Using a slideshare and having listened to several songs, choose one that you have a ‘vision’ for.
Embed the MP3
Embed the lyrics or the lyric video
Complete a word cloud with @ 20 descriptive words, adjectives, adverbs, nouns that come to mind when you listen to the song.
Complete a very brief 2 sentence description of the narrative
Complete a very brief 2 sentence description of the performance
Once this is complete you will find out who is in your group and you will pitch your own idea to each other and then choose one to carry on and complete a really full, detailed pitch that you will present to your teacher.
Start with thinking, ‘Who will perform this?’ and work from there. Perhaps opt for a solo performer to make organisation easier.
If possible choose people from within your class who could perform/act.
Don’t choose something that is well known.
Don’t choose something too long, 3.5 minutes is plenty.
Album tracks or cover versions are useful options Beware of Warner Music Group and its associated record labels as these will just be taken down/blocked.
TIPS AND ADVICE
Avoid showing or referencing overtly sex, smoking, drinking, drugs as the majority of you are under 18 and, probably, so are your target audience.
Best to avoid mimed dialogue as it looks odd and people tend to laugh.
Avoid ‘dancing’ unless you can show us it will be ‘theatrical/performance’ based. Synchronised swimming out of water is not useful to any narrative. Choreographed street dance etc for relevant genres is good – as long as you have skilled practitioners who don’t mind doing it, again and again and again.
Think about your performers: are they available, will they be happy to film possibly on several occasions? Do they have stage and film presence?
Do you have access to instruments, transport, locations and if not – focus on a single performer with no instruments.
Risk: We need to risk assess everything so unless you have access to firemen and adult lifeguards – fire and water are out of the equation.
Think: doable, can I film this in two shoots? Studio shoots are not good quality light wise. Some of the best videos are the simplest but well shot and well dressed and well edited.
Please listen to music on these site for inspiration:
…is a way of generating ideas from music – effectively ‘seeing sounds in your head’.
It is a really helpful technique to use when listening to music in order to come up with visual ideas. When listening to a piece of music you should concentrate on each of the following features in turn:
Sense of subject matter
Grain of voice
Here is a Prezi which explains and illustrates these ideas:
You will listen to two songs and write down the images, ideas, colours, adjectives, themes, subjects that come to mind when listening to the lyrics, beat, grain of voice, tempo etc.
Then we will watch the videos and see how close you were to how the music was interpreted in visuals.
Here’s a music video we’re going to complete a close analysis of…
If you don’t like it choose another, but check with your teacher first, there are some old favourites below…
You should type up that analysis and embed it into a post called “Close Analysis of Music Video.” and then also complete another one of your choice. Use the ones below or from somewhere else but the ones below are full of points to analyse/deconstruct.
This work is important as it shows that you are able to deconstruct the narrative, performance, star image and generic & technical conventions of a music video. This will help inform your own production ideas.