Thursday, 17 December 2009
Whilst the making of our music video, planning and evaluating it we have used blogger.com as a collaborative e-portfolio. For example this has helped us document certain parts of our construction such as our storyboarding animatic, and our call sheets and risk assessments when booking out camera equipment.
• In order to plan our pieces we used a storyboard. This took a while and we thought carefully about each shot.
• We later Turned the storyboard into an animatic as you can see here:
• We used callsheets to organise who was going to be at the shoot, and to make contacting them eaiser with their mobile numbers on the sheet. we also had a dedicated ccalneder to plan the shoots, to make sure no dates woudl clash and to keep track of our progress
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• We also had to think about what was actually possible to shoot as oppose to what we would do if we could do anything at all with no limits.
• We created the animatic using Adobe Premiere Elements, this was useful because it meant that when it came to our construction of the music video we could match our video to our animatic. And it helped with clip timing and how many shots we would need.
Editing (Premiere Elements 3.0)
• Using Adobe premiere Elements 3.0 we were able to create some techniques in editing our video.
• The cutting rate was very important, and the cuts had to be on the beats of the music or in time with the lyrics, using the peaks of the music in the audio,it was easy to line up the shots with the beats.
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• Lighting was a big issue as we shot on differnt days at differnet times we used the image control toolbar to adjust contrast and brightness of the footage.
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• We used a speech bubble over Justin’s head to show dialogue in the music video, rather than normal subtitles
• This effect was created through making a bubble in Photoshop, saving it as a .png and importing it into premier and changing the size and scale of the picture
Digi-pak & Advertisement
• We Digital camera to take photographs for our digipak and we the made many ajustments with the lighting and contrast, using the the tools in photoshop
• In Adobe photoshop we layered our photo with other pictures such as the record label logo and also the use of text
• We also changed our drummer half way threw the shoot, we had to include the prominent drummer in the advert, we had already shot the photo with the previous one,
• Using a range of tools, such as the lasso and selection brush, we cut the face of the new drummer out, and layered it over the old drummers body.
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• In MS Publisher we then used leaflet style page as the basis for our digpak and advertisement, as this allowed us to set out specific measurements that we got from magazines and previous digipaks. We set out the page at 14.5x12 for the digipak.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Audience research is key to the knowing of what needs to be done and what the audience would like. Due to the nature of our video, being mainstream, we need to use audience research throughout the stages of our video making. We have used three stages of audeince research;
-Rough Cut Research
-The Final Cut research
AD - Preliminary Research
> For our preliminary research, we asked an age group of 15 - 30 year olds.
> We used the website www.surveymonkey.com, this way we would reach a much wider audience and recieve the results much quicker.
>We were able to contact the webmaster of www.hgbfans.com, and they were kind enough to post a link to our questionaire on the front page of the website.
>The questionnaire was successful, but with some minor draw backs, as some of the questions were brief and there was a wide variety of answers.
> We have done a full evaluation of the prliminary research previously, and an in depth analysis of the results can be found can be found by clicking this link.
JB - The Rough CutAfter people viewed our rough cut of our video they all had ideas that we could have used to change our video.
>The audience liked the idea of the cow and the gorilla as they though that this was comical but they did not like that they did not see them very much throughout. Because we did not have enough shots of the cow and the gorilla in our second verse we filmed more shots using the cow and the gorilla.
>Also people didn't understand that the female had left the house, so we decided to add in a shot of the empty sofa. This would help people realize that the female had left the house.
>People seemed to really enjoy the shot where the male is sitting on the bench in the park with the leaves underneath his feet.
>Also some people noticed that at the end, when the male and female are entering the house, there are two static shots of them which make it unidentifiable to see which of them is entering. We looked through our footage and found a different shot of the female entering the house. This made it more identifiable and also added some shot variation into that sequence.
>The audience also realized that we had some problems with our stop motion. There was a picture of someones face in one of the shots and also someone hand was in it. We found a way to take out those problems so that it had better continuity.
> The audience said that they thought we needed more close ups of the female. Listening to this we decided to get more shots from our extra footage.
> We showed a rough cut of our magazine advert and the audience thought that it was effective.
>They enjoyed the picture of the band and the background image.
>One problem was that positioning of words and also the font that was used. We took this into account and decided to look make it the same as the font on the digipak.
> We showed our digipak to the audience too.
>The audience did not like the digipak having a black background, so we decided to change it to a blue one instead. It did not continue with the back of the digipak which was an image of the beach so we asked some people what they thought would be good and we came to conclusion that using a picture of the beach would be the best solution.
> Also the audience did not like the idea that we had of putting the band titles on top of the bands faces on the inside cover. So we decided to take this out and put in signatures instead.
JL - The Final Cut
Finally, once our music video was complete we needed to complete the final part of our audience research. We needed to test the audience to show whether our completed work was what we intended it to be and whether the audience liked it
We carried out our a survey on surveymonkey.com, 19 people took part in our survey and found out:
> 16/19 people understood the narrative of a love story.
> 95% of people found the product humourous.
> The majority of people see the band as quite cheerful and comical characters
> 84% of people expected this type of video for this genre of music
> 95% of people would stand for repeated viewings, reasons included:
- "it was cute & creative"
-"made me laugh - entertaining"
-"Really amusing and suited the song brilliantly."
-"because its nice, a pleasent feeling overwhelms me"
-"it's funny and sweet"
We asked the audience to rate aspects of our music video and told them to rate it out of 5. Here are the results on a graph. As you can see, the majority of results are 4 - 5.
- As with other powerpop album covers there are not any pictures of the band. Here is a moodboard with album art from other artists within the same genre.
- As you can see they are all very colourful and have a retro feel to it. The top left has a comic style to it and the Silver Sun cover looks as though it has been taken out of a comic book. I used these to help generate our digipak which lets the consumer identify the band and the genre.
- As well as following conventional albums with the lack of a band picture it also allows the band to build a personality to the audience of a 'fairy tale' world as mentioned above.
- It also leaves consumers with an enigma as to why there is no picture and thus the consumer will try and complete this image by viewing other sources of media.
Here is the inside of our digipak, it shows how we continued to generate out band image.
- The glasses without lenses builds an incoherent star image, it is seen in the music video as well as the digipak and advertisements.
- The cow and gorilla in the music video continues the playful nature of the band and may remain a mysterious as to why they are there so the consumer can carry on to complete their image.
- The house party they attend and the narrative of the boy chasing the girl can be related by the audience as these are ordinary activities but within the same shot there is also the presence of a cow and gorilla which makes the scene simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary.
- Another example of Dyers paradox 1 is the usage of handicam shots during performance. It is closely related to home videos but it is extraordinary as the band are performing in a park and are seen to be extremely talented.
- There is a fast cutting rate for the video. Just as the consumer starts to begin a bond with the band the shot cuts disrupting the relationship making the band simultaneously present and absent.
- During the performance shots there are first person mode of address but this is only seen during the chorus, as a result this is very brief which gives the band simultaneously present and absent.
Here is our magazine advertisement
- We plan to put our magazine into NME as they promote music which is of interest to our target audience.
- It is a full page advertisement as Hellogoodbye are verging into mainstream. It will also give them maximum exposure.
- We have kept the same font and background so continual consumption of the media products will anchor the bands personality.
Monday, 14 December 2009
In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
- The video uses many conventions of the Powerpop genre, which is a fun, upbeat and contemporary genre.
- Applying Goodwins Framework our video uses conventional costumes and fashion that people would associate with the genre, such as checked shirts and thick framed black glasses. The glasses can be seen as a visual signifier as ironic. Nowadays the ‘geek chic’ look is popular. This helps the audience to identi fy with the band to make them seem contemporary thus increasing popularity.
- Our video contains lip synching and synching of instruments. This adds realism to the video and gives the artist a more professional look about them.
- It also contains relationships between the lyrics and the visuals. This is quite subtle but the lyrics are ‘What our days repeat’ and in our video we have made it look like their days repeat by making him go from one party to another. We have amplified the lyrics by using the gorilla and the cow for comical effect.
- There is a relationship between the sound and the visuals too. The genre is Powerpop is a very upbeat and humorous genre. We have conveyed this in our video by using a fast cutting rate and by using the cow and the gorilla. We had a fast tempo of cuts and fast montage editing at the end during the party scenes.
- Our video is a narrative/performance/concept based video. It contains performance shots in the chorus and in the verses it contains a narrative. The cow and the gorilla would be the concept part.
- The artist does perform in a first person mode of address by looking straight into the camera when singing on some occasions. This can be seen in ‘Hellogoodbyes’ other videos such as ‘Bonnie Taylor Shakedown’. This makes the audience feel a parasocial intimacy towards the band, according to Dyer, and helps them to identify with them.