Project ideas

Originally the group, Warren Connor, Ian Shannon, Christina Harmer and I, intended on creating a film trailer for a horror movie. Initial plans and designs were thought up and some research into horror film trailer conventions were looked into but after researching the subject we decided something we had more experience in would be more suited. With a strong taste in music, especially the 'soft rock' genre, the group decided a music video would be more appropriate. We began planning new ideas and researching music videos to understand how we can attempt to create an original piece for our final project.

We gave our group members specific roles as to what they had the most experience in. Warren Connor will be mostly focusing on pre-production using his artistic skills to create story boards. Ian Shannon will be the main cameraman due to his will to pursue this as a career and believes the experience will be vital in the near future. Christina Harmer will be focusing on the editing and post production side of things because of experience in past years studying expressive arts where editing was involved. I will be focusing on location scouting for the video shoot and using my prior knowledge of lighting and such to find suitable locations and will also focus on the design side of things and will help create album artwork.

Year 12 summary

Practical production in Year 12 allowed me to learn about camera angles, shot selection, framing, photography and team management. Learning about camera angles, shot selection and framing was important to both the Year 12 project and my current project. For Year 12 I was to create a music magazine containing a front cover, a contents page and at least a double page spread. The vast use of camera work in the Year 12 project allowed me gain experience for my current project. I needed to take pictures of a model for my front cover and double page spread so I analysed other music magazines and media conventions. Camera angles were important to create a persuasive image for the front cover of the magazine to attract an audience. I will be building on my photography skills using shot selection and framing in the creation of a music video. As for team management it was important that there was a deadline as to when we would be using the cameras, how we would be doing it, and who would be taking the pictures/modelling. This involved working as part of a team to ensure the deadline was met and it also helped to gather a range of new ideas.

I also aim to be developing my photoshop skills as part of the brief this year is to deign and create a poster to advertise the final project. With little experience at the beginning of Year 12 in photoshop I am hopefully going to gain more experience this year.