@ Horniman Museum

I mean, I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it over and over again…THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MY SI PROJECT..thats cool tho..anyway here are some sketches from the Horseman Museum. As you can see, birds are my life.. they’re so silly looking and fun to draw, bless them.

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EVEN MORE SI PROJECT UPDATES

SO in my last post I mentioned how I wouldn’t be able to film the final version of the video on my May 30th studio booking because of scheduling issues with Ryan.
I decided not to waste my booking of the studio and go in to do some test shooting to get a better idea of the final outcome and to feel better prepared for filming to real thing on on the 5th of June.
It ended up being both a disappointing experience as well as a very helpful one.
My main disappointment with the studio is that despite being the “Big Studio” in the design block at uni it is actually quite small; The background for the video is too small when filming full body scenes (and I wasn’t even wearing my platform shoes yet!!). Here is what I mean:
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You can see the surrounding studio and lighting set up which…kinda kills the whole vibe  I was going for- TOTAL BUMMER (not to mention me wearing socks with this outfit is…horrible hahaha but my shoes hadn’t arrived yet). I think I will have to focus on close up shots..which kinda sucks cause its not what I was going for but I WILL MAKE IT WORK I GUESS.
Also It was hard to find a good balance with the lighting. I wanted the background to be a lot darker than it ended up looking and have found it hard to fix even in post production.
Despite it being a bit disappointing it has given me a chance to play around with the footage Saffron Cann helped me shoot and give a clearer idea of what the outcome may look like.
Here’s some clips I’ve played around with (note the difference by comparing with the screenshot posted above) :


To achieve this look I played around with various settings; I made the footage a cooler more blue tone, raised the sharpness (to get that crinkly vhs look), added some noise, added a screened fog effect, and played around with the color channels to get that quintessential vhs coloured light outline thing (I don’t know what it’s called but heres a screenshot to show what I mean)
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I’m quite happy with this outcome so far but I’m going to continue further with these trials. Here’s some things I’m planning to try out:

Going to go out later to buy an old dvd player & vhs player from a charity shop to try this out (i’ll have to burn the footage I’ve been working on onto a dvd and then convert that to vhs and play around)
Another thing with a vhs player I’d like to try is generation loss (making copies on copies of an original until the footage is altered) :

I’ll update this post with my results soon as I will be experimenting with this new method during the next few days.


UPDATE: ughhhh the charity shop where I was planning to buy the vhs & dvd player are out of stock of what I neeeeeeeed. Usually every time I go they have this huge selection of vhs and dvd players that NO ONE ever buys and obviously when I need it, NOT AVAILABLE..damnnnn.
I’ll have to scavenge around some more I guess…


UPDATE: SO bought an old tv that has a VHS player integrated in to stand did some more research thats made me realise that I don’t need to convert the video to DVD so the DVD player isn’t needed anymore. Just waiting on some wire now that will connect the tv to my computer so that I can record the video to VHS and then make a few copies until I get the desired generation loss effect at which point I will then copy it back to my computer.

I WOULD JUST LIKE FOR IT TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT EVERYTHING I’VE BEEN DOING HERE IS SELF-TAUGHT. I LEARNED HOW TO USE PREMIERE PRO, AFTER EFFECTS, ANALOG VIDEO EDITING AND ALL THIS JAZZ ON MY OWN SO, YEAH, I’M PRETTY PLEASED WITH MYSELF JUST SO YA KNOW.

FILMING UPDATES :
Had my studio booking the other day (June 5th) and ONCE AGAIN I AM LEFT DISAPPOINTED. It was not my lucky day, there was only one technician working in the photography studios that day and he was spread a bit thin having to help set up not only my studio but everyone elses too. We didn’t really manage to get filming until halfway through the booking hours so the only footage I managed to get was of Ryan with the black background (mostly him playing various instruments) and like 3 shots of me that ended up being totally useless in the end because I forgot to put on various parts of my outfit as we were in a rush. LUCKILY I managed to book another studio slot to finish up hopefully (the booking is on friday the 9th of June) so unfortunately I won’t have much to show at the crit on thursday. I’ll work on editing what I have as much as I can but sadly most of the clips that I filmed are not part of the main narrative of the video but more like “filler” clips (zoom-ins of instruments being played etc).

More SI project updates

this post is all about how I want the video I’ll be making to still have references and ties to the other video I’ve made for The Michigan Vibe

What themes are important in these videos: LETS ANALYSE THIS

-Both are videos made from clips of an old(vintage looking) film but re-pieced together to create a new narrative that fits the song
-Both tend to have a Blue coloured look to them with splashes of red (In wanderlust the Volcano is the RED whereas smaller details like lipstick are the Red accents in the video)
-Both are supposed to be representations of the “Future” as imagined at the time when they were filmed
-Both have very idealised looking women in them
-Both have a dream/sleep theme in the video- Wanderlust begins with women waking up and Leaving Home Tonight the woman in the video is sleeping/dreaming

I want to somewhat represent these themes in the new video I’ll be making.
Mixing a vintage and modern/futurist aesthetic of an “Ideal woman” (parodying the Manic Pixie Dream Girl with just a dash of Femme Fatale thrown in there).
I’ll also obviously include a dream/sleep theme in the video as the song itself is called Dreaming of You- whereby in the video I’ll be representing Ryans “dream girl”. I’ll be wearing clothes that are closely linked to nightwear : a slip dress & peignoir mixed with exaggerated accessories : long black gloves(with finger nail appliqués), diamante choker, lucite platform heels. A lot of the elements of the outfit & makeup I’ll be wearing is inspired by Drag Queens. I feel like the way that they embody their idea of an ideal/powerfull/beautiful woman is very creative and (can be) exaggerated. It’s an interesting way to play with gender and I feel like that will translate well for this video as its an exaggeration of a “dream girl”. And I mean, Drag Queens are freakin ARTISTSSS
Here are some of my main inspirations
(including some Bio Queens (female drag queens) :

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SI project updates

Due to scheduling conflicts there have been a few set backs with the project. It’s proven quite hard to continue working on the song for the video with Ryan as he has been busy with his own projects. I’ve also been busy with my own work (*cough cough* fuckin thesis proposal *cough*) and have not been able to focus as much on this work. I know i will be able to finish it on time though because I believe in my last minute work skillzzz.

Seriously though this is very stressful for me as I do want to do well (obviously). I’ve gone to the photography studios to book the big studio for filming on the 30th May and 5th of June (to capture any missed footage) so as to get a head start with the filming organisation.


UPDATE

Well y’all, we are officially CUTTING IT SO CLOSE. Ryan is unfortunately unavailable on the 30th of May and no other studios time slots are available so the only day I have for filming is MONDAY THE 5th OF JUNE – TWO DAYS BEFORE THE CRIT
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going to have to make it work (which I will but UGHHHHHHHH STRESSS)

ANYWAY

Had a group tutorial where I played this video to show what I’ve made before and give a better Idea of what I’m working towards

Obviously seeing as the music/band is different the outcome will be different but I wanted to show how low budget “shit” looking work is a fucking ARRRRT.
My group enjoyed these visuals and loved the terrible (read:GREAT) green screen over the serene venetian boats I filmed.

Here are some more visual example of what I want to do with the video:

This Video by Madness also has that “terrible but great” quality to it. It’s kitsch, it’s fun and very engaging. Personally I don’t see myself using a green screen background but doing something more like the love company video further above with overlaid and duplicated people layered over some kind of focal point filmed on a black background (or white? maybe even red if it is available in the studio)

This is a music video Ryans sister filmed which ryan and I helped her set up in their living room (IN THEIR LIVING ROOM!! turned out amaziiiing). I really like the use of the strobe light to add drama to parts of the video. The colors also really pop for me in this, very contrasty~ I also like the echo effect on the video, gives me major Kate Bush vibes WHICH brings me on to the next video:

I mean…its a classic. Doesn’t really seem super high budget (except maybe lighting??) but it works well with the song, very ghostly and etherial. WHICH makes me question; where can I purchase a smoke machine? Because I need it for my video considering the song is about ~*DReamiNG*~ and we want that vibe~~~~~~

Another CLASSIC Kate Bush video- again super simple set up : Black background, Lighting, and a FREAKING SWORD. Love it. Live it.

Another simple music video that WORKS. And another convincing argument for the use of a smoke machine. Also has that sparkle which comes naturally with the use of dark background and strong lights (a toned down sparkle effect than the one on the Daft Punk video I included in an earlier blog post).

Another KILLER music video that is simple but effective visually. Loving the shots filmed from a low angle, something I might take into consideration for my own video. Also has it’s own *sparkly* feel.

Okay this isn’t a music video but rather a selection of clips from the Giallo film the soundtrack comes from (A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971)) put together BEAUTIFULLY and ARTFULLY. The scenes that stand out the most to me are the scenes on the red bed (obviously a dream/vision sequence thanks to the vague black backdrop and wind effect giving it an unreal look)