360MC: – Filming the artefact – Borderline gig

For my 3 minute artefact which will be incorporated into my ten minute FMP proposal, I decided to take the opportunity to get into the mindset of music videos and what will be required when it comes to the actual day of shooting a professional music video. Borderline were playing around a 2 hour gig at a local pub in Tamworth and were happy for us to film. This was almost a demo, with a two camera set up, and constant movement on both cameras, entirely improvised with no prior knowledge as to which songs would be played. It was a great experience to film as I have never filmed a music video before, and it really gave a sense as to how reactive you have to be and channel almost as much energy as the people on stage as you constantly have to keep momentum with the camera and predict which shot to take next. Although the artefact is obviously not as refined as the final submitted music videos will be, it has put me in the right mindset for when I actually come to film properly.

Although I will be using pre-recorded MP3s for the music videos, it was also a necessary experience to organise factors such as sound and audio peaking levels on the equipment to ensure satisfactory audio quality for the video. As we were not prepped as to what the acoustics were like, what the location would look like or what songs were being played, it was a very reactive process but one which I thought was imperative to experience before taking on three (four if you count the alternate version of one of the music videos) large-scale music video projects. What I have learned most from the experience is to think of a lot more variety of shots. As the band were in a fairly enclosed space, we couldn’t get any close-up shots from within the band (this will obviously be different for the official videos) and so had to film everything from the front, or a few shots from the side. When I was on the spot I found that I often resorted to similar shots of close-ups of the guitarist strumming the strings, or fingers on the neck of the guitar, and then a few close-ups of their faces. These are very typical shots and I found that it was difficult to think of any others whilst filming. However, when it comes to filming the final music videos, we will have written out a thorough plan for shots and so we will not have to worry about this factor.

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