Above is our rough cut from our first performance shoot, we feel this went well but have a limited range of shots that w e feel we could actually use as as our performer wasn’t totally confident in the lyrics. So we will have to reshoot to get a wider range of shots and now think about filming the narrative making sure this time that our camera is better in focus as well, because when we went back and reflected on our footage after the shoot we found that a lot of the shots were slightly out of focus.
What went well:
wide range of shots, angles etc
good framing of shots
successfully set a professional environment
ensure the camera is fully focused
ensure that the performers know the lyrics
use a wider range of filming locations
We aimed to capture close ups to portray emotion in our video and link to the conventions of our genre. By using the camera to get close up straight on angles we wanted to put across a raw emotional tone to go with the idea of heartbreak in our narrative. This heartbreak narrative fits perfectly with our genre and by using the camera in this way we can continue our branding theme and genre.
Our first shoot started with us having a meeting with our performers and preparing a shotlist. This heped us to confirm exactly what we would be doing and relay to the performers what sort of things they would be doing and the mise-en-scene of our video. Despite this Molly and I felt that our shot list could’ve done with having more detail and being clearer as in future this would help us to utillise the time we have more efficiently. We also found that we need to make lyric boards for our performers as they weren’t totally confident in the lyrics. Despite that, we felt that the bathing pools was a really good location for the shoot due to the variety of leading lines, textures, colours and frames we could make different shots out of. Throughout the shoot we were able to be efficient and develop a more professional tone, despite filming in public, which meant everyone was more comfotable and produced better footage. In conclusion I am pleased with how our first shoot went and now realise what we will do differently in the next one.
Unfortunately we didn’t get any photos of us out on shoot but I did have afvourite shot that we put together, where Noah was at the bathing pools and at a medium long shot, with the waves in the background which looked effective as well as the leading lines of the railings, as we also hope to overlay the last shot of him onto breaking waves to form a theme in our final product.
Above we have put together a slideshow which looking into our star image, helping us understand the original star a little more. Looking at his interviews and previous music videos its clear that he is open and supporting of the LGBTQ community, this is a prominent theme in our song, therefore we have choses to have two boys in our video to reflect his theme and lyrics. We can also see from the interviews Wrabel has done that he is well informed on has strong feelings to social issues and is an ambassador for acceptance on social media and in his work, we can see that he is passionate and has always loves music as he is pictured playing a grand piano reflecting classic training and he is using this platform, talent and fame to spread positive messages on social issues. The starts meta-narrative is that he is sensitive and has strong feelings towards his values and belief therefore he uses his music to convey that. This brand that our artist, Wrabel, has created we would like to respect and reflect in our music video.
Please click here to view the PDF for our risk assessment document.
We have created a risk assessment for our performance shoots, highlighting the risks we can expect and prepare for when on shoot. We also included how these risks can be avoided, and a schedule of where we will be filing, allowing the teachers to monitor us. This document covers the risks for the filming of the footage for our first and second draft.
Here is the production meeting agenda that we have put together. This shows a rough outline of the mise-en-scene of the shoot, and the responsibilities of both our performers and ourselves. We may have been able to include more detail, however I feel as though we know what we want to do and therefore this was not a necessity.
We have also drawn up a visual shot list, enabling us to have a better understanding of what we are shooting in more detail. Again, this is just a rough outline of some of the shots we wish to include, however it has prepared us well and means we have something to follow when shooting.
Here we have directly messaged the artist of our chosen song ‘Bloodstain’, asking for permission for Molly and I to use his song in our music video. It is important that we have done this as it prevents us from breeching copyright laws and is respectful of the artist.
I have inserted above our genre analysis screen-castify, which contains an in-depth analysis of various conventions of our genre. This has helped us to develop our understanding of the genre, and has given us inspiration regarding the creation of our music video and what subjects and mise-en-scene to include. It will act as the blueprints for us to use a repertoire of elements to provide predictable genre in context to our genre.
(Here is just the speakers notes from our presentation.)
Above is a collection of shots from music videos that we researched and accumulated that we felt inspired by to incvolve in our music video production, we have analysed the shot and highlited what features of the shots we liked so we can look back on it throughout the prodcution process.
Here is a copy of our pitch to our teacher and their feedback which. Discussing and reflecting on our ideas for shot and mes-en-scene was very important as we could further our ideas that will work and eliminate ones that are out of our reach to execute or not appropriate.
strong theme with water, incorporating that colour shceme throughout the music video.
make sure to balance performance with narrative shots, to create substance for the video so that it can relate to the song.
to acomplish our red stained tshirt idea we need to figure out a pump system to get that seeping and spreading effect. The sybolism for this is trong but need to figure out the logistsics for it as it will be a vital metaphor and reoccuring shot.
We are not going to have a band, but instead will have the main (male) star performing the lyrics. We have decided to have the star perform this in front of water (Bathing Pools) and in a more built up area (town.)
Make sure that our shots and ideas are finalised before shoot so we have a clear and precise idea of what we want so we can utilise the time well and get the best product, make sure we have a variety of shots including close ups to portray emotion.
We were asked to choose twenty seconds of our final song choice then practice, experiment and play around with different shots and get comfortable with using the camera in preperation and practice for our actual music video.
WHAT WENT WELL:
Editing to the beat.
Having a variety of shots.
Match withe the lipsyncing.
EVEN BETTER IF:
Wider range of shot distances and angles.
ensure to check the focus before filming as a few shots are out of focus.
improve lip syncing and potentially include more.
keep a high energy throughout the video.
Work on camera taechniques, practice with hand held shots.
Improve promenance of the storyline, ensure model has a strong well acted role to create a clear narrative.