Preliminary Tasks

Lip Syncing Exercise

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.

 

Mood Montage

To familiarise ourselves with how shots and camera techniques can create meaning we made a short video montage. We also used this task to practice keeping the camera steady whilst shooting video and also using a variety of different shots. This montage needed to communicate an idea/concept, our concept being loneliness/lost.

Storyboard

 

Montage

I think that my montage has an emotional impact because it makes the audience feel sympathetic towards the girl because she’s on her own. This shows that the sequence conveys a feeling of loneliness by the sole focus of each shot being this girl, with no other people in any of the shots. A specific shot which creates meaning is the extreme close up of the eye with a tear (0:09); this shot shows her sadness and distress from being lonely/isolated.

My montage wasn’t intended to tell a story, instead it was meant to just reflect the concept of loneliness. This was so we could focus more on how the ideas were conveyed through the camera techniques rather than coming up with a story. In order to strongly convey our theme of loneliness without a story we used repetition of some shots, for example the corridor shot (0:11 and 0:28) which shows the monotony of being on her own to the audience.

If I were to shoot this montage again, I would use another tracking shot because I feel like the video needs more movement. By this I mean in most of the shots the model is just standing still so more video filming techniques could’ve been used to communicate meaning instead of just angles and static shots. This exercise has helped me prepare for making my music video because it has allowed me to become familiar with filming techniques rather than just photography, it has also introduced me to Adobe Premiere which is the computer program I’ll be using to edit my music video.

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