EPQ – Final Product

I have now finished my artifact EPQ project. I have come across multiple issues throughout the process but feel that I was able to find the most effective ways to deal with them and have been able to create a professional piece of work for a brief given by a professional company. I am pleased with the outcome and am very glad that I chose to do an artifact rather than a dissertation as although a dissertation would have been very interesting to learn a lot more about a specific subject area I have been able to improve my production skills a great deal which is very helpful as I am looking to pursue a career in media production.

Bournemouth video

One of the university’s that I have applied for is Bournemouth. They have requested that as part of the application process I create a video to fit to the title ‘Five things you really need to know about me’. I was asked for the video to be exactly 60 seconds long and it could be in whatever form that I wanted. This allowed me to get creative. having jotted down some basic ideas I begun to think of exactly what I would do and plan the filming that would be needed. I decided to create a video which is part interview of me talking about the five things they really need to know about me. I have also added parts which will be like a voice over in which I have decided to show what I am talking about through collages of my work, clips of products that I have created and shots of Guernsey. I have not only been able to show my already existing production skills but I have also advanced my skills with aspects such as adding links within the video when uploading it to YouTube. I am pleased with the outcome having only had 2 weeks to create the video for them along with having multiple other deadlines for coursework at the time.

Print Products

As a part of my A2 coursework I have been creating two print products to go along with my music video for Fences by Paramore.

The first product was a digipak for the album which features Fences, the song which I have made the music video for. I had previously not had a lot of experience with using Photoshop so I looked at quite a few tutorials online as well as just experimenting with the different features I could find. I am very pleased with how far I have been able to come with using Photoshop. Here is my final digipak.

I have also created an advert for the album, I have looked very carefully at the conventions, as with the digipak, and have been able to challenge some whilst using others exactly how they should be used. This has allowed me to be creative whilst keeping the product as the target audience would desire. Here is the final Advert.

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Music Video

For my A2 Media Studies course work I have been creating a music video for the song ‘Fences’ by Paramore. I have however not been working with the same group for the whole time. To begin with I was working with Joely, who was mentioned in the post about music video inspiration, we had chosen our song and begun to look into the genre of the song to help us create an effective video for the song. Due to changes in classes and subjects Joely and I were unable to work together on the video any longer so I had to change groups.

I the worked with another student, Sally. I then did some extra research into the new song. To prepare for the new song we looked at the conventions of music videos for the genre Alt-Rock, as this is the genre of ‘Fences’. The reason that we did this was to ensure that the video will be appealing for the target audience and we will get the preferred reading rather than an alternative reading when they decode the video. We found the typical performance part of the videos as well as looking at the kind of story lines that were included in the narrative. We also considered whether the music videos were disjunctive, illustrating or amplifying the lyrics. We also looked at the types of iconography used to help us get a better idea of the types of things we could include in ours. Having created detailed shot-lists and storyboards Sally and I shot the performance followed by narrative shoots. We looked back on our reflection from our thriller from last year so that we were more aware of what we had to improve and what parts went well the year before so we can do this again. As with the thriller we again split out the filming.

When editing the footage together we used Premier Pro. We have also used premier pro to edit transitions, add effects, such as camera flashes, and to correct the colour on some of our shots from the performance shoot to ensure that the continuity is there. We will also be using after effects for some of the affects that we wish to include.

We have now completed the video and are pleased with the outcome, I have really been able to improve my post-production skills and feel that I have successfully been able to create a music video for an alternative-rock song. I feel that the fast paced edit really fits in well and and we kept to the blueprint for this type of video.

Jesus Christ Superstar Advertising

I am a part of this years school production, Jesus Christ Superstar. I am staring in it as a part of the chorus, I have also taken the opportunity to help myself gain more experience with media production. I have created a video to help create more publicity and a buzz for the show. I have filmed parts of our rehearsals as well as some of the times when we have created props such as the plaques that the crowds have when they turn against Jesus. I then I got all of the footage and edited it together using Premier Pro to create a short promotional film. I also used Sound Booth to edit the sound clips from the production to have in the background of the visual.

Having created the whole film I uploaded it to my youtube channel and we have used it to increase publicity and to get the audience excited to come and see the performance in late November 2016. We have put the link on the school website so that people will be able to find it easily. A link was also sent out on the weekly bulletin which goes to all tutor groups so that students would watch the video during tutor time.

You can see the final short promotional film below.

Naivete Thriller

I have now completed the first year of my Alevels, this also means the coursework for my As level Media Studies. For this coursework I have created the opening sequence for a thriller called ‘Naivete’ I worked in a group of three and we planned the video out very carefully. We logged all of our research and planning on a blog as well as reflection on things that didn’t quite work out as we had wished. We begun by coming up with an idea individually before coming together as a group and compromising to come up with our final idea. Then we planned all together before we went out filming where we equally split out the roles of filming and directing the actors. We also equally split the editing so that we would also get an equal chance and would all be able to advance our skills. We used Premier Pro to edit the main bulk of the footage, we also used Sound Booth to create the Foley sounds for some of the sound effects, such as footsteps and the creaky gate. We also edited various sound tracks of music together to create the atmosphere desired. and After Effects to add in our titles.

We made multiple drafts getting feedback from our peers and teachers. This helped us see the parts that did not work that we could not immediately see. Having had feedback and editing the video we created a final version which can be seen below.