Month: June 2019

Music Video Draft 2 Includes Narrative

Above you will be able to see the second draft of our music video, ‘Charlemagne’ which includes narrative. We have been able to follow our storyboard as this has allowed us to ensure that the narrative is as planned throughout the video. I feel as if some of the things that went well might have been;

  • The use of narrative and performance – I think that the transitions between the narrative and the performance worked really well and flowed very smoothly. This meant that we were able to make the video look as professional as possible, and the clips didn’t look out of place.
  • the narrative in relation to the song – I think that the use of the narrative worked well within the lyrics of the song, as the idea of the narrative worked matched the lyrics within the song, meaning there was no confusion between the narrative and the song throughout.
  • The use of lip syncing – I think that the lip syncing throughout was phenomenal, as it meant that the video looked very professional and there was no parts where the model was singing but there was no singing in the song. This meant that the video looked very realistic and worked very well.
  • Variety of camera angles – I think that the use of camera angles in our video was very key. This is because different camera angles may portray different meanings. For example at the start of the video we used low angle shots which might’ve portrayed his power, but as the narrative went on we used high angle shots, which is showing that he might be losing all of his power.
  • Framing – I think that the variety of framing throughout our music video was very successful, through the use of lines within the clip, as well as background and positioning of the model, it allowed us to help portray star image, and give a really clear idea of setting throughout the video.

However, I also believe that there were some aspects of the music video that could have been improved, for example;

  • Stability of the camera – In some of the shots the camera was shaking which means that the clip might have come in and out of focus as it was moving. This takes away from any professionalism from within the video.
  • Overlapping clips – Some of the clips within the video overlap one another meaning they cut the clip short and make it end abruptly. This means that it may make the video feel like something might be missing as it moves on very quickly.

In order to improve we need to;

  • Ensure that the camera is always completely stable when recording the clip to allow the video to look as professional as possible.
  • Reduce any overlapping clips to a minimal amount, meaning that the video would flow a lot smoother and look a lot better in the long run.
  • I think that another thing we could work on in order to improve our final performance would be editing pace and editing to the beat. This would allow for much smoother transitions throughout the video and it would look more professional as the clips would change in time to the beat of the music.
  • Finally I think we need to make it look more like a music video. In order to do this I think we need to make it obvious that the narrative has relation to the lyrics of the song, and that there is a set theme throughout the video. This will allow the audience to understand the music video better, and might make them more intrigued in watching it again.

Apart from these minor mistakes I believe that our second draft of our music video was very successful and we are making a lot of good progress towards our final product. As well as this I think the inclusion of the narrative was very successful into our music video as it added a lot of context to the story, which is good. Once we have addressed these small issues, I believe that our video will become a lot easier to watch, and will make the video look far better.

Narrative Storyboard

The Post-It Notes read top to bottom on each individual image, starting with yellow to green.

Above you would be able to see our starboard for our narrative shoot that we are going to do. This has been really helpful for us as it means we have been able to plan out what shots we are going to need to take and how the story will progress as well as the shots. The use of the storyboard allowed us to plan how the narrative is going to progress and how the shots might work together in order to create a good meaning.

Personally I believe that our narrative follows the structure of Todorov’s narrative. According to the Todorov theory of narrative, there are 5 stages in which it can go through. These 5 stages include things such as an equilibrium, which is where everything seems normal at the start of the narrative. After this you then get a disruption which causes the equilibrium to become unstable. This then has to be recognised in order for them to attempt to repair the damage caused which would then allow them to restore a new equilibrium within the narrative.

I think that this will have a successful impact on my music video as it would keep the audience engaged with the video, and means they might want to re-watch the video over and over.

Production Skills Evaluation 1

When editing my performance rough cut I learnt many new skills as I began to understand Premiere Pro in a much better way. Some of the new skills that I learnt may have been:

  1. Adding more tracks – Adding tracks within editing was a very useful skill for me to have learnt. This was because it allowed me to understand where I had moved specific clips to in order for me to keep my editing a lot neater. As well as this it means that the editing was a lot more manageable and easily laid out for me to edit my video in the most effective and time efficient was as possible
  2. Labeling folders within Premiere Pro – This skill was particularly useful for me as it meant that I was able to keep my work space nice and neat. As well as this it meant that I would be able to  find the clips from the various different shoots with ease as they would have all been previously labeled and stored in a safe place.
  3. Drag Video Only – This skill was extremely useful to have learnt. This skill allowed me to drag only video clips, without sound onto the tracks. This was useful as it meant that I did not have  to spend a lot of time editing the sound out of the tracks as it was already done for me, meaning my editing could be very time efficient.
  4. List View – The use of this skill was very important as it meant that I could see certain clips that I had renamed. For example if I wanted to find an important clip and I had named it, it meant that it would allow me to find that clip as its name would stand out from the rest of the clips.

What went well?

  • I think that the neatness of the work space meant that I was able to maximize my editing ability which made me become more time efficient.
  • The use of labeling the clips meant that we didn’t have to spend an unnecessary amount of time trying to find the perfect clips as we already knew where they were, also allowing for us to be more productive and time efficient with our editing.
  • I think that the use of the razor tool and cutting the clips down to make them shorter and link in with the music worked very well and was very effective in making the music video look very professional.

Better if?

  • I was better at using effects and filters to allow a variety of different shades and tinges within the clips, to add to the eeriness of the narrative and genre.
  • I was better at syncing the clip to the sound to allow the video to look more realistic, and add a professional vibe to it.
  • I was able to understand how to enhance the light in order to make some of the clips brighter, so that there was better exposure on the main singer, making it easier to see them clearly.

Shoot Evaluation (Narrative)

For our narrative shoot, we decided that we were going to use two different locations within the shoot. We decided that these two locations were going to be Vale Castle, and my house. We decided these two locations because we thought that they would work perfectly for trying to portray the idea of entrapment. As well as this, we chose my house as this is where the fish were, and we had a good wall that we would be able to shoot the shot in front of. We helped this through the use of our Mise-En-Scene to ensure that every little detail was spot on and nothing would look out of place. We decided to make a list of all the props and equipment we were going to need as in some shots a lot of props were crucial to allow it to look successful. For example we had to ensure that we had a fish bowl, a castle for the fish bowl, green food dye, a bowl to mix the food dye and a spoon, as this all created/added to the evil and eerie vibe we were going for.

What went well?

  • We were very prepared for what we needed to do as we ensured that we had all the necessary props at the right place, which meant there was minimal stress when going to record the shoot.
  • We had done a lot of research on the genre that we were trying to portray which meant that the mise-en-scene throughout the video was very accurate.
  • We got a wide variety of shots including close-ups, extreme close ups, long-shots, mid-shots, high angles, low angles, which would leave us a lot of different shots and footage to play around with.
  • We considered the location when thinking about Mise-En-Scene as it was very key in helping portray the genre and thoughts attached with the narrative.

Even better if?

  • We needed to make sure that we had the correct battery for the camera as this meant that we had lost a lot of time that we could have spent recording.
  • We also should have done more clips of our model walking around the castle as this would have added more continuity into the video, allow us more footage to play around with.
  • We should have ensured that we allowed more time to do other shots before using the face paint as this meant that we weren’t able to do any more shots after we used the face paint.

Narrative Development

We filled our a narrative sheet which gave us a vague idea of what our narrative structure was going to be, what it was going to be about, whats props we might need, and who are models were going to be. This planning document allowed us to determine what the key moments within the narrative were going to be, which allowed us to fully plan how we wanted to film the shots, and what the important parts were. As well as this it allowed us to understand what the type of narrative was which meant that we would be able to stick to this, and not go off track, keeping it the same narrative throughout the video. This document will help impact our product because it means that we are able to stick to the typical conventions of our narrative, which would help to add a professional feeling to the video. It would also help our product as it would keep the viewers engaged within the video, meaning they would not become bored of watching it, which might allow them to want to read it again.

Performance Rough Cut – Draft 1

Above you would be able to see the rough cut of our first draft for our Music Video.

Self Assessment 

Personally, I think that this draft didn’t come out too badly. Throughout the video we used a wide range of edits which allowed us to make the video look more professional and eye catching to the viewer. We did this through the use of blur, for example which brought the star into focus which adds quite a powerful vibe to the clip. We did a lot of experimentation with a lot of different effects which would be useful when presenting our complete and final draft in the future.Some of these effects included things such as different filters within different shots as this allowed us to make them seem more vibrant. As well as this I think that some of the clips throughout the video are very effective in portraying emotion throughout the video. I think that the variety of different shots throughout the video were also very effective throughout the video. As well as this I think that the use of cuts on the beat of the music worked well and was very effective. Although throughout the video there were times where we couldn’t find any suitable footage which meant that we had to fill it in with quite a boring clip, which meant that the viewers might lose focus on the video. I also think that the lip syncing from the model was excellent and made the video seem very professional. 

Targets for improvement 

  • One target would be to make sure that the lip syncing was more obvious throughout the video. This would allow the video to look as realistic as possible.
  • Another target would be to ensure that the lighting and focus in the video is as clear and as clean as it can be. In order to do this we would have to check the shots before we filmed them as once we had filmed them there was nothing we could do to change them.
  • As well as this I think that we need to sync up the music better with the performance. This would be to ensure that the video
  • Looking back on footage I realized that we were lacking close ups within the video. If we had these they could have been useful in covering up the parts of the song where nothing was really happening.

Risk Assessment

Below you would be able to find a copy of our Risk Assessment for our Narrative shoot on Thursday the 20th of June. The risk assessment allows us to understand where we will be at what times and who would be present. As well as this it allows us to understand what risks are present when filming, and if the risk is controlled and what further action we could take to ensure that it is controlled.

Production Meeting Agenda

Below you would see attached a Production Meeting Agenda which will be used during out narrative shoot on Thursday the 20th of June. This document would allow us to see what props would be needed throughout, as well as who would be responsible for supplying them. As well as this it has pictures included so it allows us to see what it would look like. We can also see when the shoot will be taking place and where it is taking place.

Finally it allows us to understand what we need to be careful of when recording with the camera through the use of Focus, Stability, Background and framing.

Genre Conventions Analysis

Below you will be able to see a Voicethread which covers the entire Repertoire of Elements which is a theorist made by Nick Lacey, including things such as the narrative, mise-en-scene, performance, editing, setting, and more. Doing this task has allowed me to understand and identify the key features that should be present within my music video and narrative in order to allow it to fit into our genre better.

Doing this task will allow us to understand what we need to do to successfully portray the typical means of our Genre. It is important that we do this because it allows us to successfully plan what we wanted to do for the narrative and prepare well in advance.

In this genre, the idea in which you would find most present is individuality and trying to express your emotions in as many ways as possible, whilst also trying to portray a meaning. This meant that it was seemingly challenging to find any constant theme throughout the Genre as everyone has got different ideas. As well as this the use of editing and location is also very key within this Genre so it meant that choosing our location successfully was a very important aspect.

I will use this in my video to ensure that the narrative is correctly suited to the target audience to ensure that the attention of the viewer remains at a maximum throughout and they do not lose interest within the song. As well as this it allowed me to ensure that all of the Mise-En-Scene in the video was suited well enough for the type of target audience through the use of the clothing and props. 

Everyone pitched in with the writing of the script of this post, but due to illness I was unable to help record.

Narrative Arc Stop Motion

As a group we created a short stop motion video by randomly selecting two characters and the binary opposition of lost and found. We used these characters and this theme to help us with the structure of our narrative. We used the typical linear narrative structure which would have been set out by Todorov. This is because the video has got a start (exposition), a middle (climax) and an ending (denouement)

Does it fulfill the traditional narrative structure – I believe that our stop motion movie works very well in portraying the binary opposition of lost and found. The binary opposition is a theory which would have been suggested by Levi Strauss. This is because at the beginning you are able to see one character lost at see being surrounded by a shark. This creates the idea that he is completely hopeless. But as the film progresses you are able to see the character on the boat, who would be seen as a more heroic character coming to save him which therefore creates the idea that he has been found.

Do the characters fulfill conventional character type – I think that the characters suited the typical conventions quite well. This is because you are able to clearly see the character who is helpless, and lost, showing he is the character in distress. Whereas you are also able to tell which character is the hero as he appears later into the clip and seems far more superior and in control of the situation. It creates the idea that he is a savior, and may make him seem valiant.

Are there binary oppositions – I think that the binary oppositions within this clip are very obvious as you are able to clearly tell when the character is lost, and when the character is found. This makes it very clear that the theory is portrayed by Levi Strauss.

Explain how Music Video narratives can differ from these conventional ideas – Music video narratives are typically very different to normal narratives as they do not have an ending. This is because the producer of the video tend to try and keep the viewers intrigued and keep their imagination flowing. Music videos, ordinarily would not explain a story. This is because they tend to to explore the different themes in the song through a narrative, which might be different to the performance. As well as this the narrative in a music video is not very long as they are combined with a various aspect of performance throughout the video, meaning that there would not be a sufficient amount of time for the story to be explained.

This task has helped me explore many different types of narrative and has helped me plan and determine how I intend of filming mine. I will be able to understand the traditional meaning of a narrative and what I would need to make it successful, but also make sure it does not have an ending to it, as this will make the viewers want to go back and watch it, allowing them to try and make their own opinion of what might be happening. This will help me understand how I can make my narrative in a way which means the viewers would want to watch the video again in order to try and determine what happened, because if there is a clear ending to the narrative it means that they wouldn’t have a reason to watch it again.

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