Shoot reflection (Performance)

 

Above is a video from our first shoot

 

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Having done our shoot for the performance I have now realised the importance of checking all of your equipment thoroughly is extremely important. Our group had to do our shoot in two parts as we realised the tripod we originally had used was missing one of the adjustments meaning  we were not able to get every angle or shot. Also due to a clashing of schedules we were only able to take a DSLR camera affecting our ability to experiment with exposure and the slow motion feature. Overall our first shoot was a bit of disaster as all these issues were followed up by a car getting stuck on the beach affecting our shot.

Although this was an inconvenience at the time it was definitely for the better as this allowed us the time to devise a clear plan for what shots we needed to get and think of some visual metaphors for our video; this will help us convey what the feeling of the song is.However there was a slight worry that the weather may have been bad which would affect aspects of our mise-en-scene such as lighting and setting, luckily the weather was good.  In addition to this we were able to get a DSLR camera for this shoot allowing us to zoom in and experiment with other features it includes. The follow shoot was a success as we had an overall better idea of what we needed to do and the shots we needed to get. Doing the performance shoot has made me realise just how much planning and work goes in to a shoot and has better prepared me when it comes time to shoot our narrative performance, also it has taught me to always check the equipment over.

Targets for next time:

  • Make sure all the equipment is in working order as it can seriously effect the quality of a shot.
  • Have a clear list of what shots we need to get, this will ensure we use our time effectively and when it comes time to editing we won’t sit there and realise we have forgotten any important bits.
  • Make a group chat with everyone involved, this will help keep the shoot organised and everyone will know what they are responsible for.

 

 

Star image planning

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Above is an in-depth analysis into our star, this includes; pictures from her Instagram, tweets and news articles. Doing this task will help us to direct our performer in a way that is conventional and not skew to far out from the genre. All these components make up the overall metanarrative of our star.

Through doing this analysis we were able to see two sides to our star, one side was more serious and activist like and the other side was more fun and care-free. However both sides were always represented. Having her conveyed as an ordinary person makes her seem relatable person helps her audience be more drawn to her, but she is also extraordinary as well because she doesn’t care about the mainstream and will actively speak out about it if she disagrees with some aspect of the mainstream.

Risk assessment

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Above is a copy of our risk assessment containing all the relevant signature. This helps us to highlight all the possible risks we may encounter whilst shooting and how we are able to control them and minimise the possible risk. Doing this helps us to ensure the safety of us and our performer

Specsavers creative team feedback

 

In our most recent lesson we had the opportunity to receive feedback from a member of Specsavers creative team which will be incredibly with aspects of our work such a shooting, editing and character development.

One of the key pieces of advice we were given were character development, Lenny said that it is essential you know who your character is as a person so you know exactly what type of person they are in so you are able to convey to the audience who they are. One way that he suggested we do this is write up a character profile for our main star and include background information and current moods they need to convey. This will help us plan the type of shots we will need to use.

Another piece of feedback we received was adding in contextual references, this will help our narrative from becoming overly cliche whilst clearly demonstrating what the music video is about. To do this research it would be helpful to watch movies and videos where the main story is this idea of not fitting in and feeling rejected. In addition to this Lenny explained how it may be an idea to explore a more metaphorical route for our song in order to clearly emphasis the message of our song.

When it came to the look of our video he showed us how to manipulate aspects of a video such as colour correction and lighting. This mini lesson on premiere pro was extremely beneficial as it will help us get the correct filter that is conventional to our genre and overall improve the quality of our work.

Having received this feedback I feel my group are able to move forward and produce the best piece of work possible.

Brief character development

 

 

Genre conventions analysis

Above is a voice thread of an in depth analysis into the genre of our chosen song. Doing this task enabled us to see what is conventional to our genre in terms of: narrative, star image, music, editing techniques, camera techniques, themes, mise-en-scene and album art. Doing this task has allowed us to see what is conventional to our genre and has provided a blueprint for us to keep us on track to producing a piece of work relevant to our target audience.

 

Test shoots

Above is a 20 second video clip of our chosen song, the entire video is performance and has no narrative, this task helped us advance our skills in shooting with a DSLR camera and also gave us a chance to further our skills using Premiere Pro.

I believe in this task that we did get a wide variety of shots and have gotten a better understanding of just how much footage is needed for a music video. Although we did end up with enough shots we had to find out the hard way as had to do a reshoot to get more shots of our star, this did lead to obvious continuity errors in our work as she is wearing two different outfits and has her hair styled in two different ways.

Also, I believe we did use good locations as they neither of them are confide to a certain space which is goes with the message of our song and with these locations we were able to get a load of different shots as there was a lot of area to work with. This helped to contribute to our mise-en-scene as we are wanting to use an open area such as a field or a beach for our main performance location. In this task we did not have to worry about other aspects of mis-en-scene such as make up and hair.

The finale thing I think we did well at was the editing. The video is edited quite well to the beat of the song and is inline with the lip syncing, we even had time to add transitions to help our video not look as jumpy. However I do think we could have added extra aspects in such as filters as I believe the video does look a bit bright at times.

The main targets that I have for when it comes time to actually shoot our music video is definitely get loads of shots from different angles and use other features the camera offers such as the slow motion feature. Also to watch tutorials on how to use some of the more creative features Premiere Pro offer so we can further our skills rather than just sticking to the basics.

Pitch+ Feedback

 

 

 

Above is the pitch we presented to our teacher and the feedback she had given us.

The feedback and targets we received was:

  • Time management as it will all have to be done in our own time.
  • Good mise-en-scene.
  • Difficult narrative, maybe explore alternative routes and maybe make it look less naturalistic and more metaphorically.
  • If you do the party scene, have some back up shots just incase.
  • Too many actors could over complicate shots.
  • The performance side is good.