June 26

Test Shoots

Test Shoot

What went well

  • use of different shots
  • editing used multiple techniques
  • shadow created an eerie effect
  • changes in lighting changed perceptive
  • angles in the video created mood
  • transitions from shot to shot added to genre and style


  • achieve better lighting
  • chose a different location
  • actor needs to fit the artist
  • focus the camera
  • play with the editing more

From these targets we have discovered that the lighting we used was not the best to achieve a professional style music video, the room we used was too small and restricting so we have decided to change location to a larger black room on the school grounds. In this smaller room we used there was limited space and we could only achieve close up shots and no long shots or establishing shots, removing the dramatic effect of the shots and editing.

March 20

Prelim Task Lip Syncing Exercise

Greenscreen studio footage with the performance synced to the song and an analysis of how the lip sync is important for star image as well as analysis of what went well and what didn’t go so well. Always focus forward too.

Poker face


From doing this preliminary task I have gained knowledge on how to sync up lyrics and the singer effectively for the audience. The different scenes of the lip sync help to build depth in the video and give it more structure, the overall video is well developed as I think that the lip syncing is matched well to the song. Although this was a difficult process that took a significant amount of accuracy and patience it has helped me to become one step closer to creating my own music video with elements of lip syncing in it that will be very important for the narrative and performance.

What went well

I think that the footage from the green screen shoot were well recorded and gave many different angles to work with for an effective lip syncing piece, the contrast between close up shots and long shots helped to display the song performance. Along with this I think that I connected the different pieces of footage together to create a simple but effective lip syncing video that is easy to watch and listen too without getting confused with the timings of the shots, I think I managed to time the lyrics with the lip syncing well so that it had the strong illusion the actors were singing the words.

Even better if

What would make the video more powerful is if some of the actors in the video looked like they were enjoying it more and having some fun with the lip syncing, be less embarrassed and more excited learning lyrics would have helped as there was less footage to work with because people did not know their lyrics. It would have helped if I had completed the video on Adobe premier pro at school as it was easier to use than wevideo which was admittedly less accurate with timings and footage but it did work.

Focus forward

Focusing forward to the future of creating my own music video with possibly some lip syncing, this has been a good task to do in preparation for the music videos as I now know how to effectively create a lip sync and what to use for it, both premier pro and wevideo work to create this type of technique. I am excited to start creating my music video and look forward to adding in some lip sync.


March 3

Prelim Task Mood Montage

StoryBoard Of Montage

For this preliminary task, we worked in groups of two or three to understand what it was like to work with others and have certain responsibilities. By constructing a montage with a story and narrative helped me to get used to using a variety of distances and angles in shots, my group to work with the title of “practice makes perfect” which developed a story of a male student attempting to shoot a hoop over a period of a few hours and finally succeeding in the end.

Final Montage


When starting this task of designing a montage with a narrative and title, I did not think that I would be this pleased and satisfied with the outcome. The concept of someone attempting to shoot a hoop many times and failing then making one last shot and succeeding really displayed the title of “practice makes perfect”. Although my group did not stick to the storyboard of the montage as we took still shots which did not work in the montage it still worked out well and looked effective, we each got a chance of going behind the camera and seeing what it was like to take charge and be the director for the shot.

We added in a few title cards to break up the montage, this helped my group to organize the next scenes and make them more effective. The music we chose was from high school musical, head in the game, this fitted well as the same sport is going on in the original scene, the sounds from the music also fit well with the movement in the montage, I do think that the camera work could be more steady as even though we were told to use the tripod for some shots it was still unsteady or out of focus but with practice of using the camera, it can be altered and fixed to make it more in focus and steady.

A close-up shot of the hoop told the audience how important it was in the story and many continuous shots of the ball failing to go into the hoop reinforced how much the character was practicing. The low angle of the ball rolling along the floor gave a nice contrast to the mid shots of the character shooting the hoops, the transitions into the different scenes and shots were edited well and make perfect sense to the narrative emphasizing the effectiveness of the shots.



To evaluate this piece of media I would say that it is powerful and conveys a strong sense of determination and failure into success, the use of different camera angles and distances helped to add much more depth to the montage to make it more appealing for viewers. I think that we managed to get a wide amount of shots with different angles and distances, this enabled my group to display a range of emotions in the character, including determination, frustration, and joy.

I think that this montage has made an impact on audiences, it tells people to never give up and always keep persevering through tough times even if you think you cannot do it allowing it to have a sense of story as the character tries many times to succeed, it is motivational and strong as the audience see the character’s frustration in the shots. One specific cut image in the montage at 0:32 of a side angle long shot captures the character’s exasperation, it creates meaning as many people can relate to the obvious emotion shown in the shot. There is a powerful sense of progression as the character slowly improves shooting as he is determined and never gives up, the repetition of close up shots of the basketball hoop help to emphasize the story is set around the prop and gives a reason for the characters frustration and emotions, it helps communicate the idea of practice and success to the audience. An additional shot that could be used in this montage would perhaps be a low angle shot of the character holding the ball to show he is victorious and show pride and success even more to the audience.

Focusing forward I would like to be able to gain more skills in camera use, I would like to improve being able to display emotion through distances and angles. I would perhaps be more organized with ideas and aspects such as props and costume, I would prefer to stick to the original ideas and shots so that It becomes a clean-cut piece. For the music video, I would like to add a wider range of camera angles and distances to give a deeper depth and effect, It should reach out to the target audience that way and be as effective as it can be.

Overall, I am very pleased with how the montage has turned out, the music fits well and the scenes match up together to create a very interesting montage with different angles and distances.