Whilst planning and producing our music videos, I have learnt some useful production skills on the program Adobe Premier Pro. I have also learnt production skills on the DSLR camera’s, some of these skills include: how to shoot in slow motion, framing, recording and different camera angles with their connotations.
Several skills have been learnt on Premier Pro. One of these skills is: slowing down shots to make them play in slow motion. Below is a screenshot showing how to decrease the speed at which a clip plays. Putting videos into slow motion helps to create enigma, emotion and dramatic effect. This means that it is more effective at showing that our star is feeling many heavy emotions throughout the duration of the video. One of the slowed down shots is of our main star’s eyes, this shows that she is struggling; she is in pain and so she is making eye contact with the audience to connote this. To change the speed of shots you right click on the shot you would like to change, press ‘Speed/Duration’ then where it says ‘Speed’, you change this to whatever speed you would like the clip to play at.
Another production skill that I have learnt throughout the production process is how to reverse videos. Below is a video showing how this is done. Reversing videos can be used to confuse the viewers or to show that the main star of the narrative is confused and/or feeling mixed emotions. They do not know which way to go and so in some parts in the video we are including waves playing through normally, followed by reversed waves. To do this you right click on the shot that you want to change, go to ‘Speed/Duration’ then toggle ‘Reverse speed’.
Our narrative for the music video was filmed in two shoots. The first shoot was where we shot all of the group footage with the 3 actors and for the second shoot we had only our main star and we shot all of the footage that shows her getting ready to go out. Both shoots went very well and we got lots of good footage from each of them.
We will need to do a third shoot to produce some pick-up shots to draw more attention to the facial expressions of our actors and to produce some match-on-action shots. We may also need to do another re-shoot to gain more abstract shots of the dress from our performance shoot flowing through the camera frame.
Some positives from our narrative shoot:
All props & costume required were bought.
We got the majority of the footage needed and only need to re-shoot a couple of shots.
Everything went according to our production meeting agenda and everything ran according to the time set aside for it – we got all of what we needed done in our arranged time frame.
My group produced a variety of shot distances and angles for each section of our narrative – we have a large range of footage to choose from and can decide what angles/distances look the best for each shot.
Targets for improvement on our next shoot:
Get more close-up shots to show detail in facial expressions & to create match-on-action shots – can build up tension/drama/emotion.
Shoot more abstract shots – EG: Dress fabric flowing through the frame or a stack of rocks being knocked down.
Close-up lip-syncing shot to be re-shot.
Re-shoot close-up lipstick smudging shot (not in mirror).
The below image shows my groups risk assessment with signatures from each person involved in the shoot. We have gone through several threats and described how we would cope with them in order to minimise the risks involved.
For example, one risk would include our actors possibly falling over when wearing their heels. In order to avoid/minimise the risk involved here, we have said that our actors will not be running in their heels and they will not be walking around quickly on uneven surfaces. There will be minimal risk of mis-stepping.
It is important to carry out a risk assessment before doing shoots so that our actors will not be at harm during our shoots. Risk assessments minimise the risks involved in our shoots meaning that the chance of danger/damage will be reduced significantly.
The embedded document shows my group’s production meeting agenda regarding our narrative shoot. This document lists our locations, dates, who is involved and what we will be needing. This means the document is of vital importance to ensure that no props, costume and/or make-up is forgotten on the day.
Production meeting agenda’s help to keep us well-informed as organisers, and well prepared as filmers. If we did not make this document, some key elements of the costume required for our narrative may have been lost/forgotten on the day of the shoot. This would result in an ineffective shoot that wouldn’t meet our needs. If we were to forget things, leading to a bad shoot, we would have to rearrange another time with our actors and that would lead to even more planning and heightened levels of stress on my group.
Production meeting agenda’s make planning far simpler and clearer and they also specify to us and our actors where we need to be, what we need to bring and when we need to be there. They can minimise the risk of anything going wrong on the day of our shoot.
These sheets show our storyboard for the narrative portion of our music video. We have gone into detail, listing what angle and what distance we want shots to be taken at. We have used post-it notes so that it would be easy for us to alter the order of our shots if we felt that they would not make narrative sense in the current order. Some repeat shots have been used to build tension.
We have created 40 shots that we would like to produce in our shoot. The post-it notes detail the location, costume, make-up, hair and props that may be required in order to carry out each shot.
Carrying out this task will be of vital importance for us when we are shooting our narrative because it will be a clear way of knowing what shots we have filmed and which we have yet to do. This will avoid panic/confusion when we are shooting.
This is my group’s narrative plan for our music video. It features the main 3 sections of a narrative and the different parts of our groups unique narrative that will feature in each of the sections. Our group’s narrative is amplified so elements of it relate to the lyrics sung, however the video is adding an extra layer of meaning to the song.
This is draft 1 of our music video. We have not included the audio of our song in this video as our draft 1 is just a quick rough cut to show all of the performance footage that we have produced. There is a wide variety of shot distances and shot angles that we have benefited from when shooting our performance section.
We have 2 minutes and 25 seconds which is purely performance shots. We are yet to shoot our narrative but when it has been produced, this will make up the rest of our video. Overall, I think 2:25 is a good amount of performance footage for us to rely on.
I think that overall the shoots went positively. We got lots of footage from a variety of angles and distances and all of the costume, make-up and props that we wanted were remembered. I think this shoot could have been improved if we had more abstract shots of the sea, the dress fabric flowing through the frame of the camera and our star’s hair flowing through the camera frame. We would have also benefited from more shots where our star is not lip syncing the song, she is just looking into the camera or looking into the distance.
Our performance rough cut demonstrates all of the best shots that we got and it proves that we have gained a range of shots that we can easily incorporate in our video. Overall, I am very happy with our draft 1.
We have done two performance shoots to gain all of the footage that we have. Our second performance shoot was definitely more effective than our first and this is the shoot that we will be using footage from.
In our second shoot, all costume, make-up and props that were needed were brought. We spent 2 hours on Little Pembroke beach getting as many shots and angles as we could of our actor lip-syncing, whilst still ensuring to get the more interesting, abstract shots of waves, drawing in the sand, fabric flowing through the frame and our star playing with her hair.
From our second shoot, we gained a large variety of different shots, they included: high angles, mid-shots, long-shots, close-ups, side-angles, profiles and low, canted angles. This was a very effective and productive shoot and my group feels very positive about it.
Our first shoot did not go according to plan and we only managed to get 3 shots filmed because a van drove onto the beach and got into the background of our frame, meaning our actor could no longer concentrate and we could no longer film in that spot.
The below video shows how our first shoot was disrupted. This shoot was not beneficial towards the production of our music video.
The below image is a snip of a section of our moodboard. If you click on the below image, you will be taken to the full moodboard and once you are on this page, you can hover over an image to see the caption that my group have added to show what the image conveys in terms of star image. This activity was a very important thing to do prior to our shoot as it definitely made us think about different actions, poses, facial expressions, dress and effects and how they can positively or negatively impact star image.
This task also allowed us to consider how we would want our star to be portrayed if she were a real celebrity, it definitely gave us a greater insight into the types of actions/styles of performance that we want our star to recreate in our shoot on Sunday.
This document shows our risk assessment for our performance shoot on the beach. We have carefully thought out any possible risks for this shoot and have measured the likelihood of us being able to control this risk. We have then thought about any actions that we may be required to take in order to minimise this risk and keep it under our control. Doing this task will greatly aid us when we are doing our shoot as it will ensure that nobody is harmed during the shooting of our video and it means that we know exactly what to do if a potential risk were to come up.