Narrative Development

Here is our narrative development sheet which we used to plan out the story of our music video. We decided on the main themes of the video, the conflict and what the character would do within it to convey these ideas. This will help us to plan our narrative in more detail and help us when planning our future shoots.

Performance Rough Cut Draft 1

Here is the rough cut of our performance shoot showing the different shots that we took throughout the shoot. It helped us to see how much footage we have and which shots work and which dont.

What went well:

  • Shot in a variety of different locations
  • Different angles and types of shots such as pans and different angles
  • The mise en scene fits with the genre and theme of the song

What could be better:

  • There is not enough lip syncing of certain sections of the song such as the second verse
  • Needed more types of shots in certain locations
  • Some shots are slightly out of focus.

Targets for the next shoot:

  • Make sure to get enough close ups
  • Repeat shots again in different angles/shot distances
  • Make sure the focus is right before shooting a shot

Star Image Planning

Here is our star image mood board of Lynn Gunn of Pvris. Her meta narrative is someone that is punk, edgy and rebellious but also someone who is down to earth and emotional. Her styling is often dark or monochrome. with colours other than black or white rarely seen in photos or other media. She is portrayed as someone both extraordinary and ordinary and through this paradox of the star she gains her star image. Her extraordinary side is her punk and rebellious character, whereas interviews and her social media accounts talk more about mental health and her struggles with it which shows a more ordinary image.
This task helped me to understand how our star would be portrayed so that we can try and replicate that in our music video. It also gave us more insight into the sort of story and mise-en-scene we could incorporate into it. It is important that we understand what we are trying to convey before the shoot so that we can use the shoots to the best of our ability.

Shoot Reflection (Performance)

Unfortunately due to Illness i was unable to be at the performance shoot but from speaking with the other members of my group i have been able to grasp how the shoot went and what can be done to improve our next shoot.

Positives:

  • The teamwork was good with our members communicating different ideas easily and being able to come together to solve a problem easily.
  • Our models costume fitted the genre well as well as the locations chosen.
  • There was a variety of locations and shot types

Negatives and how to improve:

  • Half way through the shoot the camera battery ran out which meant that they had to spend time looking for another battery. To avoid this in the future we should take a spare, fully charged battery with us and make sure our equipment is ready before the shoot.
  • The SD card also ran out of space during the shoot which again wasted time. Next shoot we should take multiple SD cards so that we can get all the shots we need.
  • There were a few sections of the song where we don’t have enough footage of her singing. To fix this we should record more lip syncing parts in our narrative shoot or do another performance shoot.
  • The makeup also started to wear off by the end of the shoot. To avoid this problem we should take spare makeup to our next shoot.

Specsavers Creative Team Feedback

A member of the Specsavers Creative Team came into our class and gave us advice based on our music video pitches. This is the advice he gave us

  • Specific scenes within the narrative

This was the main piece of advice, as although we had the main theme of our narrative we couldn’t pinpoint any specific scenes for the characters. By planning different scenes we could increase efficiency on the shoot and it would give our music videos narrative more substance.

  • How to control lighting

As our music video will play into the theme of light vs dark we asked about how we could best represent that, especially as we may not be able to have a night time shoot. His advice was that if we were to edit the lighting to make it darker it is best to start from an already dark location ie a dark alleyway rather than somewhere directly in the sunlight.

  • Colour Correction and premiere pro effects

Although we have created a short 20 second performance clip we are still new to premiere pro and so we asked him to show us various effects we could do with the software. He showed us how to use the various colour correction tools as well as other effects such as adding a vignette. This will help us edit our video and make it look more professional.