Here is our music video.

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Here is the inside panel of my digipak album cover.

Here is the inside panel of my digipak album cover.

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

R+P Post 26: Set design, location and props


We decided that the entirety of our music video should be filmed in our school's Seward Studio.

The Seward Studio (dressed)
The set will be dressed with a white cyclorama and white floor, allowing us to flood the performance area with our coloured light with an infinity effect. This will be our backdrop for the action of our video, and on which all the pieces of set will stand.

We wanted to replicate the lighting backdrop in video's such as Jessie J's 'Price Tag', with the broad open monochrome spaces with just one/zero pieces of set 
The performance space covered in light, demonstrating the monochrome effect on the cyclorama
The studio gives us a large performance area and professional standard lighting and sound equipment. This enables us to create a wide variety of lighting states that can be adjusted in intensity and colour, and then recorded as a memory, giving us creative freedom over how we can dress our set ups.

The studio's lighting desk (left: the desk where we could adjust our lights, right: the screen where we could save our lighting set ups for the shoot)
We also have access to the sound system which means we can boom our track out whilst recording, both helping our singer to feel more comfortable in singing along and give a more confident performance, and making sure all our performers on instruments can hear the track to keep time.

Other benefits of recording solely in our school's studio include:
  • we won't need to seek permission to film on location; where we will have to seek permission to book the studio in and out of school hours, the process was made simpler by our connection to the school. 
  • the studio location helps push our band's aesthetic; we agreed that the live performance feel to singing in a studio helped push our band's image as being 'all about the music' and their performance. 
  • the tech in the studio is professional standard, which we are lucky to have access to and helps create some fantastic lighting set ups for the different parts of our narrative. 
Set Design and Props

We decided that all our pieces of set should be homemade.

Inspired by music video's like Sia's 'You've Changed' (above), we decided to use cardboard props and set pieces as we thought the creative streak of having homemade practical effects would successfully demonstrate our band's fun loving and independent image. We achieved this by collecting as much junk modelling material as we could find (e.g. cardboard boxes, toilet rolls, old newspaper) and scheduling times where we would get together to craft or paint these into pieces of set and props in advance of our shoot.

The set we needed to create included:

- a lamppost (for Singing in the Rain)
- a slot machine (for Sergeant Pepper)
- an apple tree (for Alice in Wonderland)

The props we needed to create included:

- a 'K.O' and 'Fight!' sign (for Mortal Kombat)
- two power-meters/ health bars (for Mortal Kombat)

Here, Noa and I are creating the lamppost at my house
One example of how we made one of our set pieces is the apple tree; we created this by taping long cardboard cuboids together, then using PVA glue and old newspaper to papier-mâché the grooves of a tree trunk.
We stood the trunk of the tree on an old Swingball set I owned to keep it upright
We then painted the trunk brown, cut out the outline of a bushy tree top (painted green) and apples (covered in red and green glitter) from cardboard. 

We coated the apples in red glitter to make them look fantastical for the Alice in Wonderland set up
Finally we stuck the top of the tree onto the trunk to create the final result.

The finished apple tree
This approach to set design benefitted, not only our low-fi band aesthetic, but also helped lower our expenditure as we had to purchase very little to have all our props and set.

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