This was my first time ever watching the “Thriller” music video. I will start off by saying that 1983 Michael Jackson is super creepy; perhaps even more so than Neverland Michael Jackson. I don’t think that many music videos qualify as short films, but this one certainly does in my book. Morgan outlines the reasons why: there is a narrative and storyline that the viewer can follow, which is why I consider it a short film.
On the other hand, many other much videos don’t meet that same criteria. There may be a general story told that matches the words of the song, but not enough that warrants the music video receiving the label of short film. Most music videos are jumpy, sporadic, and cut back-and-forth between the band members and other characters acting out the story. A storyline is often created to match the lyrics but doesn’t make sense (think Taylor Swift). That is why I don’t consider many music videos to be short films.
In the case of “Thriller,” all of the elements of a short film are there for me.