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Narrative Development

Planning out by bullet-pointing what we want to achieve in the shot, specific camera angles, shot transitions and locations is a simple and easy way to plan out exactly what we want for each area of the story. This will be important and very helpful when we come to planning our narrative on the storyboard.

Performance Rough Cut – Draft 1

This is the rough cut for our performance shoot. We did this just to show an example of each angle and shot that we filmed that worked out well. We used a range of different angles and locations to complete this shoot.

I feel that we could of possibly taken more time and researched where exactly to film in the area and to experiment with different angles beforehand to add more shot opportunities and to use our filming time to the maximum.

Shoot Reflection (Performance)

Here are some photos that we took to show our use of different camera angles within our performance shoot. First off we made sure to do all of the coverage shots and then played around with different angles and distances. We also used different locations for some shots. We used the entrance are of a bunker for the main ‘stage’ area for the performance, using different shots and angles. We then went to a few different areas around the location we were in such as a hole in the wall and down the side of one of the piers.

I think this shoot went well and we got a range of different camera angles and shot distances. There was a small issue regarding the drum kit as the person who was bringing it ended up not being able to but we adapted to that change and figured out something else. I feel that if we were to do this again and to make it better, we should of had a clearer plan of what we wanted specifically in the shots and so the performers knew exactly how to act and what to do within their performance shots. I feel that if we had more time we could have done a larger range of experimental shots and angles to make the performance piece of our video have a larger range.

Star Image Planning

This is the general style and feel that I want our music star to have. The metanarrative is a mix of media that constructs and shapes the image of the star in the audiences mind. This should portray the general image of the star and brand ideas. The image I want to portray with our music star is edgy and alternative but also sweet and approachable. We have taken images and screenshots of the band’s tweets that portray the exact image and genre that we want for our star. The ideologies that surround the band’s image counteract each other as they are portrayed as edgy and alternative but they are in reality slightly sweet and innocent.

Risk Assessment

This is the risk assessment for our performance shoot at Rocquaine Bay. This is important to fill out so we can understand and manage the risks involved with filming without supervision. It is also important to put on this who you will be with and where you will be at specific times so if need be, the teachers can come and check on you and will know exactly where you are.

Specsavers Creative Team Feedback

We were lucky enough to have a brief meeting with Lenny Lenfestey, who is part of the Specsavers Creative Team. We pitched our music video to him and he gave us some ideas and feedback to make our ideas better.

Feedback and Targets

  • Get a clearer idea of what the narrative is
  • Whether we should use 3 people or 4 people for the band
  • Maybe choose a easier to get to location
  • Make sure to get permissions from people who own the land
  • Likes the idea of the lead singer being the main character for the narrative


^ This is an effect that we are planning on using in our post production. He said that we have to make it perfect as to make our music video look as professional as possible. We found a YouTube tutorial for the strobe effect so we know how to apply it properly.

This meeting was important so we can have some feedback and ideas from a professional in this area of creative work. This feedback will help develop our ideas and make our music video production better and our actual video look more professional.

Visual Shot List for Performance Shoot

We chose three songs and chose some shots which we feel are conventional to our genre. We looked at different camera movements, different shots and different camera angles. We also took into consideration which kind of shots and possible post-production features we can add to make our music video look more professional and fit our genre perfectly.

Test Shoots

This is the 20 seconds of our song that we shot to test out camera angles and conventional movements. Coverage is important in this task so we know how many shots and angles to use in the real thing and to see what works and what doesn’t. As this song is very upbeat, I feel it needs lots of different cuts and different angles to allow the video to keep up. Using lots of different shots, the conventional ones and our own ones have created a more interesting video that fits with the song and keeps up with the beat. Doing this task also showed us that in order to make this look more professional we will need to use a range of more adventurous shots.

Some targets I think will improve our music video:

  • Use some more camera angles
  • Possible camera movements along with the action going on in the shot
  • Movement through the frame
  • Smoother movements of the shots that did use camera movement
  • In editing, make sure to fit the cuts of the shots to the beat of the song to link the video to the music better
  • Don’t use tacky/simple frame movement effects (for example at the end, the frame slides out)

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