Sixteen high–quality music videos made by past and present Emerson students were on full display at the Paramount Center on November 15, for “Silversonic! Emerson’s 1st Annual Music Video Showcase,” as part of the Visual and Media Arts’ “Bright Lights” series.
“I’d see these students making great music videos on their own time,” said Anna Feder, co-curator and events and internship manager for VMA. “I thought that we really needed a forum to showcase this talent.”
The showcase music videos ranged from the black-and-white “Winter Song” produced by Connor Buso-Jarnis ’15—which follows the lead singer of Witch Pitch as she belts out tunes about love heartache—to the super-animated “Pandemic” by the metal band Accept, which was produced by Dave Blass ’90 and relied heavily on comic book-style animation, flames, and everything typical of a 1980s hairband.
Then there was “Caught,” produced by Michelle Macedo ’10 and Jason Perlman ’07, with soloist Macedo on vocals in a Top 40–style song about being caught cheating on her boyfriend, using multiple special effects.
The video “MONIKER,” produced by John Pouliot ’11 and Drew Van Steenbergen ’11, had a techno feel. The fun-loving video was shot around Boston and followed a young woman who appears to magnetically attract followers as she walks through the streets of Allston to a party where the band Bearstronaut is playing.
The curators of the event were Feder and Robert Patton-Spruill, VMA senior director-in-residence. It was presented in collaboration with Boston Creative Pro Users Group.
Doug Herzog ’81, now president of Viacom, launched his career as head of MTV production at the dawn of the music video.