If the song you're making a video for ends with a dramatic fade of the instruments and you want a suitably dramatic ending then you could try the good old tactic of having you lead singer bow their head while the lights dim and the camera pulls back to reveal - ah ha! - that the band was OnASoundstageAllAlong. Thus you reveal the artificiality of the music video and undermine the video's story with an unsettling note of self-awareness. Or something. Anyway, it looks totally awesome.

There seemed to be a glut of these around 2001-2005.

Compare ProsceniumReveal.
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[[folder: Alternative Metal ]]

* Played in "Through Glass" by StoneSour. Everything in the video (except the band members, but including a pool and a mansion) turns out to be a cardboard cutout, ending with the band on a soundstage.

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[[folder: Alternative Rock ]]

* Music/ThePresidentsOfTheUnitedStatesOfAmerica' "Dune Buggy" video seems to show the band playing the song acoustically around a nighttime beach campfire for a small group of friends, until an electrical spark in the final second provides a brief illumination.
* Meta example: Beck's ''Satan Gave Me A Taco'' is a rambling country-ish story song where all sorts of crazy things happen...then the end of the song reveals that they were just in a rock video.
* In {{Switchfoot}}'s very first music video, "Chem 6A", the guys take a break from filming the video to walk off the set, peruse craft services, and get into a food fight.
* The end of "[[http://youtu.be/Mf5YSrfj2Ns Eddie Vedder]]" by Local H does this, in contrast to the beginning of the video which starts with the band onstage and working their way toward backstage, making it a mild MindScrew.

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[[folder: Country ]]

* Reba McEntire's "Does He Love You" pulls out near the end to reveal the set and director talking.

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[[folder: Dance ]]

* The video to E-type's "Angels Crying" is a cliché [[SlasherMovie slasher movie]] with the lead male singer playing the AxCrazy to moderately disturbing effect. (Pop lyrics go from asinine to genuinely creepy fast when they're presented as the words of a lunatic.) At the end the camera pulls back to reveal a set, actors come out to congratulate each other, props are moved around, cue a hand grasping a piece of scenery.

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* The video to Music/{{Rammstein}}'s "Amerika". They're rocking out on the moon, and then the cameras pull back to reveal it's a film set.
** This is also a gag at the expense of those who think the moon landings were faked on a soundstage.

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[[folder: Pop ]]

* Used in Michael Jackson's "Beat It", where the dancing gang members, led by Jackson, are drowned out by applause and cheering. Subtle, but still a decidedly weird feel.
* This happens in Michael Jackson's "Black or White" after the morphing-faces sequence, but ''then'' we have the panther than wanders onto a city street set and turns into Michael...after all that, it turns out the whole thing is being watched by [[Main/TheSimpsons Bart Simpson]].
** Inverted in Jackson's "Liberian Girl", where dozens of celebrities are shown arriving at an elaborate film set and roaming around, asking where Michael is and when they'll get started filming his video. At the end, it's revealed that he's been there behind the camera all along, and their backstage wanderings ''are'' the video.
* Done in Madonna's video for "Like a Prayer", but with a theatre stage instead of a soundstage.
** Also in "Material Girl", in which the fact that the final shot completely reverses the narrative of the video is actually important.

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[[folder: Pop Rock ]]

* The video for Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" is entirely based around this trope. It starts off looking like it's one of those vids where it cuts between lip syncing and a one-dimensional love story--then about thirty seconds in the director steps in and tells them to do certain things differently, and for the rest of the video people are dismantling the soundstage.

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[[folder: Post-Punk ]]

* This is the entire premise of The Futureheads' video for "The Beginning Of The Twist".

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* The video for [=DragonForce=]'s "Operation Ground and Pound" includes a shot of lead singer ZP Theart shrugging in front of a GreenScreen.

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[[folder: Rock ]]

* An early example is used in John Waite's "Change" video, where the suicidal woman on the ledge leaps to her death at the climax, only to have the camera pull back and reveal she's an actress whose "demise" was being captured by a film crew.
** This same premise was used in Staind's [[LimpBizkit Fred Durst]]-directed clip for "Just Go".
* The long-form DavidBowie video ''Jazzin' for Blue Jean'' has a PlayedForLaughs example (though on a street rather than a soundstage): Bowie suddenly breaks his uncool nice guy character to object to the story's ending, in which [[spoiler: that character doesn't get the girl, as the other character he's playing does]]; the shot changes to reveal the crew filming the scene as he argues with the director over the issue.

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[[folder: Ska ]]

* This happens in the ''middle'' of the English Beat's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApEV0cFW3jE&feature=related video]] for "I Confess." The camera pulls away and reveals musicians playing as the band gets ready for another scene of the video. Then we switch back to the video and the soundstage part even seems to be a ''plot point'' of the video.
** A similar occurrence happens about halfway through Music/TheSmashingPumpkins' [[ConveyorBeltVideo conveyor belt]] (almost) [[TheOner oner]] video for "Ava Adore".

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[[folder: Non-Music Examples ]]

* [[http://www.theguardian.com/media/video/2009/apr/02/womens-aid-keira-knightley-ad This]] disturbing MindScrew ad raising awareness for domestic violence, featuring KeiraKnightley.
* Every Abbey Road Studios dreamscape in Music/TheBeatles RockBand ends by returning to the "reality" of the recording studio. [[http://www.thebeatlesrockband.com/videos/sgtpepper Even for songs that start with the dreamscape already "on"]].
* The finale of TheHills has this sort of ending.
** As does the last scene of ''Full Frontal'', directed by Creator/StevenSoderbergh.
* Anime/{{The Big O}}.
* The very first episode of Anthony Newley's surrealist comedy series ''The Strange World of Gurney Slade'' begins with the title character appearing in what looks like a conventional SitCom. Then he walks away from the scene, leaving the perplexed cast and director behind as he heads off into the "real" world.
* Another BritCom example is ''The Worker'' starring Charlie Drake. The show ran for four series, and not one but ''two'' series finales ended with the Worker discovering that he was really a comedian called Charlie Drake who was making a SitCom.
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