Similarly to research, planning was helpful, if not essential in the stages before production. After I had gained my basic understanding of the process I would be completing through research, I began planning.
Planning helped me to feel more organised throughout this whole year. At first I was gaining more inspiration as I planned through tasks such as creating a mood-board, choosing a song, analysing lyrics. They all made me feel as though I understood the task more and that my work had a steady path to follow, as soon as I had chosen my song. Planning made sure I knew when I was going to film, at what location, if there were any props/things I needed to bring, what equipment would be useful to me, how to set up the lights to get the shot I wanted etc.
Overall, I feel as though planning was extremely helpful towards the success of my video, knowing what I was doing and when to do it helped me to stay organised and keep on top of my work.
The Canon 550D Camera available to me has an 18.0 megapixel digital lens. The camera is lightweight meaning that it is easy for me to use/move when filming. It has built in flash and a CMOS sensor. The CMOS sensors work efficiently and require less power, they are better suited to high speed capture. This camera is very high quality that will shoot my footage in 1080p which will help give the footage and therefore the final video, the highest quality and most real looking pictures which is one of my main aims for the video.
The lens I’m using to film is an aperture lens which is 50mm and can film in very high quality. I can easily adjust the aperture when I change the location or when the lighting changes when filming with natural light. This lens allows me to create the right look that I want by changing the amount of light that goes into the lens.
A tripod will help me to keep the camera still and therefore will help the shots to look professional which is what I want for my music video. A tripod allows me to adjust/move it to create high, low and mid angle shots. It can also help me to keep withing the rule of thirds as it is steady. I also want to use the track to create moving shots that are steady. I will have to use the pan to move the camera to stay on the artists face.
Lighting helps to create a mood/atmosphere when filming. It can set the scene for the music video and can help get across the tone of the video to the audience. Red head lights will be available to me when I film in the black box room. They will light up the room well to create an almost ‘invisible’ background. I would set up three lights, 2 in front and one behind the artist to create a shadow on their face to create more tone to the video. By adjusting the barn doors I can direct where the lights go. Natural light will occur when I film outside. I can use the light to decide where I will position the camera, artist and any changes to the aperture I would need to make at that time.
I do not require any props for my music video. This is because I want all of the focus to be on the artist throughout the video. I will be using the artist, camera movements/shots and the location as the main focuses of the video.
Below is the email I sent to the Managing Director of Copenhagen Records to ask permission to use their song in my music video.
My name is Maddy Franklin and I’m 17 years old. I study Media Studies at Haydon School Sixth Form in Pinner.
For our A2 Media Coursework we have to make a music video, I have chosen 7 Years by Lukas Graham to use in my video. I chose this song as I really enjoy listening to it. I feel that the story portrayed throughout the lyrics really connects with me. I love the idea of the song telling the story of a man who is reminiscing on his past but yet also looking into the future.
I am writing this email to ask for you permission to use this song in my music video and would be very grateful if you could reply to this email.
Tuesday 20th September: Shoot in the dark room in school. This will help me to gain confidence in how the cameras work, how to position the lights and cameras so that I can achieve the shots that I want.
How it went: I feel a lot more confident with how to use the cameras and lights. However when I looked back at the footage a lot of it was out of focus and there were some errors in the fact that some of the tripod legs could be seen in the background.
Tuesday 11th October: Shoot booked again in the dark room, I hope to use some new equipment to ensure that the shots look how I want them to. I will think more about the cameras focus and the way the lights are positioned.
How it went: A lot better than the first shoot in my opinion. I feel a lot more comfortable with how to use the camera as my shots look even better than they did the first time. I am really pleased with how well the shots turned out. During the second shoot I was able to use the dolly tracking bars which I placed the camera rig on to which gave me more choice in the type of shots I create. I was able to create moving shots which made the music video seem more realistic to me. I enjoyed filming with the track as it challenged me as I had to focus, move and pan the camera all at the same time to try to create the best looking footage possible.
This is Mason who I’ve chosen to be the artist in my music video. I chose him as he is one of my close friends and I felt although he would be confident enough to perform well in the video. He also does drama, which I feel helps him to act like the artist performing the song.
I asked Mason to sign a form to ensure that he would/wanted to take part in the filming of the music video.