Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Our Commentary

Here is our video with our group commentary over the top. We have finally finished it all and hopefully the finished video with the commentary over the top will look really good!

Steve's Evaluation..

In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

I think our media product uses, develops  and challenges forms of real media products. When i first heard the song i noticed the backing track and thought that was very similar to a certain song i had heard before and thats where we got our idea of rotoscoping from. We did not take into account how long it would take to rotoscope or the difficulties to come, but after a few lessons of thought and testing we decided to give it a go and i honestly think it was worth it. Our product deffinitely sticks to the conventions of a real music video, we studied many continuous lyrical music videos which strongly relates back to our chosen track. We used a variety of mid-shots, low angles and close-ups to sell the artist which is one of Goodwin’s points. I think that we challenged many forms of real media products that we didn't nessacerily have our visuals link into the lyrics of the music. Instead we chose a more interesting and challenging way of editing the video itself. We didn't want a standard stereo-typical video of the rap genre so we went in the completely other direction to a rap video. Our main influence was Kasabian - Shoot The Runner and we decided that type of music video would leave an imprint in the mind and make people remember.

How effective is the combination of your main product and ancillary texts?

I like to think the combination of our main product and ancillary texts works well. The design for all three products in general stay consistant with the same colour scheme for the advertising and digi-pack cover. Some of the images used, we decided to take some frames from the actual music video itself to keep the originality but we have also taken some images of our own and applied the same effect to also keep it consistant. The chosen font was great because it gave it that handwritten effect and made it look less "cheesy" and more fit for the genre whereas a standard Arial would be a simple clean easy way out but it just wouldn't cut it. The representation of the artist personally i think looks a bit odd seeing as in this case, three people are the artist however looking at the images used for the three products our stance in the images and the low camera angles make us look over powering, mean and threatening which relates back to the genre of rap pretty well and also the image used of Lois holding her hand up means "stop" which is a powerful signal to show through a photo which i think gives power to the female generation and also represents part of the song title. Overall all together i think make a very strong package and do justice for the REAL artist.

What have you learnt from your audience feedback?

Talking to our audience and fellow peers of the workroom, they're feedback made us realize we needed more variety of footage in our final product. We mainly focused on dancing and skateboarding which worked well but i do strongly agree with what the viewers said, we did need more of a variety and we agreed to go out and film some more but looking at how much footage we had already and the process that came next we had to think about if we would get it finished in time, that became our main priority and problem. The feedback we received from the digi pack was great.. they seemed to like the consistency of artwork, font and colour scheme use which we were pretty chuffed with.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Planning Our Commentry

Where are you filming?
We hope to film in an empty classroom somewhere in the college. This will give us enough privacy so we won't get interrupted but also have our teacher close by to help us if we get stuck. We will probably all sit against a wall or something so we have a plain background so all the focus is on us.

Script - Who's saying what?

1) In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

Lois: Representation of the characters, our target audience and why we chose the song and why we thought it went with our target audience.
Steve: The Location - Where we filmed and why. Why did we chose the skate park and why did we chose the black screen room, how does this link to real media products?
Josh: Costume - Hip-hop style video, with skateboarding and driving cars. Influences of other artist as well as the research into previous music videos.

2) How effective is the combination of your main product and ancilliary tasks?

Lois: Why we felt it was important to roto-scope our video.
Steve: How the research we undertook of professional Magazine Adverts and Digipaks influenced our own magazine advert and digi-pak.
Josh: The shots we chose to show, eg not having a focal point instead just having a range of shots with all different things and all different people in them.

3) What have you learnt from your audience feedback?

Lois: What feedback we chose to take on board and what feedback we didn't agree with.
Steve: Teacher feedback - how it helped as Amar has a lot of music video experience. Proffesional point of view.
Josh: How our video was improved by this feedback.

4) How did you use new media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages?

Lois: How photoshop and final cut express helped us.
Steve: How blogger was used and how helpful it was in the planning and research stages.
Josh: How we used facebook and myspace to research the artist, how we used Google maps to pinpoint our location. How youtube was helpful for researching other video's.

What is your style of commentary?
We will all be in the video and all do some sort of talking. We will also try to put photo's and video footage over the top so the audience can see what we are talking about etc.


Evaluation Feedback for All

Here is some generic feedback on the evaluations.
Please read it and decide which is relevant for you, make the appropriate changes and resubmit your evaluation questions to the blog by Wednesday 15th Dec.

Question One - Start by outlining the conventions of a music video of your genre, cite some of the examples you looked at (use screen grabs) and then discuss your own use of those conventions, illustrated by examples. You could benefit from discussing in a bit more detail the conventions of your ancillary texts and which ones you used and any you challenged or developed. Make it clear that you know what the conventions are and then discuss each one in turn.

Talk about the choices you made about your engagement with the conventions of your genre. Talk about how you engaged with the form of music videos, obviously it's very different from the narrative video forms you have worked on before. Also talk in detail about specific conventions you used and give examples from your texts. Talk about the video, the magazine ad and the digipak.

Question Two - on the combination of products you talk about the font and the colour design but I want you to talk more about the decision making process and how well you think these three products work as a package. Also talk about the representation of the artist in all three products, do they work in combination to communicate something specific about the artist.

Question Three - Mention all of the points at which you got feedback, pitch, rough cut, final cut, digipak and magazine ad draft and final versions etc. Also talk about peer feedback and using the class as a sample group of your target audience. In addition, talk about the feedback you received from me. Give specific examples in quotes and discuss how you responded to them individually.

Question Four - You need to flesh out this response. How did the technology limit you but also consider how it enabled you to be creative.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Compare and Contrast previous students work

Group 38

I think this commentary is quite good but lacks a certain interest to what they are saying. They all say the same sort of stuff and a lot of the time they mumble so its hard to hear what they are saying. However they do make some quite valid points and I like the style in how they have chosen to present it, it just needs to be a bit more interesting! I will try and remember this when we come to film ours so what we are talking about actually keeps the audience interested.

Group 48

I think this group has really understood and presented their commentary really well. They have good points and I like how they have things on the screen to show what they are talking about, pictures, video footage etc. However I don't really understand the change of clothes and costumes throughout it? And I think more of the group should of participated especially the boy on the right hand side who keeps changing costumes as he hardly says anything whereas the boy at the back on the left hand side does all the talking and takes over a little bit. When we do ours I hope we will all have a fair input and it isn't all left to one person.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Lois' evalution

In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

Picture 15Our media product used, developed and challenged forms of real media products. We wanted our music video to stand out from other video's and we felt the best way to do this would be to try something that no-one else had tried at Long Road before. Roto-scope. This was easy said than done and we encountered a lot of difficulties concerning time issues but somehow we managed to get it all done in time and I think I speak for the whole group when I say I think it was worth it. I think our music video both challenges and sticks to the conventions of a music video as there is a lot of the artist just singing like in many of the music video's we studied beforehand. We also used a variety of mid-shots and low angles as well as close-ups to sell the artist which is one of Goodwin’s points of analysis. Just like visuals and music.

I feel that we challenged forms of real media products in the sense that we didn't necessarily have our visuals link into our music. Instead we chose to roto-scope our whole video to give it a more interesting and challenging vibe. We didn't want to do a stereo-typical video of the rap genre so when we did our research on similar artists we chose to go in a different direction to what a lot of them proposed. Our main influence was "Kasabian - Shoot The Runner" as the video was roto-scoped and was what made us decide to roto-scope ours which develops forms and conventions of real media products. 

How effective is the combination of your main product and ancillary texts?

I think the combination of our product and ancillary texts are extremely effective as they all relate to each other in so many ways. I feel the digi-pak and the magazine ad compliment each other and relate back to our target audience in the way we have designed them. I feel our product has also reached out to our target audience and we have achieved a great outcome from our rotoscoped video. However we tried to not let our digi-pak mirror our main music video as we wanted to have a deeper feel to the band and the album as a whole rather than just the music video which is why we chose to take our photo for the cover separately rather than lift an image from our video.

Picture 16We also manipulated this picture enough so it doesn't look too much like a shot from our video and instead just a photo of the main faces in the video to attract a wider range of people who might have seen the video. When producing both our ancillary products we made it key to include a link between the digi-pak and the magazine ad but not too much that they become too similar. Instead we chose the same font for both and the same roto-scope picture effect as we felt this was our signature element.
We manipulated the picture on the digi-pak though so although it was the same picture, it was presented differently but still enough for people to relate back to the magazine ad.
I feel our music video and our ancillary texts are both memorable enough for people to remember and it also portrays the image we wanted for the band. Both quirky and colorful.

What have you learnt from your audience feedback?

The audience feedback was really helpful, sometimes when you are working on something for so long you lose sight of what is really important and what is attracting to other people so  by getting feedback from other people really helps to widen your perspective on things. A lot of our feedback was relatively positive but there were a few points we thought were quite important and decided to make the changes.
Picture 14One group said our footage needed to be more varied to keep the audiences attention as our rough cut was a lot of the same footage. After receiving this we decided we should shoot some more footage to add to our video so Josh took a camera over night and took lots of footage of his friends dance class which still worked well with our video. Another group said at some points it is hard to see the lip syncing due to the lighting. We felt this wasn't really too important as our rough cut wasn't yet roto-scoped and once it had the roto-scope effect to it the whole video would be lighter and a lot more colorful so we waited until we had added the roto-scoped effect before we took any action on this particular comment.

We also got some feedback from our IT man in the media department and he was slightly worried that by roto-scoping our video we would lose the comical effect of our video and also lose the detail on our faces. We were quite worried about this as we were really excited to try our roto-scope effect and really wanted to go through with it. We got round this however by roto-scoping some test footage and seeing what it looked like. Overall we all felt that the video would still be funny and show enough detail of peoples faces to see it through.

 How did you use new media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages?

We used new media technologies such as the online blogger website to record all our feedback and research which we all felt was a really good way to record our research. It also gave the chance for other people to see our work and watch our rough cuts to then be able to give us advice and feedback on our video.
By letting our fellow class members and teachers preview our work it also allowed us to make changes in order to hand the work in at the highest possible standard we were capable of.

We also used brand new HD camera's and video recorders to film our video which was so good. The quality of the cameras were amazing and we defiantly noticed the difference when we uploaded it to our computers. It made filming a whole lot easier and a whole lot better too.
Picture 19Photo shop really helped us out as well especially seeing as our whole roto-scoped effect was done through photos hop. It also came in handy with the construction of our ancillary texts as it enabled us to use all the different effects and also manipulate our images in a very short space of time which is crucial with this kind of product as time is money.We were also able to use screen grabs and try so many different drafts of our products before we found one we were completely happy with. It also gave us the chance to upload drafts to the blog for feedback and helped us progress until we reached our limit of understanding how it all worked.

Final cut express was another massive help as we when we were editing our video it allowed us to play around with our footage, decided what worked best as well as adjust lighting, speed and colour. It was a work in progress and it again allowed us to do screen grabs and upload them to our blog to show our fellow class mates and teachers the stages we were at throughout the whole project.
Picture 17We also had a lot of resorces available to us on the internet such as Youtube, Flickr, Blogger and Myspace/Facebook we were able to research our band and look at theur profile pages as well as watch their video's on youtube and upload pictures to flicrk to then transfer to the blog. This was especailly helpful as it gave us a wider picture of the band Lyrics Born and gave us an insight to what they were really like as a band. Overall having these resorces and programmes available to us was hugly helpful and we were able to exceed our caplabilty because of this.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Digi Pack

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This is our Digi Pack final idea.. Seeing as our magazine advert was advertising this Digipack i felt it seemed appropriate to keep the design consistent by using the same font, same images, same color scheme ect.. my fellow group members also agree and we like the way it turned out.

Looking at other Digi-Paks

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A few photo's that I found on in the internet of exsisting digi-paks and the style in which they have been presented.

Track listing idea's for Digi-pak

Possible Listings...

1. Stop Complaining track

2. Interview with the band
3. Bonus features (including behind the scenes footage)
4. Band commentary
5. Outtakes from the video


1. Interview with the band
2. Band commentary
3. Exclusive slide show
4. Bonus features (Including a competition with your chance to win some prizes)
5. Band quiz

7. Track - Stop Complaining


1. Bonus features
2. Interview with the band

3. Stop Complaining track


1. Stop Complaining track

2. Behind the scenes slide show
3. Bonus features
4. Band quiz
5. Outtakes from the video

Magazine Cover..

This is a magazine cover for Lyrics Born advertising their new album called "Stop complaining". The artwork showed in this magazine cover consists of the actual band itself rotoscoped just like in the original music video.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Looking at magazine ad layouts

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I really like all of these magazine ads, obviously i think some work better than others but my favorite ones is the first, fourth and fifth as they are all really clever and i especially like the last one and how it plays with your mind. I will defiantly keep this in mind when we design our magazine ad.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Analysis of real digipak. Design


Finally a key element of the digi-pak is the design.
In this digi pak the colour really ties in with the genre, it is dark and mysterious.
The genre of this music is rock. With bands like evanescence they have very dark front covers but also with colours like red to tie in with the gothic genre.
Some digi paks are bigger than others, some unfold into four sections and have a wide variety of features.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010


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This is another idea of a digi-pak that I designed in today's lesson. I like the colours I have used in the last one as I feel they are the most eye catching and fit our target audience best. However, I don't think we will use any of these designs for our final digi-pak as they aren't completely appropriate.

Analysis of real digi-pak. PICTORIAL

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This is a good example of a digipak with great Pictorial Features, these include:
Pictures of the band/artist: This is the animated characters used in the music videos for the band gorillaz.

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This is the logo for gorillaz, its simple because its just the name of the band in cool writing.
Barcode: you cannot see the barcode on this digipak but again it is needed in order to buy it.
CD and DVD logo: this is the picture and animation on the discs. This keeps it separate from normal discs.

Analysis of a real magazine advert

This is a magazine advert for Gorillaz advertising going on tour with n.e.r.d playing songs from their new album called escape to plastic beach and other smaller exclusive offers like tickets ect... the artwork showed in this advert consists of the actual band itself and the animated characters used in most music videos.
This is another magazine advert advertising a lot of bands playing at a festival called Showdown at Cedar Street.. it ranges in a variety of genre's and bands playing throughout the day.. the colour scheme of this advert is pretty plain using different shades of the same colour throughout. It also advertises the main brands(Fender,ASCAP,SPY+) that will be sponsoring the festival.

Analysis of real digi-pak. TEXT

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Example of: 6 panel right-tray clear gloss UV digipak.

The key elements of a digipak consist of:
Album Name: Acoustic Volume VI radio sampler
Track List: This is clear on the back and on the disc
Price, obviously is something much needed in order for people to buy it.
Bonus Features, this can include a bonus Disc with either music or DVD. It can include outtakes bonus tracks for example remixes of popular songs done by the artist.
Website, this can be helpful as it can advertise tour dates, other album release dates, it can have an official store for you to buy gear that the artist wears. E.G Chipmunk sells his Chipmunk T-shirts.
Credits are information on production, perhaps thankyou's to certain people that the artist feels helped create the songs and album, writers, recorders, composers etc and people who influenced the album.
Recording information  such as the producer, the location of the record label and when the album was recorded.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Font Possibilities..

This font is called Amsterdam Graffiti and i chose this font because it seems to suit our genre of music which is rap very well.. and seeing as rap's target audience is youth's it also makes this type of font relevant to our target audience.



I like these two especially purely because its someone's handwriting.

Magazine Artwork Ideas

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Idea for Digipak

I stop motion

This is our idea of our DigiPak
Firstly it is colourful and really stands out, it advertises the artist and the track name.
It has a space for credits, thankyou's etc... the CD is a nice bright colour and personally i think the font and different colours really tie in with the genre of our song. It has an image of the band but this is not a normal photo. it represents what our roterscoped images look like so it links with our music video.

Analysis of past students DIGI-PAK

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I have chosen to analyze this DigiPak by group 1 last year. I think the whole product is really good. It is clear they haven't used the template that was given to them but it still works really well. I think the colours are really eye catching and stand out to the observer. Looking at this I would say their target audience are 17-30 year olds and are into this kind of emo/scream music. This DigiPak really reminds me of The Darkness for some reason too. I feel this picture they used says a lot about the kind of music that is on the disc, the fact that the picture has been manipulated and edited so much makes us think that they are trying to show us the kind of music they are advertising through pictures. I also really like he fact that they have chosen to include reviews from different newspapers etc I think this is a really nice touch and also looks really professional. We will defiantly keep in mind this when we design our final draft.
Overall I can't fault this DigiPak in any way, I think it is really good and I have a wide range of idea's for own groups DigiPak now.  

Tuesday, 16 November 2010



This is our first draft of our DigiPak. We have chosen to present it like this as we feel this will attract our target audience. We chose the red and black colours mainly because it is eye catching and stands out a lot if it was on a shop shelf.
The font we have used is "Myraid Pro". This seems to b a clear and bold font that stands out and is easy to read. The pictures chosen to go on the digipak are screen shots from our video. We feel this was the best idea as it shows the audience a taste of what they would be getting if they were to buy the DigiPak.
Overall I am really happy with this draft product and hope our final digipak will be even better.

Final Cut Deadline

So today is the final cut deadline.  The past week has been pretty tense thinking that we wont finish in time, mainly because we thought we were roterscoping 14000 or so clips. However because i made the mistake of leaving the footage that we weren't using still in the final cut it was going to edit about 10 minutes of blank and then unnecessary footage. Steve discovered this last night and deleted it all. Thankfully this morning because we had got rid of the excess it only took about 45mins to do the rest.

One thing we have definitely learnt from this experience is that we would leave more time for ourselves to edit parts. Mainly because this way we'd be able to sync or play around with the video once it has been roterscoped. We thought it was kind of ironic that because it looked like we weren't going to hit the deadline yet we were actually one of the first.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Possible digipak photo

possible digipak

This is one of the photo's that I made on photo shop that could be used as our digipak cover. I like the font of this one and the fact that is on the hand which looks a bit like a tattoo like the Cheryl Cole album cover.

other digi pak copy

Possibly photo's that could be used for magazine ad

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Banned Videos

This is yet another awesome music video by the King of Pop. Unfortunately it was banned because people thought that it was exploiting peoples suffering and poverty.

The uncensored version of Christina Aguilera's Dirrty video was considered as to explicit for MTV.

Magazine Ad Analysis

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This magazine ad was found on google and is a advert for the group "The Verve" and album "Love Is Noise". This ad is sepia toned which makes the whole picture blend together quite naturally. It doesn't catch my eye necessarily but it is quite nice to look at without screaming off the page at me. The picture used is quite a natural landscape photo which fits quite well with this kind of artist.

For our magazine ad we would probably go for something a bit more eye catching to really promote it to our target audience. We would also use bigger font and possibly not use the sepia tone used here.

Target Audience

Our target audience is mainly that of a teenage and internet audience. Because our video consists of just teenagers and has some mild features that could cause it to be banned on music channels like MTV. People would have to watch it on the internet. Word would get around about a new video that had been banned and therefore make people want to see it more.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Feedback from Amar

Amar gave us some great feedback.


The first 30-45 seconds of our video he said are funny and clearly display that we are just having fun and clowing around. He thought that the theme was good and that the cuts and change between outdoor and indoor footage was great. It hits a teenage/internet audience because some of our video has swearing or brief nudity. He liked the idea of roterscoping and thought it was original as no other group is trying it.

Areas to Work on

He said that towards the end of the video our cuts become alot longer and could loose the interest of the audience. A bad point on our roterscoping idea he said could potentially loose the fun and emotion in the video in that you wouldn't see the funny faces properly.

Feedback from Amar

Amar gave us some great feedback.


The first 30-45 seconds of our video he said are funny and clearly display that we are just having fun and clowing around. He thought that the theme was good and that the cuts and change between outdoor and indoor footage was great. It hits a teenage/internet audience because some of our video has swearing or brief nudity. He liked the idea of roterscoping and thought it was original as no other group is trying it.

Areas to Work on

He said that towards the end of the video our cuts become alot longer and could lose the interest of the audience. A bad point on our roterscoping idea he said could potentially loose the fun and emotion in the video in that you wouldn't see the funny faces properly.

Target Audience Definition

In marketing and advertising, a target audience, or target group is the primary group of people that something, usually an advertising campaign, is aimed at appealing to. A target audience can be people of a certain age group, gender, marital status, etc. (ex: teenagers, females, single people, etc.) A certain combination, like men from twenty to thirty is often a target audience. Other groups, although not the main focus, may also be interested. Discovering the appropriate target market(s) to market a product or service to is one of the most.

Classification of our Video


Parental Guidance

General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children

Unaccompanied children of any age may watch. A ‘PG’ film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children. Looking at our video there is no frightening scenes that would upset a child of this age. Personally a child under this age would not be frightened either therefore this is not a problem


Discriminatory language or behaviour is unlikely to be acceptable unless clearly disapproved of or in an educational or historical context.  Discrimination by a character with which children can readily identify is unlikely to be acceptable. Our video has some brief hand gestures of swearing, this may be something that gets imitated but is not so far to the point as calling it discriminating behaviour.


References to illegal drugs or drug misuse must be innocuous or carry a suitable anti-drug message. Our video does not contain any of this


Frightening sequences should not be prolonged or intense. Fantasy settings may be a mitigating factor.
There are no sequences of this

Imitable behaviour

No detail of potentially dangerous behaviour which young children are likely to copy. No glamorisation of realistic or easily accessible weapons.
Some of our video may be seen as dangerous because people of a young age might try and imitate the skating without proper guidance. However it isn't a dangerous activity.


Mild bad language only.
There is minor bad language in the song but nothing explicit.


Natural nudity, with no sexual context. Sexual activity may be implied, but should be discreet and infrequent. Mild sex references and innuendo only.
There is one very quick flash of nudity in our video. 


Where more serious issues are featured (for example, domestic violence) nothing in their treatment should condone unacceptable behaviour.
There is no unacceptable behaviour.


Moderate violence, without detail, may be allowed, if justified by its context (for example, history, comedy or fantasy)
Finally there is no violence in our video.


It is impossible to predict what might upset any particular child. But a ‘U’ film should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over. ‘U’ films should be set within a positive moral framework and should offer reassuring counterbalances to any violence, threat or horror.
If a work is particularly suitable for a pre-school child to view alone, this will be indicated in the Consumer Advice.

General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children.
Unaccompanied children of any age may watch. A ‘PG’ film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children.

Exactly the same criteria are used to classify works at ‘12A’ and ‘12’. These categories are awarded where the material is suitable, in general, only for those aged 12 and over. Works classified at these categories may upset children under 12 or contain material which many parents will find unsuitable for them.
The ‘12A’ category exists only for cinema films. No one younger than 12 may see a ‘12A’ film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult, and films classified ‘12A’ are not recommended for a child below 12. An adult may take a younger child if, in their judgement, the film is suitable for that particular child. In such circumstances, responsibility for allowing a child under 12 to view lies with the accompanying adult.
The ‘12’ category exists only for video works. No one younger than 12 may rent or buy a ‘12’ rated video work.

No-one younger than 15 may see a ‘15’ film in a cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a ‘15’ rated video work.

No-one younger than 18 may see an ‘18’ film in a cinema. No-one younger than 18 may rent or buy an ‘18’ rated video work.

Magazine Adverts..

Here are just a few samples of magazine covers, they mainly focus on the lead singer of the group or band.


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This is how the editing is done...
Firstly i had to open the entire finished footage recorded in Final Cut, Secondly i had to export the whole sequence as a still image into a folder.
Thirdly i had to import the first image of 15,000 into photoshop and apply the following:- 
I opened the actions toolbar to create and record a new action.. i applied the Cutout effect to the image and changed the contrast and color of our image to create the chosen effect.
I then closed the image WITHOUT saving the image and last of all i then proceeded to automate, batch and chose the created action recorded and the folder containing the 15,000 images, and now all we have to do is sit and wait... 

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Comparing Album Covers

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This album cover is for Cheryl Cole's album 3 Words. When I first see this picture the thing that stands out the most is the artist. She has quite an eye catching head accessory which is immediately hard to miss. Her eyes also stand out because they have been darkened and you can tell she is wearing quite a lot of eye liner to really make her eyes stand out. The fact that the name of the album and the song is in smaller letters is quite misleading. The font used isn't very clear and the font is so small that you would have to look quite closely to actually know what album this was. The way the writing has been presented is also quite weird, it almost looks like a tattoo on her shoulder and doesn't necessarily have any link with with the album. The background is plain which I think is a good touch as it makes the artist the main focus in the picture. Overall this album cover is eye catching but misleading at the same time.

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This album cover is for the boy band "The Wanted". I quite like how this album cover has been presented. The fact that the whole band are in the picture is a nice touch as it automatically makes the album cover interesting. If it was just the bands name and no picture of them then I doubt this album would be as eye catching. The font is very clear though and a good size. I like the style of the album cover too and I think the tones and colours blend well together. Like Cheryl Cole's album cover the background is again plain and quite a neutral colour to make the artist and the band name the main focus. Overall this album cover is plain but eye-catching and clearly presented.

Picture 24 

This album cover is for Rhianna's album "Good Girl Gone Bad". This album cover is quite eye catching but I think this is because of the tones and the fact that the font is the only thing is colour. The artist is not the main focus in this album cover like Cheryl's and The Wanted. Instead the artists name is in the biggest font and is in colour which makes it stand out the most. However saying that, the way the artist is posed is quite unusual and rather eye catching in its self. It looks as though the glowing effect as been used possibly on photo shop which is outlining the artist and giving her a bit of edge. The albums name is the smallest and least eye catching thing on this cover which I feel isn't the best idea possibly as people would maybe go looking for an album by its name rather than  the artists who has several albums already. Overall though I like this album cover and think it is clearly presented and eye catching.

Our Feedback to S1-21's Rough Cut

Andrea asked us to look at one of S1's rough cut and leave then feedback then write up a post on our blog about the video we watched and also about the groups blog and its strengths and weaknesses. We as a group looked at S1-21's blog...

This is S1-21's rough cut video that we looked at...

This is the feedback we left them... 

P2-07 feedback..

I think you're video is really strong. I like the style in which you have chosen to represent e.g The classic skateboard stereotype and I think you have captured a range of good shots and interesting techniques. I particularly like the footage in the underground with the various trains and London commuters in the background as it links well with the song style. Area's to improve could be possibly just more footage of the artist (Alex) as he is the main interest in the video. Other than that we liked it, good work :)

Lois, Steve and Josh 

Looking at their blog...

Their blog is really strong.  They have a range of good posts and have already won blog of the week. Their posts are very detailed and thorough which is really good. Compared to our blog they have done a lot more posts than us (nearly reached 100) and also their posts are more detailed than us. I can't really fault them for anything here because their blog is really strong.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Our Feedback Comments

Long Road - Music Video '10 said... 
Mise-en-scene: Bright coloured clothing matches the tone of the music video. The lighting focus' on the artists. Location has a visual and lyrics connection due to it being 'rap' and the location being a skate park.
Long Road - Music Video '10 said...
P2-06 : Camera work: Interesting at some points(i.e skate park guy smoking) need to be more varied though to keep the audiences attention for the whole of the song.
Long Road - Music Video '10 said... 
          Lip syncing; 
The lip syncing used is very comical, we accept that it is a hard song to lip sync so they took the comical route which looks really funny, such as Lois and Steve at 0.20. at some points it is also hard to see the lip syncing due to the lighting. 

Our Comments   

  "We have taken all of these points into consideration and we have come to the decision that we will film more footage to add to our video. This is mainly because we realise there are a lot of gaps in our video where the screen is just black between each clip. Josh said he would take the camera out on Thursday night and film some footage of his friends dancing and other things around Ely which would fit well with our existing video. We also feel that the point made by P2-06 was valid and it would be a lot better if we could get more footage to keep the audience attention. " - Lois 

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Screen Shots

Picture 1

media skate

Picture 3

All these images are from various times in the video. We feel it goes well with the pace of the song. The random beat and enjoyment. As you will see we have slowed down some of the skating to add different effects and show our different skills.
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