Category Archives: Preliminary Tasks

Prelim Lip Syncing Exercise

  • Why is ‘skilled’ lip syncing important to the star image?

This represent the artist as bold, outgoing and confident therefore may attract more fans – typically artist are confident and outgoing also and therefore makes the artist look more professional.

  • What tips could you give to your performer in advance of recording?

Before recording I would ensure you learn all the lyrics you’re about to lip sync as you will need to over pronounce then and in order to do this you may need to learn them, this, will make it a lot easier when you’re editing and trying to get it in sync.

  • Why is it important to get an actor who ‘looks like the voice’ i.e. pay attention to the grain of voice?

I think this important as it plays a large role in the narrative. This may look odd if the voice of the artist doesn’t sound like the model would – people may notice and may not like the music video. However I think this is a really unique way of doing a music video, I think if you have obviously not made your artist sound like the model it may be interesting and funny.

  • What technical tips have you gained from Premier pro/we-video to help edit a lip synced section? Markers?

I ave gained many technical tips such as cutting clips, removing audio, audio, adding transitions and adding filters.

  • What would you do differently to improve the final edit (transitions, green screen, filter

if I were to go back and do this again I would ensure my partner films his clips in landscape as they come out as black boarders when put into premier pro. I would also maybe use a green-screen and use an appropriate background, I could also have added in more transitions but we ran out of time.

I think editing this video has taught me the basics around premiere pro I think this is going to help me greatly when I come to editing my actually music video as I now know the basics around editing meaning I can focus more on detailed edits etc.

Lip sync filming

Before going out and filming there is many things you need to learn in order to be able to lip sync well.. Here is how to film lip syncing;

  • Firstly your model has to learn the lyrics this is important as it would not be very accurate. This is an important step otherwise your model would not be able to over pronounce words as he/she doesn’t know them.
  • Secondly you must over pronounce words, over pronouncing has a large impact of a music video – over pronouncing makes the artist look more outgoing and confident therefore making the model look more professional. This will also make it easier to lip sync when you come to editing it as you know exactly what words your model is mouthing.
  • You would then start recording. I personally would play the song in the background whilst you’re filming so you know the exact pace. You can edit the sound out afterwards.
  • Once you’ve done this move onto a different location and start filming a different part of the song doing the same steps.

When filming you must also take into consideration the setting. We had many different settings in our music video of all around the school. Here are some screen shots of some of the locations we used:

In the production of the actual music video we will use each location and film the whole song in one go, and repeat this process but in ours we filmed random parts of the song as it was just to get used to the editing of lip syncing.

Prelim Task Mood Montage

In class we were informed that we were making our own montage. A montage is a video with many clips that doesn’t necessarily tell a story but they may have meanings behind them. We then had a look at many different montages. Typically montages are inspirational and therefore we decided we wanted out to be inspirational also. We then had a choice between many sayings which would be the main meaning behind our story. We chose ‘Fall Seven times, stand up eight.’ I like this saying as I believe it is inspirational. We also thought that not many people in the class would do this as It may be hard to do without telling a story. Before starting we had to make a plan:

This plan shows us what order we are going to put the montage in so that once we have recorded our clips we can throw them all in and start editing it. Our montage is about how we will fail once in the video but also succeed telling people that nothing comes easily and everything takes practice. Once we had recorded the clip we starting editing. Here we cut most of the clips and took the audio out. We also played around with the order as it was getting too much like a story therefore we needed to stop using continuity editing and make it more random. We also repeated many clips to portray a level of stress from all the failure. After editing this is how our montage came out.

I am proud of how this came out although it could’ve been better. I think we could improve this montage if we recorded some of the clips again as even thought they were on a tripod they were quite shaky. I think we also could add some more camera techniques to show off our camera skills. For example we could’ve done a shot which is blurry then goes into focus or maybe a shot which only the person doing their skill is in focus and the background isn’t. Overall I am happy with how this turned out I think we gained a good knowledge in ordering the clips. I enjoyed this project as It was different and I know I learnt lots of technical skills from this.

Do you think your montage has an impact?

Yes. I believe my montage is inspirational. I think this as in many of the clips we are shown failing at something and you can see the stress we have. There are also clips of us being successful in these areas also therefore giving a sense of hope. People may watch this and they may be stressed as they’re not as good at something as they want to therefore meaning they can relate.

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

I wouldn’t say you  get too much of a story as it is a montage however I’d say you get to realise that everyone fails at something but with practice they can then succeed.

How does one specified cut create meaning?

One cut can present meaning in our montage as It can go from failing at an activity to the stress of us after failing this can therefore emphasise the stress levels of failure.

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

Yes, I believe there is a sense of progression as you see us failing but then shortly after succeeding.

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

yes we repeated thew shot of us all stressed out with our heads in our hands looking frustrated to get the message across of failure, We waned to make it obvious that we were failing and that it is stressful.

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

Maybe say I’m skipping and I fail i could fall to the ground and punch the floor out of frustration. To get more of a sense of success I think I would make the clips more obvious for example in the football clip I could’ve actually scored a goal and gone off celebrating.

After producing this short montage this has given me many skills I can put to use in the future. These skills include editing, management, directing, filming and even acting.