Prelim Task Lip Syncing Exercise

Here is the video we created of the song poker face by Lady Gaga. Two of my classmates lip synced and the four of us took it in turns to film.

So, how important is star image when lip syncing?

Star image is very important when lip syncing because it makes it look like the singer wants the audience to know what they are singing about as it is important to them. It reinforces how songs are generally about something close to the artists heart. Furthermore, it also shows how the artist is ordinary and extraordinary. They are singing about things everyone can relate to while keeping the ora about them of being unreachable and unique.

What went well?

  • I think our editing was quite good, we managed to get all of the lyrics in sync with the lips.
  • We used a variety of locations so the audience would not get bored.
  • We used a good balance angles: close ups, medium shots, long shots to give the audience variation.

Even better if…

  • We made sure the camera was in focus before we started filming to ensure it was of good quality.
  • We made sure we chose a camera without fingerprints over the lens making it look smudgy.
  • Filmed the whole song from every angle and in every setting to give us the best choice of footage.

How I edited in sync…

At first, it was very hard to edit in sync. However, after a while, I got the hang of it and I used markers to plot when to line up the song and the video. If I had filmed from each angle, I would have layered the film on top of each other and then selected which bit, for example the first verse, was the best then got rid of the other ones accordingly. The more I edited in sync, the easier it got. Next time I need to use Premier Pro, I will watch some videos beforehand so I have more knowledge of the software.

Why will this help me with my music video?

Doing this has helped me with my music video because I am now more familiar with Premier Pro so I can use different filters or edits on my videos like fading out or moving some footage around within the frame. Another way in which this activity has helped me with my music video is through the filming. I am now more confident with using my camera when filming and what to check before I start filmed. The last thing I will take forward and do for my music video is taking lots of shots. I will film the whole song from every angle and location so I get a wide variety of footage to then choose which is the best.

Lip Sync Filming

In class, we had to create a video to practice for our music video.

If I were to do this task again, I would film the whole song at every setting and from every angle that I wanted to do. This would enable me to have more footage to choose from so if it was slightly out of focus on one, it wouldn’t matter as I could use another bit of filming. It would also allow more variation to my music video.

I have learnt lots from doing this exercise. For example, I have learnt how hard it is to film someone lip syncing and how to use a camera more effectively when filming as I mainly use my camera to take photos. This will help me with my own music video because the filming will be of a better quality because I have had more practice and I will be more aware of what kind of angles work better for lip syncing.

Here you can see a screenshot I have taken of a close up shot we filmed. We decided to edit it so it would move across the screen to make it a bit more quirky and unique. If we were to do this again, we would film to whole song from this angle.

Prelim Task Mood Montage

A montage is the technique of producing a new composite whole from fragments of pictures, text, or music. So, my brief is to create a montage using music and filming in the region of 40-50 seconds. In class, we made a montage based on the phrase “absence makes the heart grow fonder” and the word “lonely”. We came up with the concept of missing your phone, and how when you lose it, it reminds you of how much you use it and miss it.

Here is the storyboard my group and I made as a starting point before filming our montage. It helped us to plan out how long each shot would be and what it would look like. If we had not have made a storyboard our filming would have been chaotic and we would not have known what shots to do when.

Here is the short montage we made:

Do you think your montage has an impact?

I do not think our montage has an impact because I think while the idea was relatable, we did not make the most of the filming time we had and we didn’t get the relevant shots we needed in order to really get the audience engaged. As you can see from our storyboard, there were quite a few shots missing.

Do you get a sense of feeling or story / relationship?

I believe that you do get a slight feeling of a story of a boy losing his phone however I’m not sure you can identify the relationships within the montage other than the fact that the boy has lost his phone. I feel that it could get a bit confusing with the shots of the clock as they indicate that time has not moved on when it should have.

How does one specified cut create meaning?

I think the cut at 0:20 seconds really emphasises the tension of not knowing where your phone is and having to find it. It further reinforces to the audience that the character has lost his phone and time is going on and he still hasn’t found it. The fact that it is quite a quick cut and goes to the character shaking is leg really reinforces how stressed out and burdened the character is.

Is there a sense of progression or are you trying just to reflect an experience?

I think that there is a sense of progression because as time goes on, you get the feeling that the actor gets more and more desperate for his phone to be found. This can be seen through the repetition of the phone shots and the repetition of the actor. A sense of progression is also shown through the fact that as time goes on, the phone gets more messages. However, I do feel like we could have shown more progression through a better variety of the different shots used.

Do you use repetition of some shots? If so, how do they help communicate your idea?

As I mentioned earlier, we used quite a bit of repetition through the shots of the phone and the actor. This communicated the idea of time moving on and the phone not being found. It further reinforces the tension as the phone is still lost.

What additional shot would you have liked to get to further communicate the idea?

If we had filmed for a bit longer, I would have liked to include the shots of the pen clicking that we had originally planned to. This would have further shown that time was moving on and there was nothing that the actor could do about losing his phone. We would have done the clicking at a variety of different speeds to show that the actor was getting more and more stressed about not having his phone.

Doing this exercise has helped me in a variety of ways so that when I come to making my music video, it should go a lot smoother. Here are some of the things that I have learnt:

  • Filming: I am now more confident in using my camera and a tripod to film a clip.
  • Set up: I am now more confident with focusing my camera and angling it to get the right shot.
  • Planning: I now know that I need to plan every second of my music video so the filming process goes as smooth as possible.
  • Production: I need to be prepared to film everything twice in case one shot goes wrong.
  • Editing: I should allow lots of time for editing to perfect my video so it can be the best it can be.
  • Story telling: Make the story clear what you are trying to portray. Do this through lots of repetition of shots and a variety of angles.

All in all, I think this shows that my own music video will be a bit more of a success because I am now aware of any mistakes I could make and how to rectify them if I do make them.