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:
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)
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).