Evaluation of shoot

Up above is one of the cover sheets that displays a portion of the shots we’ve obtained from the photoshoot for our digipack. In the shoot we focused on getting smooth clean shots so when we manipulated the images in Photoshop the process would be easier and more efficient. Overall this shoot was a success as we achieved our goal of obtain clear shots that we were able to pick from almost all of them we started our digipack covers.

To get the shots to be as we wanted we made great use the flash lighting equipment, this helped as we synced up the lights with our camera so when ever we took a shot, the lights would flash as well, with the use of two lights this made sure that the backgrounds of our images were almost completely white and also that there were no shadows visible at all. This really helped as because the background was just a singular colour so when we photoshop our images we can easily  take out the backgrounds and implement different colours or designs as backgrounds instead.

Digipack Draft 1

   Here is our first draft of our digipak.

The feedback given to us on what to improve on.

Targets For Improvement:

  • Change the name of the band
  • Edit and adjust the images, take some out, resize and smooth them (photoshop)
  • Adjust the song list typefaces, change the font and how a number order to the songs
  • for Inside covers change up the colour a bit and especially work on the inside right
  • Write the copyright text correctly.

Digipak Moodboards

This is the moodboard we made to apply ideas for what we could do for our digipak, here we tried to add conventional ideas of the alternative rock genre to make our digipak’s genre more identifiable. We applied many ideas such as abstract colouring and the distortion of pictures in attempt to have an edgy and weird feel, the red hand in the middle and the plain black background is what I believe to be most conventional as they give a grungy feel that is kind of feel we’d like to go for.

We were attempting to have a grungy and sort of abstract design on our moodboard, for example the cut out face at the top right was an idea we were pushing to be on our actual digipak having multiple face with different colours mixed together.

Although the moodbard is a bit brief with little on it, it is still useful to us as we were able to come up with many possible ideas that fit our genre, so now when making the digipak we can explore these ideas more.

Contact Sheet

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Here are the results for our digipak photo shoot of which we have collected all of them shots we’ve taken and put them on a contact sheet. We believe that this shoot was a success as we managed to get the shots that we originally wanted and in very good quality but we also got a variety of other shots as well that have given us more creativity and ideas for what we want to do for our digipak design.

This shoot went very well although we did come across some problems with equipment at the start that in future should have been sorted earlier, we still got a healthy amount of shots that many of which can be used in our product. When it comes to which pictures we will use it would be close up shots of each of our band members and whole band shots.

Photoshoot Production Meeting and Risk Assessment

This is my groups production meeting agenda for out digipak photo shoot, in this document we established the dates of meeting and the shoot, what kind of shots we wanted, who we would be shooting and the mise-en-scene that we want for it. This was useful for our shoot as it gave us a plan in which we could stick to during the shoot and made it more organized to set up and get our performers to know what they need and where they’re going.

This risk assessments assessment is useful as that we can identify any hazards that may be present at the location of the shoot so we can control that risk ensuring that the shoot environment is completely safe for both us and our performers.

Previous Students Work

Appropriate to task: I would give it a lower level 4 in this as the product is conventional and reflects its genre which the evidence of a mod and British punk/rock them as shown by the use of a Union Jack flag and the electric scooter. In addition it uses a good variety of models totalling in 4 unique personalities and costume that is conventional to the genre. There are some comedy aspects with how some of the models are shot but this is controlled so it doesn’t go all the way to being a parody.

Use ICT appropriately: This is an upper level 4 as there is clear and intelligent use of apps such as photoshop, indesign and possible other. This is shown through the layout of the digipak for example the inside right cover is a picture of an L plate but then edited so the top left corner peels off to reveal another picture of the band.

Manipulating Photos: The pictures used in this digipak have clear and skillful use of photo manipulation therefore I’m giving it an upper level 4, this is shown through how they use colour filter on the front and back cover, specifically on the front cover where the background of the image has a black and white filter that appeals to the British punk/rock genre and tone while also having the band members in the foreground still in colour presenting the theme of the bands importance.

Mise-En-Scene selection: clear use of mise-en-scene that is a lower level 4, firstly costume very well suits a British music genre theme with the use of a Union Jack shirt and clothing that closely represents a mod. lighting is calm, done well in each picture so that we can clearly see band members and objects, the action is conventional to a band, showing them all close together and getting up to antics, make-up is only seems to be done on one band member and is more casual, the props used emphasise this mod theme with the electric scooter and the helmet and finally the setting being all greyed out is conventional to the genre and helps the foreground stand out.

Digipak Photo mock-up

 Back cover                                                           Front coverInside left                                                          Inside right

This is the mock up for our digipak. For this we tried to go for an alternative rock style as that is our genre, therefore we didn’t want to go with hardcore and dark imagery and instead went for a more lighthearted and a more band focused theme while still having a bit of edgy and grungy elements really trying to go for an “alternative” version of rock that some may see as an 80’s rock style. This mock up may come across as too lighthearted and could be seen as a parody so when it comes to our actual digipak we will have to make it a bit more edgy or dark to fit the alternative rock genre more.

This task has helped us establish a basic idea for what we want to do with our final product, using most of the ideas that we have implemented to our mock we will adjust and stylize them with our actual band members making use of light and editing techniques to achieve these effects.

Digipak Conventions Analysis

Here is an analysis on a conventional rock digipak. I looked at the style and design of the digipak to identify the conventional aspects that is used to make up a rock digipak. We looked at the layout, colours, font, picture manipulation and how each of them are used to fit the genre and how these techniques are used to do this.

This has helped me when thinking about what to do with my digipak by showing me what is conventional to the genre I now have a template that I can use when creating mine instead of going in blind, while also adding my own ideas using both conventional and unconventional aspects to create a unique and appealing digipak.