The risk assessment is an important tool which allows us to identify and eliminate most potential dangers before going out and filming. In addition to thinking of the risks, it was a site two of us had previously visited and was therefore familiar to the area. Thankfully it was a sunny day so it wasn’t very muddy and slippery.
Above is a rough compilation of all the different shots we have filmed over our afternoon of filming. This task allowed us to notice the variation of shots required to complete a music video and helps identify if we had taken enough shots for a final draft, this also presents the difference between good and bad shots as the lighting, camera focus, and framing are seemingly different throughout.
Overall my group worked very well together, we each had an input in most decisions and all helped in certain areas such as moving equipment, setting up equipment, and working the camera.
What was good:
The mise-en-scene from each member was very consistent and fit in well
The location suited the genre and had many sub areas that we could film performers individually whilst maintaining a similar yet different feel
Our performers put in the effort to mimic the song which makes editing to the beat/lyrics easier.
Targets for next time:
It would be good to experiment with more angles and different locations in the 180 degrees
Have a much clearer understanding of each shot before we get to filming them so the day goes smoothly
The performance turned out fairly well despite feelings of being unready. My performers turned up on time and with the appropriate apparel they were asked to wear, this allowed my group to begin filming without having the hassle of finding suitable clothing. My group also contributed to this by bringing all the equipment they were assigned to bring, this included props such as guitars and amplifiers. The weather for the shoot began to seem worrying as we had no way of protecting the equipment from rain which would have postponed our shoot, luckily it turned out to be a clear day which allowed us to access all areas of where we were filming. One of the performers was willing to accept a haircut and allowed us for the duration of filming to style it in a sense that fits in with the mise-en-scene of the genre.
On the negative side of things it would have been nice for us to have taken a tracking shot to add to the variation of shots we already have. Due to one member only having the haircut for that specific area of time it also limits how much we can film due to him no longer having the hairstyle and any further recording would violate the continuity of the video. Finally, one of the performers left without notice which resulted in us not being able to get a shot we would have liked to have taken on the day, this means the shots of individual performers will have to be done on other days, because we were concerned about continuity, we filmed the bassist for the shot whilst he still had his haircut.
Targets for next time:
Ensure objects not related to the scene are out of frame (we had a bag in a wideshot that I didn’t notice whilst filming which ultimately ruined the shot)
Make sure we have all the equipment before travelling to the venue (we left a microphone at someones house, luckily they lived only 5 minutes away)
Be sure the camera is focused and has everything in frame (I had to focus and readjust the camera during a run through which ruined that duration of filming)
The risk assessment is an important tool which allows us to identify and eliminate most potential dangers before going out and filming. In addition to thinking of the risks, two of us walked around the area and assessed it in person which adds to our understanding of the area and what needs to be avoided, Ollie then met up with a member of the company who gave us permission to use the filming premises and went through safety guidelines for the area.
In a previous lesson my group had the pleasure of talking to a professional in the creative sector for the Specsavers company. We were able to receive some feedback from him about our practise work and some features on premiere pro that will help us during post production.
One of the key elements we spoke about was lighting, this is because the rock genre benefits greatly from the use of shadows and highlights to give the environment contrast and life. We were told a great way of controlling lighting was to use multiple light sources to cover a larger or more specific area. Colour was also another mention as light walls reflect better and give a more even spread of the lighting throughout, dark walls on the other hand absorb light and may allow you to create a silhouette of the performers to give them that mysterious unidentifiable image.
Secondly, we were shown some editing features that allow us to modify lighting and image quality in post production. This included exploring the features of Lumetri colour correction, video opacity and overlay, and the many tint features which added a grain on a video clip. He then explained how using each of these features in moderation can give a very dark undertone which suits the rock genre fairly well. A final word from him was that although lighting is important, we have to focus on getting a good amount of it and not overdoing each effect in the final draft.
Having received this in depth feedback and being taught a few new features that may assist in our final video, my group will be able to produce a more appealing and unique music video.
This youtube video is essentially a summary of what we had been taught. This mainly features the lumetri colour panel which includes a wide range of options for colour editing a video.
This is the production meeting agenda for my music video. It is important that we follow each stated area closely so we do not forget any items and everyone has their own responsibility. It also has the time and dates so nobody will be late and knows what they need to do and where and the images for location and costume as to give the group members a good idea of what they need to comply with and how the location is laid out.