Song Short List and Moodboards

My Pitch – Pack Up by Eliza Doolittle

This was my original idea about a girl going on a journey through life and dealing with hardships. I pitched it to Holly using my PowerPoint to help her visualize my ideas and she accepted my ideas and gave me ideas on transitions to use in my edit.

 

Holly’s Pitch- All We Do by Oh Wonder

Holly then pitched her ideas to me. In the end, we both had very different ideas in terms of genre and the mood of the video. Although we both had the same idea of having the girl as the focus of the video and building the narrative around her.

Evaluation of Previous Students Work

 

 

Holding a Steady Shot- 

For holding a steady shot, I would give this video a lower level 4 as for the most part the shots were steady and clear. However, there were parts where the shot was quite shaky. For example, the panning shot at 0:43 is quite shaky rather than being one smooth movement.

Framing a Shot- 

For framing a shot, I would give this video a high level 4. This is because the shots gave you a sense of location and emotion of the two actors. Some imaginative angles were used such as the extreme high angles used to film the sky to create the sense of location. I also like the variety of angles used during the performance aspect of the video.

Variety of Shot Distances- 

Throughout the video, a variety of shots are used such as close ups, long shots and tracking shots. These shots are well filmed with my favourite being 1:31 the long shot as she runs towards and over the camera as it shows her determination. Therefore I would give this video a lower level 4 as it is visually interesting.

Appropriate to Task- 

Watching this video, it have several conventions of the genre and also looks very professional in the way it was shot and edited. The actors were well directed and looked comfortable in what they were doing and the video clearly reflects genre and form. Therefore I would give this video a lower level 4.

Mise en Scene Selection- 

For Mise-en-Scene selection, I would give this video a upper level 4. This is because the costumes, makeup and setting  accurately reflect the genre and communicate a message.

Editing for Meaning- 

For Editing for Meaning, I would give this video a lower level 4. This is because there is a clear narrative where the two actors are trying to get to each other through the woods however the beginning is slightly confusing.

Shot Transitions- 

For shot transitions, I would give this video a lower level 4. This is because the transitions between the performance elements are very well thought out and reflect the theme of separation.

Sound with Images- 

For Sound with Images, I would give this video an upper level 4. This is due to the perfect synchronisation between the video and the song but also it is combined well with the narrative.

Music Video Form and Conventions

Through this task, I have gathered inspiration whilst watching these videos but most importantly, I have learned how to complete a detailed analysis of music videos. During this process, I have understood the importance of mise en scene and how through hair, make up, setting and other factors, you can communicate a message and the genre. I have also learned about how narratives can have 3 structures –

  • amplification – which adds another layer of meaning to the lyrics of the song.
  • illustration – where the music video visually illustrates the lyrics.
  • disjunction – where the lyrics and video have no connection.

 

Preliminary Montage

In my montage, I was looking to capture steady shots, good framing of shots and a variety of different shot distances.

Strengths- 

  • The transitions accurately show that time has passed.
  • I had steady shots, good framing and a variety of distances.
  • I managed to capture a school day in a short montage clip.

Weaknesses- 

  • I could have used more transitions to show time passing rather than just in classroom shots.
  • My storyboard could have been a bit more accurate and easier to follow.
  • Be more aware of the background in the shots.

So far, I have learnt quite a bit about editing and using Premier Pro. I have learnt about editing techniques such as match on actions and the 180 degree rule. In Premier Pro, I have cropped down footage, used transitions and added in sound effects to match the visuals.

Preliminary Continuity Task

For this video, I used a pan to follow the actor storming out of the room. I also used a close up to show each of the actors emotions. I used these techniques to show the audience the emotions the actor was going through throughout the video. The close up showed the change in emotion in the two actors after she realised the gift wasn’t appreciated.

During this task, I learned about creating match on actions by filming a complete action and cutting out the frames in the middle. I also learned about the importance of the 180 degree rule when filming conversations. Using the 180 degree rule allowed me to create realistic conversations between the actors. I used these rules to create a fluid conversation between the two individuals. In Premiere Pro, I have learnt to use the mark in and mark out tools. I used these tools to cut down my video clips so they flowed smoothly. If I was to do this project again, I would probably shoot the pan as she walked out a couple more times to get a smoother shot.

Design Skills 2

Throughout this project, I have learnt a lot about the tools in InDesign and Photoshop. These programs have allowed me to create a high quality, engaging magazine for my target audience. By using these tools, I have been able to create a unique design for all of my pages. One of the key skills I have learnt is about using drop shadows. Drop shadows incorporate the image with the rest of the page. I used the drop shadow on my front page to make my cover stars really stand out.

So … How’s it going?

After a couple of weeks of work, I have now created my front page, contents page and double page spread. I am happy with the way that my cover stars, page layout and colour choices communicate my brand well. Throughout creating my magazine, I have used genre conventions, using elements from magazines such as Billboard to make my magazine. Other elements in the mise-en-scene help to emphasise genre conventions. For example, one of my cover star is wearing a button up shirt which conforms to pop genre conventions.

Overall I feel like I am making good progress and learning new skills as I get closer to my final piece.