This is the song we will be using for our music video. This song has lots of different meanings due to the intense quality of videography in the music video. The video links to the film "Ths Shining", however the song lyrics portray reflecting on your inner self/self conscience and how he tries to overcome it. I will annotate the lyrics to get a better understanding of the film.
The Kill – 30 Seconds To Mars – Lyric Interpretation
To get better understanding of the song, I will interpret the lyrics so I can find a better meaning to help build a storyboard for a more effective video. This will help me in creating a music video the best of my capability.
Jared Leto actually said this song is about your relationship with yourself, and how different sides of you can compete to make you who you really are. And eventually one side will win, and make you who you are. This is what swayed me into thinking about a horror music video because you can portray a lot with music and moving images combined without any speech needed because the lyrics say what is necessary.
The interpretation I have is that this song is about him and mainly his past, it’s a split personality song where one talks to himself. The main theme for this album is about a past being forgotten and with "The Kill" in the album you can't fully understand the song unless you hear their whole album it’s a message their sending of a new start with struggles. However you can pick up on a general meaning of the song and I will shortly summarise here. “The Kill” is one of the struggles of it with the man vs. man-kind theory. He is singing a song with his conscience.
"What if I wanted to break? Laugh it all off in your face, what would you do?"
All the other verses in this song is his negative conscience asking him the “what if..” as in if he did something differently, what would have happened? The chorus is his response to his conscience.
“I tried to be someone else but nothing seemed to change. But nothing seemed to change, I know now; this is who I really am inside. Finally found myself, fighting for a chance. I know now, this is who I really am"
This whole verse is basically him arguing with his own conscience. You can tell he eventually overcomes it as he screams the last line. I am really happy with the song choice for the music video because the lyrics have so much meaning to them, it will be really challenging to make a narrative which is good enough to the keep up with the caliber of the song.