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Monday, 5 December 2011

Record Lables

My self and Amy decided that we would need to do some research on which record labels sign bands like Muse that would perform the same style of music. I thought of bands that are like muse in order to see which record label would hypothetically sign Muse. One band that we thought of was Green Day. They were signed by Reprise records. Reprise Records was formed in 1959 by Frank Sinatra. Frank Sinatra stated he formed Reprise records in order to allow more 'artistic freedom' for his own recordings. Here is a list of record labels that would potentially sign Muse:  
  • Reprise records  
  • Fueled by Ramed
  • EMI
Although Sony records dont sign artists that preform alternative rock i have choosen to use them as my record label because they are a successful lable and they are well known.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Photos From Photo Shoot For Album Cover And Poster

We want to photoshop this image to behing the star so that the eye is directly in the centre of the star.
A photo we will use for our album cover once we have edited it using photoshop. We intend to cut out all of the white leaving only the star and circle.

This photography is going to be used for the poster.

We have not yet decided a name for our artist or album cover.


Friday, 11 November 2011

Research - Video Analysis - Moving Image Project

Analysis of the video: Hurricane by 30 Seconds to Mars
·         There is a black screen with only music playing until about 10 seconds in when the screen turns form black to a black screen with writing on it. The tension is built at the start with the black screen and the style of music.
·         The writing says “this is not reality, this is a dream” this is when you hear lightning strike. The writing makes you feel edgy and like anything can happen because it’s a dream; it fits well with the music as the music also makes you feel uneasy. A woman is reading the text as it appears on the screen (not in English); this makes it less familiar and creepy.
·         When the lightning strikes it changes shot, to an establishing shot of a city with the sun rising over it. This lets the audience know where the video is set.
·         The next shot that stood out to me was the man walking alone in the underground metro station; this immediately isolates him and makes him appear to be weak and vulnerable.
·         Quick cuts are used to show something is going to happen.
·         Cuts to a man riding fast on a motor bike create the feeling that some action is going to happen.
·         There is a slight part of red in the video for example, on the traffic light and red ribbon. Red represents a whole range of things but in this case it seems to scream out danger and lust later on in the video.
·         1.40 seconds in to the music video there is still no lyrics, this in its self creates more tension.
·         2 minutes into the video a man looks out of the door after hearing a knock however no one is there this send shivers down your spine.
·         As he looks down he sees photos of him sleeping taken moments before, as he looks back up you see a figure standing there holding some sort of weapon. This is what the tension has been building up to.
·         As the man jumps out of an open window in a desperate attempt to get away from “the bad guy” the shot turns to slow motion and the music becomes disoriented to fit with the shot type.
·         Tension is built up a lot as the man falls fast and rapidly to the ground from a skyscraper. However you breathe a sigh of relief after you see him float to the ground. This has the effect of making you heart skip a beat.
·         When the slow motion is used he seems to be getting closer and more drawn in to the bad guy.
·         Some of the acting is done to the beat of the music this emphasises the narrative.
·         The music stop as a crash happens this makes you focus fully on what is happening.
·         When a girl starts to talk over the music, the video features parts of what she talks about this makes the voice over connect more with the video.
·         The video has some sexual aspects to it for example the main man is rarely wearing a top and there are rapid cuts to half naked body parts like a female’s bum and breasts. This mean the video would appeal to both male and female.
·         A lot of the shots consist of the man looking small and vulnerable because he is surrounded by such big areas (for example this happens 6.36 minutes into the video).
·         As the man is eventually hit with the weapon the connection of it is highlighted by having the sound effects of the attack.
·         Rapid cuts are made to fit with the changes of music 7.24 minutes in. This builds even more tension and makes you feel like you are waiting for something to happen.
·         A man/woman in a rabbit head costume appears form nowhere out of the dark, this immediately alarms you.
·         All of the fights in the video are emphasised by sound effects making you pay more attention to them while still fitting in with the music.
·         Cuts to black screens are used in this video to create an aspect of mystery to the music video.
·         Once again the acting in the video is done to the beat of the music.
·         There are very fast cuts at the end playing to the beat of the music.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Planning - Basic Plan Of Camera Angles, Shot and Shot Timings

A basic plan of what camera angles, the length of the shot and what the shot is of

Shot Number
Camera Angle
Length Of Shot
What The Shot Is Of
Shot 1
Medium close up
3 seconds
Shot of a full moon
Shot 2
Close up
2 seconds
Of the vampires purple eye wide open
Shot 3
Medium shot
4-5 seconds
The vampire floating in the water
Shot 4
Low angle shot
3 seconds
The vampire pushing herself out of the water
Shot 5
Long shot
3 seconds
Vampire walking out of the water
Shot 6
Medium shot (in slow motion)
4 seconds
Vampire standing with waves splashing off her from either side
Shot 7
Long shot
2 seconds
Vampire outside a mansion marching around 
Shot 8
Panning around girl and tree
3-4 seconds
Flashback of the vampire standing beside a tree representing her freedom and all the place she has been
Shot 9
Medium shot
3 seconds
Vampire outside a mansion marching around 
Shot 10
Medium long shot
3 seconds
Rose and leaves blow after girl throws them up in the air
Shot 11
Close up
2-3 seconds
Vampire walking around the mansion
Shot 12
Medium/long shot
3 seconds
Walking through Tyne mouth priory
Shot 13& 14
 A range of shots used

We have not yet decide what exact shots to use for the fight scene
Fight scene
Shot 15 & 16
Shot 17 &18
Shot 19 &20
Shot 21
Medium shot
3 seconds
Crouching on the floor lifting her head up (wearing 18th century clothes).
Shot 22
Close up
2 seconds
Of the vampires head only
Shot 23
Long shot
3 seconds
Of the vampire standing up in her 20th century clothes
Shot 24
Panning up
3-4 seconds
Panning up the girl’s body from feet to head (to put an enthuses on the outfit change)
Shot 25
Long shot
3-4 seconds
Of her walking toward and then past the camera
Shot 26
Medium shot      
3 seconds
Match getting blown out
Shot 27
2 seconds
 Plain black screen

The Basic Plot Of Our Music Video

Me and Amy are doing a music video to the song feeling good sung by Muse. In the video we have decided to feature a short story. The basic story line is that the video will be based in the 18th century, in these times people did believe in vampires. There is a teenage human girl turned into a vampire. She feels free and therefor is going anywhere she wants and does what she wants. However this happiness is short lived as some villagers take it upon there self to “hunt her down like and animal”. Her identity is revealed because of her clothing and accessories. She is wearing knee length dresses in most of the video and would therefor stand out to the villagers as females would have been expected to wear only long dresses. The necklace that she wears in the video gives her the power to be out in sun light without getting hurt. The necklace is unusual and will make her stand out even more to the villagers. The next scene is when the villagers get into a huge battle against the girl/vampire. It is not directly revealed in the video who wins this massive battle however it is apparent that she ends up with the most power and control so therefor wins the fight.

Planning - Photoshoot For The Album Cover And Poster

On Monday 7th November me and Amy did a photo shoot for our album cover and poster. I feel that the shoot went ok however we did both discover that it wasn’t as easy as we would of hoped for to get the shots that we wanted. I believe that this is because of lack of professional equipment. The lighting conditions that we worked in were not the best and did cause a few shadows on the photographs however we tried our best to create less shadow were we didn’t want it, to accomplish this we used a strong light but on some pictures it had the effect of making the picture look slightly orange. The pictures will be posted on the blog in due time.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Research- Ancillary Task- Album Cover Questionnaire

Research- Results Following Our Quantitive Questionnaire

Research- Evaluation of CD Covers

Research- Analysis Of Music Advertisments

Research- Ancillary task- Questionnaire on music video

My Roles and Responsibilities

My roles and responsibilities
  • Director
  • Camera Woman
Our shared roles and responsibilities
  • Editing
  • Writer
  • Producer

Reserach- Analysis of Photograph

·         Since the image is black and white it fades into the background.
·         Avril looks sad in the image and therefore doesn’t create a happy vibe.
·         This whole image screams out Avril lavigne everything on the image and in it is something that she would typically use.
·         The red and black used in the image connotes a rock theme.
·         The cross on her arm is the part of the image that stands out the most; this is because this is the only part that is in colour.
·         Her outfit is all black making her face stand out more than her body.

Research- Analysis of Photograph

·        The diamond top used gives the photograph some life and makes it less boring and plain.
·         The photograph on this advertisement uses a classic Beyoncé pose which she is well known for.
·         The lighting is used well as it creates a flawless look of Beyoncé
·         The model (Beyoncé) is looking directly at the camera, this has the effect of drawing you into the advertisement.
·         The background is plain which makes the model stand out even more, this helps the advertising as you can really focus on Beyoncé