Our narrative shoot took place over two separate days due conflicting schedules. The first shoot we needed to get the shots of the flashbacks as they provided us with the polaroids we need for the present day. To shoot the flash backs we needed to consider things such as costume changes and different locations. Due to the load of changes communication was key as we needed to ensure all the models brought the right type of clothing and they knew what makeup they need. Luckily the first narrative shoot ran smoothly as we went in with a clear plan of what shots we needed, we were able to do this through previously creating a detailed storyboard.
Originally we were planning on doing the next narrative shoot the next day because it would have been less chaotic as not as many costume changes or actors would have been needed, however due to a last minute cancelation we were unable to get the shots then. This was not a major problem due to having the entire week to shoot, also this gave us a better chance to prepare some of the smaller details, for example the invitation. The invitation helped to give some context to why she is getting ready. Also in the first shoot we ran out of polaroid shots so we were able to quickly make one so it wouldn’t effect our continuity.
We were able to reschedule our second shoot and were able to get all the shots which were essential, however it may benefit our work to do another shoot and get some additional angles to further the quality of our work.
Targets for next time:
Communicate online to ensure no time is wasted on procrastinating what shots are needed.
Be more experimental with shots; even if they do not work out well we still have our main shots.
Above is a risk assessment for our narrative shoots, containing all the signatures of people who were involved. This helped us evaluate the possible risks that we may encounter whilst shooting and how we will be able to reduce the chances of them. Doing risk assessment helps ensure the safety of everyone involved in our shoots.
Above is the production meeting agenda for our narrative shoot. This document has been crucial in the planning of our narrative as it has allowed us the time to sit and talk about the different clothing we will need as well as the different make up, accessories props an so on. It was essential that we do this task as we know who is responsible for bringing certain items and when it comes to the day we are able to consult this document o ensure we don’t forget anything that may deteriorate the quality of our shoot.
Above is a detailed story board of what we our doing for our narrative, this type of planning is essential in ensuring our narrative shoot runs smoothly. This will help give us a clear break down of what the different shots we need to get, meaning that we will not wonder into our narrative shot blindly and this should ensure we gather enough footage and will not struggle when it comes to editing.
When creating this storyboard we made sure we paid attention to all the little details we are going to have. For example the first shot is for our narrative is going to be an establishing shot of the mirror, on the mirror we will have an invitation attached to a mirror, even though it is not essential to the narrative it helps give some context.
Having done this task it gave us a good idea of different aspects that we need to consider such as location, makeup, clothing, angles and so on; it has set a clear outline of how we want the shoot to go. Now we have a clear plan to follow and prevent any unnecessary time procrastinating on what to do next.
Above is our narrative plan including the type of structure we are going to use and is a general idea of what we are going to do for our beginning, middle and end. We decided that we were going to go with an anachronic structure as we want to include flashback to represent why the star is feeling the way they are, it will also help to give context to the video, above will give a clear break down of what those flashbacks will be and how they fit in with the narrative.
We decided that we were going to do the flashbacks to show this on-going exclusion, we will do this by using different visual metaphors.The mise-en-scene for the visual metaphors will have it so the friends are almost duplicated of each other so they will be dressed entirely in the same colour they will both have the same hair style and make up style, whereas the main star will be the opposite. Have the stars contrast with one another will represent how she id somehow distinct from them. These three flashbacks help to lead up to the climax of the music video where she has a breakdown and realises that her friends consistently neglect her feelings. Therefore the flashbacks act as a disequilibrium.
After the music video has reached its climax the star see that she has a message on her phone that is one of her friends asking where she is and this is when she breaks the fourth wall finally connecting with the audience. By ending the video here we are creating a sense of mystery to what happened to her after the video.
We decided to go with an amplified narrative as it does relate to the song however it doesn’t closely echo the words of the song it does compliment the themes.
Above is a rough cut of performance of our music video and is simply a compilation of the different shots we were able to get during our performance shoot, therefore it is not in time with any music. This task allowed us to get a better look at the different type of shots we have and analyse which shots were uses due to an issue with aspects such as lighting or there may have been an item in the background that shouldn’t have been there.
Overall I found that we both worked well as a team as we both decided what the best shots were and if we were both in a disagreement it wouldn’t turn confrontational we would simply present our side of why we thought it was a good/bad shot.
What went well:
Our star image, all of it was conventional to our genre. We also ensured we were paying attention to little details such making sure there was not a bra strap showing or if she had a hairband on her wrist. We also made the hair and make up quite naturalistic in order to keep with the overall theme.
The location was good as it helps to show of that idea of a free place and goes with the message of our song.
The acting was good because even if there was a point where there was something that could be seen as distracting to the performer they kept going with the song.
Targets for next time
Experimenting with some more technical angles and camera techniques. Although we do have a good variety of shots it would benefit us to use more.
Be more organised, we would benefit from making a group chat with both me and my group and anyone else who will be apart of the music video; this will make it easier to communicate.
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.
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.
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.
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.