Monday, 28 November 2011

More sample footage.

We will be filming some more sample footage tomorrow after school so we can encorporate more locations and our new actress Franchesca Fox (centre of photo), who will play the role of the girl in the relationship with James Newton. We alos want to get more footage because we want to try and play around with stop motion which we all really want to use in our music video to add another dimention to our work. We'll also be getting more shots of the train station especially the front entrance where we want to use split screen and have the couple walking to meet eachother at the beginning of the video and then storming off away from eachother at the end of the video.


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Sunday, 27 November 2011

AN - Sample footage 2.

Next week, we will be filming a second set of sample footage in which we'll be using the same segment of song heard in the previous sample footage. However, it will different because we'll be filming the girlfriend's aftermath of the break up.

Like I said in this week's podcast, we've got an actor to play the girlfriend, Francesca Fox. By filming this footage, we'll be able to have an idea of what we'll be filming involving the scenes with the girlfriend.

Similar to the first scenario, the girlfriend will be walking around Ilkley feeling the depression of the breakup. For example, she will go into Caffe Nero and sit at a table all by herself. The footage will be sped up at one point to signify the passage of time.

Finally for the last set of the sample footage, we will get both sets of footage and put them into different frames. By doing this, we will be able to test out the split screen idea

Thursday, 24 November 2011

KM - Fish eye lense and stop motion.

In our music video, I suggested using either Fish Eye Lens or Stop motion.
The reason for this is because I have seen a few video's with these examples such as "Train - Hey Soul Sister

Stop Motion
Stop motion (also known as stop action) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Clay figures are often used in stop motion for their ease of repositioning. Motion animation using clay is called clay animation or clay-mation.
The term "stop motion", related to the animation technique, is often spelled with a hyphen (stop-motion).
Stop motion animation has a long history in film. It was often used to show objects moving as if by magic. The first instance of the stop motion technique can be credited to Albert E. Smith and J. Stuart Blackton for The Humpty Dumpty Circus (1897), in which a toy circus of acrobats and animals comes to life. In 1902, the film Fun in a Bakery Shop used the stop-trick technique in the "lightning sculpting" sequence. French trick film maestro Georges Méliès used true stop motion to produce moving title-card letters for one of his short films, but never exploited the process for any of his other films.
Websites that specify in Stop Motion.

There have been many videos uploaded to websites such as YouTube that either show you a step by step guide how to succeed in Stop Motion or have used it for their own personal use to produce some pretty impressive videos!

To include this in my video, I was wanting to use white T-shirts for the band members to wear with specific words such as "love" or "hurt" that can be seen through out the video in sync with the lyrics in the music. It just adds skills and differs from the 'typical' love/break-up songs that have been or are on the market in the music industry today.
Fish Eye Lens
A fisheye lens is a type of camera lens that has an ability to capture wide-angle images. In theory, the images captured using a fisheye lens will have a close similarity to how the image would look like viewed through the eyes of a fish. The center part of the image will appear normal or magnified, depending on the distance of the subject to the lens, while most of the parts of the background, including the edges of the image will appear bent and a bit distorted. Thus, the background elements in your composition will just be secondary most of the time. This is why it’s essential to decide on which part of the composition you want to focus in the photo.
The effect that a fisheye lens creates gives photographers a lot of room for creativity. The wide field of view of the fisheye lens will enable you to fit huge landscapes, or a large number of subjects in a single frame. In situations where a room is too cramped or too small, the wide field of view of the fisheye lens will make it possible for you to capture great images.
The first company in optical industry to develop a fisheye lens was the Nikon Corporation. Back then, fisheye lenses were used as a tool for meteorological research to capture cloud formations. Today, fisheye lenses have become very popular, not only among professional photographers, but also among photography hobbyists, due to the unique effect it produces.
There are two different types of fisheye lenses: the one that produces a photo with dark edges is called a circular fisheye lens, the other type of fisheye lens is called a full-frame fisheye lens, which does not produce images with dark edges.
Examples of fish eye pictures :                                        
There are videos on line that can actually show your what to get so that you can make your own Fish eye lens.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Sample footage

Podcast 2!

This podcast is about the sample footage that we shot on Monday after school, this footage has now been uploaded to this blog. We talk about our boyfriend character played by James Newton.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Sample footage idea

Later on today myself and Asa will be shooting some sample footage. We have asked James Newton, who is playing the role of the main male character to shoot with us, so we can get an idea of what shots to put across, and if the right locations fit.

Couple in split screen, an example of what we would show in our video.
An idea for the video was when the couple start to argue, and they finally walking away the screen will then split into two, and each character will have their own story and journey until they return to each other.

Location, for split screen.

For the sample footage we are focusing on the male characters side of the story after he has left the female character.

KM- About the band

Forming in 1997, Destiny's Child have had big hits such as
Bootylicious, Survivor, Independent Woman, Lose My Breath and many more.

Australian Pop Sensation Samantha Sang!!

I have always been a fan of their R&B style music, and this is one of the main reasons for picking there music to include for my music video. 
The song Emotion was originally sung by an Australian pop singer Samantha sang in 1977, but then recorded as a slower-tempo version by Destiny's Child. 
The music video featured a triple split-screen effect. Rowland on the left, Knowles in the center, and Williams on the right. Rowland is seen saying goodbye to her boyfriend before he leaves in a taxi. Knowles catches her boyfriend with another woman and runs around the house in tears. Williams is with her grandmother, who has died in her bed. At the end of the video Williams calls the other band members to her home. The three girls meet there and comfort each other. The screen returns to normal.
For our music video, myself, Sophie & Asa have discussed the video to include both narrative and performance. We will include 5 main cast members, three taking the roles of the band members, we have asked Melodie Abraham and Annie Cutillo for taking those roles, but we need to fill the parts of the main male role as well as the female role, and another band member. The video will take place in three main locations: Train station, a street, and a cafe. The reason for picking three locations is because each band member will come into each location and sing to the characters, but the characters will not acknowledge the singer and be arguing. The video is based on a break-up, some videos I have looked at that are based around the 'Break-Up' topic is:

 NSYNC's 'bye bye bye'
 No Doubts 'Don't Speak'
 & a more recent song Cee lo greens 'forget you'.

The video will also include flashbacks, this will shown the audience times when the couple were good together or what started the break-up to happen, so we would then change the location for this, possibly more romantic places, such as the 'cow and calf rocks' or the park.
To show the audience signs of tension and anger, Asa thought that a picture being smashed would be good to include, also we thought flowers being given one minute and then broken and thrown on the ground another is a good signifier for this. 
The target audience will be 15-24, many people in that age range can relate to the way our video will be presented.
Sophie and I will be doing some sample footage this week so soon enough we can show you what shots we are thinking about, and the locations.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

KM - Spike Jonze case study

WIKI - 'Spike Jonze  October 22, 1969) is an American directorproducer and actor, whose work includes music videoscommercialsfilm and television. He is best known for his collaborations with writer Charlie Kaufman, which include the 1999 film Being John Malkovich (that gave him an Academy Award for Best Director nomination) and the 2002 film Adaptation, and direction of the 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are. He is well known also for his music video collaborations with WeezerBeastie Boys, and Björk. He was also a co-creator and executive producer of MTV's Jackass. He is currently the creative director of He is also part owner of skateboard company Girl Skateboards with riders Rick Howard and Mike Carroll.'

"He also co - founded 'Directors Label'  with film makers Chris Cunningham and Michel Gondry."
Spike Jonze's IMDB 
   Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (short) 
2011Mourir auprès de toi (short) 
2011Scenes from the Suburbs (short) 
2010The Vampire Attack (video short) 
2010I'm Here (short) 
2009We Were Once a Fairytale (short) 
2007Fully Flared (video documentary) 
2005The Medúlla Videos (video short) (video "Triumph of a Heart") 
2004Corporate Ghost (video) 
2004Weezer: Video Capture Device - Treasures from the Vault 1991-2002 (video documentary) (videos "Undone - The Sweater Song", "Buddy Holly", "Island in the Sun [2nd Version]") 
2004Hot Chocolate (video documentary) 
2003Tenacious D: The Complete Masterworks (video documentary) ("Wonderboy" video / as Spike Jones) 
2003The Best of R.E.M.: In View 1988-2003 (video documentary) (video "Electrolite") 
2003The Work of Director Spike Jonze (video documentary short) 
2003What's Up, Fatlip? (video documentary short) 
2003Yeah Right! (video) 
2002Björk: Volumen Plus (video short) (video "It's in Our Hands") 
2002Pavement: Slow Century (video documentary) (video "Shady Lane") 
2002Cydeways: The Best of the Pharcyde (video documentary) (videos "Drop" and "What's Up, Fatlip?") 
2000Beastie Boys: Video Anthology (video documentary) (videos "Sabotage", "Sure Shot", "Ricky's Theme", "Ciao L.A.") 
2000D.A.F.T. (video) (segment "Da Funk") 
1999Clip Cult Vol. 1: Exploding Cinema (video "Praise You") 
1999Björk: Volumen (video) (video "It's Oh So Quiet") 
1999Torrance Rises (short) (as Richard Coufey) 
1998Amarillo by Morning (documentary short) 
1997How They Get There (short) 
1997Mouse (video documentary short) 
1995R.E.M. Parallel (video) (video "Crush with Eyeliner") 
1994Beastie Boys: Sabotage (video short) 
1994Ciao L.A. (video short) 
1991Video Days (video short) 

He has also directed Films such as

- Jackass the movie

- Being John Malkovich

- Where the wild things are.