Narrative Development

To create our music video, we made a 3 point narrative curve which helped us to identify the 3 parts of our story and what messages we want to convey. Our music video does not follow the generic linear structure of  a narrative as we will use an anachronic structure for our video to show the journey of the two.

Performance Rough Cut – Draft 1

After filming the performance section of our music video, we were tasked with putting together an edit with our initial footage. We used our knowledge of Premiere Pro from previous video tasks to create our first rough cut draft. Overall I think the edit went well and the majority of our footage was clear. However we also had a few areas for improvement –

  • The lip syncing was slightly off throughout the video
  • Some of the cutting of the clips was very quick or cut halfway through a word
  • Some of the clips were too long and dragged on for a while
  • Our clips weren’t stabilized meaning they were wobbly
  • The awkward lighting on the day meant a few of our clips were over/under exposed
  • A few signs in the background are quite distracting from the performer.

Shoot Reflection

During our production meeting for our first shoot, we decided to shoot parts of our narrative and our performance. However when we got to filming we decided to only film our performance so we could focus on just one element and make it as good as possible. Over our first shoot we learnt a few tips about filming and creating atmosphere.

  • Filming your basic (wide and close up) shots first so you have a base for your video.
  • Film in an obscure place – on a few occasions we had to crop clips in the edit to get rid of joggers in the background.
  • Singing along with your performer creates a less awkward atmosphere and makes the performer feel more comfortable.
  • When filming more adventurous shots such as tracking shots, have someone stood behind the cameraman to prevent injury and keep a steady shot.

 

Test Shoots

As part of our preparation before filming our music video, we were asked to create a 20 second example of our performance shoot and looking at our first time filming and editing, I am very happy with the way it turned out.

  • Before we started filming, me and Holly found a few video examples and tutorials of the types of editing we wanted to incorporate into our video. After following one of the YouTube tutorials, we managed to create a simple whip pan towards the end of the video.
  • However some of our framing was a bit off. For example the shots against the brick wall were not totally straight meaning that the shot does not have the leading lines we were intending and the shot looks off. This has taught us to take more consideration when choosing backdrops and lining up the camera.
  • Another point for improvement is to check the edit before exporting. Some of the cuts in this video were very abrupt and unintentional.
  • Having a wider array of shot types would make our video more interesting and visually appealing.
  • In contrast, the trial tracking, circling shot worked well and this may lead to further experimentation whilst filming.
  • Finally I think that the video would be more exciting if the performer moved more and got into the song as it looks quite awkward.