Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Filming Costumes

All our performers will be wearing wintery clothes as they can be warm, we are giving them a degree of freedom with what they can wear, we will give them a specification about what they should wear

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Filming Props

Guitar - Use my Guitar
Animal Masks - Buy from party shop
Fireworks - Get parents to buy
Campfire - Lauren supplying

Friday, 25 October 2013

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Filming Locations

We have permission to film in all locations 

Great Whitely Woods, Near whitely court and whitely church. 

Around same location. Next to Lauren's house. 

The hundred pool. Also near Lauren's house.

Lauren's house 

All locations are shown on the map. Circled in black

Feedback From Pitch

Most of the feed back we had we positive although there was some negative feedback too. Here's a general overview of the feedback


They liked the idea of our video.
Target audience has been chosen correctly.
The animal masks they really like and its different.
Seems realistic.
They like that we planned our locations.
Like the animals stalking the main character idea.

Electricity - Getting the light to the trees, they thought that this would be a problem and we need to think of a way to solve this.
Lighting - Issue with filming when it gets dark is to find a place that we can use to power the lights.
What time we film - This is because of the light.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Music Video Pitch

This is mine and Lauren's slideshow for our pitch. 

These slide are just an overview of our ideas for our music video, most of the ideas came from what we said.

Slide 1
The name of our song and the artist that made it and a link to a video of the song.

Slide 2
The picture of the people in animal masks is a shot from the 1973 film The Wicker Man, this was our inspiration for the animal masks idea, the green writing is some of our own ideas that we came up with, the drawings are some of our classmates ideas they thought of when they heard our song, the ones circled in green are the ideas we liked and will try to incorporate into our music video.

Slide 3
This is our mood board, it shows some of the ideas we had on the last slide but makes it easier to see them, we're going to have a camp fire but for health and safety reasons not allow the actors within a reasonable  distance of the fire, also for the fire works we will get an adult to light them for us, the idea of the fog/mist  is one of my favourites as it gives it a creepier feel but also it makes it more mysterious, hopefully making the audience wonder what is  in the fog/mist.

Slide 4
The locations are all available within a short distance of each other and we have easy access to them. The first location seen in the video will be the room but the room will only have a bed in this will give it a slightly creepy look to it. We will then cut to the forest scene and have our main actor walking or running through it this will hopefully be when we can incorporate the fog/mist, she will then be shown in a camping party in the field, here she will become disorientated and we would like to use a snorricam but because we don't have one we will probably get our actor to hold the camera and spin around.

Slide 5
This slide shows the costumes we plan to use, the main character will be wearing coat and scarf because we think it would suit our music video and we don't want our actor to get cold, the people who are wearing the animal masks will be wearing casual clothes with the masks  

Slide 6
On this slide is our list of props, the smoke machine, a guitar and some fireworks the smoke machine we can hire from a company, from £15 a day, the guitar will be mine and we will have to send an adult out to get the fire works as we are not 18 yet and cannot legally buy them 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013


Is Creativity A Skill?

some points to think about are
Can we develop it?
Although some people may be more skilled then others, Do we all have the potential to improve it?
How can we learn how to be creative.
Does knowledge of culture/art, help us be more creative?
I Think a knowledge of culture and art can help us be more creative, because the more you can have to draw inspiration from. you can take different aspects from your sources and put them together to create something new. They may also inspire people to create something based around their products.
Does a knowledge of creative "tools" help us be more creative?
A knowledge of creative tool does help us be more creative because they allow us to create ideas that are not available, for example green screen someone into a computer generated background, or creating explosions look bigger and adding in sound if the sound you filmed is unusable
Does media technology inhibit creativity? Are we more "free" without media technology?
I think it enables us to do more with less cost and less props/actors/locations. It allows for more freedom because it can permit us to do more and create new things

How creative are media producers?

Media producers are somewhat creative because although they come up with interesting and new ideas, the people who produce the ideas that the producers come up with are more creative because they take the ideas and make them a physical thing, they also tell the media producer what ideas he can and can't use.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Health and Saftey

To minimise this risk we are making sure that there is a reasonable distance that the cast stay away from the fire.
We will have a adult around at all times to keep and eye and also start the fire for us.
When we have finished with the fire we will make sure that it is put out properly. An adult will do this for us.
Fire extinguishers will be nearby just in case there is a accident that is caused. 

To light these fireworks we will have a responsible adult to do this for us.
The fireworks will be lit from a distance to that if there is any problems they won't be near anybody.

We will have life safety floats, so if anyone falls in we will have something to throw at them and help get them out.
The cast won't be standing near the edge of the lake. 

To reduce the risk of people tripping on the wires, we will tape the wires to the floor.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Friday, 18 October 2013

Mulveys theory Notion of looking

The notion of looking is used a lot in music videos, in candy shop by 50 cent the women are shown as sexual objects this video uses male gaze, the camera gaze and the audience gaze to objectify women as sexual objects. The women have a slight degree of control but not as much as in Primal Screams Country Girl music video where she takes control of how they look at her in the second half of the video, the first half of country girl does objectify her through the cameras gaze

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWjm_W-4Ml8- Primal Scream
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRcnnId15BA- 50 Cent

The gaze of the camera: the camera that looks at the female body

The gaze of the male actor: shots of males looking at women and then the shot of the female body being looked at

The gaze of the audience: what the audience look at (even female audience members were positioned within a male gaze)

One video we have looked at that contradicts Goodwin and Mulvey's theories is Lady Gaga's video for Alejandro. In this video we have found that Gaga uses power in her video, switching backwards and forwards using the male gaze, however in this video, instead of objectifying women, she is instead objectifying men.

Lady Gaga has a high level of self awareness in her video and makes it clear that she wants the men to be seen more than her, and encourages the audience to do this by using props and clothing to make the men stand out more than her, for example at one part in her video, she is wearing the same colour as the backdrops, where as the men are wearing an opposite colour, causing the audience attention to be on them instead. 

One word we could use for this is the queer gaze, which is where Gaga is trying to attract gay men to look at the video, by sexualizing the men. However Lady Gaga is sexualized slightly during the video however I would say that this is used more as a political act, as an attempt to change the world and what they think.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Demands of a Record Label

1 This acknowledges the commercial aspect of music videos. Music videos are essentially promotional devices whose function it is to sell to its target audience.

Music videos are not only used to sell the artists song but also to sell products the artists use, the brand name  of the guitar amp company can clearly be seen in many shots, as can the brand of cymbals the drummer uses.  The use of Lemmy is also advertising, it can be used to promote both Lemmy and Airbourne, Lemmy is a cult icon so his presence could bring in more people to buy the song and this is also advertising Lemmy to a new audience, which could bring him more sales

2 Ultimately, stars are commodities that are used to represent values that will be attractive to their target audience. They are a brand. How is a brand identity established through their videos?

Airbourne have established a AC/DC like brand image through their similar style, this has led to many of the same of the same fan base as AC/DC. Both lead guitarist don't wear t-shirts on stage, further likening them to one another.

Friday, 11 October 2013


we learnt about 3 point lighting in our lesson so I did a little bit of looking and other lighting techniques

This is 4 point lighting the only difference is that there is a light for the background

This is a more complicated set-up using 2 smaller lights to light up the sides and back

Stop motion

This is what I did when I played around with stop motion

Tuesday, 8 October 2013


Red Hot Chili Peppers- Dani California
Red Hot Chili Peppers- Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie 

Dani California

The video is based on the quasi-chronology of the evolution of rock music; the band performs the song on a stage, but in a variety of outfits representing important figures and movements in the history of rock, this is a clear use of intertextuality referencing many artist and bands.
The video starts of in black and white and shows the band performing dressed like Elvis and performing in his style, the mise-en-scene of the stage is plain stage with just the band on it, this is a faithful recreation of what performing was like in the 50’s.
When it changes to The Beatles the mise-en-scene changes a lot with the back ground now having boards with diamond on and the amps being bigger and more obvious, the outfits have changed too with all the band having the same haircuts and wearing the same clothes. The next shift is spectacular because of the shift from black and white to colour, the overly colourful outfits and the psychedelic background.
The editing and cinematography changes drastically in the next scene, the use of canted angles, more close ups on individual band members, the kaleidoscope effect used and the cuts to Anthony saying “Yeah” this all makes this scene seem quite lively and energetic. This uses Goodwin’s theory about the relationship between the lyrics and the visuals.
When it changes to the Sex Pistol scene, the pace of the editing becomes fast, the camera switches to handheld there are a couple of whip pans and the camera doesn’t stay still this adds up to giving this an edgy punk look that the Sex Pistols were known for.

The Change from the Sex Pistols to The Misfits is a  big one, the Mise-en-scene goes all gothic, the change in lighting makes the shadows and the colour black stand out more, this is because The Misfits were pioneers of Horror Punk.

The Glam Rock stage means the video changes drastically again, this relates to the music because Glam Rock is generally sung in a higher pitch and a bit calmer and not so bassy as normal rock. Nirvana is seen as a individualist group doing their own thing being a bit rebellious but emotional too, this is shown through the use of candles, the fire providing light and warmth but also danger and unpredictability.

When the Red Hot Chili Peppers come in, the Mise-en-scen, cinematography and editing all change. The Mise-en-scene becomes 21st Century rock band, just wearing normal clothes and sporadically leaping around the stage energetically and a little bit childishly, the cinematography becomes mainly long shots interspersed with bust shots and close ups, the camera is rarely still adding to the energy that is already pouring out at this point. The editing becomes fast once more showing the band in all their different personas in this video, but mainly as the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

This Video Uses most If not all of Andrew Goodwin’s theorys:
Genre Characteristics 
Rock bands usually encorporate performance in to their music videos
Relationship Between Lyrics and Visuals 
There is no relationship between the lyrics and the visuals, this is a disjunctive video
Relationship Between Music and Visuals
The relationship is very clear, the song is upbeat and happy reflected in the pace of the editing, the parody elements of the video and the colourful Mise-en-scene (when appropriate)
Star Image/Persona  
The image for the Red Hot Chili Peppers is energetic, random and quite childish, these are all shown throughout the video  particularly energy and randomness.
Notion of Looking  
This is used all the way through the video as we are looking at them on a stage.
This is also used constantly throughout the video as the different artists and band through rock history are represented.
Artists and Bands used in this video were  Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Thin Lizzy, Parliament-Funkadelic, David Bowie, Poison, Sex Pistols, The Misfits, Motley Crue, Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers

Adventures of rain Dance Maggie

This video is based on The Beatles 1969 rooftop performance,  the typical rock genre video is a performance related one, showing the crowd having a good time and dancing around, it also shows the band leaping around and putting a lot of energy into the performance.
The video starts with a couple of establishing shots showing what is happening where it is happening and when it happened. This goes well with the music as the is the conventional rock music video is a live performance and is different from many other videos: because the song is unusual and different to what the public are used to.

The editing is medium paced to go with the slowish tempo of the song, this gives chance to see what the band is doing and for the fans to connect with the band more. This is also done through many close ups as well.

The video is different to most videos they have done as although most of their videos have them performing in some way they don’t have the amazed view of the onlookers like in this video. The cutting between the band and the crowd shows that they are both enjoying themselves, the camera looks mainly handheld giving this video a spontaneous feels to it.

The Mise-en-scene is very casual with the band wearing what they want, some of the outfits from the crowd are more out there like the dancing devil guy. Most of the shots used are from low angles, the use of these low angle shots make the Red Hot Chili Peppers seem more powerful and in control of what is happening. There are a lot of shots showing the band altogether this reinforces the idea of their togetherness as a group, there are many shots of the individual members of the group as well so that they each have their own individual identity.
The shots of the band show them leaping about, dancing and moving to the music very energetically connotes them as energetic, carefree and into the music.

This Video Uses most If not all of Andrew Goodwin’s theorys:
Genre Characteristics 
Rock bands usually encorporate performance in to their music videos
Relationship Between Lyrics and Visuals 
There is no relationship between the lyrics and the visuals, this is a disjunctive video
Relationship Between Music and Visuals
The relationship is very clear, the tempo of the song is reflected in the pace of the editing, and some of the cuts are positioned to match with the music, like when the time is shown on the screen it is positioned to cut to it on the guitar chord
Star Image/Persona
The image for the Red Hot Chili Peppers is energetic, random and quite childish, these are all shown throughout the video  particularly energy and randomness.
Notion of Looking  
This is used all the way through the video as we are looking at them perform on a rooftop, this is also shown through the girl looking through binoculars and then the reverse shot to show what she is looking at
This is also used constantly throughout the video as the video is based around The Beatles 1969 rooftop performance on top of abby road studios.