Friday, 22 July 2011

Thursday, 21 July 2011

1. Did you enjoy the workshop day? What were your best bits and why?

I really enjoyed the workshop shoot. I thought that it would be really tiring and stressful, but it was actually a really enjoyable day. As there were so many people, we all kept each other in good spirits and energetic, and it was a great bonding experience! I really enjoyed experiencing what it was like to work backstage on a shoot, as well as in front of the camera. It was a great environment – professional yet relaxed – which allowed us to learn a lot on the day.

2. What did you learn from participating in the workshop?

Most importantly, the day gave me a great impression of what it was like to be on set. I really enjoyed being ‘backstage’, either taking photos to document the day, or helping with filming. I had a go at ‘cable-bashing’, which allowed me an insight into the role of a cameraman and as I was closer to the director I learnt about what thoughts go into getting a good shot – focus, exposure and framing were very important and often mentioned.

It was great to see everything that we had leanrt about in class come together on a real set. We had been told about tracks, cranes and different lighting, lenses and cameras but hadn't put this knowledge into practise in a professional environment yet, so it was helpful to see all this technical equipment in real.

Also, I learnt that working togethe on a project and bringing it to life is incredibly rewarding, although there may some bumps in the road. Being organised and prepared for anything is key!

3. Are you pleased with the footage and your edit? Is it how you expected it to look?

I am very pleased with the footage we got on the day. The lighting worked really well and everything is of a high quality. As we used different cameras (Canon 5Ds and 550Ds) the colour was slightly different in each camera position, so we needed to do some colour grading in post-production. Although this took a long time, it was a useful process that I learnt from, as I hadn't done it before.

I think that our edit is really successful– at first we kept to the original Five video, in order to get a structure. Then, we replaced some shots and changed others so that we had a more unique video that we were happier with. Although we managed to get most of the shots we needed on the day, some were missed out or we didn’t find them as effective when looking over them, so we chose to replace these with what we found more appropriate. Personally, I think that our video looks very professional and is technically good, for example the lip synching is accurate and convincing. There is a smooth transition from original to remade video which makes our footage even more convincing. I was a bit doubtful at first whether this transition would work, but now I think it does.

Here is our version of the video:

4. How do you think your workshop experiences will impact on your approach to next term's music video coursework?

Making this music video has been a great experience, and I have learn a lot through doing this that I look forward to using when I make my own music video. Experiencing what it will be like while having lots of people around to help has made me much more confident.

The day has reinforced how important organisation and technical skill are. There were a few times when equipment stopped working and it was important that everyone remained calm and patient, and helped each other along. Although we won’t have an experienced crew with us, I am sure that we will be able to work as a team to make everything come together. Also, I will keep in mind that it is important to keep all members of the cast and crew motivated and happy in order to create a memorable and happy atmosphere!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Re-Edit of the Five Music Video

In preperation for filming our own version of the 'Everybody Get Up' music video, and to understand more about what thoughts go into editing a music video, we re-cut the Five video. We used 'original' footage, and followed the actual video to get the shot order right.

I learnt a lot from this exercise:

- The order of shots affects the pace a lot
- It is important to cut quickly, from extremes to extremes, in order to keep the pace fast
- Editing can affect a band's identity and attitude - for example at the chorus, the cutting is less frequent, creating a calmer, more anthemy feel that draws the audience in
- Editing is important as it creates an audience/performer relationship - the audience look up to and admire the band as they jump, dance and dominate the screen
- In editing, cut aways are used to keep the pace up without making the video repetitive
- It is also important to use editing to show simultaneous action, creating the impression that the nband are havign a party and bring excitement and thrill to everyday life

Sunday, 3 July 2011

First Lipsynch - Everybody Get Up

This is my first attempt at a lipsynch. I was in Group 1, with Jess R, and we sang to 'Everybody Get Up' by Five, the song we will be using in our prelim project this summer!

Here is the music video that we will be remaking:


In our version of the music video, I don't mind which female part I play, but my top three choices would be: 12, 22, 24 - I'd put lots of effort in and be enthusiastic!