Category: Component 3

Prelim Task Lip Syncing Exercise

Taking the footage from the College of FE, I tried my best to lip sync it to the original track. I was unable to use premiere pro however I adapted to using we video.

I played around with some of the transitions I was able to use and some of the filters and created a 50 second clip.

Lip syncing is important to the star image because some stars want to portray certain emotions with their expression so lip syncing presents a realistic way to do so. Also it adds more of a realistic aspect throughout the music video where the audience can trust the star and really listen to what they are singing.

Tips for a performer in advance:

  • Encourage performer the learn the words, or at least familiarise themselves
  • Don’t over pronunciate as it can make it look fake
  • Don’t just stand still, listen to the beat of music
  • Give energy

I think it important to get an actor who ‘looks like the voice’ because the key idea is to suspend the disbelief that the performer you chose is not singer. Also the performer needs to fit with the sound of the voice as if they looked completely different to the grain of voice it would immediately look unreal.

What I have learnt from WeVideo:

  • I have learnt to add transitions which has made changing from one clip to another a smoother process
  • I learnt how to cut clips to get small snippets I want to use in different places
  • I learnt how to add some filters to add something new to the clips

What I would do to improve:

  • Get a range of clips, aand camera angles such as close ups, group shots, duets and solos
  • Ask the performer to move a bit or just move to the beat
  • take more time with the filters and explore a bit more
  • Try some of the rewind effects ect
  • Faster edits

This task has made some clear points I will look out for when filming my music video, and also when editing.

Favourite Music Video from Former Student

Above is a video I have chosen from the class of 2019. It has a group of people filming in it however only one person is the star the others are their for the narrative. It has a few different locations used. Props are included for example instruments. There are a variety of shots but my favourite is near the end when it starts off as a long shot but they walk towards the camera.

What I like –

  • The choice of scenery for example the geht and the place that’s like a maze of walls
  • Different outfits and different makeup but every detail is thought of like jewelry
  • The narrative when the couple are good but then have problems was shown clearly

Even better if –

  • I think adding in some panning shots or shots where the camera is moving instead of the people all the time
  • Different angles/ more extreme angles
  • The fight should of been more physical which would of contributed to acting in Mise-En-Scene.


Detailed Music Video analysis

In this task we analysed two videos in depth in order to learn how to deconstruct the narrative, performance, star image and generic & technical conventions of a music video to help us with our music video when creating it. I learnt that inter textual references can be made in a narrative music video to highlight multiple key messages as well as the importance of the star image and camera movement.

We had another opportunity to look at another video and discontruct it again which enables us to see the difference in videos.

By doing these tasks I have learnt that when creating my music video I need to make it clear throughout my video if the song will be narrative, illustrative, amplified, or whether I want to use disjuncture. I will also take into consideration camera angles and features as this can have a massive impact on the video which I have learnt from watching these videos and having a go at creating a montage. I also need to make sure I put a lot of thought into Mise-en-Scene as this can really make a difference throughout the video.

Music Video Form & Conventions

Below is a task I was set where I needed to watch four music videos and write about what i have learnt about them –

  • Generic MeS
  • Themes + Impact
  • Type of narrative and structure

In this exercise I learnt how to identify the key features and conventions of a music video.

A music video is a message to the audience, entertain and the main purpose of music videos is to promote artists and promote brands. But it’s mainly to promote the track.

Throughout this task I learnt about 3 different narratives that a music video may use –

  • Illustration – The narrative in the music video very closely echos the lyrics and music.
  • Amplification – The narrative whilst inspired by the song adds a new element to compliment the song
  • Disjuncture – The narrative seems to hold very little relationship to the song and seems quite random

The music videos can go 1 of 3 ways:

  1. Narrative Videos 
  2. Performance Videos 
  3. Combination Videos 

I have learnt that music videos include so many aspects all being so important from Mis-En-Scene to camera angles to editing, and I will keep all these factors in mind when creating my music video. A music video is also promoting the artist like an advert.

Prelim Task Mood Montage

In a group of 3 we got given a preliminary task to create a story board of a montage lasting no more than 40 – 60 seconds – that will convey the ideas, issues, themes, moods, emotions that are suggested within the brief.  From our story board we chose from some montage briefs to get an idea of what we want to base our ideas on.

We chose

  • Fall 7 times, stand up 8
  • Determination

So we created a montage and below is our attempt –

We then learnt how to combine the separate clips by editing them together using Premiere Pro. This took time because we had to crop the videos to make sure the clips weren’t too long. I think that our group have successfully conveyed determination through our montage.

The montage could of been better if –

  • We used more than one actor
  • Added transitions/effects
  • We used a wider variety of shots; in particular more close ups
  • To allow more time when filming to be able to get clearer more focused pictures

One cut in particular that created meaning successfully is at 0.37 where the music fits and links in well with the image. This image is also Dave trying again even when he failed before which presents determination to the audience and how to not give up.