Category: Music Video

Shoot Reflection (Performance)

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.

Risk Assesment

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.


Production Meeting Agenda For Narrative Shoot

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.

Narrative Development

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.

Star Image Planning

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.

Risk Assesment

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.

Specsavers Creative Team Feedback

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.

Permission From Artist

This is one of my team members tweeting out to one of the lead singers of the band for permission to use their song for our music video. This is an important part in the industry as they own the rights to the content and in order for us to use it legally – we need to ask for permission. Copyright infringement is one of the most major acts against legitimacy of content and the rights of ownership.

Genre Conventions Analysis

This is our genre conventions analysis. We analysed the genre of Alternative Rock as a whole. We went into Mise-En-Scene, narrative and performance of Linkin Park and similar bands within the genre, as well as bands with unique artistic traits. It’s essential to understand these conventions so that we can start using them and even challenging them to create unique content that will stand out from the crowd of the same genre. This might include some unconventional shots or some extra props that will help us get that advantage over the competition.