Initial song ideas for a video – Mini pitch

In preparation for the making of my music video, I created a Mini Song Pitch that I can present to my group for my chosen song that I would like to use for our video. I included different adjectives and words that came to mind when listening to the song, as well as the narrative behind the song and how I would want to perform it for my video. I also included the lyric video so my group can hear the song as well as seeing the lyrics.

 

 

Green Screen Studio Filming

To help develop our editing and filming skills, my class went on a trip to the College of FE to work with their filming equipment and green screen. We were taught the basic knowledge needed when filming with a green screen, and how to use it successfully. Before we started the filming, we were given a lesson on how to use the green screen effectively and told the common mistakes that we need to avoid when filming. For example:

  • It is essential to stand at least a meter away from the green screen or shadows will be created and will cause problems when editing.
  • The models/performers shouldn’t be wearing any green clothing as it will interfere and blend into the screen.
  • Coloured lights should not be used as it will not be shown on the background and blend, meaning the green screen won’t be effective.

The colour green is used because it doesn’t match any natural skin tone or hair color, meaning no part of the model will be edited out. Green screen lets you drop in whatever background images you want behind the actors as the background of the shot. It’s used in film production and also in news and weather reports to relatively, simply place the desired background behind the subject.

Here are some images of our class on the trip:

 

From this trip and learning how to use a green screen, I am considering using this to film for my music video. This is because I really enjoyed the process and believe it would be effective as I can drop in different backgrounds in order to focus on the performance of the star, instead of the narrative.

Prelim Task Lip Syncing Exercise

Following on from our trip, I took the footage that we made at the College of FE, and tried my best to lip sync the clips to the original track. We chose the song “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga and a few students took turns in attempting to lip sync the song as well as they could. From this shoot we got many shots that were filmed successfully, however many of the shots were filmed from long distances which made it hard to see the performer lip syncing, so I’ve learnt to film many close ups as well as long distances to show the lip sync.

Lip syncing is essential when portraying the model’s star image. This is because the aim of lip syncing is to show the audience that the model is singing the song even if it’s not their voice. This means that the model has to use different facial expressions that link to the theme and narrative of the song. For example, our song “Poker Face” is upbeat so there are many clips of us dancing and having fun to portray this narrative. But if there was no dancing and use of happy facial expressions then it would be easy to tell that the model isn’t singing because there is no link between the performer and the narrative.

It is essential that the performer sings along to the track while lip syncing as it will link to the track when editing easier, because the model won’t look as if they are mumbling the words.

It is important to get an actor who ‘looks like the voice’ because it will make the lip syncing more realistic as if they are singing the track. For example, if the performer was a male lip syncing a women’s voice then it wouldn’t match and the audience would know they aren’t performing it immediately and wouldn’t carry on watching the video.

From using both Premier pro and wevideo, I have found that I used markers to help me edit my video effectively. Markers indicate important points in time and helped me to position and arrange clips. I used the marker to identify which part of the clip I needed so I could cut from one clip to another.

Here is my video that I created from the clips we recorded:

What went well…

From the different types of footage we got from this shoot, I believe I displayed the narrative effectively as well as linking the lip syncing clips to the song well. I contrasted between a range of shots so that the video was kept interesting and easy to follow for the audience. The lip syncing is well synced throughout the song, as I believe I timed the lyrics with the song effectively to portray the allusion of the performers singing. The performers were clear when singing which made it easier in the editing process as I could use a range of performers for different parts of the song.

Even better if…

The clips would of been more effective if some of the performers looked more involved with the song and showed themselves enjoying it. This would of helped portray the narrative as some clips were quite dull with no facial expression conveyed. This meant that not all the footage could of been used when editing as it didn’t portray the narrative effectively. I would also of preferred using Adobe Premier Pro when editing this video because I felt I could be more precise when cutting the clips, but on Wevideo it was more difficult to get the perfect time of the clip that I wanted and found it was quite slow which effected the edit.

From this task, I have learned how to create a successful lip syncing video as well as how to use a green screen in filming. It has taught me the importance of the performer conveying the narrative through their facial expression as well as the range of shots and angles that need to be taken so there is a lot of footage to edit with. I’m pleased with my progress and has helped me for what to do and what not do when making my own music video.

Favourite Music Video from Former Student

For this task, I have to choose and analyse my favourite music video that the former year of students created. This task gives me the opportunity to get a sense of what can be achieved by students and also understand the high standards that I would be aiming for in my own music video.

Technical Conventions

  • A technical convention which I believe that the group achieved successfully was editing to the beat. This is because there is a repetitive beat and rhythm included in the song and by the use of the editing skills they achieved the effect of editing to the beat very successfully. This has an impact in the video because the irregular and repetitive beat to the song is a key feature of the song.
  • However the lip syncing isn’t always perfect which is problem that any editor will face, but this only happens occasionally throughout the clips so overall they edited the clips well considering this problem.

Narrative and Performance

  • The ratio from narrative and performance is 90/10.
  • The relationship between the song and the narrative that has been created is amplified because the narrative is inspired by the song but also adds a new element to complement the song.
  • Mostly throughout the star is performing the song using different facial expressions to show her narrative and personality .

Representation of Star

  • The star has been represented as a trapped young girl who feels isolated from the world. The setting symbolizes that she’s in a dull, dark place which has some features of an abandoned asylum.  She portrays a possessed, frightened personality through her facial expressions and actions. The video has been styled as repetitive to emphasize the haunting theme to the video.

Detailed Music Video analysis

In this task, I closely analysed two music videos to secure my skills of looking in depth into music videos and how they use different camera shots, mise-en-scene and references throughout the video to convey the narrative. These analysis skills are important as it shows that I am able to deconstruct the narrative, performance, star image and generic & technical conventions such as, lip syncing and editing to the beat of a music video. This will help inform and create my own production ideas.

 

 

 

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Prelim Task Mood Montage

For this task, I worked in a group of 3 to create a montage to improve my filming and evaluating skills in media. We chose a brief that was our source of inspiration to create the 40 second montage, and convey the ideas, issues, themes, moods, emotions that are suggested within our brief.

My first step to create this montage was to design a storyboard that included images of the shots we wished to complete, the type of shot such as long shot, pan, tilt, and a description of the models facial expression, action or object. In order to fill the 40 seconds, we needed to plan 15-20 shots that we could create using different angles of these shots. We used post-it-notes so we could move around the different shots easily to produce the perfect story.

Here is my storyboard that I created with my group:

 

When filming the shots for a montage there was a lot of components that my group had to keep in mind. To make our shoot as successful as possible we used a tripod to keep the shots still and steady and filmed everything at least twice so that there were no issues of loosing footage. We started the camera before the actors perform and don’t stop before they finish  by saying “3,2,1 Action” and making sure the actors wouldn’t continually stop in shots.  I experimented with moving the camera and re-framed as we took the shot from various different angles, distances to create visual interest and variety. I also kept in mind about depth of field, rule of thirds and lead space (in front of where the actor is looking / walking) and recorded close-ups of each shot to show reactions, important objects and significant events.

 

 

 

 

In my opinion I believe my group portrayed the narrative of our chosen brief. This is because we chose different stories that convey that “the best things in life are free” by showing that small things people do and experience everyday are better than people think. This has an impact as it allows individuals to reflect and consider that the small, free things in life can uplift their day and change their mood entirely. Between the clips you can sense some feeling and have a brief understanding of the relationship between the characters, however I feel that there should of been more facial expression in order to portray their feelings and relationship clearly. This is because their facial expressions were exaggerated and emphasized then it would be more clear to the audience and would highlight the brief vividly. The shot which portrayed the most meaning was the shots showing the handshake between two friends. I believe that this showed the cheerful friendship between the actors and how the handshake is a clear representation of this friendship. We used long shots and close ups to represent the reactions of the actors and the action of the handshake. This portrayed that the action of the handshake is a symbol of their friendship and they use this action to remind each other of this, which can uplift their day. There is no progression shown through the montage, however it shows many experiences that can happen throughout a person’s day which is free that can result in them feeling happy and fortunate. We used a repetition of close ups to convey how the person is feeling and how the actions can result in changing their mood which communicates the idea from the brief. I would of liked to personally experience trying out panning shots and tilt to portray the scene, because it would help develop my filming skills.

Strengths of my montage:

  • Successful use of repetition of close ups to show the feelings and reactions of the actors.
  • We kept in mind the narrative throughout the shoot and considered ways we could of portrayed it effectively.
  • We took many shots to ensure each one was in focus and the lighting complemented the vibe of the scene.

Weaknesses of my montage:

  • The actors didn’t portray the reaction and facial expression effectively as it should of been a lot more exaggerated.
  • We couldn’t film a lot of the shots we had planned because it was bad weather so we had to compromise with the shots to fit around this problem.
  • We didn’t experiment with different types of shots such as panning and tilt.

From creating this montage, I have learnt many new skills that will benefit when I am in the production of my own music video. For example, this task taught me the importance of narrative through film and how essential it is to convey this through the characters facial expression to create a successful story to a video. I have also developed my filming skills from this task, as I’ve had to achieve many different shots which will means I will be more confident when recording for my music video. It has also allowed me to begin experimenting with my editing skills as I hadn’t had a lot of experience before this task and I now have learnt the basics. This included adding transitions between my shots, adding music to the background to help achieve my narrative, and learning to cut clips to focus on the part of the video I needed. This has helped me discover the basic skills of Premiere Pro as I will need lots of skills on this software when creating my own music video.

 

Question 4: So… How did you integrate technologies (software, hardware and online) in this project?

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