Monday, November 25, 2019

Music video filming

 Filming my music video has been serene so far. I hope it remains this way throughout my entire process. On top of that, I manage to stick to my storyline. These are all tiny accomplishments that I am extremely proud of. The Thanksgiving holiday is around the corner, which means I'll be on a short break from school. During this break I plan on taking all my takes, so I can spend a little more over a week editing. I only have two locations to work with and very few props are needed. Something I may struggle with though, is shooting the high angle I had plan on using for the bible scene on my storyboard. If I'm not able to find someone to assist me with it, I may end up changing a few things and improvising.

 For shooting itself, I haven't used the provided cameras yet. Using the camera was my initial plan, but that changed along the process. I have an iPhone 6s Plus and I'm content with the camera quality it provides. I attempted to use the camera a few days ago, but the time of day I needed to use for shooting was too dark for the camera to pick up any light and I didn't have the correct lighting to fix that. My phone was able to pick up lighting; therefore, I decided to stick with it. I've only shot with my phone so far and it hasn’t been giving me any trouble. I have enough storage to shoot to my heart’s content, that’s exactly what I plan on doing. Moreover, I need to purchase a tripod mount for my phone. Because I’m going to be panning and shooting some high angles, I need my phone to be as secure as possible.  Mounts are inexpensive, so it’s not much to worry about.

 Furthermore, I believe I filmed a good quarter of my music video. I have a ton of scenery shots that will go well with my theme. On my bus ride home, I plastered my phone to a window and shot a bunch of scenes as the bus was in motion. They came out beautiful. All I need now is the car scene and a couple of more house scenes. For the car scene, a backup plan surprisingly isn’t needed. Whether it’s raining or sunny, both will fit well with the music video. Also, If I have more time, I will be sure to shoot some random scenes. Who knows? The takes may just end up being a great addition to my music video. So, as I said again, filming so far has been a breeze. Hopefully it’s able to remain that way.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

New project: music video

Today a new assignment was assigned: a music video. I'm excited to create a music video, especially since I've been able to learn about all the work and thought processes that go into creating such a thing. For our music video we are to create a 1:05 - 1:15 length video. I will be working alone on this. Currently, I'm not completely positive on what song I plan on using. I'm stuck on deciding between “Lights are on” by Tom Rosenthal or “Are you bored yet?” by Wallows. I am, however, sure on the genre I plan to stick with: indie. Both songs are from the indie genre. Wallow is a boy band, while Tom Rosenthal is a solo artist.

Conventions of the indie genre are simple in a way. The indie genre is based on passion. In indie music videos, artists tend to make their talent and skills the focus point. Some common props I often see are their instruments. When it comes to the lighting, lights are either behind the artist to create a kind of shadowing effect, directly in front of the artist so they, them-self are the main focus or just natural lighting overall. If natural lighting is present, a nature scenery is most likely present as well. I sat down and watched a bunch of indie styles music videos and majority of them had a lovely, calming, type nature scenery. The beach, mountains, and meadows filled with flowers where the most common amongst the videos I saw. Another amazing fact I found out was, indie music videos tend to have lowest budget, which I think is awesome. 

Flashy make up wasn't common either, it was more so natural or absent. The actors in these films were just the artist them-self majority of the time. It's as if they were trying to tell the audience to focus on them only. For costumes, regular everyday clothing was worn. Again, nothing flashy depending on the narrative, which was calm for the most part. Indie music videos are so good with grabbing their audience's attention. They made me feel so cozy and warm with just the artist's voice alone. The scenery just built up the warm feeling even more.

Onto camera shots, angles and editing. From tilts to pans, a variety was used. Lots and lots of close ups are used, but so are long shots. Dissolves and fades were common as well, the transitions were all smooth. Even the cuts were smooth. With cuts and jump cuts in indie films, they tend to be matched to the beat of the song.