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Production Meeting Agenda for Narrative Shoot

This is our production meeting agenda. This will determine whether we will have a successful shoot or not! It is really important for us to have a copy of this for the day of the shoot as we will need to know where to go and what time we need to be there. My group and I also have a group chat on Facebook Messenger which we will be communicating with each other on so that we know exactly what to bring on the day.

These meeting agendas are vital for when it comes to the shoot as we will want to be as prepared as humanely possible.

Narrative Storyboard

This is our narrative storyboard for our shoot tomorrow! I am very excited and buzzed to do this shoot as we have been planning it for so long and really want to do a good job. We put a lot of work into this storyboard and we are very pleased with it.

The storyboard is very important when planning for any sort of video. It will tell us exactly where we need to position the camera and determine that we will capture everything. If we didn’t have a storyboard, we would be sure to miss out lots of some really good and effective shots. The storyboard can also help us be more organised and save a lot of time which we can use for perfecting and re shooting specific shots that might not have gone very well.

We will be sure to follow this plan when filming tomorrow:


Shoot Reflection (Performance)

This is my reflection of our performance shoot. Below are some images of the production of the shoot. We all has a really good time.

The Performance:

We sent about three hours filming our performance shoot and about one hour to set up. It was a long and painful process but the footage we received was brilliant and we were all incredibly chuffed. 

The performance actually went really well and despite the two performers feeling a bit nervous about the shoot, they managed to relax and get into the music. I was very impressed! The costumes worked really well as a plus and I am happy that we looked into the smaller details of what they were wearing. The tattoo sleeves worked especially well and so did the funky glasses. The use of props also looked professional and realistic, I’m very happy we went that extra mile to get hold of some proper instruments and access to lights.

The three of us were also impressed with the location as the dark studio reflected the style of the Indie Rock genre extremely well and definitely met the given conventions. 


  • We will make sure to capture some more close ups of the performers facial expressions during our next shoot.
  • We will use more push ins and interpret this into our editing.
  • We will work hard to make sure we set up quicker and in a far less stressful environment/atmosphere!


Narrative Development

Our narrative shoot is this Tuesday and my group and I have to be aware of what we want to get across to the audience and how we are going to do that. We have therefore created a narrative structure that will help us in the production of our shoot. I think this was an excellent idea as we were able to discuss what needed to be shown on camera and more specifically why. I am happy with the document we created as it will come in handy when we need it most this Tuesday!

The relationship between our narrative and the song will be amplified as we want to create our own themes as well as relating to the song. This is because the narrative is subordinate to the performance.  We will use a complex narrative structure to convey our central character repeating a routine like week and will use inter textual references to depression and anxiety.

To meet the narrative conventions of an indie rock music video we will have to use repetition  and authenticity.  We will have a catalytic moment at the very end of our music video where the equilibrium will be disrupted and our star will break free from her usual routine. 

Performance Rough Cut-Draft One

This is the rough cut of my music video for if it were just a performance shoot. It is a very messy and imperfect piece of editing and definitely requires a lot of work but I am happy my group and I had enough footage to source it. We were able to capture some really interesting and advanced moments of cinematography which I am really proud of and will definitely be using for the actual video. I am also incredibly proud of the two performers who properly threw themselves into the song and had a good time doing so!

Personally, in order to improve this shoot on my behalf, I would have checked through the footage as we were shooting and tried to get a few more close ups. This is key for capturing reactions and facial expressions;I wish we had captured more! I would have also played around with the lighting in the room as we could have experimented a lot more with the different coloured gels. It would have been really effective to have different colours at different moments in the song to convey different feelings and emotions. I am still glad that we were able to use the red gel as this definitely came off as being more passionate and angry which is just our intention!

What Went Well:

  • We were able to capture a lot of really professional and polished looking shots that will make our music video look great!
  • We created an emotive and suited atmosphere for the performers to work in so we managed to create the right mood for the video.
  • We were able to experiment with a lot of moving shots that ended up looking fantastic.

Targets For Improvement:

  • We should have sorted out the lighting and made sure there was no grain or too much contrast on our footage.
  • We could have also captured some more reaction shots and facial expressions as these are key when getting across a certain message.
  • We could have done more push ins, dolly zooms and high angle shots as this would’ve been far more effective and interesting to watch!

I am extremely pleased with the footage we managed to get and can’t wait to put our creative ideas together again when filming for our narrative, I’m thoroughly enjoying myself!

Star Image Planning

This is our ideal image of what we want our star image/central character to dress and look like. It is clear from these images and analysed labels that she will stand out from the crowd as being unique and alternative but there will still be an obvious attempt that she is trying to fit in. To suit the generic conventions of an Indie Rock music video, the central character must look moody and almost grungy. We plan too film a metanarrative on Tuesday and tell a story that an odd few may be able to relate to. 

Tyler from Twenty One Pilots doesn’t dress or convey himself like anybody else. He often wears clothes that make him appear younger and of course, he always wears his statement item which is a red beanie hat. It is clear to see that Tyler stands out from the crowd and though his simple, modern, everyday look is very simple, it is easily recognised because it suits him and fits the generic conventions of his music well. He creates paradoxes for his music videos and depend on the audience to look further and find the underlying message. He often wears extraordinary items of costume as well like his balaclava mask which he wears on multiple occasions in his music videos. He is a Here are some images of what he looks like:


The mise en scene used in these images clearly communicate this vibe to the audience and also convey her personality as a plus. It was important for us to do this task as it will help us when organizing for our first narrative shoot, it also gave us a lot of time to think about what costume items would work best and what wouldn’t. We were all very happy with our final decision and now feel confident and prepared for our shoot. I am very excited!

Genre Analysis

This is our voice thread of our genre analysis. Above is the script we used when we recorded this.

This was a slow and well thought out process as we wanted to be as professional and put together as possible. The Indie Rock community has a very distinct look and feel to it so capturing this on camera would definitely be quite the challenge. However, after a huge amount of research and video watching, we were able to find themes and key images that the genre tend to use to convey there style.

This was a really interesting process as it taught me that every area of music is unique in it’s own way. It’s all about how everything is portrayed through the camera. I learnt that even the small things like props and costume have a huge impact when filming an Indie Rock music video. I was very proud of the presentation we created as it reflected our research skills and effort to work together. My group and I are getting on extremely well and I can’t wait to start filming with them!


Risk Assesment

This is our risk assessment form for our performance shoot in the drama studio next week. This document is extremely important and will secure a safe and professional shoot. We created this document because it would also help in terms of organisation. This tells us where we need to be and at what time which will be incredibly important as we need extra performers for this shoot. 

The process of making this document was also very helpful as we were able to discuss as a group what needed doing and what we could to prevent each other from breaking equipment and hurting ourselves. It’s very important that we get used to creating documents like this if we want to ensure a safe a professional working environment. It is also important to do this because we will get a better quality and variety of shots in general!

Specsavers Creative Team Feedback

This week, we had a guest from Specsavers come in and show us a few techniques and creative ideas that could help improve our music video. This was a brilliant opportunity for my group and I to learn about the colour bleed idea we had and how we would go about it.

Lenny was excellent and was able to show us an easy and effective way of creating a colour bleed effects on Premiere Pro. I was really thankful for this experience and wished that I had filmed the tutorial he gave us as it was very helpful! Instead, I took a page of notes so that my group and I don’t forget how to do it when it comes down to editing. 

Lenny loved our idea and said it was really creative and has a lot of metaphoric potential. However to improve he gave us some targets:

  • Use the colour bleed only when it will have the most impact
  • Address our key themes in a sympathetic and approachable way
  • Use different styles of film such as: Stop motion, film noir and animation to make our piece as interesting as possible

Thanks to this feedback, my group and I now know just what we need to do in order to create the best piece of work we can.

Here is an image of the written notes I took and a YouTube Tutorial that will help us out in the editing process:

Production Meeting Agenda for Performance Shoot

This is our meeting agenda for our first shoot. This shoot will be for our location performance and we will be mainly focusing on the band and lead performer.

I was really happy with this task because even though it was hard, it gave my group and I the opportunity to talk about the shoot and discuss our ideas. My group and I are very creative and get a lot done so we were able to get all of our ideas down on paper and sort out what worked best and what didn’t. We were also able to contact possible performers who wanted to be in the shoot and who we thought would do a good job. It was very important that we sorted this as soon as possible because we had to make sure their timetable was free also. We could then work out a time and place that was convenient to everyone.

Also, the equipment we chose to use for our mise en scene (the drum kit) was at a different location.  We were also able to get a hold of the people who owned this equipment and organised lifts down to pick them up and take them to our shoot. This took a fair amount of organizing but it was worth it in the end!

This will help me in the future of our shoot as we will need to know who holds each responsibility. It is a great way at being more organised which is what I personally struggled with in the last task.