Madonna's Vogue is now an iconic music video for the MTV generation. And recently leaked to YouTube, is the raw footage from the song's film shoot. You can watch Madonna and her dancers in their quest for the perfect take and you become even more appreciative of their efforts.
As a media geek, I love to see final performances de-constructed. I was always the kid watching behind-the-scenes-movies-shows that were a staple of 80s television.
The so-called "Material Girl" starts looking tired in some of the sequences take after take. Madonna even lets her guard down after striking a pose. Look for the times she appears less than thrilled with the dances.
A cool learning project for video editors would be to take the video and re-cut it in a new way. Here is the actual video if you want to compare.
Next up, is one of the biggest female pop stars post-Madonna's original run, Britney Spears. This is the raw footage from one sequence in the Oops! I Did It Again uncut video. Spears learned an entire dance that appears only seconds in the final cut. Like Madonna, Spears breaks character for a moment and makes a face about the whole thing. Even for a pop star, wearing a red leather/rubber? suit in front of dancing flames while a camera is filming you is probably an odd experience.
Here is the actual video for comparison sake.