Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Time plan for filming

magazine advert research

 Here are five of the magazine adverts I have been looking at to get inspiration for and I noticed many similarities.

Firstly, the main feature is the album cover itself which in most of these cases is a close up of medium close of of a figure which works well with ideas I've had for my magazine article.
Next up is the band logo which appears at the very top of the page or at the bottom of the album art in almost every example I've looked at. It seems this is a common but successful template that I will be employing into my advert. 
 The next common aspect is that the information is lay underneath the image in an appropriate colour to the main logo. This includes the album name, the release date, reviews and what it will be released on.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Green screen practice and the use of chroma key

As we are still using the silhouette as the main character in the video (just with a much lesser role to play), it is still very important to be able to create them as realistically as possible. here is some evidence of work that me and Niall have been doing to work on our skills to create the silhouette. We use the chroma key tool on Premier Pro for this.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Time plan

On Tuesday 19th November, Niall and I will use a camera we have booked out from college to take photos of the model in the morphsuit for our digipak. They will be used to create a silhouette like in the video but it will be easier with photos as we can use the white background sheet and lighting kit that college provides to full effect and then finish them off using Adobe Photoshop.

I will use lesson time and free time from 19/11  until 27/11 (the deadline) to finish my digipak which includes taking and completing the images. I have already added the main text and completed the entire head back page and some of the head front page.

Later I will upload my ideas and drawing to display the possibilities for this digipak and magazine advert.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Location organisation

This is the list of the set of locations for our new video

The video of the child playing football - this can be filmed in my garden where we have adult supervision, lots of space and all the necessary props like footballs and goalposts, a back up to this is in a local field. I have a park by my house with very suitable scenery for the shot.

Student - we will be using a classroom in college then later going to a local pub or bar to capture the student life, this will be filmed in black and white and can use a specific local pub called The Oak Apple as it is an older looking pub.

Working man - we can use my grandparent's house for this, it is an old fashioned house and is extremely suitable for this video.

War section - we will use a war memorial site in a park by my house. This time of year is ideal as poppies are around everywhere and the weather creates a perfect mood.

Performers and casting

A list of performers and casting in the new video idea with how we can get in contact with them.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Digipak research

I looked at my personal selection of digipak albums displayed in this picture and looked at reoccurring themes and ideas. I noticed that the digipak once opened up displays one image stretched along both or all three pages of the booklet. In a small number they were separate images but the vast majority displayed one shot which could be a band shot, a live performance shot, a band logo or just a disjunctive shot. This has given me inspiration and ideas for my own digipak using the heartbeat monitor idea.

I also noticed that on almost all of the digipaks I looked at, the track listing took up just a small amount of space on the page, and the rest of the space used a logo, a fairly blank page or a mixture of the two. Once again, this has given me a lot of inspiration for ideas on my digipak.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

New idea

After speaking to Niall and doing research into moving silhouettes, we realised it would be difficult and probably out of our capabilities to create a silhouette of a baby and a small child using the same actor and same suit, so we have devised an alternative which sticks to the theme of a journey from life to death and still uses the idea of the silhouette character. The character will be displayed as an old man in a hospital bed, the heart rate monitor line will be everpresent and layered above the silhouette which will help us to tie into Andrew Goodwin’s framework by matching the movement of that monitor like to the beat of the song. At this point, he is on his final few minutes and we follow them by visiting the flashbacks of his life he has in this time. These will be shot in colour video and edited to match the time zone they are supposed to resemble. This is helpful to us as although we have done practice, our skills of making a moving silhouette are simply not strong enough to last for the entire song professionally. So it will be easier to film this as it requires less post filming work and still sticks to the theme of a journey through life as an alternative that we like just as much as the original idea. The ideas we have for the stages of his life are him as a child, his as a student, his getting a girlfriend, him socialising and making friends, him as a worker, him getting married, him as a veteran remembering the times he spent in battle (as he is an old man now it is likely he would’ve served in his early adult life) among a few more. Niall will draw up a character list, a location list with risk assessment and a props list for this.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Problem solved

Throughout the process of this idea, we have been worried about doing the video in one continuous take as that would prove the hardest challenge of all. It has now been suggested to us that we can make it look continuous without doing so by switching between long shots and close ups and therefore shooting the video in multiple shots. This will help display knowledge of cinematography and make the idea a little more achievable.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Risk assessment

After looking in the potential location room, there is little cause for concern. There is nothing in the floor that could cause the actor to trip, all tables and chairs will be moved out the room and lighting will be managed suitable. No wires will be needed for filming and as it is inside, there is no need to worry about weather, traffic or pedestrians like we would if we were filming outside.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Potential location

These four photos are a room in college that could be a potential location for filming the video. It is a very plain room with the blinds shut and the furniture moved out and we would film with a tripod in the centre of the room. The advantage of filming in here is that the background is endless and we don't have to worry about running out of room like we would outside. A risk assessment will be conducted.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013


Mood board

We researched related artists and made a mood board from an image search that describes the lifestyle and personality of our audience.

Facebook group

I opened up a Facebook group for media students and suitable friends to give feedback on our ideas.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Target audience profile

This is a short powerpoint presentation showing my target audience and a profile.

Friday, 18 October 2013


Here is a Timetoast I made to show my time plan between now and half term for the organisation of my music video.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Helpful comments

Overall the reaction to our pitch was very good, everyone said the target audience was suitable, everybody liked the idea of using a silhouette and said it was very original. They commended the planning and detail we put into the idea and picked up on the fact that although it is very difficult to film in one take, it is very basic and minimalist and the real pressure comes from the editing. The overall reaction was that it will be difficult but is certainly achievable and sounds exciting.

However there were some comments to help us improve upon our idea;

  • We were told we should do more test shots using the morphsuit, perhaps in a different location and have more green screen practice.
  • We were told to have backup plans for any idea that doesn't go well. I anticipate this being important as there is a lot of ideas that might not work and we will only find out through a process of elimination.
  • Location - we are yet to secure a suitable location. We are unsure whether to film outside in a more suitable environment but handheld and a possibility of bad weather or inside where perhaps it is less suitable but can be filmed smoothly from a tripod and edited easier.

The pitch

We were given the task of pitching the idea for our music video to the class, this was helpful in getting feedback and useful comments about was was good, bad and what to do next.

This is the Powerpoint presentation we made to pitch the idea.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Green screen practice

For our video we want to use the idea of a silhouette as the main character and the story follows this character. We got a green morphsuit and used green screen technology to turn him into a silhouette for practice. Here is the result.

Asking permission

This is evidence of me asking permission to use the aforementioned song for my video.

Song choice

After research into various tracks, my work partner and I decided that this is our first choice of song to make a video for. Eyes In Istanbull - Zombehh.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Comparison of two music videos

Radiohead – High & Dry
At the start of the video for High & Dry we get an establishing shot of a restaurant called Dick’s and the actual quality of footage is very poor, this appears to give it the vintage American diner feel which comes across more and more prominent throughout the video. At this point, there is very little to suggest they are following Andrew Goodwin’s framework for music videos. We also see at this point that the video is disjunctive as the lyrics have no reference to the diner feel. Once we see inside the restaurant, the costumes fit in with American diner mise en scene as well, therefore re-enforcing our initial thoughts on the video.


When the lyrics start, we see more reference to Goodwin’s framework. The visuals start responding to music as we see cuts on the beat of the song. The camera pans across the restaurant into a close up of a briefcase, but is handheld at all times. This is possibly to deviate away from perfection to represent the deep, dark theme of the song as the handheld camera gives it the roughed up DIY look, which is something Radiohead are going for here. This is another explanation for the poor video quality. This arguably ties in with Goodwin’s reference to genre characteristics. The indie rock genre isn’t perfect and does try to be different so they could be trying to reference that with this footage which is full of connotations of authenticity. The cuts are also poorly made, they are obviously there to join with the beat but some are noticeably out of sync with the song, which amplifies this imperfection even more so.

Later on in the video we see various close ups, still with a hand held camera of various actors, extras and band members singing the lyrics in a lip sync, a popular convention of music video. We also see some shot reverse shots of two parents looking at each other over a table among other pairs, and over the shoulder shots which both support Goodwin’s theory of the notion of looking, the idea that looking in music videos is key to direction of the artist and the theme of the video. (Take Madonna as an example, the aspect of looking in her videos makes us view her as not only an objectified, sexual woman, but one who is willing to be viewed like that.)


Other than the video cutting on beat with the song and the lip syncing, there is little use of synaesthesia in this video as the theme of the song has no direct link to the video. The video follows its own disjunctive narrative that is not at all related to the lyrics and the video is very minimal. Most shots are long takes which fits with the slow paced song but it doesn’t really go any deeper than that. However that works well because of the style of song that the video is responding to. They’re not a mainstream pop band and this video is able to show that. The persona and showmanship is not shown in this video at all.

If we look at this video and compare it to other music video theorist’s ideas, we can see that actually it is a relatively broad video and doesn’t fit other theories besides Andrew Goodwin’s. It was generally believed for a long time that all music videos fit into two categories, performance or conceptual. Sven E Carlson challenged and said that not all videos fit into these two categories and a more vast range of categories should be considered. This video however goes against Sven E Carlson by being a completely conceptual music video. Supporting the idea that this video goes against many theorist’s ideas, Michael Shore says that all music videos are recycled styles that contain an information overload and reflect teenage male fantasies of girls, which is very much not the case from this video. It is worth considering that this is due to authenticity and deviation from mainstream culture being key in the indie rock genre. They will purposely change their way of doing things to stand out as individual, and it appears that is the case in this video.

Foals – Bad Habits
Just like in the Radiohead video, this starts off with an establishing shot, this time in a desert with one lonesome man (also Foals vocalist) on the floor at the end of a trail of footprints. The establishing shot zooms in as the music begins to play but never gets closer than a very long shot until the next cut. It follows the character as he stumbles around in the sand before cutting to a medium close of his face as he walks and as before in the last video; he is lip syncing the lyrics. It’s at this point where you begin to realise the common characteristics in this indie pop genre. The lip syncing appears to be key and once again the camera is hand held. A third common characteristic is that the shots are long takes. Most of the reference to Goodwin’s framework that we saw in the Radiohead video is also showed in just the first part of this Foals video.


At this point he is lip syncing the lyrics ‘don’t follow me’ and we can assume that he is running away and asking his friends and family not to follow him, which in Goodwin’s framework can be seen as illustrative, but then the shot changes to anther very long shot from behind him and this is the first time we see him following a girl, and we realise that the ‘don’t follow me’ lyric was something that she was saying to him. This can also be seen as illustrative but at the same time, viewed as amplified as well because it’s adding a double meaning to the fact that the male character is singing it.


As shown in the photo above, this references the notion of looking as well. He is looking at her as she walks away and he is following her. This is the first major difference to the Radiohead video in that the notion of looking supports the aforementioned Michael Shore theory that music videos are to support teenage male fantasies. Although at this point she is not viewed as a sexual object, we see her as something he is lusting after. However after a few more repeat close ups of the male character and a close up of the female character, we see a long shot of her and see she is completely naked, totally changing the aspect of the notion of looking in this video. Laura Mulvey argues that females have to watch music videos through the eyes of men due to the male gaze becoming more and more dominant in media even when the target audience is predominantly female. This is shown in this video by the various close ups which establish her as a sexual object followed by the long shots showing her entire body which leaves the male viewer feeling dominant as the figure is now small and in the distance.


It’s at this point in the video where the visuals start to react to the music and as in the Radiohead video, the shots cut to the music. This is another feature of both that I will look into applying to my video when the time comes, then the next few scenes show the ground opening up in front of him as if to say he has walked too far and he can’t go any further. This is an example of video where visuals amplify the meaning provided by the lyrics because at the time of this happening the lyric is ‘would you pray for me?’, and the ground opening up in front of him could be a suggestion of hell below him, especially as he is on his knees as if he is praying.
The idea of hell is later amplified by the male character finding the bones of a dead man in the sand using an aerial shot, and this could also mean a similar story of a previous lover lusting after this girl, to which the outcome is obvious. The close up of the skull and bones shows the emotion and the intensity of the discovery.