at camera. CU of B holding white rose. Pan to mirror long shot of B walking towards mirror.Cut back to mid shot B stood infront of chairs. The camera looks to be more of a video recorder rather then a high tech camera which is normally used in videos. Low angle shot of B looking at herself in mirror.

2. Cut to B lying on bed still in underwear but now wearing a veil. High aangle shot. B rolling around on bed. CU. Extreme CU of B's face. Cut to B outside in a open field in a huge white wedding dress and veil. Establishing shot of lake with sunset in background. Mis shot of B sat in front of sunset.Camera pans as Beyonce sits up and becomes long shot.

3. Shot of B and man dressed very smart walking down some strairs. Clear this is shot on a video camera as their is a red dot in the top hand corner of the shot. We can denote this is shot at a prom and that it was shot on May 16 1998. B is wearing a wig to make her look younger. Cut to long shot of B and man dancing then they begin to argue and it cuts to a mid shot. Cut to B and man walking out of prom, long shot.

4. Back to B in field twirling around. extreme long shot of B running down hill in wedding dress. Back to mid shot of B sat in sunset lip-syncing. close up of B's long train on her wedding dress. Camera pan up to back of her head. B is walking down an aisle, camera follows. Cutting between shots of the aisle and B in the field.

5. Narrative enigma- As B gets down the aisle the camera pans so you dont see the mans face, ths is done to creat suspense. You are led to believe that the man in the video of the prom is the man she is marrying but you get a shot of the mans face and you see he is a different guy. 

6. The next scene is the wedding reception. Their are CU of B and her husband dancing and long shots of the rest of the guests. The final shot i a close up of B smiling.


  1. Oh, I think this will be nice!
    Good work - its reassuring to see your own analysis when so many others have tried to get away with copy/pasting Wiki entries (which doesn't get past me), and also good to see you're applying media lang + semiotic terms

  2. Look at or the other 3 I highlighted, and see what essential factual info you missed out which I include (and remember those posts were mainly links to other students' detailed analyses, worth having a look at)
    Your blog isn't set to moderate all comments!


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