Category: Preliminary Tasks

Test Shoots

Using premiere pro we filmed our performer lip syncing our chosen song in the white studio with different angles and distances. We then added effects and transitions to develop the video; by doing so we were able to have a play around and learn what we need to do better and what we like.


  • Change some transitions so they are more subtle yet effective
  • Add in various angels like high and low angles
  • Use different camera movement techniques like pan
  • Performer needs to speak slower
  • Make sure camera is in complete focus all the time
  • Get more random shots without singing to add in for silences
  • We were aiming to portray the performer in a simple manor while keeping the audience interested
  • We needed more coverage of angles, framing and movement and this has become obvious to us from our footage
  • To covey star image we are going to concentrate on MES, we need to consider how energy and facial expressions and how they convey her message/emotion

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.

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.