Music Video cast and costumes

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Cast & Costumes

This is what each of our cast are going to be wearing along with their roles in the video. For the costume we went with a more smart casual look to represent the more melancholic feel of the song. We also decided upon Zeph Stone as our singer because, as an actor, can easily get a melancholic, upset look. For the drummer Gwilym and I decided upon Tom Bevan because he’s a drummer, and a good one at that

Music Video Ideas – ‘Don’t Forget Me’

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In contrast to our original more complex idea for ‘Miss America’, the idea for ‘Don’t Forget Me’ will focus more on the performance than concept/narrative; that being said there will still be conceptual scenes throughout the video.

For these conceptual ideas we created a mind map to narrow down our ideas. However, due to technological troubles (the phone that the picture was taken on breaking) we no longer have the photo.

Change of song and idea

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After much thinking, due to time restraints and lack of organisation, Gwilym and I have decided to change our song from ‘Miss America’ by That Handsome Devil to ‘Don’t Forget Me’ by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

We have decided to do this because we would not be able to film our original idea in the time frame given, as well as that the availability of our location did not suit the necessary amount of time that we required it for (i.e. it wasn’t available for as long as we needed it). As well as this, our idea for ‘Miss America’ required far too many cast members and they weren’t available when we needed them due to the limited availability of the location.

It is because of this that both Gwilym and I feel as though this is within our best interest.

‘Madam Erica’ – Hot Chick Banged – Practice Edit

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For our practice edit, Gwilym and myself have chosen to take the first 20-30 seconds of ‘Madam Erica’ by the German band Hot Chick Banged, and completely recreate it with the same editing, mise-en-scene and camera work. This video entails a man eating alone at a table (relating to main setting of our video) as well as individual shots of band members which we may include in our original UMV (unofficial music video) for That Handsome Devil.

We are doing this practice shoot to make sure we are able to; edit to the beat, as well as lip sync the visuals to the audio (which we can only do within the last 5 or so seconds). For editing to the beat, we decided that this was the best mutually liked song for it due to the fast paced editing relating to the introduction guitar riff and the drums.

For this practice shoot we aren’t going to hire any actors/musicians, instead Gwilym and I are going to do different parts our selves, an advantage to having individual shots of the band members is that we can multi-role. Gwilym is being; the man at the table, the drummer and the bassist and I am going to be; the singer and both guitarists. For this shoot we have made a list of everything that we shall need: list-for-practice-shootThis is the storyboard for our reproduction of the music video:

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Whilst this practice task was useful, we did not manage to complete the filming and so have bits of the footage from the first 30 seconds of the song, fortunately we did manage to shoot all of the narrative footage needed.

Although we did not finish filming, we did learn an important lesson; when it comes to location, book it and make sure it’s available. We learnt this by not having a location, which is why we did not finish filming.

Genre

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A music video with a song consisting of a similar genre would be The Cat Empire – The Car Song

The Car Song’s genre is jazz-rock, the same as Miss America, in fact it’s very similar only faster, and obviously singing something different. In fact due to the fast paced nature of the song, the video is fast paced too, reflecting the lyrics and ‘teenage’ singer. This relates to our idea for a music video because the video will be quite slow paced like the music.

In this video, the lyrical content is reflective of teenage pressure from their parents, i.e. “Harry, you’re gonna be a lawyer someday’. However, the video does not reflect this apart from the fact that the teens are playing basketball against teachers and parents. Similarly to this, our video will be related to the song at certain parts, such as “Rebecca was a quiet girl, behind the wheel with a mouth full of diet pills“, in which we plan to have a girl in a parked car trying to overdose on drugs.

In this video, there is only a slight amount of performing, with the vocalist singing in tandem with the video. In our music video we intend to do the same, focus on the conceptual side of the video, but have parts of performance, for example we intend to have people around a table playing cards (linking to the jazz feel) and have some performance, possibly of the instruments as well as the vocals, which is a part where we will differentiate.

The basketball setting relates to the upbeat, teenage feeling of the song, discovering individuality and finding yourself, and basketball is a fast paced sport where a lot of different people can play (it also relates to the line “It’s hard when there’s a basketball game“). For our video of Miss America we are going to differentiate with this one because we do not intend to have a setting relating to the lyrics as the main set, instead it will be fragmental.