Narrative Arc Stop Motion

As a group we have created this stop motion based on the narrative of “injustice and equality”.  This was In order to correctly understand how narrative can be used within music video’s.

Our stop motion fits the traditional linear narrative structure set out by Todorov, as the video is presented with a start (exposition), A Middle (Climax) and an Ending (Denouement).

The storyline is as follows: 

The man and the small child meet each other and the child happens to drop his toy. Then the man steals the toy from the child and leaves the scene. The small child then returns to the scene with a police officer to arrest the man and take him to prison.

Our narrative also represents the conventional character types. It portrays a Heroin, the Child’s savior, after the climax. The ‘Damsel in Distress‘ is represented by the child and the antagonist is presented as the thief who steals from the child. Within this stop frame animation we have to include Binary Oppositions, a theory creates by Levi Strauss. we were given “injustice and equality” and had to show this occurring between the Lego Men.

It is important for us to consider these different sorts of narrative features when looking to create a music video narrative, as often the narrative will differ from traditional film media. Music videos are often repetitive as often the lyrics on which the narrative is based on are repeated within the song. This helps for the audience to keep a sense of place within the music video and for the narrative not to overpower the songs meaning.

When planning the narrative for our music video we have considered which features we will want to include and what narrative content relation there will be. We have chosen to portray a Amplification Narrative as this allows for us to create a narrative which incorporates the ideas within the lyrics as-well as to include other narrative scenes which we feel will help the video referent the genre of Contemporary R&B

Prelim Task 2 – Tell me a Story

This preliminary task includes is a short story about how Harry managed to turn up to school in his PJ’s!

As a pair with Amie we chose to create a story about Harry turning up to school with the incorrect Artie. The aim of this task was to develop our editing skills, which is something I think I have defiantly done. In my eyes this video is more of a sketch to practice some of the basic editing techniques.  Some of these editing techniques that I have learnt are:

  • Cutting on Action 
  • Match On Action 
  • Cut/Razor tool
  • Jump Cut 

These techniques are some that I have learnt about from doing this task however I have no used them all. I used Match on Action to simply move the actor through the door within the editing software so that It can be seen from a range of angles.

Some of the filming techniques that we have used within our video and some that I have now learnt are:

  • Panning 
  • Trombone effect
  • Tilt
  • canted angle filming 

These techniques help to create a more interesting video than it would have been otherwise. My favorite technique that I used whilst filming was the Panning shot. this is an effective shot to show the movement of someone walking and it worked very well within this short video.

What Worked Well 

Within this short video I believe that I stuck to the 180 Degree rule very well. This is where you only stay one side of the set so that you don’t get any cross overs of camera men and camera’s in the background.  Along with that it also doesn’t confuse the audience in where about they are watching from.  I made sure that I didn’t go the wrong side when filming and when I did I corrected myself and re shot it.

What Needs Improving

I think that one part of this video that needs improving is the length and the amount of videos that I had. If I was to do this task again I would make sure I’ve got a larger range of shots espechially super close ups to get everyone facial expressions.

Overall in conclusion, doing this video has helped me learn a range of techniques and also it has helped me to understand some basic skills such as the 18- degree rule which I can now use in my Music video when filming.


Prelim Continuity Task 1

Below is my final edit for my Prelim Continuity Task1

This video includes a range of techniques for effect. I have used a range of Camera Techniques and Used the guidelines of Continuity Editing to be successful within this work.

The Camera Techniques that I have used are:

  • Using a Tripod – to view over shoulders and filming the same scene multiple times from different angles. I used these techniques mainly to show the emotions of the characters and also show the whole conversation to the viewer. The emotions change during the scene so it is important that these changes are connected with the viewer so that the story makes sense and translates properly.

The continuity editing rules that I have learnt and put into place within my video are:

  • Eye line Match
  • Shot reverse shot 
  • 180 degree rule
  • Match on action  
  • Fast Paste Cuts

All of these different techniques within continuity editing have allowed for the following:

  • Make sense of space, make sense of actions/ reactions, make sense of the passage of time, give event rhythm and call the audiences attention to specific objects/ characters/ events. I have

learnt to use the following tools/techniques in Premiere Pro…

  • The razor tool, exporting and uploading video.
  • The razor tool is used to cut footage. The video was exported and uploaded to YouTube so that it can be viewed by everyone.

If I was to do this project again I would do some things differently…

  • I would try to use more techniques to the scene and also film even more interesting shots or angles. Also understanding the proxemics of the room before starting filming, we had to make some changes to the script so that we could make it work in the room. I would also include some very close ups using the camera so that I would not have to crop the video file in premier pro as that made the quality of the video worse.

Below is the script that I used for my video. It has annotations from both myself and my Co – Director Harrison Bradshaw so that we could  figure out what shots we wanted when and where within this sketch.