Critical Reflection 01

My music video is on the song “Night Running” by Millie Turner. It is a song about making the most of what you have got and the time you have. This is very much illustrated through the lyrics “taken by chance from a bow” and “faster than a shadow, going where we wanna go”.

My music video is amplified as there are bits of it where it is very illustrative. For example, in the chorus it goes “Running, night running” and I have put in footage of some girls running. However, there are other parts of my music video where it is disjunctive, like when the girls are building sandcastles and the song says “where dark and day meets, in the image of the stars”.

To start with, our performance is just simply our artist singing the song. The first shoot we did we chose to go for a coloured makeup look for our model. We chose geometric shapes and painted them bright colours. We filmed it in the dark studio so the colours would really contrast and stand out, making the artist look unique and special. This really illustrates that an artist may look perfect on the outside but really it is very different on the inside. They may look amazing and like life is great but that is not always that in reality. Our second performance shoot was also a makeup look but this time we chose a colour scheme of blues and purples to complement our main colour schemes. This was also a geometric look to really reinforce our key point that artists have an idealised life from the outside, but it is not always that glamorous on the inside. Finally, our last performance shoot was with lighting gels. This made the whole performance look red and blue with an overlap of purple in the middle. This was to symbolise the facade that artists put up to make their lives look really special and unique when really they are just the same as everyone else.

The other half of my music video is the narrative. For this I used the concept of three friends, having a really good time on the beach. I wanted to get some really organic footage of proper friendship that just looked natural and normal. This illustrates that artists can be just like normal everyday people but they can also be extraordinary and beyond our reach. The next part of my narrative is clips of our artist having fun playing with some pink net. This goes with our colour scheme and the net illustrates her letting go of her facade and being herself. It is through these shots we see the artist as her true self. The final part of my narrative is the summery scenes. For example, the sunsets, the sea scapes and the fire scenes. These represent a normal summer that everyone can enjoy. It is these simple qualities of life that everyone can get something out of, whether you are ordinary or extraordinary. This really helps us to reinforce the main message of our story which is the star is just the same as you or I.

To conclude, I really hope I have been able to show the message of the song through my amplified narrative. It really helps the audience to understand that artists are just the same as you or I, they just put up a facade of their star image.

Music Video Draft 3

Since draft 2 of our music video, our group has split up due to creative differences as we all had different visions for the narrative of our music video. This means that this draft 3 (the narrative side) is all my own work.

So, here is draft 3 of my music video:

Things I have changed from the last draft:

  • Got rid of repeated shots.
  • Got a rhythm with the two types of performance so we did not confuse the audience.
  • Got rid of the mid shots of the performance as they were too static.
  • Sped up the pace of the edit at the chorus as it is about running.
  • Sorted out the sequencing.
  • Got rid of the long shot at 1:18.
  • Put some painted performance at 1:49.
  • Reduced the length of time the shadow goes on for.
  • Jump cut three shots of them walking.
  • Got rid of the jumping shot as it does not make sense.
  • When she is chanting at the end, I put more narrative in.
  • Made the final shot shorter.
  • Did another shoot to get better quality of footage of friends having fun, all of which I have changed.

I have got some feedback from my peers about my music video so here are their comments:

(YOUTUBE COMMENTS)

From these comments, I was able to work out some targets for draft 4.

Targets for the next draft:

Teacher Feedback – Screen Castify

We had some really good feedback for our music video from our teacher today and it raised some points of what we have done well and what we could have done better.

Here is the feedback from our teacher:

What went well:

  • The shots with the coloured cloth are really effective and atmospheric.
  • It was good that we started with a close up as soon as she started singing.
  • Good depth of field in some of the shots.
  • Good transitions.
  • Good shots of our artist for the narrative laughing etc.
  • Nice angle with the girls walking along but it is best to do it in threes whereas we did two.

Targets for our next draft:

  • Do not repeat shots unless you add edits to them.
  • With the fire shots have some marshmallows and people roasting them to link it with the main narrative of the friends having fun.
  • Get a rhythm with the two types of performance so we do not confuse the audience.
  • Get rid of the mid shots of the performance as they are too static.
  • Up the pace of the edit at the chorus as it is about running.
  • Sort out our sequencing.
  • 1:18, quite a long shot so the audience will get bored.
  • Do not repeat shots.
  • 1:49, we have not seen the painted performance for a long time so put some in there.
  • The shadow goes on for too long.
  • Jump cut these three shots of them walking.
  • With the jumping shot where does she jump to?
  • When she is chanting at the end, cut between narrative. (We knew we needed to do this but ran out of narrative footage.)
  • The final shot is too long, need to break it up with some narrative.
  • Do another shoot.

Overall, this feedback has been really useful as we now have a set list of what we need to work on and what we have done well. We will now focus on correcting the sequencing and filming more narrative to put in.

Narrative Shoot Reflection 2

Here is a plan for our second narrative shoot. I have included all the shots I aim to get as well as what they will include and the appropriate mise-en-scene. It is really important to do a thorough plan so you know exactly what shots to get and so you know which shots are your priority. (This was one of the tips we got from the Specsavers creative team.)

Here are some shots of the set up we had. This was for a high angle mid-shot of the ice cream they were eating but I also got some low angle ones too.

Here is a high angle long shot I filmed of them building a sandcastle.

Overall, I think the shoot went really well. I got some good shots of everything I wanted to get. I’m really happy with them because all of them were in focus, on a tripod and of really good quality. This means I achieved all the aims of our last shoot.

What went well:

  • The shots were all crisp and clean.
  • They look like they are naturally having fun, something we didn’t get in our last shoot.
  • The footage wasn’t wobbly as it was all filmed on a tripod.
  • We used mise-en-scene effectively.

Even better if:

  • There was wind so we can fly the kites properly.

Specsavers Feedback

Today we had two people come in who work in the creative department at Specsavers and they gave us feedback on our music videos so far. They first gave us some general feedback and then they gave us some editing techniques.

General Feedback

  • Our performance is well lit and sleek.
  • We used a large range of camera angles and shots which is good.
  • Maybe do another shoot as our narrative does not have a clear story. For example, film some footage on the beach of a proper summer like building sand castles and flying kites.

Editing Points

  • Opacity: You can change the opacity of different shots so you can overlay shots onto each other rather than having one after the other or putting in a transition.
  • Masks: If you use a mask you can make one particular object in a shot a different colour with different saturation etc. This has really helped as rather than painting the hand we can do it in the editing which saves time.
  • Adjustment layers: They help you to change the whole video rather than shots individually. For example, I could put an adjustment layer on all my performance shots so they all have the same saturation without changing the narrative.

Music Video Draft 2 (Includes shoot 2 footage )

Here is a draft 2 of our music video:

I do not like this draft of our music video as I think it does not really look like a music video and we do not have a consistent narrative. It does not tell a story which the audience can follow. This means that they will not want to watch it again and again.

What went well:

  • I like how crisp our performance shots are.

Even better if:

  • We re-filmed some of our narrative.
  • We took out the performance shots without the face paint as they are not very crisp.
  • Tried to distribute the narrative more evenly so it looks like more of a music video.
  • Did not cut so suddenly to the narrative in some places as it looks in consistent.
  • Loose the shot at 2:08 as it looks too slow for the pace of our edit. Use a different shot with the material.

Aims for our next draft:

  • Film some more narrative.
  • Got rid of the other performance shots.
  • Distribute the narrative more evenly.
  • Make the narrative cuts more consistent so they go with the pace of our edit.

Narrative Shoot Reflection

On Tuesday the 15th of September we filmed part of our narrative for our music video. We really focused on trying to film a group of friends having fun together. Unfortunately, two of our actors cancelled at last minute so that meant that we only had our artist and one friend. Personally, I feel like we did not hit our brief because while some of our footage is good, I do not believe enough is useable of good enough. Because of this, I feel like we should do a second shoot with more people.

What went well with the shoot:

  • The weather was good and the location worked.
  • Everyone had a clear idea of what we needed to do when.
  • The coloured cloth shots looked effective.

Even better if:

  • We filmed everything on the tripod so all the footage is steady.
  • We had more people to film so we could really focus on having fun with friends.
  • Our actors wore more florals so we are not running around at last minute trying to find alternative outfits.
  • Used mise-en-scene more effectively so our genre and star image is more prominent.
  • Check all our shots before we leave to see if they are in focus so we can easily redo them if necessary.

Aims for our next shoot:

  • Film everything on the tripod to get clear and straight footage.
  • Have a wide range of people.
  • Make sure someone has hold of costumes before hand so if people cancel we are not relying on them for costumes.
  • Make sure we have the right mise-en-scene.
  • Make sure all shots are in focus.

 

We also all agreed to do some filming on our own so we did not have to meet up. Part of our narrative is based off the four elements so I chose to film fire. Obviously we risked assessed to make sure it was safe but overall I think that shoot went really well because we got lots of useable footage from two different angles.

However, if I were to do the fire shoot again I would try to film from a lower angle as I think that would be an interested perspective on it.

Design Skills 2

We have now started filming our narrative, so with that in mind here are some editing tricks we have been using.

Firstly, there is the colour adaption tools. We have used these to make the sunsets brighter and the sea to look more blue. This has really enabled us to make it look like the weather and the filming conditions have been amazing even when they have not been. The colour correction has really enabled us to use all our shots, even if the lighting or conditions were not great because we can adapt it so it looks like our ideal scenario.

In this screenshot you can see a colour wheel, which we have used to change the colour ratios of the pictures. For example the sunset you see below, we wanted more oranges and reds in it so we stretched the colour wheel in that direction. (That is why you can see dots in that area of the wheel.) This has really impacted our music video because it makes the summer look more idealistic and perfect. This matches our star image as an audience perceive a star to be extraordinary and ordinary and this is portrayed through the perfect conditions in the shots.

Furthermore, in this screenshot you can see the difference the colour wheel made for this shot. What was quite a weak orange colour is now bright and filled with life. In addition, we also added more darkness and shadows to the rocks to create more of a comparison.

In making all these editing changes, it has really helped us to improve and connote our star image as like the shots are perfect, so are the star. We have also gone for quite a naturalistic vibe with our narrative so I believe that the sunsets and florals we are going to put in with bright colours will really help us to show this.

Risk Assessment

Here is our risk assessment for our narrative shoot:

It is really important to do a risk assessment because it helps to point out possible dangers a location might have before you get there. This also enabled everyone to stay safe and happy while we are filming.

Some of the things we have included, for example, trip hazards and how we are traveling there safely (wear seatbelts and drive sensibly). This will ensure that we all stay safe while doing our shoot. Furthermore it makes the whole shoot more efficient as we know the risks are adequately controlled.

Production Meeting for Shoot 2 (Narrative)

Here is our production meeting agenda for our narrative shoot at Port Soif.

We have listed everything we need to bring and who needs to bring it so we know exactly what we are doing when.

We have chosen to have floral dresses and light clothing colours as that is the kind of summery vibe we are going for. Furthermore, we have opted for natural make up to enhance the naturalistic look we are going for along with beach waves so their hair looks naturally curled. Hopefully the lighting will be really light and bright to give our video a fresh look compared to the dark contrasts of the studio. For props we are just using a picnic blanket to illustrate friends having a nice time and maybe some ice-creams to make it look more realistic. Hopefully this will help us to create a nice scene of girls having fun with their friends.

It is really important to make a production meeting agenda because it means when we get to our location, we do not waste ours or our models time. It allows us to be really productive with the time we have and make the most of the equipment.