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NED1: Planning for your Music Video

Posted: April 1, 2014 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 13_15
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So – you have your basic idea as a proposal, now it’s time to plan what you need to do. It is vital that you keep records of everything you intend to do and actually do!

So,  you already have a proposal, all your research into the band (Style, fashion, image etc) as well as a script based on an analysis of the song structure – so you know what you want to happen in each bar or line of the song.

Or you are doing the live gig – in which case you will have booked all the cameras, batteries, power supplies, tripods, jibs, track, fig rigs and shoulder mounts that we have in stores. Well done!

So – 1st thing you need to do is a storyboard. This can be a series of drawings or as a photographic storyboard – either way, you need to visualise all the shots and sequences, noting shot sizes and camera movement. Good practice is to get these images into an edit over the track  to test the pacing.

With the live shoot, you can’t really get a storyboard as such – but you can identify the kinds of shots you want based on stills and screen shots from live videos. This can help you identify where you wan tot place the cameras on the day of the shoot.

Once the Storyboard is complete, you need to turn this into a shotlist – basically, what it says on the tin. A list of the shots you need – shot size, description etc. It is best to link these to the script, and have a separate list for each location.

After this, it is basically finding you locations and doing a Recce – Visiting the location, taking photos and making notes about light, sound and power. Then you need to Cast and Crew your shoot,  planning where you need to site your cameras and do a risk assessment.  These are the basic bits of paperwork for any shoot – so, even if you are in an arts centre with a live band playing in 2 hours you can still sketch out the venue and mark the camera locations, and decide who is doing what – and get it all recorded using the same forms, at least only to make sure everyone knows what they are meant to be doing!

You will also need to do some basic lists, such as equipment, Costume and props. I don’t have a form for those, because they are lists and you should know how to make a list by now…

All you need now is a call sheet to tell everyone involved that they are involved and where they need to be, and a movement order that tells them how to get to the location (basically, directions to the location) and as long as you remembered good batteries the only thing you can do to totally mess up is to delete the footage before post production.

So, today’s task is to make sure you have sorted out all the planning for you music video so you can shoot over Easter.  Go. Do it. Now.


This is an introduction to the paperwork that you need for your planning. Depending on your production, not all of it will be needed for your pre production folder. Download the checklist and make sure you have filled out all the planning you need to do.

The best thing to do is to collect the paperwork you feel most comfortable with. here I have presented the ones I like, in a logical order. If you make a model now, you will find it easier to plan later.

A collection of forms from Dependant FIlms – have a look at these examples of paperwork.

Production Check list – you may need to adapt this to what you need, the purpose is ti make sure you have thought of everything.…

Contracts & Contacts are possible the most important thing to include –

Product Release Form – Licensing for any products being used…

Release Form – Personal permission to use for filming

Contact List……

Cast List

Crew List

Pre Production

Script – the bit you need to write.

Script Breakdown…


Shot List


Location Check list – Make sure you have teh rights to film and have thought about all the necessary issues

And for recording your Recces –

Risk Assessment…

Call Sheet – Travel arrangements, who needs to be where doing what and when.

Movement Order – Directions to location!


Continuity Sheet – to be generated Daily!

Daily Progress Report…

Sound Report


Petty Cash……

Now you need to develop a TV Studio Idea and go into production. So, what does that mean…?

First, it means coming up with an idea. There are two ways of doing this – Business and Art.

Business means looking at the market. What is out there? What is popular? Are there any gaps in the market? Then you can look at the audience – Who is watching TV? What are they watching? Who is watching the popular stuff, and why?

Art means – making it, and hoping there is an audience. This is much harder to get funded as we can’t prove to investors, advertisers, broadcaster etc. that we will have an audience. But hey, it worked for QI (see Making of QI on the Media Drive)

You need to have an idea to start with. Whether this comes form your Market research, audience research or just off the top of your head based on what you think people will like, you will need to develop it.

You need to be clear of the shape of the programme – what will it contain? What happens? How will it work? What will it look like? Why will people watch? How will this be shown? What is the Format? What is the style?

This information needs to be collected into a Proposal – a clear statement of intent. Once you have this, everything else (the production research) becomes relatively straight forward. If you have considered you idea correctly, you can generate a  script, add timings, shot lists, design the set and do floor plans, light it, risk assess, identify equipment needed, assign roles, rehearse (making notes on the script) and then film it.

All the way through planning, you can go back to your market and audience research to solve any other problems you may identify while planning.

As we go through the session today, we will address everything we need to consider and link it to the planning documents we need to do. It is important that all planning tasks have someone assigned to them – be clear what you role in planning is, and make sure you keep notes of this. That way, if something needs to change, you know who to ask. This is called making minutes. It also makes it easier for us to mark – and if it is easier to mark, we will mark it quicker and more likely mark you higher…

Easy. As long as you have a clear idea of what you want it to look like in the first place!

NED1: The Media Fort

Posted: November 27, 2013 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 13_15, Creative Media Production, Critical Responses

The Glossary Brief is just what it says  – it is about defining the words we need to use when talking about Audience Research, Constructing Products, how audiences receive these products and your own personal responses. It is aimed to give you a pass, but without using these words you cannot get a merit or distinction. That having been said, most people find it easier to explain using examples – which puts it into a merit anyway…

Once you have your user name, you need to make sure I add you to Media Fort 2. You will get an email which you accept, and then you can post.

You then need to start posting. Text. Images. Videos. Audio. As long as it does what I have asked you to do (ie defined the words).

As to the key terms I have asked you to define – go to the mind maps. When you are talking about, say, Market Research, define 3 of the terms at the end of the branch (EG Product Market, Competitor analysis, advertising placement etc). You don’t need to define them all, as there are 50 other people defining those as well. Armed with these definitions, you should have a better understanding of the main are you are talking about – IE market research.

You can work together to figure all this out, but you need to post you own, individual work for each one. That is up to you!


Music Videos!

Posted: October 14, 2013 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 13_15
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Please follow the blog instructions in your PASSport workbook to explore the Purposes, Styles and Techniques of Music Videos. Please use this to define all the keywords used on the page.

As part of your practical exploration of music videos, you will need to select a music video to swede.

So, on top of the workbook you will also need to:-

  • Select 10 music videos you may be able to Swede
    • Put your list on the blog, saying why each video has been included.
  • Out of these, select a top 3 that you could make
    • It could be the most fun, it could just be the easiest…
  • Analyse each video to discuss the main purposes of the video –
    • so, make a blog entry to tell us what the music video is meant to achieve and how it does this.
  • Analyse each video to discuss the style
    • In a blog entry, tell us how the artists are dressed, the kind of location they are in and what the music video is saying.
  • Analyse each video to say how it is made
    • Plan how you could make it – make storyboards and come up with alternative Locations, Props and costumes

Throughout the rest of the week, you will be able to experiment with techniques. It is up to you to identify them!

PASSport 2

Posted: September 16, 2013 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 13_15
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Here are a few questions for you to answer on your blogs….

  • What are multi-camera techniques?
  • Why are they used in the industry (benefits)?
  • Explain and give examples of ‘typical’ multi-camera set ups

Watch some quiz, game and chat shows to analyse different multi-camera techniques
Choose a piece of footage from a quiz, game or chat show and analyse it –

  • how many cameras are there?
  • Where are they?
  • What shot sizes is each camera getting?
  • How is it an effective use of technique?

Notes from Passport Sesison 1

Posted: September 3, 2013 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 13_15, General
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A blog is a place where you can:

Expressing life
Sharing Views and opinions
Discussing / debating?
Sharing Media / Pictures
Personal Page
Like a Diary / journal / Log

There are a number of big blogging sites, for example –

Pro – Big Community, easy to use, creative writing focus, continuing to expand
Cons – Too many options, Ads, Themes can be tricky, intimidating

Pro – Easy to use, Lots of creative themes, reblog, built in communities, customisable, feedback system, visual media key 
Cons – cant back up, Very young community (immature), built for short posts, adverts

pro – easy to use, lots of design tools, custom domain names
Cons – New interface confusing, 

Spoof News Show

Posted: June 26, 2013 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 13_15, Creative Media Production

You are asked to make a Spoof News show in a day.

We want packages to be filmed, and then we will link them together in a studio shoot to make a short spoof news show by 4 o’clock!

Here are some ideas…

From The Onion…
A news roundup….

Xbox controller more effective at controlling Users….

And a child bankrupts a Make a Wish Foundation.

From “The Day Today” – It’s War!

And Alan Partridge on “The Day Today”…

So, we need to split 2 teams – Studio and Reporters.
Studio team will work on the studio section, the anchors and introducing the stories.
Reporters will be in small groups to devise and make the short reports or Packages.


This is an introduction to the paperwork that you need for your planning. Depending on your production, not all of it will be needed for your pre production folder. Download the checklist and make sure you have filled out all the planning you need to do.

The best thing to do is to collect the paperwork you feel most comfortable with. here I have presented the ones I like, in a logical order. If you make a model now, you will find it easier to plan later.

Production Check list – you may need to adapt this to what you need, the purpose is to make sure you have thought of everything.