Music Video Reflection

Is your Music Video a Narrative, Concept or Performance Based Music video? How have you accomplished this within your Music Video?

My music video is a narrative based music video. I accomplished this by following the lyrics of the song, which is a story in itself, which made it easier to follow because I didn’t have to make up my own story.

Is there a relationship between Visuals & Lyrics or is there a relationship between Music & Visuals?

Yes, there is a relationship between visuals and lyrics because the music video follows the lyrics of the song I chose.

What went well during your Music video production?

I think the filming went well because we got all the footage I needed in one day, in roughly an hour which made it a quick and easy shoot.

Any problems you encountered? If so, How did you deal with this?

The only problem I encountered was when it came to editing, some shots were unusable because the actors weren’t in character, but I had other shots to fall back on, so it wasn’t much of a problem, it was more of an inconvenience.

What would you do different if you had to do this process again?

If I had to do the process again, I’d make sure the actors got to the location earlier so we could shoot in daylight, as originally planned and not in twilight like we did, although, in the end, I did like the effect of dusk and it did erase the problem of the possibility of sun glare on the camera.

What skills did you gain during the process? Technical (Camera, editing) or Personal (Planning, organising shoots, team work)

I learned how to slow down clips to fit with the speed of the song. And I carried personal skills over from the fragrance advert I did last year and it made easier to shoot this time around because this time, I had experience of how best to direct my actors and how to position the camera etc.

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Shot List

CAMERA SHOT LIST

Production Title: Music Video                                       Director: Mikaela Jones                                     Location: 1 Shearwater Drive, DY5 2RD                                   Date: 26/1/17

Scene Shot no. Shot type / angle Shot movement INT/EXT Shot description
1 1 Medium   Ext Camera follows male as he walks
1 2 Medium   Ext Camera follows female as she walks
1 3 Medium   Ext The pair bump into each other, then continue on their way
1 4 Medium   Ext The male looks behind him to catch the female’s eye
1 5 Medium   Ext The female looks behind her to catch the male’s eye
1 6 Medium   Ext The male decides to catch up with her and they walk off together
3 1 Medium   Ext She walks out of her house, meeting with the male
3 2 Medium   Ext He grins as he sees her
3 3 Medium   Ext She’s uncertain and she looks back towards the house
3 4 Long   Ext The shot of the house
3 5 Medium   Ext He nods, talks to her and offers his hand

 

3 6 Medium   Ext She grins and takes his hand
8 1 Medium   Ext She gets into his car, we see he’s pleased, she looks out the window
8 2 Medium   Ext He reaches for her but she shrugs him off
8 3 Close up   Ext He rolls his eyes
8 4 Close up   Ext Goes to start the car, but pulls away
8 5 Medium   Ext He turns to her, talking to her, and she snaps back, he sighs
8 6 Medium   Ext He gets out of the car to her side and opens the door
8 7 Medium   Ext He gets down on his knee, opening the ring box
8 8 Medium   Ext/Int Her sister is watching them with a smile
8 9 Close up   Ext She accepts the proposal
8 10 Medium   Ext They hug
2 1 Medium   Int The couple huddled together
2 2 Medium   Int Her sister discovers them and throws the male out
2 3 Close up   Int Her sister’s reaction to this; shock

 

 

 

4

 

 

1 Medium   Ext Female walks out of her backdoor and looks around for male
4 2 Medium   Ext He comes up behind her and they talk and leave together
6 1 Close up   Ext The couple’s foreheads are pressed together
6 2 Medium   Ext The sister discovers them
6 3 Medium   Ext The male yells at the sister
6 4 Medium   Ext The sister throws him out
6 5 Medium   Ext Sends her sister inside
5 1 Medium   Int The sisters are screaming at each other
5 2 Medium   Int Eventually the older sister sends her sibling out of her sight
7 1 Close up   Int The female’s on the floor of her bedroom trying not to cry

 

Risk Assessment Form

Risk Assessment Form

Hazard Analysis- slipping, tripping, fire, electrical, manual handling, noise, poor lighting.

Risk Evaluation            – who might be harmed, staff, contractors, customers, inexperienced staff, lone workers.

Comments/Action Required-    remove the risk; trial alternative practice; prevent access to the hazard; re-organise work; issue protective clothing.

Risk Rating
Probable Frequency Severity
1          Improbable occurrence 1          Trivial Injury
2          Possible occurrence 2          Minor injury
3          Occasional occurrence 3          Over 3 day injury
4          Frequent occurrence 4          Major injury
5          Common occurrences 5          Death
Location/Equipment/Operation
 

1 Shearwater Drive

Brierley Hill

West Midlands

DY5 2RD

 

Camera

 

Function/Persons at Risk
 

Anyone involved, e.g. talent or crew

 

 

Hazard Analysis                                                                                 Risk Rating
 

 

Someone could trip over the wires from the equipment                     2/1

Someone could hurt themselves on something sharp or any

carpet that’s upturned                                                                      2/2

A member of the team could be unavailable e.g. they could

be ill                                                                                                 2/3

 

 

Existing Control Measures
 

Make sure the wires are tucked away and wrapped in tape that’s easy to see

Make sure there’s nothing sharp or any upturned carpet around by doing a thorough sweep of the interview room beforehand

Make sure you’ve got someone available to fill in, who knows what they’re doing

 

 

 

 

Comments/Action Required

 

Make sure all procedures are carried out and to a high standard to ensure that the production ruins smoothly and effectively. Also make all cast aware before shooting.

Completed By: Mikaela Jones

Date: 26/1/17

Production Schedule

Production schedule

Production: Music Video    Director: Mikaela Jones

Prepared by: Mikaela Jones          Date:

Date/Day No Time Location Activity Crew/Actors/Talent
 

28/1/17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 am till 3 pm. 1 Shearwater Drive, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 2RD The first shot takes place on an empty street, the camera following one half of the couple as they walk with their earphones in, then the other half of the couple, as they walk in opposite directions, meeting on the corner, bumping into each other. They hold each other steady for a second, apologise and continue on their way. In turn, they each look behind them, intending to meet the stranger’s eyes, but only being met with their retreating back. We see the male then decide to try and catch up with the girl, he taps her on the shoulder, she removes an ear bud and we see them talk, then walk together in the direction the woman was walking in.

 

The next shot we see the couple huddled together, out of sight on the stairs, whispering conspiringly. Next, another female comes into the hallway from the living room, discovering them. She throws the male out by the scruff of his shirt, slamming the door behind him, angrily, while the other female looks on, too stunned to move, but visibly upset.

 

The third shot sees the female walk out of her house, ruffled and angry. She walks away from her house and around the corner, where the male is waiting. He grins at her, but she’s uncertain, glancing back in the direction of her house, he nods, understanding but talks her into taking his outstretched hand and when we see her again, she’s grinning.

 

In the next shot she walks out of her back door into her back garden and looks around for a moment. After a second, the male appears from the side of the house, surprising her as he comes up behind her and as before he talks her into coming with him, to some place we don’t see.

 

Following that, we see the girl having a fight with her sister, the same female as before, a full on screaming match, she’s obviously found out about her secret relationship. Eventually, she calms down and sends her sister away, out of sight.

 

Next, we see the couple in the back garden again, heads pressed together as they embrace. The male is obviously trying to reassure her, but the female doesn’t believe him, shaking her head and talking back. Then, her sister comes out from the house, discovering them yet again. She yells at them and they break away from the embrace, as the male stands firm, yelling back. The sister then throws him out the way he came and sends her sister inside the house.

 

After we see the girl on the floor, alone in her bedroom, visibly upset, dabbing at her eyes with a tissue and trying not to cry.

 

The scene after involves the girl getting into his car, he’s pleased, but she doesn’t look at him, choosing to look out the window. He reaches for her, but she shrugs him off. He rolls his eyes and he’s about to start the car, but decides against it, instead deciding to talk to her, and whatever he says obviously offends her and she snaps at him. He sighs, staring out of the windshield for a moment, and then he gets out of the car to go to her side of it. He opens the door and bends down on one knee and pulls out a box with a ring inside it. His words are obviously “Will you marry me?” she looks shocked and unsure. Then we see the camera cut to her sister standing by the front door, a smile on her face. Obviously she’s OK with their relationship now. Another second passes by, until eventually the girl nods eagerly, hugging her new fiancé on the road, both on their knees, but overjoyed.

 

It ends with the same shot as it started with, but ends before the male decides to catch up with her, thus making us think that the things that happened in the video never actually happened, but leaving it up to the audience to decide.

 

Mikaela Jones

Natasha Jones

Helen Morris

Ben Morris

Crew Name Contact No
Director Mikaela Jones 07393987189
Camera (D.O.P) Mikaela Jones 07393987189
Audio Mikaela Jones 07393987189
Production Assistant Mikaela Jones 07393987189
Actor/Talent Name Contact No
Actor Ben Morris 07968308741
Actor Helen Morris 07791312769
Actor Natasha Jones 07469889303

Proposal

Name of the music video (title etc)

The music video is called Love Story because that’s the title of the song and it gives you an idea of the story within the song.

Artist/band and track chosen

I have chosen Love Story by Gabe Bendoc, which is a cover of Taylor Swift’s original because I don’t know if Taylor Swift’s version will be useable due to copyright. I have chosen the song itself because it’s got an easy story and a nice melody to follow.

Length of the music video (seconds)

237 seconds because that’s how long the song is.

Medium (moving image/animation)

The medium that I’m going to use is moving image since I feel like it will make more of impact and is the easiest to use and more accessible to me. If I used animation, for example, it would be more work, be harder to do and take up more time. Plus, I feel like if you use real people and real life it’s easier for the audience to understand the story and connect with it.

Recording format (digital video/film/MP3/Aiff)

The visuals are digital video and the audio is MP3 because they are the most accessible to us and the easiest to use when it comes to filming and editing. Again, I feel the audience will connect more with this format.

Aim (purpose or intention/persuasion/interest/awareness)

The aim of this music video is entertainment and enjoyment, to give people an escape from their lives and let them get invested, if only for three minutes. The target audience will probably be females because they are easily entertained by relationships and the trials they go through.

Concept/idea (main theme)

It mainly follows the lyrics of the song, where there is a couple who are in love, but have to hide it because people don’t like it, but in the end he proposes, to which she says yes, ignoring all the prejudice.

Style (mise-en-scene/setting/location/sound/characters etc)

Set up/lightning/color – The set up I was thinking of was using the garden as a background and have the actors play around in it and doing specific things to fit with the lyrics. I feel that just doing that will make the video very simple but different, therefore more effective to allow me to show the love between the actors and the story of the song and why that’s important. Also I want to make this video in color and I will probably use natural light because it’s being shot outside and it is a nice alternative to lights because it’s more natural.

Camera angle – The camera position I’m thinking about using is medium long shot, medium close up. This is because it is a good camera angle to use to make the music video more effective and allows me to get everything I want to represent in one shot. It would also show the actors faces and bodies well, to show what they’re doing in the video.

Clothing/costumes – The clothing/costumes I’m thinking about using is casual clothes so the actors come in their own clothes so the video feels more natural. Using casual clothing will be effective because it gives a clear indication of who the actors are – which one’s male and which one’s female – to help the target audience understand what is going on in the video and it is important to appeal the video to the right audience type to make the video more successful.

Methods of production (location shoot/studio etc)

It’s going to be on location at 1 Shearwater Drive because it is the most accessible location to my actors and me. It’s also more practical and I can use it 24/7, which means I have a lot more availability. Also, I feel it will make the piece far easier to film and allow me to make the angles and shots more effective. I feel this will structure the piece well and even though it is a simple location it will hopefully make the audience connect with the purpose and storyline of the video.

Resources needed (human/technical/location)

Human Resources;

Natasha Jones

Ben Morris

Helen Morris

Technical Resources;

Camera

Microphone

Clapperboard

Location Resources;

1 Shearwater Drive – Garden/Driveway/Bedroom

Time (how long for production and editing)

We have from Christmas to March to complete everything from production to the complete product, so this means we have about 3 months in total. Logically, I would split the time up evenly, having 6 weeks on each, however, I know that as soon as production is done, I will move on to editing.

Treatment for Music video 2

Treatment

The basic story follows the lyrics of the song, where people are against a couple’s relationship, so they have to hide it by keeping it a secret.

The first shot is a long shot and it takes place on an empty street, the camera following one half of the couple that’s going to be the focus of the music video as they walk with their earphones in, then the camera shows the other half of the couple, both wrapped up warm to fight off the cold, as they walk in opposite directions, then, when they meet on the corner, the camera changes to a medium shot as they bump into each other. They hold each other steady for a second, apologise and continue on their way. In turn, they each look behind them, intending to meet the stranger’s eyes, but only being met with their retreating back. We then change to a close up of the male as we see him decide to try and catch up with the girl, and as he taps her on the shoulder, we change back to a medium shot, as she removes an ear bud and we see them talk, then walk together in the direction the woman was walking in.

The next shot is also a medium, and we see the couple huddled together, out of sight on the stairs, whispering conspiringly. Next, another female comes into the hallway from the living room, discovering them. The camera follows as she throws the male out by the scruff of his shirt, slamming the door behind him, angrily, while the other female looks on, too stunned to move, but visibly upset.

The third shot sees the female walk out of her house, ruffled and angry. She walks away from her house and around the corner, where the male is waiting. He grins at her, but she’s uncertain, glancing back in the direction of her house, he nods, understanding but talks her into taking his outstretched hand and when we see her again, she’s grinning.

The next shot is very similar, as she walks out of her back door into her back garden and looks around anxiously for a moment. After a second, the male appears from the side of the house, surprising her as he comes up behind her and as before he talks her into coming with him, to some place we don’t see.

Following that, we see the girl having a fight with her sister, the same female as before, a full on screaming match, veins popping out of foreheads and hands flying everywhere, she’s obviously found out about her secret relationship. Eventually, she runs her hands over her face, seemingly calming down and sending her sister away, out of sight.

Next, it’s a close-up shot of the couple in the back garden again, heads pressed together as they embrace. The male is obviously trying to reassure her, but the female doesn’t believe him, shaking her head and talking back. Then, the camera changes to a medium shot as her sister comes out from the house, discovering them yet again. She yells at them and they break away from the embrace, as the male stands firm, yelling back. The sister then throws him out the way he came and sends her sister inside the house.

After we see the girl on the floor, alone in her bedroom, visibly upset, dabbing at her eyes with a tissue and trying not to cry.

The scene after involves the girl getting into his car, he’s pleased, but she doesn’t look at him, choosing to look out the window. He reaches for her, but she shrugs him off. He rolls his eyes and he’s about to start the car, but decides against it, instead deciding to talk to her, and whatever he says obviously offends her and she snaps at him. He sighs, staring out of the windshield for a moment, and then he gets out of the car to go to her side of it. He opens the door and bends down on one knee and pulls out a box with a ring inside it. His words are obviously “Will you marry me?” she looks shocked and unsure. Then we see the camera cut to her sister standing by the front door, a smile on her face. Obviously she’s OK with their relationship now; the male had a conversation with her and brought her around to being fine with the relationship, as said in the song. Another second passes by, until eventually the girl nods eagerly, hugging her new fiancé on the road, both on their knees, but overjoyed.

It ends with the same shot as it started with, but ends before the male decides to catch up with her, thus making us think that the things that happened in the video never actually happened, but leaving it up to the audience to decide.

I took inspiration from the video of the original song because it also follows the lyrics, because the song itself is a narrative (Love Story by Taylor Swift).

Treatment and Lyric Annotation for Music Video

Treatment and Lyric Annotation

The basic story follows the lyrics of the song, where people are against a couple’s relationship, so they have to hide it by keeping it a secret.

The lyrics, following the story

The first shot takes place on an empty street, the camera following one half of the couple as they walk with their earphones in, then the other half of the couple, both wrapped up warm to fight off the cold, as they walk in opposite directions, meeting on the corner, bumping into each other. They hold each other steady for a second, apologise and continue on their way. In turn, they each look behind them, intending to meet the stranger’s eyes, but only being met with their retreating back. We see the male then decide to try and catch up with the girl, he taps her on the shoulder, she removes an ear bud and we see them talk, then walk together in the direction the woman was walking in.

We were both young when I first saw you.

I close my eyes and the flashback starts…

You’re standing there… On a balcony in summer air.

See the lights; see the party, the ball gowns.

Making my way, I’m moving through the crowd to say “’ello…”

The next shot we see the couple huddled together, out of sight on the stairs, whispering conspiringly. Next, another female comes into the hallway from the living room, discovering them. She throws the male out by the scruff of his shirt, slamming the door behind him, angrily, while the other female looks on, too stunned to move, but visibly upset.

Little did you know…

That I was Romeo, as I was throwing pebbles…

Heard your father say “Stay away from Juliet!”

Had to leave you crying on the staircase… Begging me “Please don’t go!”

The third shot sees the female walk out of her house, ruffled and angry. She walks away from her house and around the corner, where the male is waiting. He grins at her, but she’s uncertain, glancing back in the direction of her house, he nods, understanding but talks her into taking his outstretched hand and when we see her again, she’s grinning.

So I said…

Julie I’ll take you somewhere we can be alone.

Just be patient… Nothing left to do but run.

You’ll be the princess; I’ll be the prince…

It’s a love story baby say “Yes.”

The next shot is very similar, as she walks out of her back door into her back garden and looks around anxiously for a moment. After a second, the male appears from the side of the house, surprising her as he comes up behind her and as before he talks her into coming with him, to some place we don’t see.

So you sneak out to the garden I’m hiding…

We keep quiet cause we’re dead if they find me.

Close your eyes.

Escape this town for a little while.

I was Romeo, you were my Juliet.

Following that, we see the girl having a fight with her sister, the same female as before, a full on screaming match, veins popping out of foreheads and hands flying everywhere, she’s obviously found out about her secret relationship. Eventually, she runs her hands over her face, seemingly calming down and sending her sister away, out of sight.

Even my father said loving you is not worth it.

Had to leave you on crying on the staircase… Begging me “Please don’t go!”

Next, we see the couple in the back garden again, heads pressed together as they embrace. The male is obviously trying to reassure her, but the female doesn’t believe him, shaking her head and talking back. Then, her sister comes out from the house, discovering them yet again. She yells at them and they break away from the embrace, as the male stands firm, yelling back. The sister then throws him out the way he came and sends her sister inside the house.

So I said…

Julie I’ll take you somewhere we can be alone.

Just be patient… Nothing left to do but run.

You’ll be the princess; I’ll be the prince…

It’s a love story baby say “Yes.”

Julie I’ll save you, they’ll never come between us!

Just hold on and love is gonna free us!

Don’t be afraid, oh we’ll make it through this!

It’s a love story… Baby just say “Yes.”

After we see the girl on the floor, alone in her bedroom, visibly upset, dabbing at her eyes with a tissue and trying not to cry.

I’m sure she’s tired of waiting.

Swear I’m on my way, just had to work some things out

I hope her faith’s not fading…

The scene after involves the girl getting into his car, he’s pleased, but she doesn’t look at him, choosing to look out the window. He reaches for her, but she shrugs him off. He rolls his eyes and he’s about to start the car, but decides against it, instead deciding to talk to her, and whatever he says obviously offends her and she snaps at him. He sighs, staring out of the windshield for a moment, and then he gets out of the car to go to her side of it. He opens the door and bends down on one knee and pulls out a box with a ring inside it. His words are obviously “Will you marry me?” she looks shocked and unsure. Then we see the camera cut to her sister standing by the front door, a smile on her face. Obviously she’s OK with their relationship now. Another second passes by, until eventually the girl nods eagerly, hugging her new fiancé on the road, both on their knees, but overjoyed.

That was when I met her outskirts of town…

And I said…

Julie I apologize, didn’t mean to scare you

Need you more than anything… I refuse to share you

Saw it in her eyes, she didn’t know what to think…

I knelt to the ground and I pulled out a ring…

And said…

“Marry me Juliet. You’ll never have to be alone.

I love you and that’s all that I really know!

I talked to our families, pick out a white dress…

It’s a love story baby just say “Yes.”

It ends with the same shot as it started with, but ends before the male decides to catch up with her, thus making us think that the things that happened in the video never actually happened, but leaving it up to the audience to decide.

Cause we were both young when I first saw you.