Here is our music video.

Here is the outside panel of my digipak album cover.

Here is the outside panel of my digipak album cover.

Here is the inside panel of my digipak album cover.

Here is the inside panel of my digipak album cover.

Here is a link to my artist's website. Please click on the image below to enter the website.

Friday, 24 November 2017

R+P Post 28: My kit list

In preparation for our shoot, we compiled a list of the equipment we would need to create our music video. We are very lucky to have access to so much industrial standard equipment. We are benefitted enormously from having such high quality kit at our disposal. 

 

We decided against using any floodlights in our music video, despite them being available for our group to use. This was because we didn't need the use of extra white light to shine on the performer's, and we didn't want that white light to wash out the colours on our cyclorama.

Recording Kit: 

Our recording set up involved a tripod, a camera and a monitor, which we could wire to the camera. We will attach the monitor to the mains using an extension box. 

Noa setting up the monitor to frame her shot
Our intentions for using this kit are to use the tripod for the still shots in the music video, most notably the long shots, so we could frame up the shot and leave the camera to record, and then take the camera off of the tripod and detach the monitor when shooting our handheld shots. 

We made use of the Samsung TV to watch our recording on a larger screen. We also had access to a number of different lenses for our camera which we could use depending on what we wanted our shots to look like.

Emilio looking at the TV
✓ The camera is of professional quality, creating vibrant and clear footage that will enable our final music video to look professional standard.

✓ The lenses are quick and easy to switch over; as we only had one week in which we could shoot,  this saved us lots of time.

Me and our media technician Sam changing the sense for the camera
✓ We benefit immensely from the versatility of the equipment; the tripod in particular is highly adjustable, thus lending us lots of high and low angles to shoot from.

✓ The monitor enlarges our screen to make it clearer to see the performers; this will be particularly helpful when we are trying to see if a performer is in focus and if the colours look good.

The monitor made it easier to see how the colours looked on screen
✓ The Samsung TV is useful as by turning it to face the performance space, we can use it to frame up shots, most notably during the band shots when all of us are performing and no-one can operate the camera. We can also use it to show shots to people up in the galley so they can see if it looks right. 

How we used the Samsung TV to frame our band shots
✖ There will be a large number of wires and cables involved in setting up this equipment; for example, the monitor needs three separate cables for it to function the way we want. This makes it incredibly time consuming to set up, and for most of our shoot days, our first twenty/thirty minutes will likely be devoted to setting up this kit, and the same at the end of the day for packing the kit away. This will eat into our one week shoot time considerably

Me setting up the camera before a shoot
✖ The monitor needs to be attached to the mains and, when we want to use the Samsung TV, another wire is needed to link the monitor to the TV. This means a lot of wires are lying on the floor. This is a big trip hazard and we have to be very watchful about not tripping up on the loose cables and tape them to the floor to avoid snagging. 

Lighting:

We took advantage of the multiple studio lights that are rigged to the ceiling of the studio. Each of these lights could be adjusted in multiple ways. Using the lighting rod, we could adjust the angle the light faced and whether it would create a flooded or spotlight effect. 

Me adjusting the lights using the lighting rod
We could also adjust what colour the light was by using the lighting desk and selecting from a variety of lighting set ups. The lighting desk allowed us to select which lights we wanted, which colour we wanted them, and how intense we wanted the light to look. 

Me adjusting the lighting
We could then record that set up and select it from the monitor when we next needed it. 

Me recording our lighting set up on the monitor
✓ The lighting desk is simple to understand, and after being trained by our media technician and trying it out hands on, it is an easy piece of technology to get to grips with it; for example, choosing to change the intensity of one of the lights was as simple as pressing a button to select the light and scrolling a wheel to adjust it's brightness. This ease of use was helpful to me in particular as operating studio technology is one of my weaker skills. 

These scrollers helped adjust the lighting state
✓ The lighting desk also allowed us to create the pastel colours of our music video by selecting a bright colour and paling it out slightly by switching two or more of the lights to white. 

This photo demonstrates how the white light helped make our colours look paler and better fit our pastel colour palette

Sound:

Our studio allowed us to hook up one of our phones to the sound system so that we could play our track through the speakers. This was adjustable down by the performance space as well as up in the galley using the sound desk. We intended to use this so that Noa could sing along with the song and produce a realistic lip sync.

Our sound desk
✓ Using the studio's sound system was useful as by hearing the music at a loud volume, we could always make sure we could keep time when performing with instruments (e.g. hear when specific guitar/drum rhythms occured) and hear the lyrics to produce a convincing lip sync; Noa was exceptional in singing along with the track and the resulting lip sync looked very convincing. 

✓ The sound desk allowed us to raise and lower the volume when someone was in the galley. This meant that we could quieten the room when communicating with each other. It also helped when we wanted to up the energy of performance to be able to up the volume; this was important as our music video demanded lots of energy and enthusiasm for all the performers. 

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