Sunday, 7 December 2014

Week beginning 8/12 DEADLINE WEEK

This week, you will need to upload an exported version of your music video to your blog by then end of Wednesday 10th December.

You should also save a JPG version of all printwork, clearly marked by group name, to the Student area/Y13 Coursework/.  In addition, this final version should be uploaded to the blog - clearly labelled with text and for advertisements, where they would be printed.

Having looked at the blogs, there are very little posts relating to video or print post-production process from last week.  AS A PRIORITY, post your own involvement last week in these processes.  Be specific about techniques used in software, changes and revisions to your storyboarding/layout drafts.  THIS is VITAL.

Good luck!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Adobe Premiere Terminology

The following terms could be used to explain your process in post production:

Current time indicator, visual timeline, audio timeline, zoom in, cut clips, trim clips, cutting tool, organise, select, drag and drop, time stretch, overlay, edit, compress time, re-arrange, re-order, montage, continuity, duration, shot, cutting rate, media window, transitions, effects, video effects, audio effects, key frame, render, export, work area bar, motion, opacity, volume, balance, share, Mpeg, image control, lightness and contrast, saturation levels, colour balance, adjust hue, intercut, angle, monitor...

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Friday 5th December - Deadline for Music Video and Print Production

Targets for the week.  Aim to take on a different role over the three sessions
  • Blog director - refine and edit all posts on the blog.
  • Post individual progress updates on the blog after each session with visuals
  • Post regular production logs on post production - either bullet points or short film
  • Print production - creative links with the music video and existing metanarrative.
  • Rough cut of music video and print on Thursday 12 pm.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Week 17/11 - Progress print work

This week, you should complete the following 4 tasks:

1. editing at least 30 seconds of video to the track, ready to review on Thursday in lesson with KJ -this can be more!

2. Ensure digipak posts are reviewed and improved - by end of Monday 8pm

3. Work on layouts for digipak 4 panes minimum, 2 magazine advertisements for different segments of target audience and/or different forms – these should be posted on blog and annotated for media language / representation / ideological discourse

4. commenting on blog your individual contributions to all of the above


In groups, discuss the following and ensure that this is commented on during your research:

1. how will your band/artist metanarrative be constructed through the design of your promo campaign across a variety of forms?

2. What visual signifiers are creating a coherent promo campaign?

3. How will your print work be rich in connotation - think about representation and ideological discourse in your work


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Holiday Work and Animatic

Hello everyone.  Many of you are filming this week, some were able to take advantage of the good weather yesterday; Friday and Saturday also look sunny... if you have any issues with equipment, Jason is in this week so he can help out.

You have two written tasks to complete over the holiday.  The first is preparation for the A2 skills question in the exam and the second is the print analysis for the digipak, part of your planning.  Please make sure you upload stills as evidence for this post and that you analyse the front and back cover (at least) of the CD packaging.  Any questions, email us before the deadline.

Some of you also have improvements to make to posts.  Please ensure you email your teacher when these are done and we will update your grade accordingly.  Some of your posts need visual evidence and comments.

The animatics require an individual reflection task from each of you.  You should each edit the post the animatic is uploaded into so there is one group post for this task.  The questions are as follows.  Please ensure you use bullet points:

  1. What was your individual contribution to the storyboarding and animatic task?
  2. What have you learned from completing this process in terms of, camera - distance, movement and angle; editing - duration and transitions; sound - relationship between lyrics/sound and visuals, emotional colouring; Mise en scene - locations, character blocking?
  3. How else has this process fed into the development of your concept?
  4. How was this task more complex/different from the same task at AS?
  5. What were the challenges/difficulties of carrying out this task?
Well done all of you on a great first term in year 13; I hope you get some time to relax over the break.. :) 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Group concept pitch - Due 17th Oct

When you have completed your pitch - post your slides/Prezi up and reflect on the following:

What was the feedback from the group on your presentation? What was identified as the strengths and weaknesses of your concept?  How will you now respond to this constructive criticism? 

Make it clear, how did each of you individually contribute to the pitch?

Please also check the post below to make sure you have evidence of vital areas of planning such as recces, props, casting, practice shots etc. before you begin storyboarding and animatic production.

The pitch reflection is due by Friday 17th October

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Planning Pitches - Revised date: Monday 13 October

Well done all of you; you have completed the two main AV analysis tasks - the next will be print analysis after the pitches. Moving forward the planning tasks are:
  • Making improvements to the content and presentation of the MV deconstruction and Tech Analysis.
  • 6 frame storyboard per student taken from secondary research - can be electronic or drawn and scanned.
  • Call sheet and risk assessment uploaded into Brighton planning post.
  • Questionnaires completed and uploaded to survey monkey. 
  • Individual reflection on purpose, methodology and construction of questionnaire.
  • Location reccies.  What is the purpose?  what locations are you considering at this point?  What has informed your current decisions?  What do you plan to film at each location?  What resources would you need to take to a location reccie?  What dates and times have you arranged to go to potential locations?  Group post with some found images.
  • Concept development - to get the green light you need to be very definite about what is happening in the beginning - middle and end. and what the camera is doing.  Storyboarding or having a shot list for the first ten and last ten seconds would help.
  • Props, costumes, actors, lighting, SFX, camera movement. Take a couple of areas each and use either found or original images as evidence.
  • Visual effects - evidence and some explanation of how you are going to achieve the effect.   If you need help from JF then it is time to ask him.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Work for Week 22/9 - pinning concept down

As per our lesson today - the overriding objective this week is to decide WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO FOR OUR VIDEO! In other words, start mapping out the concept to the lyrics.  The processes that you will carry out to help with these creative decisions are:

1. edit and review Brighton footage  and video diaries of who did what on the shoot.  Reflect - how has this process moved your ideas forward? - due FRIDAY 26th 3.35pm

2. Video analysis - review progress so far with KJ on Tuesday - reflect on how well you are using theory and finish off the final video analysis - due FRIDAY 26th 3.35pm

3. Technical analysis - map ideas to the lyrics ready for Thursday's lesson so you can make a focused decision about the kind of sequences that as a group would be useful to analyse to support your own concept.  Final analysis due on blog MONDAY 29th 3.35pm

Monday, 15 September 2014

A source of alternative music videos

Have a look at for a range of alternative videos

CF - Planning tasks Wk 15th Sept

As per our lesson today - you should now be working on:

1. Planning for Brighton  - post ideas for test shots, details on props, costume, locations, kit if needed -  (Due Wed 17th Sept for lesson with KJ) - group post

2. Start video analysis task - cover all questions in the booklet over 3 videos.  Complete 2 videos worth of analysis by Sunday evening 6pm 21st Sept.   - individual post

Video discussed today:

Carpark North - Human
Directed by Martin De Thurah

I've just found this making of video - interesting to see the visuals ... but it's in DANISH!  Alex - you'll have to help us out

Another video set in Brighton that is worth having a look at for inspiration (no swimming though on Thursday - not covered by our risk assessment!
Laura Marling - Rambling Man

Friday, 12 September 2014

Blog posts - deadline 14 september 2014

  1. Institutional Context: Prezi/PPT – Grp.
  2. Class Music Video, Lonely Boy: music video – Grp.  planning/evaluation – Ind.
  3. Music Video theoretical essay: with visual evidence – Ind.
  4. Summer hols work: 3 x track ideas with comments  - Ind.
  5. Develop comments on 1 track: mise en scene, camera, editing - Ind.
  6. Moodboard on genre of track – Grp.
  7. Detailed response to questions on chosen track – Grp.
  8. Semiotic  analysis of Music Video: Narr/Perf/Conc – Ind.

Concept - lo-fi montage editing

STUFF PICK from Ground's Oranges on Vimeo.

Performance and Concept - camera and set

Labrinth - Let It Be from Us on Vimeo.