Connie Lim

Connie Lim

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Getting Started..

The main issue of the day is to get permission to film in our different locations. More specifically, places like Newcastle Airport & Fenwick's, we would have to email or phone well ahead of time to make sure that we would be allowed to film. Having already been in touch with Newcastle Airport (N.A) & Fenwick's, we've discovered that we cannot film in one of the locations (Fenwick's) because of the time of year it is. With them having to put up the famous window and also with over eager christmas shoppers trying to get all of their presents before december it would be far too busy for even our small camera crew to be in the way. N.A have been in touch, but nothing is yet confirmed. Cenrtal Station is a good alternative to N.A however we are having difficulty finding contact details for their head office at the moment to ask for filming permission. The other locations, are public. Therefore providing its not hideously busy (which on Northumberland Street, chances are it's going to be, but we kind of want that!) We can film easily without really needing to ask anyones permission to do so. Making our lives a lot easier. Happy days! (:

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Location Shots

For the locations, we've decided to stay quite local, with the furthest we're going to travel to being South Shields. We went out and got some location shots so we could get a rough idea of where we could film different scenes and shots for our video. The following shots were taken in Newcastle city centre (The best place to be!) (:

This first shot was taken by the flats behind Black Friar's near China town (behind the Gate for anyone who is geographically incapable like myself). We decided this looked like a really nice, cute place to film some romantic memory scenes. Maybe some shots of the couple walking through past the flats to show where they live. It looks like a quiet little village somewhere: A very romantic setting for any young couple to fall in love (:

This area is just across from the picture above. Its a small park, where we though the couple could be filmed having a picnic or a cup of coffee. Again another memory shot for the video. The area is all natural with natural colouring, so it would make the scenes look a lot more real but the green colouring and the older looking buildings give a more 'homey' effect to the shot.

Coffee shops are a typical place for romance to happen. Even if it's a break up coffee or a get together coffee it still is a good place for sparks to ignite (: Again this is more for the memory shots than anything else, but we think that coffee shops are perfect for this part (even if we end up not using Starbucks).

We've decided for the chase scene (or at least one of them) we would have the girl going down onto the metro to get on and get try and to the airport/train station before the boy goes. The metro is the easiest option in terms of filming on public transport as we dont actually have to film her on the metro just film her getting onto it. Easy done!

Monday, 4 October 2010

Research into Music Videos

As acting director I decided to do some research on music videos, looking at the way they've been filmed & also looking at the typical plot line. I've mainly looked at David Guetta videos, so I can keep in the same style to make it look more realistic and professional.

David Guetta - Kid Cudi - Memories (Featuring Kid Cudi)

Looking at this video by Guetta (Directed by Keith Schofield) from first glance it doesn't really look like the typical video of the artist (or at least at the beginning). 9 out of 10 of Guetta's videos have gorgeous women starring in it, or at least looking very sexualised throughout. You see this a lot when looking at music videos in general because the sexualised woman appeals to both genders in that men fancy her and women wish they could be her.

However this video plays a little trick because if you look closer at the camera following Kid Cudi on his journey to the party, you can see that the entire camera crew is composed of naked beautiful women with words (added in graphically) covering their modesty.

Guetta's music videos tend to be based around partying and living the typical rockstar/Dj lifestyle of simply having a good time. This video is the prime example of this. The entire video is centered around a party. This is probably largely to do with the fact that the song itself is talking about going out and getting absolutely wasted. Right at the end of the video we see a very typical scene in Guetta's videos which is the big party scene at the climax of the song.

Magnetic Man ft Katy B - Perfect Stranger

The difference with this music video (directed by WIZ (who does lots of music videos)) is that the plot of the video seems to be quite hard to understand, or at least from a personal point of view. The song itself is about meeting the 'Perfect Stranger' and instantly connecting with someone who you've just met. However the video seems to be presenting the idea of a rebellion in a rural city and the fire department are there to try and calm everything down.

The video is filmed mainly using black & white, and idea we're thinking of using in our own video for the memory scenes to show nostalgia. There are lots of slow motion shots used in this video as well, like for example when Katy B (the singer) is being chased by one of the fire brigade. The slow motion really adds emphasis on all of the emotion to the chase; The fear of her being caught is really accentuated through the slow motion, which really adds an interesting effect to the video. We could also use this in our video to show the devastation of the girl missing the train/plane or even or even to show the amount of love between the couple.

Chase & Status - Pieces Remix

The hand held camera used in this video really adds a good effect to the entire piece. The song is about brwaking up with someone who never really cared about you but won't let it go.

The video matches the song perfectly, in my opinion. The idea of it being filmed in night vision adds to the thought of it being forbidden and that she's not supposed to be there, as though its a security video. The trashing of the flat is filmed in a very skillful way, in that it manages so show everything that is happening without seeming like it's an actual homemade video. All the camera movements are very smooth and any edits are done with good precision and look good for the type of video that it is. Personally, my favourite part is when the singer is walking up the street and the cuts have gave an excellent effect on his face and the way the street is lit etc..

Willow - Whip My Hair

Because the artist in this video is so young, the video itself is fairly innocent and simple. The song is literally what it says on the tin, and is about whipping your hair back and forth!

With Willow having a famous Dad (Will Smith), it means she's more likely to have a larger budget to have more dancers and effects and you can she that this has been used to her advantage. Throughout the video she has a wide range of insane hairstyles (which I positively ADORE!) and her costumes are very wild and stylish. This compliments her age but also adds to the effect of the song as well.

Year 13 Video Project: Introduction

Our group decided for our video project to do a music video for the song When Love Takes Over - David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland.

In the group we each allocated ourselves a job to be in charge of during the filming process:
Joss (Myself):
- Directing
- Acting
- Continuity
- Costume, make up & Props
- Storyboard
- Editing
- Location
- Filming

The storyline we've decided to go with for the video is very simple and follows the typical conventions of a romantic film/music video. The idea is that a couple, who are in their late teens ( with the girl being played by yours truly (: ) and who are also very much in love. The boy then finds out that he has to move away to a different country and there's nothing the girl can do about it. After a lot of upset and nostalgic thinking the girl becomes convinced ( by the boy's best friend )to chase after the boy, only to find when she gets to the airport that she's missed his flight. And just when you think it's all over.. ta-da! Boy appears at the top of the stairs, they hug & kiss and live happily ever after. Very romantic and very soppy (:

I decided to put myself forward to be director & actor because it would make it easier to work with myself and know exactly what I want from the offset, rather than having to explain to another actor, thus making it quicker & more effecient to make the video.