Thursday, 28 July 2011

Filming - The School Scenes

Our first shoot for the music video didn't go quite to plan! We decided to film the 'school' narrative part of the music video first. We had prepared much of our mise-en-scene before starting, such as the banner above the door and flags on the walls. Someone also managed to get hold of a pair of pompoms!

We began setting up o film after school, but quickly realised that we had picked the wrong location to film in! There were fashion show rehearsals and sports day try-outs going on, so our filming kept getting interrupted. Another problem we came across was the number of people trying to direct the shoot. As the whole class is working on the same video, everyone had different opinions, so there was a lot more discussion than there was filming.

After only getting a few shots we decided to call it a day, and try another time, when we were a lot more organised and everyone had their own roles.

For our second shoot we decided to move our location to somewhere a lot quieter. This worked out really well as we had a lot less interruptions. However, lighting was a problem as the location was a lot darker than the previous one, so we decided to use extra lights to brighten up the set. This time we also decided on who would be taking the main roles of camera and director to prevent any disagreements. We were able to film a good portion of the school scene, so this shoot was a lot more successful!

Monday, 25 July 2011

Lip-syncing Practice

To practice both lip-syncing on camera and then afterwards in post-production using editing, I lip-synced to a short section of the song. This is the result:

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Preliminary Task

As a preliminary task, we need to recreate the first minute or so of a music video. We preferably needed to choose a video that was shot within a school, as this would make choosing locations much easier. A few of the choices were:

  • "That's What I Go To School For" Busted (2002)
  • ".... Baby One More Time" Britney Spears (1999)
  • "Teenage Dirtbag" Wheatus (2000)
  • "Leave (Get Out)" JoJo (2004)
However, no one could agree on a video that we all wanted to do. Eventually we came across the music video for "Misery Business" by Paramore (2007).  The video was more recent than many of the other choices and a lot more challenging!

The crazily quick edits will make the task a lot more difficult but it seems that we're up for a challenge!

Friday, 22 July 2011

A2 Media

After an enjoyable first year of Media Studies at AS Level, I have begun the A2 course! I'm really looking forward to this next year and developing my skills even further.

We will be required to create our own music videos this year as our main task and I think it will be both challenging and really different to the film openings, but fun. In the lead-up to creating this videos we will also recreate an existing music video as a preliminary task. 

I cannot wait!