Category Archives: Pre-production

Planning Summary

In terms of my planning, the first initial task that I completed was my Resource Audit – this post I decided I would create a music video and focused on the key equipment/ potential equipment I would need to create a successful music video. This was a productive task as it allowed me to understand the uses of different equipment and how I could later use this to my advantage. The second task I then moved onto was Initial Ideas. I found this task rather useful as it gave me the chance to jot down all of my initial thoughts into one document, giving me a much clearer understanding of what I wanted to complete in regards to the brief – I focused specifically on the artist, song, colours, location and clothing. This enabled me a much clearer envision of how I wanted my product to unfold.

Once I had finished outlining my primary decisions, it was then time to start making some decisions about the song I wanted to use for my video, the general ideas of what would be going on in the footage and putting my ideas out there so I would have something to refer back to in the future. The tasks I completed in order to start my ‘creation’ were:

For this part of the course a lot of different elements needed to be taken into account, such as the fact I did not have experience in using the equipment to film as I had never really had to do so. Below is a list of the different tasks I have completed in order to exemplify that I have gained all of the correct permission and ‘instructions’ for the format of my music video in order for my actors to know exactly where they needed to be and at what times (key planning):

Lastly, within my brief for my final products I have been asked to create a magazine advert for my music video/artists album and a digipak. In order to be able to complete this task to the best of my ability I had to plan to allow me to have a better envision of how I wanted these to look – in doing so I created completed these tasks:

Overall, to conclude, completing all of these planning tasks has been incredibly useful in allowing me to progress with regards to development my own ideas for my music video.

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Auditions/ Test Shots

I aimed to become comfortable with the functions of the video setting before I began to film for my actual music video, so this would make the duration of filming far quicker. Here I have composed a series of shots of different things, such as scenery and the main protagonist who will feature in my music video. The footage is shaky as it was only for testing – I consequently learnt from this how to prevent footage shaking.

Storyboard

Storyboard

This is an online storyboard I have created to outline the basis of my music video. Completing this task was incredibly useful, as I previously encountered some difficulty in trying to visualise what my music video would look like. By creating an image for the key scenes within my music video – I now have a document to refer back to when filming my video.

Shot List

Below is my shot list of the song Shelter by Birdy:

PROLOGUE

0:00-0:20 – SHOT ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR & FIVE (one for each change)

  • No lyrics at this time

Shot of camera following behind main protagonist (female, young, casual clothing) IN EDIT = blended edits, smooth transitions – nothing jumpy

VERSE ONE

SHOT SIX

  • Inside room  (stand in centre)

0:21-0:28 – Protagonist looking directly into camera [black box studio]

SHOT SEVEN

  • Progressing through the scenery

0:28-0:34 – She must have been about 17 going on 18

SHOT EIGHT

  • Close up of protagonists eyes

0:35-0:40

SHOT NINE

  • Turns back to look at camera

0:40-0:44

SHOT TEN

  • Close up of protagonist (non-direct address)

0:45-0:50

CHORUS ONE

SHOT ELEVEN

  • Flashback of protagonist happy

0:50-0:55

SHOT TWELVE

  • Mid close up of protagonist in open spaced surroundings

0:55-1.00

SHOT THIRTEEN

  • Flashback to memory

1:01-1.06

SHOT FOURTEEN

  • Protagonist continues to walk through open spaced surroundings

1:06-1.10

SHOT FIFTEEN

  • Protagonist running fast through [would appear to be running from memories]

1:11-1:17 – ‘Can I make it better with the lights turned on’

INSTRUMENTAL

1.17-1:30 – (NO LYRICS)

SHOT SIXTEEN

  • No lyrics at this time
  • Shot of camera following behind a protagonist

VERSE TWO

SHOT SEVENTEEN

  • [Darker surroundings] – protagonist breaks fourth wall looking directly into camera

1:31-1:35 – She was more diazepam, trams, tans and spreadsheets

SHOT EIGHTEEN

  • Protagonist flashback

1:36-1:40

SHOT NINETEEN

  • Close up of protagonist reflecting

1:41-1:43

SHOT TWENTY

  • Protagonist jumps over gate

1:44-1:50 – ‘I still want to drown’

SHOT TWENTY-ONE

  • Shot of protagonist screaming

1:51-1:56 – ‘Whenever you leave’

SHOT TWENTY-TWO

  • Mid close up protagonist looking directly into camera

1:57-2:00

SHOT TWENTY-THREE

  • NEW LOCATION; open spaced wooded area
  • Clearly alone, empty area; no one else around
  • Protagonist distressed

2:01-2:06 – ‘And I’ll cross oceans like never before’

SHOT TWENTY-FOUR

  • Continued location; protagonist eyes close up

2:07-2:11

SHOT TWENTY-FIVE

  • Full body shot of Tom in studio, casual (non-direct address)

2:11-2:17

SHOT TWENTY-SIX

  • SLOW MOTION pan of the mise-en-scene

2:18-2:25

SHOT TWENTY-SEVEN

  • Protagonist running

2:26-2:30

CHORUS TWO

SHOT TWENTY-EIGHT

  • Flashback of protagonist happy

2:31-2:35

SHOT TWENTY-NINE

  • Mid close up of protagonist in open spaced surroundings

2:36-2:40

SHOT THIRTY

  • Flashback to memory

2:41-2:46

SHOT THIRTY-ONE

  • Protagonist continues to walk through open spaced surroundings

2:47-2:53

SHOT THIRTY-TWO

  • Protagonist running fast through [would appear to be running from memories]

2:54-3.00 – ‘Can I make it better with the lights turned on’

INSTRUMENTAL

3.01-3.15 – (NO LYRICS)

SHOT THIRTY-THREE

  • No lyrics at this time
  • Shot of camera following behind a protagonist
  • Dark surroundings in contrast to previous light

SHOT THIRTY-FOUR – LAST SHOT

  • Protagonist looks directly into camera and smiles

3.16-3.20

END OF SONG

Treatment

The intentions when making my video, advert and digipak are to create a coherent style and tone so the audience can recognise that the products are all related. The song I have chosen is ‘Shelter’ by Birdy and it is quite an impacting and dramatic song that gradually builds – I would classify this song/artist as being part of the indie folk genre. Consequently, I knew the rough style of my products based on the music and overall look of the Birdy as an artist. The protagonist will be an innocent female that I can base a story line around. The narrative is simply a girl travelling and feeling freedom on her literal and emotional journey.

I am aware that when making my digipak and advert it will be tempting to make them a reflection of my video, rather than Birdy’s Album ‘Birdy’ – this is actually what the two products are for. Consequently, I intend to take aspects from my video that will allow a key theme throughout all three products, however I wish to ensure that each one is unique yet still related. My video will include black and white shots aswell as colour allowing variation within my music video. However, to section my digipak and advert from the video I do not plan on making them black and white with colour, but instead taking related images in colour and adding filters and colours to give each image a slight dark undertone to link the products together. The reason for the dark undertone is related to the colour theme of the music video, and the strong use of colour and visuals reinforces how I will tie them all together.

The video will have a light narrative to hold it together and give it meaning – I also plan to manipulate time by having time lapses and slowing footage down. Variety is key to show both skill as well as making the video look professional and interesting. The video will hopefully mirror the emotional and dramatic tone of the song – to do this I will include variation within my shots including many close ups and long shots as well as strong visual images, including Andrew Goodwin’s theory that the visuals will match the lyrics or sounds. The aspect of freedom in the video is what prompts the protagonist to go on her journey – there are many reasons to her feeling this way that I intend to include. The use of location is highly important, as she will be shot in many different locations such as London and Camden-  surrounded by the business and the amount of people, and Rickmansworth Aquadrome – a calm and peaceful surrounding, these different locations will emphasise that despite her location she will always feel a sense of freedom. The peaceful, underpopulated open fields will heavily juxtapose London and Camden to give the protagonist the freedom she so craves.

The target audience will most likely be young teens and older as well as fans of the indie/folk genre as they will understand the narrative more. It is vital to appeal to the audience, so I think having a relatable video is good way of incising someone to find out more. The advert will probably be a photo taken in an open space of the character in the video, whilst the digipak will contain more images of open space and busy lights to allow them to both be related but also distant from the video. I will make sure that the colours suggest the tone of the album ‘If You Leave’, therefore, I do not intend on using bright vibrant colours, but instead quite autumnal and deep colours.