Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Construction - Day Ten

Today, me and my group worked on producing our digipak, for our ancillary task. We focused more on our CD cover, because Libby already has a variety of images that our group could use for the CD cover. 

We decided to look back at the post for our CD Cover Ideas for our group to consider when deciding on an image (as our group had numerous ideas on what to include for our CD cover). One of the images of Amie's CD Cover idea features the three girls laying on grass, smiling at the camera. We decided to use this image as it looks like a conventional image for a CD cover, and the girls make direct eye-contact with the camera, making the viewer feel more involved with the group. For the font, we decided to use 'Fiolex Girls' from Dafont, as it is very girly and fitting for our group's fictional pop band. We decided to use white font as white suggests purity and innocence (which is what we expect of the group's target audience of tween girls), and the colour of the font would also be very clear for viewers to read.

The other image so far in our ancillary task is an image of clouds. We got this image from Libby, who took this image on a plane. It also looks as if the girls in the CD Cover are looking up at the sky, showing the viewers what the girls are looking at.

Miss Melody: 'Feels So Good' - First Draft of Music Video

Friday, 13 December 2013

Construction - Day Nine

Our group decided to re-shoot footage for the close-ups in our green-screens again, because the close-ups were too blurry to incorporate into our music video, and also as we had received feedback from other peers stating that our group didn't use enough close-ups in our music video. Because it had been a while since our group had independently set-up the green-screen, we did briefly forget how to set it up, but we eventually managed to set it-up properly, as seen in the screenshot above of Amie lip-syncing. Speaking of lip-syncing, we had to make the timing of the performers' lip-syncing an absolute priority, because of how much focus their singing would receive in the close-up. Thankfully, we did manage to sync it up perfectly, after moving the footage around in Adobe Premiere Pro. Adobe Premiere Pro also managed to get rid of the shadows and creases seen in the image of Amie lip-syncing to 'Feels So Good', as we used the Ultra Key feature to turn the green background to an orange background, as well as the ProcAmp feature to completely remove the shadows and creases in the green-screen.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Construction - Day Eight

Our group tried using the Sixteen Point Garbage Matte, but it didn't work out well for our background, so we decided to remove the effect and go ahead with re-shooting our green-screen shots, to get rid of creases in the background.

However, our group did use ProcAmp to modify the colour of the background for all of the clips. In Libby's green-screen, the creases in the background have gone, thanks to playing with the brightness, contrast and saturation of the ProcAmp effect.

These other clips look a lot more vibrant now than before, thanks to the ProcAmp effect, by playing around with the brightness, contrast and saturation.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Construction - Day Seven

Continuing to edit our music video with Adobe Premiere Pro, our group decided to cut more often, to achieve a quicker pace of editing, inspired by Little Mix's 'Move' (the TubeChop video below). We did continue to encounter some minor difficulties, such as matching the lip-syncing with some the clips, but we managed to overcome this by using other clips to replace the clips that our group is having difficulty with.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Construction - Day Six

During the course of the week, my group and I have been continuing to edit our music video using Adobe Premiere Pro. Using this software has taught me and my group valuable skills that we can continue to apply in our music video, such as how to sync up the soundtrack to the actions on screen, how to cut the duration of clips so the clips don't go on for too long and how to add a block colour behind us performing in front of the green screens (shown in the second image, with the pink bar that says 'Light Blue').

Our group has encountered several difficulties during the editing process, such as the soundtrack not syncing correctly and not having enough footage for when we got towards the end of the video (particularly cutaways). However, we have taken note of this and have already decided what to improve in our second draft.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Construction - Day Five

The images below are shots that I took when me and my group travelled to London, to film footage for our music video. We plan on using the shots filmed during our trip to London for our coursework through a variety of ways

We plan on using this image as the front cover for our CD digipak, as it features the three girls together, smiling and acting like a conventional pop group.

We also plan on using this image as a part of our CD digipak. This image might be in one of the side covers, as my group are planning on featuring the pop group in the front and back covers of the digipak.

The mid-shot of the three girls (the second of the two images above) could be used for the back cover of our CD digipak, to continue enforcing the concept of unity and happiness, which will promote positivity to the group's target audience of 'tween' girls.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Construction - Day Four

This shot shows me and Libby setting up the camera and the tripod, which we would use to film Libby, Amie and Maddie meeting up at the bridge in Morden Hall Park. We didn't get to use much footage from this location, however, as we didn't have much time left before the intro of the song would end, and move on to the singing. 

Monday, 11 November 2013

Construction - Day Three

These shots show the pop group (consisting of Amie, Libby and Maddie) performing in the green screen. They are evidently dressed in bright, vibrant colours, which is conventional for a song of the pop genre. The camera features a mid-shot of the three girls, capturing both their facial expressions and body language.

These shots show me and my group setting up the green screen, which would be where the pop group would perform their song. Setting up the green screen has allowed me and my group technical knowledge that we may apply in the future, if we decide to pursue careers in the media industry.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Construction - Day Two

Our group did a re-shoot of the clip of Amie 'waking up', as we felt that clip needed improving, because it looked quite awkward when watching it in Adobe Premiere (which is the software our group is using to produce our music video).

Our group also tried to re-shoot the clip of Amie applying her lipstick, because that was an extreme close-up, which was something our group wanted to include in our music video, but again, the shot wasn't in focus, so our group decided to keep the clip of Amie spraying herself with mascara.

Upon re-shooting Amie 'waking up' again, we quickly saw a great improvement in the re-shoot, as the shot looked far more in focus and with a clearer definition, making our music video look more professional as a result.

What our group did to overcome the blurriness of Amie applying her lipstick, was to exclude this clip from being included in our music video, as our group wanted all of our clips to be in focus, so we decided to keep the clip of Amie spraying herself with perfume (seen below), as that was in focus.

Construction - Day One

For the first part of filming for our Music Video, my group would film in Amie Brady's house (following the storyboards and shooting schedule, both of which stated that Amie's house would be the first location my group would film in). This is for the beginning of our music video, before the singing begins, so no footage of lip-syncing was needed for this. My group planned on using a variety of shot types, that we feel has been done effectively (an example being the extreme close-up of Libby applying her mascara).

However, our group did face difficulty when filming Amie apply her lipstick. The lips were too blurry, whilst the right ear (something that didn't need to be in focus) was clearly in focus. What our group did to overcome this, was to exclude this clip from being included in our music video, as our group wanted all of our clips to be in focus, so we decided to include Amie spraying herself with perfume (seen below), as that was in focus.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Talent Release Forms

These are our talent release forms for our music video. This is to prove that all of the people featured in the music videos are willingly committed to the project, and have not been forced to partake in the shooting of our music video.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Advert Designs

These are my group's advert designs for our pop group's advertisement. This is to help us gain a clearer understanding of what our group should do for our advertisement. My advert design (the one which says Threedom) is outdated, due to name of our pop group. Once I had finished the advertisement, my group found a new band name: Miss Melody, and it was too late to change the name of the pop group once I had finished the design.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Location Permission Letter

These are emails my group has sent to Morden Hall Park, London South Bank and Brighton, the locations we're planning to use for our music video. A location permission letter is needed to gain permission from the places we're planning to film in to avoid issues with when filming our music video.

Track Permission Letter

These are emails my group has sent to EMI, Innocent Records and Virgin Records, the record labels who have signed Atomic Kitten. A track permission letter is needed to gain permission from the record label to avoid copyright issues with the label, so we are able to film our music video without hassle.