September 21

Shoot 2 + 3 Reflection (Narrative)

Here are some of the photos of me filming and editing the performance:

 

Reflection:

The shoot went well in my opinion, we worked fast and crafty trying out different angles and ideas any time we could. We aimed to film the whole music video with the dancers and body guards on the Sunday at vale castle, we also filmed more narrative on Tuesday in the bath which creates the change in our narrative. On the day of our first shoot, it was very hot and our dancers and bodyguards were complaining in the heat since the men had to wear all back and hoodies. This impacted on how much we could do outside in our desired location. Despite this we managed to get a range of shots outside as well as up at the top of the castle. These included: close ups, mid shots, dolly shots, long shots, canted angles, low angles and Ariel shots. Overall the shoot was successful and I think that our Mise En Scene and camera techniques were all effective and worked well, we got so many shots so when we were editing we ended up having to cut a lot of the shots down.

For the bath scene shoot

What went well:

  • Our Mise-en-scene was effective to show that our star was in the right attire comparison to our narrative, as well as creating a sense of being ordinary and reachable for our audience as the clothes were quite ordinary
  • Our decision for our star to be barefoot was effective as it showed that she was down to earth and humble
  • We got a variety of shots and used good techniques
  • All of our shots were in focus

Even better if:

  • We got more original shots to portray the individuality of the song
  • We held the camera more steady since the first dolly we took was all over the place
  • We need to start editing to the beat of our music to create a more professional look
  • We need to make sure that our star knows the lyrics so we can re-record the lines she didn’t know

Targets:

  • Get some more shots that vary the angles of the shots
  • Get some more steady dolly shots – the ones we got were jolty
  • Edit to the beat in our editing
  • Use different paces of edit in our editing
  • Ensure our star knows the lyrics so that our lip syncing can be more successful
September 10

Video Narrative Story/Shot sheets

Here is our Storyboard:

I’ve broken the narrative into key scenes i.e. bed, beanie, dancing in castle, government…

I have developed a simple narrative structure to my video in three parts:

  1. The Beginning – How do I establish the story / theme in the video/ characters?
  2. The Middle – What is the development of the story or the conflict within the theme?
  3. The End – How does the theme/story resolve or does it? What end message do I wish to communicate?
September 8

Narrative Development

The narrative portion of a music video is important as to make the audience rewatch the video. It can be one of the following:

  • Amplified – The video links to the key themes and messages of the lyrics and aids them.
  • Disjunctive – The video and lyrics have very little to do with each other.
  • Illustrative – The narrative illustrates the lyrics directly.

In order to prepare for shooting our narrative, we compiled this document of initial planning and ideas for our amplified narrative.

Todorov’s Theory:

  • EQUILIBRIUM, DISRUPTION, RESOLUTION AND NEW EQUILIBRIUM

Following terms for music videos:

  • Anachronic? (flashbacks, flash-forwards, out of sequence)
  • Episodic? (Short self contained scenes usually thematically linked)
  • Parallel? (Cross cutting between two scenes that meet at the climax)
  • Linear – runs in chronological order

Drama is conflict (the resolution often reveals the theme)

These are the binary oppositions/conflicts in your fairy tale:

  • Love v Hate?
  • Rich v Poor?
  • Greed v Generosity
  • Old v young
  • Innocence v corruption

The narrative functions the character can have:

  • Who is the villain?
  • Who is the victim?
  • Who is the hero?
  • Who is the donor?
  • Who is the adviser?

Remember: music video narratives are rarely complete as this does not encourage an audience to revisit it as there is no need to – everything has been said.

Music video narratives are often thematic and have episodic and anachronic elements to make the narrative more challenging and therefore likely to be ‘watched again and again’.

July 6

Music Video Draft 1 – Rough Cut

Here is the first draft of our music video (performance):

What went well:

  • We filmed many different complex shots
  • We put all the clips together
  • The clips were too the beat of the music
  • We did transitions
  • We added special effects to the clips

Even better if:

  • We made sure we dressed our star in the same things all the time
  • We added more transitions
  • We added more effects to the clips
  • We could add more snappy fitting clips
  • Our star learn’t the lyrics to the rap at the end

Targets:

  • Add more clips
  • More effects
  • More transitions
  • Film narrative
  • Flim rap
July 6

Shoot 1 Reflection (Performance)

Here are some of the photos of me filming and editing the performance:

Reflection:

The shoot went well in my opinion, we worked fast and crafty trying out different angles and ideas any time we could. We aimed to film the first section up to where the music changes, which creates the change in our narrative. We hoped to be able to portray this with our performance too by using a symbolic element of having an umbrella with rain over our star and then removing the umbrella, suggesting it was brighter and sunnier. However, on the day of our first shoot, it was quite foggy and it started to rain. This impacted on how much we could do outside in our desired location. Despite this we managed to get a range of shots outside as well as inside by the fireplace. These included: close ups, mid shots, dolly shots and long shots. Overall the shoot was successful and I think that our Mise En Scene and camera techniques were all effective and worked well, however when editing we realised that we need to do another shoot to get a wider variety of shots such as high angles, low angles, canted angles and steadier dolly shots, so we organised another shoot.

What went well:

  • Our Mise-en-scene was effective to show that our star was neutral in comparison to our narrative, as well as creating a sense of being ordinary and reachable for our audience as the clothes were quite ordinary
  • Our decision for our star to be barefoot was effective as it showed that she was down to earth and humble
  • We got a variety of shots and used good techniques
  • All of our shots were in focus

Even better if:

  • We got more original shots to portray the individuality of the song
  • We held the camera more steady since the first dolly we took was all over the place
  • We need to start editing to the beat of our music to create a more professional look
  • We need to make sure that our star knows the lyrics so we can re-record the lines she didn’t know

Targets:

  • Get some more shots that vary the angles of the shots
  • Get some more steady dolly shots – the ones we got were jolty
  • Edit to the beat in our editing
  • Use different paces of edit in our editing
  • Ensure our star knows the lyrics so that our lip syncing can be more successful
June 30

Production Meeting for Shoot 1 (Performance)

This is my production meeting for shoot 1:

Production meetings are important because they help the group know who is in charge of what costumes and what equipment. It also reminds people what they have to bring and creates a sense of responsibility. Here we can also see what items should look like and there are numbers incase we have forgotten anything so we know who to call.