This is the risk assessment for our narrative shoot. We have done plenty of previous risk assessments so we all know how this goes. We put down all the possible risks we could think of going into the setting, so we discussed them and understood the possibilities of consequences if we are not careful.
Thus this carefully planned document serves as a reminder that we understand the risks and we will be aware of them on set.
This is our PMA. We have done many of these before now so this is nothing new. Everyone complied and agreed on the terms set here and we all know what our roles are for that shoot.
Our aims are set clear and we all agree on them, team effort in every single aspect of this component is crucial to the success of the project.
We have complied a list of all the costumes we will need to get fir the shoot and have agreed who will make sure what is delivered/ready for the shoot. Since our teachers will be giving us lifts on the day of filming to our set locations, it makes the camera transport easier, as we all know how to get to the place ourselves, and we understand that we will need to get there early for best use of the natural lighting, as the setting is a bunker.
This is our storyboard for the narrative shoot we conducted yesterday. Georgi and Owen were producing this as I put together the performance edit. This hows what we tried to create and out initial ideas. It’s quite brief to be honest, but we took over 60 shots during our narrative shoot, as we came up with ideas on the spot.
We had the general creative intention down for our shoot, we just weren’t sure on the setting itself in terms of how it looks like and what can we do with it, neither of my partners even knew this place existed until we got there, I came across it a few years ago and I conventionally remembered about it when we were discussing where we will shoot. So this was all on me, and luckily the trust paid off as the site was better than I remembered!
This is our narrative development document for our narrative shoot. It includes out general ideas and how we are planning to develop them and actually shoot them. It’s still quite flexible as we can change/add some more shots and ideas if we feel they are appropriate. Laying these out on a document helps us understand what we want to convey and how we think we will achieve it.
We also have a character progression in our narrative, the character goes through painful hallucinations and flashbacks and becomes stronger from them until he breaks free from himself, who was the only person holding him back. The themes are heavily mental health based, fighting inside battles with yourself and breaking free.
The structure is going to be quite amplified and implied, as the narrative is straight forward and goes hand in hand with the lyrics of the song. The equilibrium is where we usually begin, and we will probably use a chronological order for our video. The general vibe is energetic and expressive. The narrative performance will be amplified when put in the final produce. I can easily say I’m quite excited for this narrative shoot as I believe we have combined some great ideas and I also believe that we can actually create them.
This is our first rough cut of the performance. I did all of the editing for this draft, as we split our team into what each does, and I created this edit. I am quite happy with how the footage turned out and how easy it was to lip sync it. This actual edit is done quite well for a rough cut, I put more effort into it than needed as I thought that this will make it easier to fill in the narrative footage once we had filmed it.
The quality of the footage itself is great, and the performance was as well. The overall great effort made by all of the participants made the editing quite simple. I tried to create the pacing similar to the fast paced beat – in conjunction with the genre itself. I feel like I achieved this adequately, as this is a fast first draft of the performance only – so spending loads of hours creating the best product possible wasn’t necessary.
As for improvements and struggles, the hardest trait of editing was the fact that our ‘drummer’ Georgi was going crazy on the drums, which made it harder to understand what part of the song I was editing, as you could not hear anything else in the background, as we played and actually sang the song while shooting this performance, while this was a step back – it’s nothing major and can be easily work around – the fact that this was my biggest problem just conveys how well this shot went.
Improvements wise, If given more time I could add in some effects and play with some colour pallets and swabs. Footage wise, in the end our main singer Jacob is laughing in all of our shots so we could have taken another one or two to make it perfect, but we already have a plan for our ending anyway, which does not include the performance.
Overall, this edit is extremely encouraging to me as we have covered the generic conventions of the genre like fast paced edits, hard angles, energetic performance – especially from Jacob and MES was really well designed as well. I look forward to merging the performance with the narrative footage, and if we need – then change or retake some shots we feel we could improve, as I created this edit by myself in just over 3 lessons, we will have plenty of time to create the best possible product we can.
Overall I feel like the performance shoot went really positive, we filmed to plan and achieved all the shots we intended to get, well… That were possible at least. We really liked one shot from System Of A Down video where a character was singing, them the camera went between his legs and came out facing a different person. But we soon realized that we would require more specialized equipment for a shot like that.
What we did achieve though, was solid, good quality footage, with a creative variety of shots that all convey with the genre. I feel like we set up well for the narrative footage to fit in seamlessly.
During the shoot, I was taking some photos of the production, thus is why I’m not in any images. Owen was doing all the filming during the performance so that means me and Georgi will have to pick up the slack during the narrative shoot. We did shout a few ideas, but Owen filmed all of them.
Some things we could have improved were the during the performance – I could have put in maybe more energy or more movement, but acting is something I’ve never really done and I felt quite awkward about it during the beginning of the shoot. I did develop some confidence deeper into the filming and felt more comfortable about halfway through, but the start wasn’t perfect from me. I tried my best, and in my opinion – it could have wen’t a lot worse. We chose me for the performance as we didn’t really know anyone else who looked like they sound the part, and I knew the lyrics for the whole song so we decided on that.
Other targets that I felt like could be achieved after reviewing the shots was that we didn’t play too much with the lighting, this maybe could have created some cool effects that we could have used. Another thing I noticed during the editing was that some bits of the footage were grainy and the overall quality and focus dropped significantly. This is something that we can improve for future shoots.
This mood board of Linkin Park, our chosen band for our music video. This mood board represents their public star image and how they maintain it. It includes bits from events in which they participate in such as charities and fan meetups as well as how their fans view them, not only the music industry. This document helps us understand the public image that is conveyed with the band – their extraordinary visage outside of performing and the type of energy that flows in their performance and narrative in music videos. It helps us in terms of what emotion is expected to be in the music video – narrative and performance – it gives us an insight into the meta-narrative of the band.
This is our risk assessment for our performance shoot. This document proves that we all have read and understood the risks of the assessment and that we will prevent these accidents from happening by understanding all possible risks.
We were fortunate enough to have a member of the Specsavers creative team to come in and show us a few tricks. While my team was the only one who didn’t get any personal help or get showed any trick we want to use, we had a look at what he was showing other teams and saw some really cool stuff I didn’t actually know were possible.
He went over everything very quickly though, so chances of me remembering everything he stated are quite small, therefore I will use YouTube tutorials to help me in the editing aspect of the music video. Now at least I know that techniques I wanted to use are possible on the application we are using. Some stuff he talked about was the importance of shot variety, such as a mix of long shots, mid shots and close ups, he also emphasized the importance of other interesting shots such as shots of the instruments, hands or feet – all these add to the rhythm and tone of the video.
As I mentioned earlier, unfortunately we didn’t get any feedback from him personally as we were the only team not to get a personal look from Specsavers creative team, but this session was reinforcing that effects we want to create are possible and well in range of achieving, we just need to know where to look and how to start, therefore YouTube tutorials will be the place to look. Below I have some videos that will be of help:
While this video is long – it shows every aspect of Premiere Pro and how to basically start every other process. Its a good starting point.
This is the production meeting agenda for our first shoot. This is an important piece of paperwork to fill in as then we will all be on top of all the work. It also proves that we all have discussed each others roles and what will each of us bring to the table.