On our second shoot, we returned to Cowshorn as we still have not found a suitable location for our interior shots and it was much convenient to do a re-shoot at Cowshorn. We focused on getting reaction shots, shots that communicate the narrative and just plain better shots. We got some usable shots, however, some of the shots are out of focus and some of the hand held shots are too shaky, they’re ruined. It might seem that we might have do a another quick reshoot, as some of them are important as they convey the main stars reactions, although our tutor disagrees, he thinks we’re fine. One example of the shots we need is a reaction shot of the main star lowering his rifle before the other two members, signifying that he refused to shoot.
Another problem is that some of the actions between the two shoots are inconsistent. For example, in the first shoot, Nic, one of the prisoners fall forwards, while in the second shoot, he falls backwards. This will make editing much harder. Another inconsistency is the over all colour, due to the different weather. We can bypass this via changing the colour palette in Adobe Premiere, so we should be fine.
Most of these shots could have been improved if we knew these shots were out of focus, however its hard to determine if objects are out of focus on a small screen with heavy sunlight. The only way I know of overcoming this is to use the smaller frame built into camera, as its much easier as there’s less light shining on it. Unfortunately this only accessible on photograph mode, not film mode. This means we’ll have to switch to photograph modes to see whether we’re in focus or not. This will mean our time to set up shots will be extended.
With this in mind, I have several things I need to remember next time we shoot;
- Use the smaller inbuilt frame to see the change in focus much more accurately.
- Make sure consistency is present with every action, refer to clips we already to got to see what we need.
As expected, we done a risk assessment as we don’t do anything stupid on the day.
You guessed, we have to do PMA for every shoot, and this one is no different. Its slightly different from the previous one as we have to bring costumes from school by ourselves.
Recently we had a lesson on narrative (The contents (events, action) and the way these are structured together form the basis of any narrative. A story can be relayed using any combination of communication i.e. visuals, words, drama etc.) and how its used in popular media. We learnt the basics (there’s typically three acts, etc.) and the structure of the most well known narrative structure, the Hero’s Journey. The aim of the lesson was to spread ideas early so that when come into the second year, we are less likely to falter when writing essays about them. However, we did touch upon narrative in music videos, and simply put, there’s not a lot. Its very hard to portray a well structured narrative in 3 to 5 mins. This means if the narrative will have to be portrayed as simple as possible, with a beginning, middle and end, with room for character development and themes. In the lesson we had to consider the narrative in our music video and list how it will be portrayed, as a good music video has to portray the themes of the audio, and the narrative is major way of portraying themes. Our narrative and themes are right below.
We have done our first shoot with some success. As we’re doing a pure narrative music video, we focused on doing narrative unlike everyone else, hence the different post title.
Everyone managed to get the required costumes, so the mis-en-scene was pretty good on the whole, its a shame we couldn’t get authentic rifles to use, we had to use a wooden cut outs as a subsistence. We haven’t managed to get all of the outside shots, as the entire video was long, and committed an amateur mistake of filming sequences chronological, which meant we had to set up multiple times as we done some repetitive shots. We’re missing a lot of important shots too, such as the main stars reaction shots. These are important as they convey the reasoning on why he deserts and ultimately risks his life in order to keep his morality and dignity.
We filmed from several perspectives as intended while abiding the 180 degree rule, resulting in variety of shots including blindfold POV, which they also add to the narrative themes communicated.
Some of the shots have acting that maybe too fast, which will effect our editing much later on.
Although we did have a story board, it was ignored as we decided to change location of the firing wall. If we used the original, the shots of the prisoner being escorted would have been much shorter, however we had to shoot several scenes to explain the transition. This resulted in some confusion of what shots to do, resulting in some missing scenes such as a shot of the escorted prisoner directly coming into firing range.
Boys being boys, some of us did mess around, for some odd reason we found the footage of the main star blindfolding Nic quite hilarious when viewed at the site of the shoot.
The lighting was terrible some shots due to changing weather and the rotating earth.We forgot to mess around with the camera settings to change the amount of light exposure.
With this in mind, I have several ideas what to improve the next time we do a shoot.
- Refer to the storyboard regularly.
- Mess around with the camera settings when the lighting is terrible.
- Let the scenes roll on for a few more seconds to make editing easier.
- Suppress procrastination, such as laughter.
- Avoid doing shots in chronological order, but rather location wise to minimise time wastage.
- Attempt some more cinematic shots.
As expected, we need to fill a risk assessment for the upcoming photo shoot, so that we don’t do anything stupid to comprise our safety. The sheet are right below.
As expected, we have a production meeting agenda for our upcoming shoot which is right below. This dictates who is responsible for what, such as costumes, props etc. This helps to plan our shoot effectively, so we’re not missing anything on the day of the shoot.
As part of our requirements, we need to ask the original artists permission to use their music. Matthieu, the other member of the team has asked them on Twitter, which is above. No response was given, so we assuming for now that we are allowed to use it. If they later say no, they we going to unfortunately have to stop it.
To cement our understanding of genre and the repertoire of elements, we were tasked to to analyse the genre of our chosen song, so that we can have a faint idea on how to portray our music video, the band and the digipak which will be made much later. As seen above we recorded our analysis in screencastify. The script is also below.
As a summary, the indie rock genre is much more creative and expressive generally from its mainstream counterparts. There is a wider variety of messages being communicated by the songs they perform compared to mainstream rock.
To improve our performance shots, we have been tasked to plan performance shots to shoot, make a list with reasons on why, like what effects will it contribute to the music video? With this, we’ll bring it to our shoot so we don’t forget. As we learnt, we are expected to do the close ups and wide, long shots to complement them.
However, since our group is planning is doing a full narrative, our tutor has tasked to do the same thing, but with narrative in mind. We just done that. Most of the shots were mentioned in our pitch, so all had to was to justify the reasons on why. Matthieu also added some original shots as well which I didn’t think of, which I like.
However for us, this certainly not enough. We’re going to have to heavily storyboard this precisely to the second to make it work, otherwise we’re going to have to do a performance.