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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.

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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.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/dependant%20films.zip

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

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Production%20Checklist…

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

Product Release Form – Licensing for any products being used

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Product%20Release%20Fo…

Release Form – Personal permission to use for filming

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Contracts/Release%20Form.doc

Contact List…

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Contact%20List%20Top%2…

Cast List

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Cast%20list%20.doc

Crew List

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Crew%20list%20.doc

Pre Production

Script – the bit you need to write.

Script Breakdown

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Script%20Breakdown%20s…

Storyboard….

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/%20Storyboard.pdf

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/sb4pannel.pdf

Shot List

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/camshotlist.pdf

Production

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

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Locations%20checklist.doc

And for recording your Recces –

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/recce_checklist.docx

Risk Assessment

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Risk%20Assesment%20For…

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

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Call%20Sheet%20No.doc

Movement Order – Directions to location!

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Movement%20order.doc

Dailies

Continuity Sheet – to be generated Daily!

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Continuity%20sheet.doc

Daily Progress Report

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Daily%20Progress%20Rep…

Sound Report

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Sound%20Report.doc

Finance

Petty Cash

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Petty%20cash%20Advance…

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Petty%20Cash%20Expense…

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.
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Planning for your Music Video

Posted: May 18, 2012 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 11_13
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Your pre – production folders should contian the following as a minimum –

  • Song
  • Copyright information
  • Proposal / treatment
  • Schedule
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Roles – Managment, Technical
  • Track Analysis / timing sheet
  • Storyboards
  • Shot list
  • Cast
  • Crew
  • Release Forms
  • Props / Costume
  • Locations
  • Location Recce
  • Permissions
  • Movement Orders
  • Equipment
  • Risk Assessments
  • Call Sheets

We are loooking for you to complete these tasks as quickly and efficiently as possible – the object of this project is to apply your skills with the least amount of wasted energy!

You will need to show your Pre Production Folder before you begin shooting – make sure you are organising it so that others can understand it.

Selecting your track

Posted: May 10, 2012 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 11_13
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You now have to make a music video of your own. You can select your own track, and you need to have done this by the end day 10th May.

Try and select a track you have copyright clearance on – search at CC Search, Jamendo or Soundcloud. Or have access to a performer with a good recording. If you are stuck, Nine Inch Nails have released two albums under CC that you can use – they are on the media drive.

Select a track as quickly as possible – then you will need to analyze it.

  • What does the song mean? To you? In general?
  • What is the content – and this could be musically or lyrically. 
  • What imagery is conveyed by the song? Again, Musically or lyrically.
  • Is there a story?
  • How long is it?
  • What speed is the track? Preferably in BPM.
  • What is the style of the music?
  • What lyrical or musical semiotics are being used?
  • Who is the performer?
  • What is their style?
  • What genre of music is it?
  • What is the general style associated with this genre?

Collect this information to help you when it comes to developing an idea. You will be given a treatment for a music video, and I want you to read it, look at the video and identify where it talks about:

  • Content of the video
  • Style of the song / video
  • Story
  • imagery
  • pace
  • meaning

And tomorrow, you will write your own treatment!

it is 2012. We have access to more production technology than people dreamed possible even 10 years ago. We can shoot & edit on minimal equipment  – we don’t need specialist set ups, we just need a phone. Even operating systems on consumer computers have editing software in them.

We have a free distribution network that puts us in touch with the world. Yes, we have a global audience.

Never mind Nam Jun Paik getting excited about everyone being a film maker when he got hold of tape based video technology in the mid 60’s. Never mind Warhol’s claim of everyone getting 15 minutes of fame – both of those times have come and gone.

We can say what we want. We can use this to change the world – Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Iraq, Iran, Syria – there are people using the wide range of communication, distribution and communication technologies available to them. When America invaded Iraq, it was on the internet first.

So, why is this being watched by 65 million people?

There is a difference between being active and passive. If you are passive, you accept any information thrown at you. You do not want to think about it, you do not want to question it. You are the perfect consumer. You are the marketing persons dream. You will buy anything – form Sunny D to an election promise.

To be active is to question. Why am I watching this? Why are they saying this? Why in this way? To be active is to wonder why they are selling you a product, a discourse, an narrative or a dogma.It is also to have your own view – and to express that.

Marx talk about this – he argues that those who have access to the means of Production have control of a society. He also argued that the average person would rise up and seize the control back. Gramsci explained why this never happened, calling it Hegemony – that the reason people have control over the means of production is because the normal people don’t want to because they have been told that they don’t need it. They have been brainwashed into being passive consumers.

In my opinion, the means of production applies in a media sense. it no longer cost £2000 to make 30 seconds of film. We all have access to the means of production, the means of distribution and the means to criticize what we consume.

So, this is my question: if you have access to all of this, and you are excited about using it, what are you going to say?

Look at this funny cat?

Pre Production – an introduction

Posted: January 4, 2012 by Alan Hardcastle in FdA 11_13
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There are a number of approaches to Pre Production, and here is my recommendation for the main paperwork you should use.

Before we start – here is Jisc Digital’s advice on planning a video production. Although it is aimed at teachers who can’t make videos, it still has some excellent advice.

http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/movingimages/advice/planning-your-video-pro…

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 – thanks to Jessie. 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.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/dependant%20films.zip

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

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Production%20Checklist…

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

Product Release Form – Licensing for any products being used

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Product%20Release%20Fo…

Release Form – Personal permission to use for filming

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Contracts/Release%20Form.doc

Contact List…

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Contact%20List%20Top%2…

Cast List

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Cast%20list%20.doc

Crew List

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Crew%20list%20.doc

Pre Production

Script – the bit you need to write.

Script Breakdown

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Script%20Breakdown%20s…

Storyboard….

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/%20Storyboard.pdf

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/sb4pannel.pdf

Shot List

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/camshotlist.pdf

Production

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

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Locations%20checklist.doc

Risk Assessment

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Risk%20Assesment%20For…

 

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

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Call%20Sheet%20No.doc

Movement Order – Directions to location!

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Movement%20order.doc

Dailies

Continuity Sheet – to be generated Daily!

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Continuity%20sheet.doc

Daily Progress Report

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Daily%20Progress%20Rep…

Sound Report

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Sound%20Report.doc

Finance

Petty Cash

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Petty%20cash%20Advance…

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4504427/Pre%20prod%20Paperwork/Petty%20Cash%20Expense…