Prelim Task – Lip Syncing Exercise

Above is my music video from the lip syncing exercise in the green screen studio; my class chose the song ‘Poker Face’ by Lady Gaga.

I used an online software called ‘WeVideo’ to edit the video, this allowed me to cut the videos and match them up with the audio to ensure it looking professional and engaging.

Lip syncing is really important for the star image, the aim is to make it look as though they are performing the song. Lip syncing can help convey different emotions which can make a big impact on the video. They can either use highly exaggerated expressions to show their emotions or more subtle expressions to allow the audience to interpret their own meaning to the song. It is also important that you get an actor who ‘looks the part’ so the video looks natural.

What went well:

  • The editing went well which meant the lip-syncing was in time with the song
  • Used a variation of different camera angles: mid-shot, close-up, wide-angle
  • The actors ensured the lip-syncing looked natural. They did this by pronouncing the words correctly without over-exaggerating.

Even better if:

  • Perhaps a different song as the one we used was very repetitive and the actors found it hard to lip-sync due a dislike of the song.
  • More movement from some of the actors would’ve made the video more engaging as some parts are slightly boring.
  • We didn’t consider Mis-en-scene in this video however if we had, it would’ve made a massive impact of the video making it more interesting more audience. The video looks quite confusing for the audience as the actors were all wearing random clothing choices.

Green Screen Studio Filming

A big part of music videos is the conventional feature of lip-syncing. Before making our own music videos it is important we understand how to lip-sync effectively and how to film in the studios.

Our task was to lip-sync in a practice music video, learn how to use to equipment in order to film the video, and then later on edit all the shots to create a music video.

We were lucky enough to be able to visit the green screen studio at the College of FE where we were able to learn how to lip-sync and gain experience filming in a studio. We used a multi cam setup which enables you to record multiple angles at once and also takes a lot less time. For example, one camera could film a close-up whilst the other shoots a wide-shot. The cameras which we used for filming were set up onto tripods. This enabled the recordings to be stabilized, which meant the filming looked professional.

Below are some photos showing us at the green screen studio:

Initial song ideas for a video – Mini pitch

Above is my mini pitch for my initial song idea. The song I have chosen is ‘silence’ by Grace Carter. I chose this song as I had an idea for a narrative which I thought was quite strong and would make an impact on the audience. The slideshow includes lyrics, narrative to performance ratio, ideas for the narrative and ideas for the performance.

Below is another copy of the lyrics:

[Verse 1]
Say everything’s better in the daylight
So why’d you leave me in the dark?
If you’re gonna say something, say something
Don’t say nothing
And you believe in something ’cause it sounds right
And when you told me what I wanna hear
Don’t just say nothing, say nothing
Just say something[Pre-Chorus]
Don’t blame me
For the mess that you’ve been causing
I believe
Every word you didn’t say
Now I see
You’re only gonna break me down[Chorus]
If you wanna say something
Man up, don’t say nothing
Oh, I speak the truth (Yeah, yeah)
If you wanna say something
Silence don’t mean nothing
But it does to you
How did silence become a part of you?[Verse 2]
I been dreaming of your silhouette all night
‘Cause I haven’t seen it all
If you wanna say something, say something
Don’t say nothing[Pre-Chorus]
Don’t blame me
For the mess that you’ve been causing
I believe
Every word you didn’t say
Now I see
You’re only gonna break me down

[Chorus]
If you wanna say something
Man up, don’t say nothing
Oh, I speak the truth (Yeah, yeah)
If you wanna say something
Silence don’t mean nothing
But it does to you
How did silence become a part of you?

[Bridge]
No, I’m not on my knees
Begging for you
For you to comfort me
No, I don’t want that
Just needed your honesty
But all I want now
Is for you to speak to me
Like you never did

[Chorus]
If you wanna say something
Man up, don’t say nothing
Oh, I scream the truth (Yeah, yeah)
If you wanna say something
Silence don’t mean nothing
But it does to you (Yeah, yeah)
If you wanna say something
Man up, don’t say nothing
Or I scream the truth (Yeah, yeah)

[Outro]
If you wanna say something
Silence don’t mean nothing
But it does to you
Now the silence is part of me and you

Favourite Music Video from Former Student

Before starting my own music video, we have done a number of tasks to ensure we are prepared and to help build our knowledge into music video. Below is my favourite music video from the 2019:

Despite this not being a genre of music I would typically listen to, I felt the mis-en-scene, editing and camera made it enjoyable to watch.

The performance to narrative ratio is 60:40. I think this worked really well as the narrative didn’t over power the video although there was a suitable amount to ensure the audience understand the concept. I though the idea of the 7 deadly sins was really good as it made the video interesting and I haven’t seen this done before. The title of the song is ‘cut the cord’. They also included this in the narrative without being cliche. The performance was good throughout as they all stayed in character and portrayed the genre well. One aspect I disliked was that the main singer held the microphone directly over his mouth so you weren’t able to see him lip syncing; I felt this really let them down as it seemed as if they hadn’t bothered to learn the words. The relationship between the song and the narrative would said to be ‘illustration’ as the narrative in the video very closely echoes the lyrics and music.

Another reason I really enjoyed this video was the mis-en-scene. They seemed to have a good idea of the mis-en-scene they wanted to use and stuck to this throughout. I thought the setting was particularly interesting and fit with the genre really well. The costumes also worked well as they portrayed the genre without being too over the top so the audience were able to recognise the genre from the start. I think the best mis-en-scene element was the acting. They stuck with it throughout and made it look very natural, there was no awkwardness or discomfort.

Another thing that made this video stand out from the rest is the technical conventions used such as props. The props used all had a purpose and really added another layer of interest to the video.

Detailed Music Video Analysis

I was set the task of analysing two music videos in detail in order to help progress my knowledge.

Below is a detailed analysis of Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm”:

Below is a detailed analysis of Sia’s ‘Elastic Heart’:

This task allowed me to look at music videos in greater depth and how all the different aspects communicate meaning and add to the narrative. After this task, I feel I have a good understanding of how I can make a successful music video now that I have analysed 6 music videos and two in particular detail. It has also allowed me to decide what I liked and disliked about the videos and given me inspiration for my own music video.

Media Video Form & Conventions

Before creating my own music video I need to do some research and look into some music videos, their purpose and conventions.

Below is an analysis of 4 music videos:

From looking at these music videos I have learnt:

  • A music video can be all narrative, all performance, or a bit of both although most commonly it is a bit of both. A performance is when the artist is performing their song and will typically be lip syncing. A narrative is when the video tells a story and there is no performance.
  • The relationship between the song and narrative can either be illustration (the narrative is closely related to the lyrics), amplification (the narrative is inspired by the song but adds a new element as well) or disjuncture (the narrative holds very little relationship to the song).
  • The star in the music video is almost always the artist of the song.
  • Technical conventions for any genre include lip syncing, editing to the beat, camera shots, camera movement, mis-en-scene, editing, lighting, sound, props and colour.

This task has really helped me understand music videos and I now feel much more knowledgable and more prepared for when I make my own music video.

Below are the 4 music videos:

 

Preliminary Task Mood Montage

As a part of the preparation for our music video, we were set the task of creating a short montage. Our brief was ‘using montage filming editing to create a short film (40 seconds – 1 minute) which communicates a simple, single idea’. For our montage, my group chose the theme ‘no place like home’. We wanted to demonstrate the idea of the comfort of one’s home. Above is an image of my storyboard our group has designed to ensure we were organised and knew what shots we wanted to get. On each post it note, we wrote down the type of shot, the location and what we wanted to demonstrate. This task was helpful in ensuring our montage would be successful.

 

Above is our final montage that we edited on Premier Pro. Overall, I think the montage conveys a story and the idea of ‘no place like home.’ However, it we had more time, we could’ve shot at someones house rather than at school and this would have created a bigger impact and made more sense. Our montage includes transitions and filters which makes it slightly more interesting for the audience.

We chose the story ‘no place like home’ which was slightly harder to convey as we had to film at school, although we chose locations that showed a sense of relaxation; for example, the sofa. The mid shots where Kira is drinking her cup of tea and it cuts from her outside to her inside (18-20 seconds), clearly demonstrates the idea of her being comfortable and relaxed at home. I think we could have included some additional shots showing the transition from leaving work/school, and journey home, and then arriving at home. This could have made it clearer to the audience what we were trying to portray. We didn’t repeat any shots as we felt this wasn’t necessary and wanted to show a story. Rather than a sense of progression, we demonstrated an experience; arriving home and feeling relaxed and comfortable.

This task has particularly helped me with using Premier Pro and developing my skills. I allowed me to gain experience filming, editing and acting which will all be helpful when making my music video.