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How will I make my video ‘interactive’?

I didn’t realise that I had to make my video interactive at first as I didn’t see anything on the brief that say we had to do this.

I didn’t have any idea how I would do this but our tutor suggested to have us get a DVD and DVD cover, then burn our video that has been uploaded to YouTube onto the disc as well as making a cover and a disc menu which I have no idea how to do. This would make my video interact with my audience as they are actually getting the DVD, putting it into a laptop then pressing play either with headphones or without.

Jess, a fellow suggested that I should try the website ‘canva’ which is an online software where you can create anything from posters to DVD covers.

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I watched a tutorial on how to use this software as I have never heard it before and I didn’t know what to press anything that I didn’t know it was for.  After the video I now understood it a lot better and wanted to start edited straight away. I used one of the pre made ones as I liked one already and was what I had in mind, bearing in mind it was FREE and all the others you had to pay.

The first thing that I did was to upload a picture from my video that I thought was appealing to my audience (teenagers) which would make them interested and want to watch the video so I had to choose from two photographs that I narrowed it down to, which was thesescreen-shot-2017-03-02-at-18-51-43

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In the end I decided to chose the first photograph because when I put it into the canva software it looked so much better with the effect and pre made one.

So I clicked on the button to make a new design.

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I chose the album cover as I knew that it would be the right size and I wouldn’t have to panicking by cutting it down when it comes to it me putting it in the case.

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I then chose the effect (pre-made) one just because I thought it was really cool looking and stood out to me when looking from all the other designs. It was also free which makes it a whole load better.

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I then uploaded the video of one of my models to the page and it turned out like this, which I really liked apart from  the text which I hadn’t edited yet. I really liked the middle bit with the square and wiggly line just because I think this makes my CD cover look really professional as well as appealing to my audience as it a little bit different to other CDs.

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I changed the font and added my name and the date just to add something to the bottom which I thought looked better then just it being bare.

I also thought it would be a really good idea for me, just to add my twitter and my Instagram just to get a little bit of self promo as well as it will look interesting to younger views as it has social media signs on it.

 

So I added my twitter and Instagram on to the front in the top corner because it also looked really bare like the bottom thats why I did my name and date at the bottom.

Final Cover 

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I really like how it turned out, and I’m really proud as its the first CD cover I have ever done.

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Evaluation – Video

Thursday 16th February 2017

Project Brief –

For this project we had seven weeks to create either a short film or music video with or both audio (speech) and sound effects that is three to five minutes long. As well as the sound effects we have to make our video interact with our audience.  We have to create our own audio or get permission off someone else that has produced or either someone that owns some audio that we like.

On top of the filming and editing our videos we have to blog on here telling you what we are doing and how far we have come, just like our last project. We’ll make some presentations that we can present to our fellow students and tutors to get some feedback and improve our work so far.

Idea –

I didn’t know what to do at first as there was so much choice. I couldn’t make my mind up between a stop motion video or a music video. The reason why I wanted to do this stop motion idea was because most people in our class where going to be doing a time lapse, and I thought it would be a bit repetitive if I did one as well. So I changed my idea to either doing a music video or a stop motion. I did do some research on stop motion videos and I found out that it was very time consuming and took a lot of patient, which I don’t have. Therefore I decided to do a music video.

Plan A-

My first idea was a relationship that has just ended and they’ve having a hard time apart as they both still love each other. I wanted to have the actors in my video as dancers as well as I do know a couple of people that can do this. The whole point of this was to focus on the dancing part as I know Clifton park has a bandstand that I wanted to focus on as its really big and looks very nice for a photograph or for my very own music video.

I did like the idea of having flashbacks throughout the video, this would be when the dancers were dancing as this represents happy memories. Once the flashback was over it would cut to the present to where the video is in black and white and very depressing. I think this would work really well with the way I want to shoot things.

When it came to the filming day both of the dancers bailed on me as they wasn’t comfortable and too busy to come to Rotherham and film, so basically I had wasted 2 weeks waiting for these dancers to come up with a date where they were before free but they just cancelled instead so I had to come up with another idea over the weekend that was still based around the song that I had chosen, which is Leave Me Lonely – Ariana Grande Cover by Gabby Lindley and Hobbie Stuart (I did get permission from them).

Plan B- 

The second idea was with a model thats having a tough time with life, with relationships, work, and family problems. I wanted to do something with water as I did some research on “Water Photography” I really like how the photographers I researched, were really good at how they photographed the water and water droplets.

The idea that I have in mind is really hard to explain but I would want the start of the video to be based water droplets and as the music video gets deeper into the story and as the music gets quicker and more intense the water droplets begin to turn red which represents the stress which is taking over the actor/actress’ life.

I had a conversation with my tutor and Amy (another student) who would agree to her being in the video as the actress who is stressed out. But my tutor wanted me to carry on my idea with the relationship. So I asked Amy and George who are students in my class if they would participate in my video and they were more then happy to do it.

Research –

I started to do my research on old music videos that I enjoyed in the past, like ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran is my all time favourite music video. The reason for this was my first idea (Plan A) with the whole dancers and the love story was basically based on this music video. I liked how the director had shot it with the different angles and panning which made the editing and the finished video look amazing as everything ran so smoothly. As I really liked the director’s work on this particularly music video, so I decided to do some research on this director who is Jake Grosling. He did a lot more music videos with Sheeran but these are not as good as the ‘Thinking Out Loud’ music video.

At the time Gabby Lindley only had a music video of her singing along with the song on Youtube, which was directed by a music producer and the owner of the cover with Gabby and Hobbie. His name is Alexander Wells. The reason why I research Wells was because he shot and directed the video, and he edited the video and turned it into black and white, which I didn’t like at first but after re-watching the video I grew to like it and wanted to used this effect  in my own video when I come to edit it.

Copyright Issues-

When I was researching sounds I came across copyright laws. I knew that this would stop me unless I got permission off the person who owns the song. The reason for me getting permission is, if I upload my video with permission, youtube will be able to take off my audio and leave it would no sound. So I had to choose I song that I could get permission off as soon as possible as i wanted to start filming straight away. Which is why I chose the song, Gabby and Hobbie’s cover ‘Leave Me Lonely’.

Production Plan-

Week One – For week one I’m going to get my music sorted meaning getting it downloaded and get it ready for when I come to edit and sound effects. I also wanted to create and make my own sound effects as this would mean I have more time for filming etc.

Week Two – For week two, I would like to start filming as it will save me a lot of time at the end for editing. Ive set my self a target for at least a week for editing and finishing touches.

Week Three – For week three, I would like to finish filming and do any reshoots that I need to do, as this still leaves me a whole week to edit and get ready for due date and show and tell to my fellow students.

Week Four – For week four, this is the final week before we have to show and tell and finish this whole project. This means a I have a week to edit and get everything perfect so there is not glitches and any flaws as at the end of this term I would like to eventually post this music video (if it goes to plan) online either on youtube or Facebook.

I didn’t really stick to this plan above as I did most of the filming and editing in the first week, the reason for this was because I wanted to get all my work done in the first week so I wasn’t panicking about my evaluation and making so improvements in time for the deadline date. I did this as I learnt this from the previous project as I had to rush in the last hour to get my evaluation done.

Test Work-

I did my test work on a field that was at the back of my house, I didn’t use models for this part as I was trying to focus on the photography side in my video. I filmed lots of different plants and trees in the wind. In the end I actually used some of my test shots in my final video.

Filming-

I think with filming, in my opinion it went really well, I really enjoyed telling my models, Amy and George what to do and directing the whole video. Even though it was hard coming up with ideas and places to film in Clifton Park me, Amy and George had a lot of fun filming the video. However, I did want to go out and filming in different places not just Clifton Park but also Sheffield city centre and Rotherham town centre. The reason why we didn’t film in different places was because Amy and George still had their videos to film and get ready for the presentation day and deadline day. I think this would be one of things that I would change about my video.

Editing-

When I started to edit the video in iMovie it didn’t take me long at all as I have worked with this software before, this was even before we even started this project. I finished editing the whole video within two days but this was before I had put in any text messages in the video. The whole text message idea didn’t come to me at start, it was something that came to me whilst we were filming when Amy was on the bench. To be honest I had no idea how to do this at first so I had to watch a lot of youtube videos so I can learn how to do it myself. After messing around with iMovie I eventually figured out how to do it and I was really pleased how the final thing looked.

Sound Effects- 

With the sound effects I didn’t have any idea at first what to put into my video as I didn’t have the idea of the text messages. So I spent a whole 2 hours on youtube listening to different text alerts, which drove me insane but I eventually found one that I liked a fitted the music perfectly.

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The way I got the sound effects to match the timing of the text messages in my video, I had to use youtube converter turn them into an audio which was MP3. This would make the editing a lot easier as the audio would only be on for a split second.

Overall, I think the song I chose worked really well just because it was very slow and had two parts (female and male) which made it easier for me to film but also a little bit hard as one part I didn’t have enough footage so it had to be a little bit short of the man singing in the video. But I liked my final video just because it fitted the song as well as want I wanted at the start of the project.

Final Video-

Reflection and Overall Opinions- 

Overall, I am really happy with how my final video turned out, its exactly how I wanted it to look. I showed my family and fellow students and they really like the split screen part which was really hard to do but I’m really glad that I did it and kept it in the video as it represents a flashback. I know its not that clear but it still gives the idea that they were happy together and makes you wonder if they had met and are talking together. The only  thing that my tutors to do differently is the ending and add more sound effects. But I thought if I added some more sound effects it would be too much and take some of the tension away from the whole video.

For the ending it wasn’t really clearly that the two models made up as they weren’t ‘holding hands’. I didn’t do this in the first place just because I didn’t want my music video to have a happy ending, so I thought instead they could be just friends as its semi happy. But I’m really happy with how the ending turned out.

Overall, I felt comfortable doing this project as I liked how easy it was to put together. The only thing that I don’t really like is some of the clips in my video are really long. The reason why I did this was because I only had so many clips and I didn’t have enough time to go back out and film. As well as me running out of time, the models I was using had to focus on their videos as well as be in mine, this is why I have such long clips. However, if I was to do this whole project I would do parts of it in summer, as I think this would give a whole direct look to my video. I would also use different models just so it wouldn’t be so awkward and I would have a lot more time to film and get shorter clips.

My Finished Video

This is my completed video, I have uploaded this to Youtube and had a few comments back from my family members, fellow students and tutors.

I’m really happy with how it turned out as its what I had in mind when this project was first introduced to me.

Making Improvements

After presenting my (what I thought) completed video to my fellow students and my tutor, they gave me feedback that was mixed reviews. My tutor didn’t think I had enough sound effects in my video, but he had an idea to add either a conversation or laughing sounds when the video goes into a split screen which represents a flashback, this is to show that it was a good time and a good memory as the videos are in colour and will have nosies, the only problem with this is that the models that I chose don’t want to be recorded of them laughing, so I will have to find some sound effects on Youtube of a woman and a man laughing thats kind of in time with George’s laugh and Amy’s laugh, which will be very hard and stressful.

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Another thing that he suggested was that he didn’t get the ending part as he didn’t know if they made up and are friends or if they got back together. I thought I made this clear as they were laughing together and enjoyed each others company and stayed as friends, even though I know where he’s coming from it would mean me having to re filming this part which could be very time consuming due to Amy and George having their own videos to film and edit.

Editing with iMovie

Once I had finished filming with Amy and George and had all the footage that will last in the three to five minutes. The reason why it has to be this long because this is what it says in our project brief. The song I chose is about three minutes and forty seconds which is perfect as this makes me have a lot of time to do what I wanted to do in my video once I’ve edited it.

The first thing that I did was import all my footage over onto the “videos page” in iMovie. The reason why I chose this software instead of using premier pro was because in previous years I’ve used this software and know quite a lot about it which made this project easier for me, as I also have a Mac at home which means I can work from home as well as in college on the mini Macs. I then imported the song and dragged it down onto the bar at the bottom as I found this was the best way to start editing.

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As you can see in the above image all my footage that I shot with Amy and George is set out quite nicely making it easier for me to see what videos I’m going to use/edit. In some of the squares there is little orange bars at the bottom of the videos. This is what videos I’ve used so far, which helps me a lot as it doesn’t make me add the same video in twice. The way I got the footage into the bar (where you can edit it) was just to drag the video you want and drop into the place you would like it to be, you can move it around afterwards, it won’t stay there in a fixed position which is what makes this software really easy to use.

Once my song was covered with all the footage I wanted, this was time for me to start editing meaning cutting parts out, adding titles screens, credits etc. I added a ‘Title screen’ which I put on for four seconds. At first I didn’t know what to call me video as its a music video and you can’t really give it a name as most to date music videos just go straight into the video. The way I got around this was to use a quote from a song that meant a lot to me and will do to other people, which I thought was a nice touch.

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For the start of it, I wanted all of the video to be in black and white just to give it an interesting vibe like the music video ‘The A Team by Ed Sheeran’ which is what I was kind of going for but with a completing different story behind it all.

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The way I did this was to click on the video I wanted in a different effect. Then I clicked on the paint tray icon.

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Then this little list of sliders appear. I clicked on the multi-colour on which is the exposure slider.

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I changed the colour of the video to black and white by moving the little grey circle to the left all the way to make the it change colour. I did this with all the footage that needed to be in black and white.

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Inserting Text Messages and Sound Effects 

Once I had finished editing it was now time to add in the text messages and the sound effects. I didn’t want to do this at first as I didn’t know how you did this sort of thing, but after doing a little bit of research I found out how to do it so I went along with this idea. The first thing I did was to find a blue text message that was blank and a PNG on google, it took me a while to find one but I eventually did. I then edited this image as I added some text to go with what I wanted it to say and then I save it as an image and to my desktop so it would be easier to find when I needed it. I did the same with the other text message but obviously in a different colour and the speech bubble facing the opposite way. Once I had done a few messages (of each colour) it was now time to add them into my video. I did this by drag the right text message from my desktop into iMovie and over the clip I wanted this to be in, it then comes up with options if you want the image to be cutaway, green screen  picture in a picture etc. I chose the picture in a picture option as this would give me then option to crop and decide how long the image will be on screen for.

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For the sound effects I wanted the iPhone text alert as I have an iPhone and I have done the text messages in the style of an iPhone. I searched ‘iPhone text alerts’ on Youtube and quite a few suggestions came up some were like a second long and the others with like forty seconds long, I listen to quite a few until a found the right one. Not going to lie it got me very annoyed and irritated quite easy.

I then converted the link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYTWPHHA_BA) on the website youtube converter, which turns youtube videos, songs etc into a MP3 song or video, meaning you can download this to any bit of technology. I downloaded this sound effect onto my desktop as its really easy to find and what take me long to move and edit my video so the text messages and sound effects will be in time with one another.

 

 

Filming with Amy and George

For my main and first idea, I did want to have dancers as the people in my video but unfortunately they could make any of the dates I had set for them to come to the park and film. So I had to scrap the whole idea and and now use my plan B which was to get a teenage girl to act and walk around the park looking sad and lonely, but once having a chat with my tutors I still wanted to do my whole idea that I originally had with the dancers but get two classmates to do it instead, that’s if they wanted to do it.

I asked Amy Newbould and George Worthington, and they seem up for it at first but they thought it would be cringey so I said to them of you feel uncomfortable at any time just tell me and we don’t have to carry on, but the seemed fine with the whole idea I had and wanted to start filming.

The location we did the filming in was in Clifton Park and in North Leverton where I live. At first we didn’t know how to start off a music video so we listened to the song over and over again just to get a feel and know the song a little bit better, so we thought why not doing something simple of one person walking around Clifton park one way and the other person walking around the other way as I had four minutes to fill as the song  I’m using is quite a long song.

George- The guy who sings in the song is the first person to start singing so we thought why not every time the guy sings George is on the screen and every time the girl sings Amy is on the screen. So I got George to walk into the park looking sad, it was hard to try and capture the moment and movement over it all, but I did a little pan as he walked into the park and I followed him etc.

Amy- The girl in the song doesn’t start singing until 1/4 of the way through so we got George to walk around the park a while, at this part I knew I would only have a little bit of footage as we didn’t film much at all, but I knew I would have to slow the clip down to make it seem like a longer and more interesting clip.

We didn’t film much on this day as it was very cold and near the ending of the day, so we decided to film a skittle more another day a wrap up warm so we could stay out for longer. I told George to where the exact same clothing as it would  look weird if the actors changed outfits halfway through the video.

The following week on the Thursday we dicided to do a whole day of filming as Amy and George both needed to there videos as well. We started to film at 10 in the morning both of the actors were wearing the same clothes like I had asked them to. We did some of George’s parts first just to get him out of the way as the guy who sings in the video isn’t in it that much whereas the girl is so with walked around Clifton park getting ideas of what to as Amy and George both know Clifton park a lot better then I do as I’m not around these parts. Because we already had George entering the park I wanted to create this with Amy as well so we walked to the other end to get to the second entrance of the park which wasn’t fancy as the one George walked through the pervious week. However we did get serval of shots just to make sure that there wasn’t any bumps of my behind the camera that’s could have knocked the camera accidentally as I did that to George’s firsts takes a few times.

We then just walked around the park in an ordinary fashion coming across any thing that would look good or could be turn into something good, we did this until more camera battery was flashing red and couldn’t do any more filming and by this time we had all the footage I wanted and it was know time to edit and get ready for the final presentation.

Filming

Throughout last week, I was working from home the reason for this was because I live in the middle of the countryside with lots of landscapes and interesting photograph opportunities.

I took this as an advantage as this would mean I wouldn’t have to travel far to get some of my filming done. I did a few test shots based around a berry, the reason for this was when you look at a photograph/video and you see an object on its own you automatically think that it’s lonely as there’s nothing else around this object. I used this idea to try and create and introduction to my video but I didn’t know how to. So I took my tripod down the field and decided to find the berry I saw early in the week and try and make a video and something interesting out of it.

In the end I got a few videos from a berry being in focus then slowing fading away and being blurry and focusing on the background instead, I thought this created a bit of tension as you don’t know what’s happening or what couple happen, which was I liked about my starting to my video.

I went down the field the following day just to get some backups just in cases anything happened to the original videos I was intend to use.

So Far…

Thursday 19th January 2017-

For my project two my original plan was to have dancers throughout my music video, but I thought this would happen and it has. One of the dancers has bailed on me, meaning I can’t do my original plan so I have changed the whole story and theme of my music video and moved on to my plan b, which isn’t too late for me to get all my test shots and editing done in time.

Monday 23rd January 2017-

I think my project 2 is going good so far, I have done a few test shots but some of them haven’t turned out that well, so I have done some reshoots, which I prefer which means I am learning from my past work and improving my skills to make the finished project better than the original test shots. Altogether I think this plan will actually turn out better than my first plan. This is because my original plan was very confusing and was a lot of work to do, whereas my backup plan isn’t that much of work but a little more editing this is why I have decided to give a week and a bit for editing, this is so I can make sure that everything is up to date and the final music video looks and runs smoothly.

 

Production Plan

This blog post is going to be about what, where and when I’m going to do my  music video.

Week One – For week one I’m going to get my music sorted meaning getting it downloaded and get it ready for when I come to edit and sound effects. I also wanted to create and make my own sound effects as this would mean I have more time for filming etc.

Week Two – For week two, I would like to start filming as it will save me a lot of time at the end for editing. Ive set my self a target for at least a week for editing and finishing touches.

Week Three – For week three, I would like to finish filming and do any reshoots that I need to do, as this still leaves me a whole week to edit and get ready for due date and show and tell to my fellow students.

Week Four – For week four, this is the final week before we have to show and tell and finish this whole project. This means a I have a week to edit and get everything perfect so there is not glitches and any flaws as at the end of this term I would like to eventually post this music video (if it goes to plan) online either on youtube or Facebook.

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