I have started this Hoddle before lunchtime on Tuesday, which is a record for me. My incredibly busy summer will not stop. I intended on this being a quick one, but 400 words later, it became clear that this was not.
Ramble of the Day
Maybe you heard and maybe you did not, but Chelsea’s Cesc Fàbregas is now a married man. He and his new wife, Daniella Semaan, celebrated with a lavish reception in Ibiza. That seems like a location that is rich-and-famous trashy, but we have a bigger fish to fry.
Like many couples, they documented their wedding (reception) day(s) with help of a camera and video crew, and they quickly got to work once the event was over. Semaan decided to make a trailer-length snippet of the video public, and...it looks like a music video.
After having recently been to a wedding, and seeing something else on social media, I have discovered that music videos are something that some modern engaged couples do. Fàbregas and Semaan have saved their music videos for after the nuptials, but these other weddings I speak of involved the bride and groom going on location, hiring a videographer, and staging scenes that will eventually have some music in the background. The eventual reveal comes at the wedding reception (at least in these cases).
I understand that weddings should be about the couple, but I am about to be a bit of a grump. Why? It reeks of obnoxious self-importance, and can be cringeworthy.
It has occurred to me, though, that there might not be that many better ways to cut together footage of several different events, or different parts of one event. At weddings, and wedding receptions, quite a lot happens, and so a wedding photographer or videographer may end up with a lot of random footage to piece together.
Anyway, back to the Fàbregas video. It all looks a bit too staged, even the bits where Fàbregas the husband is just holding his kid. Of course, some parts are meant to be staged; there is a red carpet at this wedding reception, and photographers there to greet the guests. ESPN’s Chris Wright said the video has “subtle shades of Love Island,” which I cannot comment on because I have never seen Love Island.
(By the way, if anyone wants to explain Love Island to me, go for it, because I would like to know more.)
Anyway, the Fàbregas music video features a shot of Lionel Messi and his wife Antonella Roccuzzo like the visual version of a name drop, and then closes with the most random shot of some kids playing foosball. It’s as if the people in the editing room went, “Wait, the groom is a footballer! We have to incorporate something football-related.” This is not a very good video.
tl;dr: Music videos, weddings, and a question about Love Island.
Links of the Day
Stan Kroenke is set to buy Arsenal minority owner Alisher Usmanov’s shares, giving him full control of the club and valuing Arsenal at £1.8 billion.
Transfer roundup: Joe Hart has moved to Burnley from Manchester City, and Burnley have also added Matej Vydra from Derby; Calum Chambers has joined Fulham on a season-long loan from Arsenal; Bournemouth have signed Jefferson Lerma from Levante; Brighton have signed Billy Arce from Ecuadorian side CSD Independiente del Valle and Anders Dreyers from Danish team Esbjerg
Today’s longer read: Jonathan Howcroft reports on the failings of Football Federation Australia and how the organization is getting closer to a FIFA suspension for The Guardian