This is a previous students work, my task is to review (using the success criteria) and learn from their experience. Below is one example of each success target from the music video:
Holding a shot steady
In terms of shot steadiness I would put this previous students music video, in terms of the level ladder in Upper level 3. The performance aspect of the music video clearly uses a tripod to maintain a steady shot, and throughout camera movement is used to enhance the narrative (make the fighting seem more realistic); although in shot such as 2:45 the camera is inappropriately hand held and shaking.
Framing a shot
I would give a Lower Level 4 for Framing a Shot, there is a variety of frames that appear well composed, creating visual interest; and ultimately an end product that looks professional. For example at 0:15 the two stars are both comfortably inside the wide, two shot, and have lead space. The overlay text, added later in edit is perfectly sized, not cutting into either actor.
Variety of shot distances
Lower Level 4 for the huge variety of shot distances. In both the fight scenes and the performance section, there are wide two shots, close up reaction shots, medium shots and low angle powerful shots. These assist in character development and make the video visually engaging. Personally I found 1:53 to be a great example of different shot distances making the performance section more visually interesting.
Appropriate to task
Upper Level 4, because this music video has a clear aesthetic and is clearly conventional to its genre. The actors are outstandingly directed, their emotions and stage combat is really believable and exciting to watch. The video really amplifies the meaning and lyrics of the song, a moment where this is clearly done is 0:36.
The performance section has fantastic makeup, that makes the actors appear alien or “super-human” making the narrative consistent. The two fighters are dressed in appropriate, badass clothing, so the audience is instantly aware of their intentions and tension is instantly made. Obviously very thought out mise-en-scene, which is why I award this music video a Upper Level 4.
Editing for meaning
There is fantastic editing in this music video that significantly adds to the narrative and meaning. 0:29 is an example of amazing after effects which emphasises the video-game setting of the narrative. I would award Upper Level 3, as there are a few small continuity errors, but a fantastic sense of pace and the different ’rounds’ introduce a clear sense of progression in the story line.
In this music video the transitions from narrative to performance are very quick; this amplifies the pace and action of the video. More creative transition would have improved the video greatly, however the initial and last transition, moving in and out of the arcade cabinet are outstanding! (0:00, 2:56) I would give this student a Lower Level 3.
Sound with images
The video is synced really well to the sound of the music. Especially at 0:27 when the ‘power-up’ occurs at the same time as the rising sound effect- fantastic. As the song increases in speed, so does the cuts and movements, however there were occasionally delays- so I would say its a Lower Level 4 tier.