November 8

Flow Chart and Preferred Website

Research and planning was done to find what was conventional in a website and it’s design this was done specifically to the chosen genre that we had.

Although we kept to conventional methods it was also important to incorporate our own ideas and designs so that our website is diverse and personalised. We decided that we had to scroll down to explore the different sections, we had the ‘Bio’, ‘Tour Dates’ and ‘Contact’ all below the fold on the home page, which we was  a simple but an effective layout. On the other hand, we had completely separate pages for ‘shop’ and ‘music’, this was to isolate the viewer with that chosen subject because these pages were where they will purchase merchandise.

From this, we carried our idea on to Wix, which is where we were able to construct our website. We chose this site because in terms of software that was able to help us create a website, it was the most superior, it gave a helping hand when creating our website as well as being able to create it to a professional standard, it really gave that perfect mixture of professionalism and simplicity in leaning how to use the site.

Below is the homepage of the template we chose.

November 5

Website Terminology

Having created our music video and digipak, we are now tasked to create our very own website. In order to do this we need to look at the type of technical conventions and ideas that go into a website to promote our music. We looked at terms and ideas that relate to the design of a website and utilised these words as our own while analysing a professional music website. I chose the website of the artist Birdy, this is because her music is in the same genre as our music video and Digipak, this meant that I could learn to use the key terms as well as getting some inspiration from it’s technical conventions for when we start making our own.

March 13

Preliminary Montage

Me and Matthieu created a storyboard with the sheet above. This was the first step before creating this montage. I found this task really helpful because it gained us an idea of what we wanted to create when it comes to us filming it. I thoroughly enjoyed doing task, although I’m not very good at drawing, I could elaborate my understanding of film production and directing it. I focused on creating a sense of chaos throughout the day that I am creating with fast cutting speeds. I also believe incorporating a variety of camera techniques and angles is very important, and I don’t feel that I took advantage of this in my last task.

This is the final video of the montage I made on a day in the life of a student. Making the storyboard really aided me in creating a strong structure of the video I wish to make. This task helped me learn to: frame a shot well, use a tripod at different heights and angles, and to also shoot from different angles and distances.

My strengths:

  • Having fast cutting speeds to evoke a sense of chaos.
  • Having steady and well framed shots.
  • Having a variety of shots.

Things I need to Improve:

  • To make sure my shots are focused as some came out blurry.
  • To take a larger variety of shots.
  • To have a better understanding of effecting sound on the video.

This task taught me how to edit clips at a much faster speed. I also learnt more on Premiere Pro, this included the colour balance.

March 12

Preliminary Continuity Task- Present Face

I used the following camera techniques:

  • Close Up
  • Two Shot
  • Medium Long Shot
  • Pans
  • Over Shoulder Shot
  • Shot Reverse Shot
  • Reaction Shot

These variety of shot types are for dramatic fact in the video. It is to make the clip more interesting as it would be extremely tedious if each shot was the same. I found that when I came to the final product I had not used a large enough range of shots which really restricted the quality of the video. I used a closeup to highlight the facial expression of Lucy as it was crucial to show her frustration.

I have learnt to use the following continuity editing rules:

  • The 180 Degree Rule
  • The Establishing Shot
  • The Match on Action
  • Shot Reverse Shot
  • Re-Establishing Shot

These rules were vital to the success of the shot. Using the point and shoot cameras were really effective and easy to use, these are also much simpler to film than the DSLR which makes it much more straightforward.

If I would do this task again I would have put effects onto the video in PremierPro. This would have made it look more professional and have an overall higher quality video. Overall I believe I did not apply myself to this task fully and if I had fully applied myself it would have been a lot better.

October 20

My Tour Poster

Above is the peer feedback of my tour poster. I have answered the questions relating to the end product of my poster. I thought this task has really helped me to understand what I need to do in the future when creating something like this. This task made me take into account everything that I used when creating my poster for example the text I used and the positioning of my model.

This is my tour poster, click on image to view in full.

 

 

October 13

My copy of professional magazine front page

Below is a task in which we took an original front cover of a music magic magazine and copied it as best as we could using InDesign.

My copy                                                click on image to view

The original

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was my first time using Indesign. At first I really struggled using the app but by watching the following videos I really felt more comfortable navigating around it.

Before I found my way round InDesign I learnt to use Photoshop which was a really resourceful tool when cutting my photo of Sam Smith out. Here is the tutorial that I used when learning how to use the app.

3 strengths of my final copy were:

  • The colours in my copy matched the original copy.
  • The image in my copy looks very similar to the man in the original.
  • The main cover line was very similar in my copy to the original.

3 weaknesses of my final copy were:

  • The image does not fill the whole page like the picture in the original.
  • The NME font is not a big enough size.
  • The plug in my copy is not big enough to match the original.

What this task has taught me is how I must look in more detail when doing a task like this, and to not rush it. This exercise has most definitely benefited my knowledge of the app, InDesign and Photoshop, which will benefit my future use of these apps.

October 4

The camera talks

As you can see above this is my moodboard that is made up of the photos we were able to take around the school. I have also included key photography terms for the distance of the shot, the angle and what the photo is trying to convey. As you can see I tried to create a large range of different kinds of shots, such as, a long shot, close up, extreme close up, low angle and high angle. A shot that I believe was most successful was the canted angle photo, this created a sense of recklessness and fear. It was great fun being able to experiment all different types of photos, and to see what they portray.

October 4

Technical camera terms

As you can see, below is my contact sheet.  We experimented with framing, focus, high-key and low-key lighting, as well as different camera angles such as canted, high angles, and low angles. During this task we got to enforce what we have learnt about what gives a photo meaning.

 

October 4

My image that uses mise-en-scene for meaning

I have created a mood board to illustrate Punk genre, which is what I was allocated to dress up as. I thoroughly enjoyed dressing up, as it gave me an excuse to create a whole new image. I believe when becoming a part of the punk world there are certain accessories that are a essential when creating this image. These are shown in the collage above, a leather jacket, black boots,  black skinny jeans and usually a t-shirt or shirt with extravagant colours or hurtful words. 

This is a picture of me after dressing up in class. I have stuck to the key accessories which are the leather jacket, black jeans, army boots and an extravagant shirt. I believe I have portrayed the image of being a punk artist quite well. An important factor of conveying this punk image is the actual facial expressions and posture you take. A last minute change was to add the hat, this is to increase the overall look of being an artist, this is because nowadays this dress sense can be seen as indie and cool.

    Angry. Rebellious. Hurtful. Naive. Youthful.