Music Video Draft 4

Here is our draft 4 for our music video. After the feedback from draft 3 we decided to focus on solidifying our narrative and making sure that our audience would understand the symbols and themes within it. We also decided to play with the colours of our video.

We used colour correction to make the shrine scenes stand out more and emphasize the red, which’s symbols are important in showing our narrative. We also made the performance sections monochrome to create contrast and emphasize her grey outlook on life.

After finishing Draft 4 we asked one of our classmates to review it and comment on what she liked and disliked about it. Here is the screen castify we filmed with her:

 

Production Skills Evaluation 2

On the 28th of June we had an industry professional come in to watch our video and teach us how to do effects that we wanted but were unsure about how to do. Using his expertise we were able to learn hot to apply and about colour correction, stabilisation and how to create a “ghost effect”.

We used colour correction through the lumetri colour effect to make our video more aesthetically pleasing to look at and to highlight the colours in our sets. The red of our costume and props is important as they represent the love and anger our character feels.

We also were taught how to stabilize shots by using the warp stabilizer in premiere pro. By using this we are able to create more stable shots which makes our video easier to watch.

As our narrative is about the two sides of one person we wanted to try and show their connection by using a glitch or ghost effect to physically connect the two sides through a shot. We were able to do this by using overlays and the track matte filter.

 

New Storyboard and PMA

After our first narrative shoot we decided to change the narrative and do another shoot. We did this because we felt like our narrative wasn’t easy to understand through the shots we had already gathered and that changing the narrative slightly would allow us to make a more interesting video.

Here is our new storyboard and production meeting agenda:

Music Video Draft 3

Here is the third draft of our music video. Since draft 2 we have done another narrative photo shoot and inserted the footage into the video. We have also started to edit the story line so that it made more narrative sense.

We asked some of our peers to review our video and here are their comments:

From these comments and our own ideas we have come up with a list of things that need to be improved

  • Do some more pick up shots of the match to make the symbolism more clear
  • Add more fast paced cuts to match with the tempo of the song
  • Get rid of some shots that do not work and replace them with something that fits the narrative better
  • Make sure our narrative is more concrete

Music Video Draft 2

Here is our Draft 2 for our music video. There are still shots missing as we have only done one of our two narrative shoots. We added the narrative shots we had and edited them with the performance to show the two sides of our star.

What went well:

  • The editing is matched to the beat of the song well and is effective
  • The shots we used are steady
  • The lip syncing matches with the song

Targets for the next draft:

  • Have our next shoot so we can add the shots in
  • Edit sections that don’t quite work
  • Add more lip syncing
  • Due to our missing shoot the narrative story line is not clearly shown so our focus will be to show a clear and cohesive narrative

 

Audience Ideology

Here is my fake dating profile of a typical fan of our artist. To create and idea of what our average fan would look like I used information of YouGov from a similar artist as there was not one for our actual artist.

The aim of this activity was to get us to think about how our media would be received by the audience and our audiences uses and gratifications for watching it. Blumler and Katz said that audiences consume media for 4 reasons, Information, Personal Identity, Social Interaction and Entertainment and through this task we had to think about these ideas and what kind of people would want to consume our media and how they would consume it. The YouGov poll helped to do this as it outlined our target audiences political leaning and where they are from which can influence a persons opinions and ideals greatly.

We also had to think about how the audience would receive our media. We looked into Stuart Hall’s Reception Theory and how our audience would decode our text using their own ideologies and how it fits into our own ideologies as producers. By knowing our audience and their ideologies we can gain an idea on whether they view our video in a preferred, negotiated or oppositional way. We would want our audience to accept the values and ideals which will be encoded into the video so knowing our audience will allow us to do this.

Shoot Evaluation (Narrative)

For our narrative shoot we went to Pembroke Bay and shot for 4 hours. We decided to shoot here because the setting was perfect for the “light” side of our main character with its open space and bright colours. Here is my evaluation for our shoot:

What went well:

  • We filmed a range of different shots from close ups to long shots as well as some pans using the tracking device.
  • Our setting was great and it suited the feelings we were trying to convey.

What we could’ve done better:

  • We forgot to shoot a few shots that we needed.
  • We should’ve taken some more props to experiment with to give us a greater range of shots.

It would have been better if:

  • We had a detailed plan of the day so that we could be more organised.
  • We had taken a list of shots that we needed so that we wouldn’t forget anything
  • Gone to the area of the shoot a few days earlier so that we had an idea of where would be best to shoot due to lighting etc.

Due to our story and lack of time we will need to have another narrative shoot as the different sides of our character require different settings to convey our story. When we do our next shoot and any pick up shots hopefully we will be able to take whatever we have learnt from this shoot and apply it so we get everything we need and enough shots to cover the length of the song.

Production Skills Evaluation 1

Since doing our draft 2 we have learnt a lot about editing videos through Premiere Pro.

Some of these skills include learning how to use the razor tool which allows us to cut and edit specific parts of clips without affecting the rest of the section. Another tool we have used is the speed/duration tool which allows you to edit speeds and also reverse the speed. We used this tool to create engaging effects which help add to the narrative sense such as having our character walk backwards to represent going back to the past. We also used the dip to white effect at the end to create the illusion that our character had died which also added to the narrative sense.