As discussed in the Narrative Development post, our narrative will be amplifying the themes of the song and it will be in anachronic order (out of order – flashbacks and flash-forwards in-between performance shots). We want the narrative to uncover a deeper meaning of the story that you might not see in the performance (in an episodic form).
Russian theorist, Todorov believes that all narratives should follow a 3 part structure; equilibrium, disruption and resolution. However, our music video won’t be in chronological order but instead showing flashbacks and flash-forwards, therefore we intend on starting the narrative by showing quick snippets of the past, inbetween performance shots.
Our main idea for the narrative is to show Callum stuck in the past, while the modern world is moving on around him. This will be achieved through a few ideas…
The first narrative shoot will take place in the white studio. We plan on getting shots of my record player – the clips of a record player turning will emphasise the idea of constant movement. These shots will be taken from a diagonal angle (medium shot) and from a birds eye view (closeup).
Another shot we will get in the white studio will be a medium longshot of Callum holding Georgia’s vintage camera – we will have central framing of this and we will slowly zoom into the camera lens, leading to a closeup of the camera. Inside the lens will be a clip of Callum, to exaggerate the theme of being stuck and isolated.
Another shoot we are planning on doing is at the Mallard Cinema. I have organised this via email with the general manager, Daniel Phillips-Smith. Straight after this location, we’ll be heading to Admiral Park. Here is the storyboard:
At this location, we will have 2 extras (Luke and Levi), dressed in all black and wearing white costume masks.
The plan for the Mallard shoot is to have the extras sat around Callum, while he is unaware of his surroundings, and continuing to mindlessly watch the movie (these will be mid shots/long shots). The white masked people will change positions around Callum and we will jump cut these shots to make it appear like an illusion. We are going to borrow a trolly from the cinema so we can take some motion shots.
As you can see in the storyboard, we will be filming mid shots of Callum drinking his slush puppy and extreme closeups of Callum’s side profile, while he eats the popcorn. We will also be filming individual extreme and mid closeups of the masked people, which we plan to mask out and put special effects, such as noise, on top.
Another shoot we will do (with 3 extras) will be at admiral park – an open space in a business complex. Callum posing with old telephone, while the masked people will walk/sit around him on modern technology, ignoring him (as if he’s in a parallel world).
The shot of Callum with the telephone and the extras walking behind him will be a long shot. We will also get a shot of them all sat on the stairs, surrounding Callum; this will be a medium closeup.
I’m looking forward to these location shoots and using these storyboards while filming to remind us of the intended shots we need at each location. Overall, this variety of framing and angles which we are aiming to take will give us lots of shots to work with and cut in and out of.