Overall the narrative shoot allowed us to get a range of shots, such as framing, high angels and close-ups to convey each moment and have a range of shots to add to our edit. We got a range of different shots and concentrated on achieving those close-ups of the performer’s facial reactions.
If we decide to do another shoot for our music video, we have learnt that we need to:
Take many close up reaction shots for each scene as they create engagement in the video.
Ensure we have created the most suitable lighting as it changes the atmosphere of the video completely.
Our next shoot we will need to focus on extra shots with the ring and focus on some more performance shots in order to have even more moving shots around our star and so that the audience feel a sense of connection.
Our teacher gave us feedback through a screencastify which allowed us to see what we can improve and what went well:
The positive part of the performance is the good frame within frames to portray confinement. However, we should reframe some shots by zooming out to crop the space and make the shot more interesting and shots such as the punch bag should be cut quickly and not have the whole tilt of the boxing bag.
Areas for improvement:
Ensure the narrative is clear as it needs to fit the serious and sombre theme.
Make sure to edit to the beat to relate to the song.
Keep using the different shots of the ring throughout the video as it is the main symbol of his anguish.
Play with the narrative and distinguish it from the performance by playing with effects and colour.
Our teacher still thinks two fights would work better in revealing the realisation that he’s got to get his life back together and also gives you an opportunity to revisit the ring, which is a key piece of iconography. However, when we were speaking to other teachers and peers, they believed that this would become confusing to the audience as our narrative looks at our star rebuilding and letting his anger out throughout the match as he leaves boxing feeling more relieved and over the breakup with was getting in the way.
Furthermore, the transition that Specsavers spoke to us about and added, our teacher thought was more comedic. So moving forward we will need to look at our transition and whether they are in the right place.
One of the first things we decided to do was get rid of the transitions as we thought it was not working with the style of our music video. We also went over some of the clips and positioned/scaled them to fit the frame. We also played around with the colour and used black and white throughout the narrative and colour through the performance. We also re-synced some of the clips to fit the words of the song.
How can we improve:
I still think we need to add some effects or transitions but ones that fit our music video style and work effectively to make the music video flow from shot to shot. We should also enhance the colour in our performance to make some of the better shots stand out to the viewer. Make sure all our narrative shots are in black and white as we missed out a few.
For our narrative, we created a storyboard of 4 key moments that can help us get a range of varied shots and that our narrative has key moments which will stand out to our audience. This is helpful towards the narrative shoot as I will know exactly what type of equipment and the placement for each shot.
To make sure our shoot is successful we need to be able to make sure that we have a clear structured narrative such as the beginning and ending and the mise-en-scene that goes alongside it in order for our audience to get a clear message and preferred reading of our music video. This will help us understand the nature of the media we are making and aid the production process as we can get an idea of specific shots that we need and so that we don’t miss anything out.