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Production Meeting Agenda for Narrative Shoot

This is the production meeting agenda for both shoots of the narrative section of my music video.  It is important that everybody brings what they are responsible for so that we are prepared to film every shot we need otherwise we may need to reshoot which would waste time. By creating this document, it gives everyone their roles and responsibilities before we shoot so that there is time to gather required equipment.

Narrative Development

Above is the narrative structure for my groups music video. It also includes how we will edit the narrative in post production. We have chosen to edit non chronologically due to the nature of what our narrative is, no matter where we are we have the same representation but some shots appeal to other thoughts such as curiosity or anger etc.

As it is a rock song we have decided to be more performance heavy which is typical for the genre. This is because we want to show off the performers and sell their identity to the audience whilst the narrative we include will benefit and accompany the performance nicely. The narrative stars will have a more visual appeal to get across messages without speaking words which is why we thought paint is an easy and effective way to get across the messages we wish to portray.

Finally, the narrative does not have a strict story so it essentially will just end where we feel it will be appropriate in the video. This is because we have invented the characters to be quite general so it gets the message across that anyone and all types of people can feel like this.

 

Performance Rough Cut – Draft 1

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

Shoot Reflection (Performance)

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)

Star Image Planning

 

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This is our star image planning which is an in depth analysis of our star. This includes images from their website, album covers, Instagram posts and images of the band. Doing this helps us to direct our performers to behave and convey appropriate, conventional actions and attitudes of the genre that make up the overall meta-narrative of our star.

We have learnt from this task that our star can be very interactive with the audience whilst maintaining a level of passion and enthusiasm to what they are doing.  The digipaks and general images of the star gives us an idea as to what ours should look like, with such effects as black and white and possible fog or extra effects, this adds a level of mood and expression to the star. By having them reach out to their audience and promoting themselves indicates that they are proud about what they produce and want to share it.

By creating this moodboard of images of the band using album covers and posts on social media, it allows me to understand what the band are about, how they get across messages, what they appear as, and how it can benefit my own work such as adding in detail to match the genre.

Risk Assesment

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.

Specsavers Creative Team Feedback

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.

 

Production Meeting Agenda for Production Shoot

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.

Permission from Artist

Requesting permission is imperative due to the audio content being someone else’s property. Without sufficient permission our video may be taken off of youtube and if this was for commercial purposes more lawful actions could be enforced. By asking we are hoping to be allowed the rights to use the song in our video so we have no problems when uploading.

Genre Conventions Analysis

This Voicethread shows my group describing the conventional features of our music video genre in terms of: Mise-en-scene, camera techniques, themes, narratives, star image, album art, music and edit/effects. This task helped us to create a blueprint to ensure that we stick to our chosen genre and represent it using the conventional aspects of the genre.

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