Thursday, 14 July 2011


Our group have now decided that we are going to do the song 'Sharp dressed man' by ZZ TOP. With this video we have had more than one idea. My idea was to have a teacher walking down a corridoor and all the female pupils fancy him and at the end of the shot he hands one of them a detension slip, this will add humour to the video. Another idea we had as a group we to have a man walking through town wearing a suit, new shoes, black tie (as the lyrics say)...

Clean shirt, new shoes
And I don't know where I am goin' to.
Silk suit,black tie,
I don't need a reason why.
They come runnin' just as fast as they can
Coz' every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man.

Gold watch, diamond ring,
I ain' missin'not a single thing.
And cufflinks, stick pin
When I step out I'm gonna do you in.

They come runnin' just as fast as they can
Coz' every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man.

Top coat, top hat,
I don't worry coz my wallet's fat.
Black shades, white gloves,
Lookin' sharp and lookin' for loves
They come runnin' just as fast as they can
Coz' every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Media Day - Remake of Britney Spears

Today we have remade the video of 'Hit me baby one more time' by Britney Spears. There were four sections to film so we split our media classes into groups of four as there are four sections in her music video - classroom, corridor, gym and the car park - so today i have worked in a team including Alex, Sam, George, Harry and Sophie. Our filming was based on the classroom scenes. In our group we have certain roles, i was the producer which included me telling everyone what shots we were doing and in what order they would be filmed in, George was the director, Harry was the props manager which was telling us what we were to wear in our shots, Sophie was our project manager & Sam was the 'best Britney' and general helper. As our classroom scene only had 11 shots we had finished within 30mins and so we became extras for the gym group, this included us dancing and playing basket ball.

Overall today we have made 3 vodcasts to show our progress, our first vodcast was to practise lip-sinking and plan our day, we did this by rehearsing sections of the song out loud and also used other songs to practise words and speed of which we did it. This exercise paid off because although we didn't need to lip-sink in or scene two of our team (George and Harry) used these skills in the gym scene.
Our second vodcast was telling you how we felt the day had been and we made this in a creative way as we filmed it as though we were news presenters. This was fun and we explained in different sections how the day had been e.g. weather girl (Sophie) told us how the weather had been today and the sports man (george) explained the basket ball scene etc.
The final vodcast was how we felt the day could of been better, we all as a group sat together and discussed how we felt the day could of gone better and we decided we needed to be more organised and take the time we had to do this seriously and have a full and detailed call list so we knew exactly what angles and shots to take.

 I believe our group had the easy option due to the fact we only had 11 easy shots to film and we could of possibly done better but we felt rushed as a group because we needed to reorganise the classroom we were based in which took up at least 10mins of the 35min we had to film, this could of been prevented if we had been organised enough to sort out the tables and chairs before hand e.g. night before or first thing in the morning. Also, not all our group were prepared with props and costume such as white shirts to signify we were in a classroom however we were lucky enough to have our fellow class mates in another group have spares that we borrowed.

This was our first vodcast of the day..

This was our last to reflect on the day..

This was the final piece ENJOY!!

Monday, 11 July 2011

in class prep for Britney Vid

Today we, as a class, finally finished the call sheet for the whole video of Britney Spears hit me baby one more time, in groups of two/three the class had 30seconds worth of shots to analyse and give details of what these shots included - lyrics, props and the camera angle & shot. With this now finished our class has been split into two and so has the other media class meaning we have 4 groups to film the whole thing! The four sections are the classroom (which i am working on), gym, corridor and car park. We all have to prepare props and have a video available to us on a mobile phone or ipod to watch whilst we film so we have more idea of what to shoot. On the day we will be shooting behind the scenes so that we can show how we did things. This will be a full day to us media students to work on this so every minute will count!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Idea in class

in class we listened to a song, but did not see the video, the task was to create a video in a group. I was working with Kyle Meeson & Roam Hamilton. Together we colided ideas and came up with something completely different to the video we were shown after the task. Our idea was that a man would be walking in a rural area, he would be dressed in black. Every person he walked past he would have a vision of how they were going to die and then after the vision the person would follow behind him wearing white, signifying the death, this would happen to 4-5 people. We had the idea of this been in darkness so night time or early hours of the day e.g. 4am then as the sun rised we could have a shot of this man leading the people to the sun, having a shot facing the sun and them walking towards it.
The actual video is alot different to our idea, it is full of random funny things - this is so the viewer carrys on watching the video i presume as it is quite entertaining and i couldn't stop watching what bizare things would appear next!

Our music video/ minivid

'Clubbed to death' - Rob Dougan

group members - Faye (me), Sophie, George, Alex and Sam.
Our first idea for the video was that we were going to have a man in a hoodie walking through rural areas with a gang following him and then the chase would start after the drop in the song occurs. However, this was too much a simple idea for us to use and was not as creative as it could of been SO, i came up with the idea of using the music as a tense moment e.g. a chef making a sandwich and handing it to someone who would bite into it and give aproval, i had many ideas for the shots that could of been used to create a masterpiece of work. We didn't use this idea though, we had little time to come together as a group to film so two of our group members took one for the team and filmed within a very short amount of time, an hour to be precise, and we went back to the hoodie idea as it was quick and easy to film. This was not good enough for our project though as we want it to be a top piece of work to hand in as our first video we have created so we are curently planning a new video to a new song -

Different country, different video

Albanian flag -
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This is the Albanian flag. I refer to this in the following paragraphs.

We learnt that different countries will have a different way of making music videos. We looked at an Albanian music video which was very low budget as it was filmed in the slums of Albania. There were loads of MEN (showing dominance?) in a line, this gave the video a intimidating sense and the group all did a hand gesture the their countries flag. The MEN have baggy jeans on and just plain tops - this shows us how they are in the slums as brands cannot be afforded. The MEN are holding guns giving them the status as they will not be messed with in any form as they are higher than everyone else, in a way it is like a threat on TV. (upload video when find it)

Another Albanian group based in America has a complete different look, although been from the same country this video was a higher budget and they are wearing clothes to show their 'status' of the 'gangster' wearing branded clothing and having tracksuits on etc. These MEN also use the hand gesture to signify their countries flag.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Challenges & requirements for a music video

For any music video theres needs to be a certain thought through 'story'. This includes what clothing the singer/band/cast are going to wear, how thier make-up is done, their dance routines etc.
For companys making music videos there will be a budget giving them advantage to the setting, dancers, any special effects etc needed in the video. 
As we are not a music company we don't have a budget. This however will not set us back as we can use special effects on 'Final cut' and we can also arrange to have a big cast (if needed in any of our videos) also we can make up dance routines as people we know have had experience in coriography in outside school activities, so it might be a challenge but nothing is impossible!