《Last Summer》

“You should’ve warned me how good the acting was! I ended up crying at work. Are you responsible for that?”
“I rarely watch an entire music video, but this one, paired with the music, really pulls you into the story.”
“Someone called this ‘Taiwanese romance,’ and it’s so true.
This restrained, unpretentious, yet deeply genuine emotion is a unique beauty of Taiwanese culture.”

For the first time, I found myself repeatedly checking YouTube comments after a video went live.
It was touching to see so many people moved to tears or finding solace. It remarkably touches everyone's deepest emotions.

I've been thinking about what makes this video so special. From an editing perspective, it feels like a kind of magic that creates space.
This space comes from the perspectives captured by the cinematographer, WAI KIN SOU.
I used to think close-ups were essential to highlight key points, but his wide shots allowed me to focus on the actors' performances even more. Perhaps this is similar to the experience of watching a movie on a big screen.
Because the screen is so large, our eyes can only see so much, and the surrounding blurred atmosphere gives the audience a space to truly engage. Thus, long takes are necessary; without enough time, this effect cannot be achieved.

However, the question arises: Can this music video, not shown on a big screen, achieve the same effect?

Evidently, audience feedback has answered this question.
This visual expression not only passes the big screen test but also works on smaller screens.
I think this success can be attributed to other factors:
the director's script arrangement, the natural portrayal by the actors and stylists, and most importantly, a good song.

Writing this, I am truly grateful for this collective creation.
Through this experience, I've learned much about the magic of visual storytelling.

Director : Roger JC Lee Year : 2024
Editor : Dora Tsai

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雖然《Last Summer》表面上是一部小品,卻神奇地觸動了每個人內心深處。