In pairs we created a lip sync video to a popular song, this helped to allow us to be familiar with the equipment we will be working with whilst producing our own music videos. Unfortunately, we could not get access to a green screen but we were still able to practice using a DSLR to film and Adobe Premiere software to edit our video.

Dua Lipa ‘New Rules’ Lip Sinc

Lip syncing is an important factor of an effective music video because it allows the artist to express the emotions they want to convey in the song through how they sing it. For example, this song is an upbeat song about being independent and getting over an ex so we tried to look happy and confident to convey these messages.

What went well?

I think that we both managed to keep in time with the song for the most part, this is important because otherwise it becomes very difficult to edit if the performer is out of sync with the audio and the lip syncing becomes obvious.

Another thing that went well was the camera work because it is steady throughout the whole video and there is lots of variety with angles, creating a more interesting video.

Targets for next time?

Continuing on from having a variety of angles, when shooting my music video I need to have more variety of shots and settings as well as different camera positions otherwise the video seems one-note and repetitive if the same setting is used for the entire duration.

One obvious target from watching back the film is that I needed to look into the camera the entire time because it’s clear to the audience that there are lines which I’m reading alongside the camera. This will not be a problem when shooting my music video because I will have memorised the lyrics so will not be as dependent on cues.

Another target to focus towards in our next shoot is accentuating our facial movement to make our lip syncing clearer. This is because even at times when we are singing the correct words it is not obvious on camera because our movements are so subtle, making the audience believe that it isn’t really us singing.