Friday, 29 November 2013

Construction - Editing

Premiere pro was new to all of us in our group and so we were both nervous and excited to use it. We have found it easier than final cut due to the fact that you don't have to render after every edit which saves a lot of time. When we first used it we had a few problems as it shut down accidentally a few numbers of time.  We found cutting and moving clips fairly easy as you can easily cut by pressing c. Syncing with the music has been difficult at times due to the fact that you have to be very precise otherwise it looks inaccurate.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Construction Day Five

We took this photo for the cd cover as we believe it is very stereotypical for a pop girl band. We are all lying close in order to create the theme of friendship. I think that an interesting outcome this photo has, is that all our hair links together which suggests a strong bond between all three girls. The grass emphasises our main concept of colour due to the fact that it is bright and stands out.
This is an image of London, we chose London because it has a busy and vibrant atmosphere. It is full of colour and inspiration which is exactly what our song is all about. Fortunately, the day we filmed was perfect weather for our song as you can see from this photo.

These are two images that we could potentially use for our advert design. Both photos show all three girls members with direct eye contact to the camera which creates a connection to the audience. All girls are smiling which creates the idea of a happy and upbeat album. Additionally, the London eye and sunset in the background creates a warm atmosphere and reinforces that all girls are British.

During this day, we went to London to film the majority of the shots we are going to use. We first filmed all three girls singing and dancing on grass with the southbank and trees in the bakground. Although we were stared at this was a succesful shot. We had to position the camera so that all three girls could be seen and that the background could also be seen. During this shot, we use our choreographed dance for the chorus which went well. However, some times it went wrong and was out of time but we will just use the appropriate shots in our music video. The dance reinforces the idea of a stereotypical pop band.A problem that we encountered during this shot was that because the camera had to be so far away we were unable to hear my phone which had the song on it. We resolved this problem by placing the phone in my pocket.

We then went up to the bridge and filmed individual mid shots of each girl members. We all stood on the bridge with the thames in the background however, we stood at different places so that the background was not identical and too ordinary.

We then filmed us all lying on the grass and looking up towards the camera however this does not suit with the other shots so we are not planning to use it. During this day we also filmed a large amount of cutaways which were all very succesful.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Construction Day Four

Next, we went to the location of Morden hall park and filmed the bridge section. This is where each female band member meets eachother. The bridge is an important part of the music video due to the fact that it introduces the three girls friendship and friendship is a main theme within our video and song. The photo above shows libby and charlie setting up the camera. We had to make sure that the tripod was carefully placed as it was placed on concrete and so if unsteady the camera could fall and break. Additionally, we wanted to place the camera in an appropriate place so not in the way of passers by and also we wanted to show the landscape of trees and the white house behind the bridge in order to emphasise the concept of colour.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Construction Day Three

Today we filmed our green screen shots. Firstly, we had to set up the green screen which was a time constraint due to the fact that it contains a lot more equipment than we expected.  It also takes up a lot of room. 

Here is an image of Charlie setting up the lights, we only had two lights whereas usually three are needed. So as a result we had to work with two lights as if it were three which caused a bit of difficulty. As we can see, Charlie is positioning the light at a correct angle as we wanted as little shadows as possible because otherwise we would have to edit them out on Premier which is difficult to do.


After we had set up the green screen we had to position the camera, tripod, lights and member of group in the correct place. The green screen required a lot of teamwork but it was a very successful day. 

Here is a screenshot of Miss Melody performing in the first photograph. This proves that we have continuously adhered to our genre by using bright colours and we also thought about the Rule of Thirds for our Mise en scene. We faced some technical difficulties when filming, however, we over came them by working quickly and efficiently as a group.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Construction Day Two

These are the shots that we filmed during our second day. We decided to re-do the shots of myself because they were not focused. Again, we used my house as the location. First we filmed me waking up, which was successful. However, then we filmed an extreme close up of me putting lip gloss on which was not focused due to how close the camera was. So, we decided to film a different action, as a result we thought spraying perfume on the chest and neck was very feminine and very stereotypical for a teenage girl. This was successful as it was in focus and works well with the music as within the music there is a subtle spray noise which links with the spray of the perfume. 

Construction Day One

These are the shots that we had planned to film for our storyboards and we filmed them in the correct location. During periods 1-3 we went to my house and filmed shots from a variety of angles in accordance to the different light on each girls face. We thought that Libby's and Maddie's shots were well focused however, we believed that my shots needed to be in more focus. We found using the camera quite simple once we got used to it however, it was sometimes difficult to set up the tripod as there was not enough floor space so we had to make sure the tripod was not on an angle as that would of resulted with a non straight shot. We filmed each of us participating in stereo typical female activities such as brushing hair, applying mascara and spraying perfume. The location were bright pink rooms which were ideal for our story line of three teenage girls. To improve these shots I believe that we could make them more focused.