Thursday, 10 May 2012


Dear Moderator,

Thank you for viewing all my work and progress throughout the project again. I have highlighted the improvements made to my blog, ancillary tasks and music video. To view all my improved work, I have created an 'improved' label which can be found on the right, in my cluster of labels. I hope you enjoy my new and improved work.   :)

Shreyaa Pattni

Improvements and feedback

Improvements in relation to my ancillary tasks:
One of the changes I made to my digipak was, the colour and font of the track list on my back panel. I felt this needed improving as it looked quite hard to read at a glance, therefore I decided to make the size of the list bigger so it was easier for my audience to see. I also changed the colour by making it slightly lighter, again so the audience would be able to read the track list with ease. I made the font size of the album name and artist bigger, to make it stand out on the front cover of my digipak.
Another change I made was to the inside panel of my digipak. The original was the collage of pictures of our artist from the shoot of the single 'Better Together'. I felt that this needed to be changed because it didn't look professional, and much of the artist was already revealed through the music video in the behind the scenes footage. Instead of the collage, I decided to have a picture of our featured couple, holding hands, however I only used their hands, this is because I wanted to emphasize the idea of relationships throughout this album. I edited the picture, by blurring the grass to put more focus on the hands, and also adding a slight sepia tone tint to the image to try and fit it in with the slightly orange/autumn colour of the digipak. 

Improvements in relation to my music video:
0:15-0:20: We swapped the previous behind the scenes clip for a different one, this was because we found the prior clip mislead people watching it, as they thought the lip sync was off because they saw the artist moving his lips. However it was not off sync, the clip showed the artist talking in one of our behind the scenes clip, but ot avoid this misconception we decided to change the clip altogether. 

0:42-0:45, 1:02-1:05, 2:08-2:10, 2:32-2:33: At all these points in our music video we included new footage of another couple who are in a loving relationship, instead of the original still images we had. We did this because we felt that with the nature of the song being about relationships, automatically you (the audience) would think about couples and different relationships. 

1:02-1:05: We used this clip to replace the original freeze frame of our behind the scenes clip, because what we tried to achieve with the still image changing into a moving image did not work therefore we chose to replace it with our loving couple. 

1:34-1:38, 1:47-1:51: These shots show the relationship between siblings, we felt we should include different relationships so that a wider audience could relate to the song when watching the video, these were also used instead of the still images in the original cut. The reason we chose to jump cut these shots was because we wanted to editing to flow, as there are also a few jump cuts of our artist at 2:23-2:27.

Feedback of music video:
Most of the feedback we gathered from our peers, was focused on the new footage we included. They enjoyed watching the two different types of relationships, and linking it to the song. Many people emphasised the fact that the new footage was better compared to the still images used in our previous version of 'Better Together'. They also told us that the way we edited the footage between the two siblings was effective with the beat of the song, and also kept the mood of the video uplifting and allowed them to laugh and smile at the loving moments of the other couple. Overall, the continuity of the narrative of the song was better established in this version compared to the other version, as our peers felt they could relate to the meaning of the song better with the new cut.

Final Cut Of our Music Video

Ancillary Tasks

Friday, 9 December 2011

Evaluation Task 1 - In what way does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? (i.e music videos)

(Numbering left to right)
1. This shot shows the relationship between the lyrics and visuals. It does this by showing the couple sharing a loving moment with the audience, whilst the lyrics read 'Its always better when we're together.' This portray's the link between the visuals and lyrics to the audience clearly. 
2. This shot display's how the record company would want the artist to be represented. It does this by showing the artist is comfortable in a natural environment, we can see he is comfortable by the way he is holding the guitar. The guitar is also displayed on his album cover and magazine advert, which are also in natural surroundings, which appeals further to the record company, Brushfire Records.
3. We can tell what type of music genre is being displayed in this shot as the acoustic guitar is the main aspect of the frame. Also his clothes suggest the genre is soft rock as they are casual and simple.
4. This particular shot of the guitar shows intertextual reference to James Morrison's video 'You make it real'. This close up of the artist playing the guitar, shows that the artist has talent and plays it throughout the video.
5. This close up of the artist singing shows good use of camera as we created this shot by using a low angle on the artist so the audience would stay focused on his expressions and singing.
6. This shot focuses on the lighting, we used a lamp and the actual main light in the bedroom to make it brighter. We also opened the curtains and used an tall powerful light that made a big difference to the shot. this shot is where the sun fades into the light bulb into the bedroom scene.
7. The mise-en-scene in this shot links with the genre again as the setting is all natural and we can see all of him showing him in casual clothes, emphasising how simple the genre and he is.
8. This is a shot from one of  Jack Johnson's videos. This is a similar shot to shot number 4 as it is a low angle and is focusing on himself rather than the surroundings. Also this shot is a behind the scenes shot, we also include many behind the scene shots of our video. This was an inspirational shot.
9. This is taken from the music video called 'who says' by John Mayer. This shot is a picture of him and friends, we tried to replicate this affect by putting in still images into our video with our artist in it. 

Evaluation Task 1 - Part Two

1.  This shot from James Morrison's video 'I wont let you go' shows the link between lyrics and visuals. This is because we see James Morrision lying next to a girls holding her hand whilst the lyrics read 'i wont let you go' this visually emphasises those lyrics.
2. Here we can see the artist playing the guitar in what seems to be his home, his body language suggests he is quite relaxed whilst playing the guitar. This implies he is a very laid back 'down to earth' guy which fits with the record company.  
3. This shows the music genre by the acoustic guitar being played by the artist and the microphone in whilst he is singing into. These are the only props or instruments being used, which we can infer from that it is a specific music genre.
4. This close up of the artist singing into the microphone shows intertextual reference to other similar genre music videos as it aims to show emotion of the song coming from the artist.
5. This extreme close up of the artist frames him in the centre of the shot and also blurs the background so the audience can see the artists face whilst he is singing. They can see the emotion from the song and this gives the shot a personal touch as the audience would feel he is connecting directly with them. 
6. The video for 'Broken Strings' is shot a a hotel room. This establishing shot shows that the room is well lit and we can clearly see everything in the room. This shot aims to create a reflective shot to then show the female artist on the other side of the room.
7. This is another shot from the video 'You make it real' by James Morrison. This shot shows good mise-en-scene in perspective with the meaning of the song. The shot looks gloomy and grey representing sadness, also the artist is sitting alone on the stage this shows that he feels lost.
8. This is one of our inspirational shots, this is of James Morrison again from the video 'Broken Strings'. He is framed to the side of the shot however it is still a close up of him. We did this in our video as well from 0:12-0:15 he is framed to the side of the shot and it is a close of him singing the first verse.
9. Another inspirational shot here is from John Mayer's video 'Waiting on the world to change'. This shows a partly frontal and side view of the artist, we created a similar shot of our artist from 0:58-1:02. The camera is focusing on the side of his face however we are still able to see part of the front of his face. 

Evaluation Task 2 - How effective is the combination of your main product and ancillary texts?

Evaluation task 2