Tuesday, 31 January 2012

TW - Magazine Ad Analysis 1 - Artic Monkeys - Humbug Ad

I have chosen to analyze this advert as it is by The Artic Monkeys, which
 is one of the bands that George and I have taken influence from, with 
George even analyzing one of their digipak's for our research.

The band is very much alternative rock, with a hint of indie and other genres. It would be fair to say that rock is the wider aspect of their music, but when narrowed down 
it does fall into the alternative category. This particular advertisement has
 been featured across Europe for their album Humbug, and was created 
by DebutArt.

As you can see, the advert is quite bold and vivid in it's colour scene, 
although it does have a washed type feature to it which causes it to lose 
some of the vibrance and make the colours seem less eccentric.
The background is orange, and is fading from top to bottom. This is met 
by the colours of the words used on the ad, as 'Humbug', is most clear in 
colour, whilst '24 August 2009' is faded and is closer matched to the colour
 of the background, due to the fade effect.
The middle of the ad shows a band logo, possibly used exclusively for this 
album, and has the band name stenciled into the middle. The logo appears 
to be 2 faces, back to back, joined by what could be their hair, or a 
representation of collaborative minds in relation to creating the album.

The fact that the band name is used in a stencil effect, attracts attention to both the logo and the band name 
immediately, causing the reader to read the rest of the info, which is only small pieces of information, likely to 
remain in the audience's mind so they remember the advert and the info easily.

Whilst this magazine ad is fairly simple, it does the job and could be modeled or replicated if we chose to complete
 2 magazine ads, this being used as influence on the more simple of the 2 ads we would create.

GG - Magazine Ad Analysis 2 - Biffy Clyro

I have chosen to analyse a magazine ad for 'Biffy Clyro'. His music is of an alternative rock genre and he has had many big hit songs. The genre, 'alternative' is a worldwide genre meaning the ad needs to attract to a large audience.

As you can see this ad is very basic, it lacks some of the main codes and conventions I have recently blogged about. However, it is very powerful in the way it uses the bold colour blue which is the prominent colour. This colour could signify calmness however the image reflects on a more viscous aspect, relating to the alternative rock genre.

Your eyes are instantly attracted to the text 'Biffy Clyro' through the use of a different colour in comparison to the rest of the texts. This is used well to promote his new album through when people are flicking through the magazine, the name of the artist is obvious. The realise date is clear through the use of a bold and large text, this is also used to promote the album name.

Although the magazine ad is fairly simple, we could use it when making our second design for another magazine genre pacific. Because the imagery and text doesn't fully emphasis's the genre of the band.

GG - Magazine Ad Analysis 3 - Mumford & Sons

My second deconstruction of a magazine ad is for the band 'Mumford & Sons'. The band are seen to have a country/indie genre, this close to the song we have chosen.

Instantly we can see a difference to my previous post of 'Biffy Clyro' through the use of colour. The main background colour 'black' is less bold and signifies darkness and misery, this is a opposite to my previous deconstruction. However, the colours of the four images provide much more attention, they draw your eyes too the ad. They have an old/blurred effect on them making them more interesting to look at.

We see the use of bold texts to portray the band/album name at the top of the page. The colour white works well with the background colour making it easy to read. As the texts gets lower down the page it becomes smaller, this could possibly be because it has less meaning.

When creating our final magazine ad we will take ideas from all four of our deconstructions. The basic steps we will follow are; band/album name at the top of page, band image central, text at the bottom (release date, record labels etc...)

Link to band information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumford_and_Sons

TW - Magazine Ad Analysis 4 - Hard Fi

This magazine ad is for Hard Fi's album, entitled Once Upon A Time In 
The West. The album was released almost 5 years ago, therefore is a
 fairly recent advertisement, and will likely use conventions that are still 
true to the alternative genre of advertisements.

This advertisement is especially helpful because it has one central 
drawing point, much like our planned advertisement. The drawing point
 for this particular ad is the use of a commonly used statement on the 
internet when an image is unable to load, except it would simply say 
'Image Not Available'. This is a reflection of the advancement of media 
and technology in our society, especially the use of the internet, where
 that sentence can be found.

Below the simple yet attracting statement, is the band name, album 
title and release date, all in black, which is contrast to the white colour 
of the main sentence. These words are in lower font, and centered, 
similar to the main sentence.
Underneath this they have in a less bold font, a popular track they have
 released as a selling point for people who appreciate their music, and 
further below that, there is a web link to the band's website, integrating other aspects of internet advancements, with 
the production company logo in the bottom right, to make it visible, yet less eye catching than the desired aspects of
 the advertisement.


This is our storyboard for our video, which is what we aim to replicate in terms of how shots are ordered. The narrative has since changed but this was the plan for the original idea. It will be composed into an animatic tomorrow.

TW - New Narrative Plan

(to be filmed on monday 13th Feb)
As we have received critical feedback to our narrative aspect, I have now devised a new story-line that sees the plot 
enhanced. We now plan to use 4 small scenes, not 2 which means obviously there is now more of a story to tell.

The 1st sequence is the couple on a walk, enjoying each others company, there can be fade-type cutting used 
of them walking to being sat on a bench, showing time has elapsed yet still filming in exactly the same frame. 
The couple can also be feeding ducks as this is common around ilkley river, which is a location we are likely to use.

The second sequence will be the couple sat on the sofa, watching TV, in a sped up shot of them just sat there
together in each other's company. The sped up shot allows us to show how much time has gone by with them 
just sat together. This shot will be cross cut with a transparent view of the couple arguing, and the camera circling 
them with fast paced shots. This shows that not everything is ok in the relationship and provides some narrative 
in the sense the audience has doubts about if the relationship will work out.

In the 3rd scenario we see them both moping around, unhappily and the possible use of drinking to connote 
depression, along with the gloomy setting. The male lead will try to call the girl in an attempt to sort things out 
after their fight, but she will read the caller ID and decide to not answer and simply let it ring.

All of the scenarios will begin with the original idea of the male lead looking at the particular scenario in a photo 
album, with the picture leading into the scene. The 4th scene begins like this, in which it gives us another happy
 time with the couple, possibly in a different colour scheme as the other scenarios to show that it was further 
back in the past, before the fight.
The shot will then fade back out into the view of him looking at the photo, and he will then put it in his pocket, 
and slam the photo album shut, possibly even dropping it to the floor with some of the photos dropping out. He 
then runs outside, and the narrative will end with the same shot we used in the rough cut, where the male runs 
up to the girl he was searching for, and it is narrative enigma whether they reconcile or not.

Some feedback to this idea was given by my media teacher, in which he suggested possibly including someone 
taking a photo of the couple, which could be used extremely well in the 4th scenario, as in a reverse of what 
happens previously, when the couple has had their photo taken, it reverts to him looking at that picture, which is 
a different spin on what we were going to do.
He also suggested maybe stamping on some of the images in the photo album, to highlight the male's anger to 
the situation.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

GG- The Swing Movement (A brief history)

The band formed in 2004 from the Yorkshire town 'Ilkley'. They are a four piece indie/alternative band with their own distinctive sound of powerful drum beats and strong bass lines. The four members: Ben Walker (Guitar and Vocals), Patrick Wanzala-Ryan (Guitar) , Joe Gamble (Bass) and Kieran Borrett (Drums). 

In there short time of being together the band have managed to play at Leeds Festival, The Cockpit, The Love Apple and many more big venues and festivals, including preforming at a festival in Belgium. They have been signed to Long Island studios in London, who work with such bands as Wild Beasts. Here they created there first album 'Bottom of The Barrel' which they plan to re-record due to the creation of new songs. 'To The Bone' is one of their songs which has been released on itunes and had 100's of purchases in the first week. You can also find them on Spotify. There song 'Jigsaw', which we have selected to use, has been played on Radio1 with one guest saying "this is the best song we have received all week".

They are an up and coming young band who have suffered from the economical fall in the music industry. They are just waiting for the right recorded label to come along and hoping to kick start what should be a very successful career for them all. 

Thursday, 19 January 2012

GG - Vodcast of performance footage

Here is a vodcast on the filming and editing of our performance footage of The Swing Movement.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Podcast on Audience feedback/target audience

In this podcast me and Tom take you through our target audience and the feedback gathered together after showing friends our rough cuts.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

GG - Music Video has been a success!

Since I shot and edited our first sample scene for our performance footage it has been a big hit. Previous managers and record labels have seen the video and been in contact with the band. This shows the power of youtube, also after receiving over 250 views in a week. The video has also been used to enter the band into a competition to win a chance to support for Graham Coxon on his British tour this April. The video was placed onto his website and you can now vote to give 'The Swing Movement' a chance to perform in Gateshead. It can be seen and done on the following website:

This video is only sample performance footage and we plan to add a love affair narrative to the performance. When all of this is shot we shall give the video to 'The Swing Movement' to help them keep on progressing in the music industry.

The video has been placed below:

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

GG - Audience Feeback: Preformance footage

After a class viewing of our preformance footage, we had a discussion and looked at all the good and bad aspects of our work. Both me and Tom took notes on what was said:
  • Remove the dutch angle that appears in numerus shots, this can be done on final cut.
  • Good use of focus adjustment throughout the video, this is done through using a 'Nikon D300's' camera with a lense on it.
  • The video was well synced with the audio.
  • Too much focus on the lead singer. More shots of other band members.
  • More cut away shots of instrument pedals and amps.
  • Good use of camera movement throughout the video.
  • Possibly include more shots off all band members.
We have found all these points very helpful to work with and we believe they will help us improve our idea. Overall the feeling was that it was a very good first draft of the performance, and once we add narrative, it will work really well.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Rough Cut 1 - full performance cut

Here is our first full rough cut of just performance shots. This was edited on iMovie by George and filmed on a Nikon D300s.

Friday, 6 January 2012

GG - Performance Shooting

Me and Tom recently shot 'The Swing Movement' during a practise session to get some performance shots for our video. This proved to be very successful and the band were very helpful in meeting every demand we asked of them. We got each member to play the song through once, during this time we filmed them individually for the whole song. We then asked them to play it for a fifth and final time where we filmed them all throughout the song. During the time of shooting, we used one camera for filming, and one for photography.

I then edited all the clips together on imovie to create a music video focussing fully on performance. All the shots were in sync with the audio. This was mainly for personal experimentation, to check all the shots worked.

We filmed the performance on a Nikon D300s. This gave us the chance to film in and out of focus to create a hidden image to the band. This camera is used at many universities and colleges.

I am very happy with the final outcome and really pleased with the editing. we filmed around 30 minutes of footage leaving us lots to play around with. I will post the video up as soon as its on Youtube. 

TW - Planned Schedule Until February

Tuesday 3rd January - Monday 9th January

  • Have the blog up to date by Monday 9th.
  • Begin research into digipaks and what aims we have for our custom one.
  • Begin magazine ad research.
  • Complete the animatic storyboard by scanning it in and posting it on the blog.
  • Show completed performance footage and draft narrative footage for audience feedback then blog on it.
  • 7th Podcast and 1st vodcast.
Monday 9th January - Monday 16th January
  • Film narrative footage, and have cast finalised prior to this (1-2 members are required).
  • 8th and 9th podcasts and 2nd vodcast.
  • Begin deconstructing music videos in the same genre as our chosen track.
  • This will help make sure we are adhering or conforming to the codes and conventions of this genre's music videos.
Monday 16th January - Monday 23rd January
  • Design first draft of magazine advertisement.
  • Mantain that the blog is up to date.
  • Using the audience feedback, shoot more narrative footage for the video, in order to improve it.
  • Finalise research into all 3 parts of the coursework, and start composing final pieces to be submitted.
  • 3rd vodcast.
Monday 23rd january - Monday 30th January
  • Have the rough cut for the music video given feedback and this feedback will be used to compose the final cut.
  • Use feedback for digipak and magazine ad drafts to improve final products.

TW - Narrative Aspect - Audience Feedback

We have recently received feedback for footage we shot for our music video, which will be 
used for the narrative aspect of the video, and here it is;

The shakiness in the camera has to be removed, possibly rectified by strapping it to the car, 
instead of simply holding the camera above it?
The shots appear to be a bit repetitive, this may change when we mix in the performance footage.
Match the shots to the lyrics more often, this could be done by adding a back story, which was 
also suggested.
Possibly invent new meaning to running away, such as ripping up photos of the past, or start the 
video with a diegetic flashback. After listening to this we have decided to edit in a feature in which 
our lead cast member will look at a photo, and after a close up on the photo, it goes into a new 
scene, from the still image, if that makes sense.
Faster cuts may be more appropriate instead of running, walking with fast cuts could also do the job.
Possibly using past locations that have meaning to the main character.
In our idea of using a car, then bike, then walking, that narrative could be that he begins by 

destroying things in his home, his car then breaks down, then the bike breaks, and he could possibly
hitch-hike, and end the video with him walking into the sea.
There must be an obvious reason for his journey, and this needs to be explained.

After looking at this feedback, we have decided to use a narrative that will have the main character 
be looking at pictures in an album, the picture he is looking at will then be shot in close up, before 
it then becomes the scene on screen, as if each picture is a memory. This narrative could work 
in the sense of a deteriorating relationship, and at the end he rips up the photographs to signify 
he has finally moved on.