Hurtwood Competition


Assessment Task 3 – (Criteria 2.2)

‘As Director, assemble a crew and conduct production and post-production processes in accordance with the original proposal and in relation to the terms and conditions of the brief.

You can either create a production for MO film or the Europass Viral Video Competition. Additionally, to show that you can edit a dialouge scene you are also to produce/reproduce a 1 minute dialouge scene from a script you have devised or adapted’.

Mo Film:

For this task we were told to make a music video as part of the Mo Film – Hurtwood competition for Hudson Taylor. Hudson Taylor is a folk duo with an upcoming EP, Osea. There were two songs to choose from, the first song was called ‘Called On’ and the second was ‘Beautiful Mistake’. I chose to do the second song because I preferred the song and I would have more time to plan the video as it had a later deadline.

To begin with, I was working with Frankie on a separate project for Europass, but after we discussed time restraints we decided to work together on the Mo Film project. We sat down together to listen to the song, read through the lyrics and discuss ideas. After a few hours, we decided on a rough idea.

The lyrics:

 

Heavy footsteps in my boots, will I be the one you choose?

I keep chasing hope away, too proud to try and make a change

If I had the chance I’d throw the words right back and turn it all around, I wouldn’t let you down.

I don’t want us to break in to a beautiful mistake.

All the confidence I lacked, you gave it back in just 2 weeks.

I don’t want to be your ghost anymore always digging up the past.

If I had the chance I’d throw the words right back and turn it all around, I wouldn’t let you down.

I don’t want us to break in to a beautiful mistake.

Waiting for the moment when we can make this right, waiting for the moment of forgiveness in your eyes.

Waiting for the moment when we can make this right, waiting for the moment of forgiveness in your eyes, waiting for the moment, waiting for the moment, waiting for the moment, waiting for the moment.

If I had the chance I’d throw the words right back and turn it all around, I wouldn’t let you down.

I don’t want us to break in to a beautiful mistake.

We read through the lyrics and decided our story should revolve around a couple that have recently broken up; we felt the lyrics of the song dictated a story of a recently broken up relationship.

Our Idea:

I video concept was based around a male character trying to win back a lost love by reminding her of the good times they had together. Although this sounds very basic, we felt that if we shot it well and used the right techniques, we could make it look good. We used stock footage along with some shots we filmed from other projects to project on to the screen in the studio, which provided a nice dark atmosphere to match the mood of the video. We used the film studio as our location because of its darkness that would contrast the light beams of the projector. The juxtaposition of light and dark represented the male characters dark and lonely life outside of the relationship.

The video starts with the main character walking in to the studio and playing the song ‘Beautiful Mistake’ on a stereo. As the music plays, he begins to reminisce. Old footage of the two of them is projected on to the screen as he sits and thinks about all the good times they shared. Although it is not shown, we tried to get across the message that somewhere, something went wrong in the relationship that caused the two of them to break up. For the old footage, I added some colour effects, a slightly lower frame rate and a grainy effect to give a ‘super 8’ type vibe to the old footage (Shown Below). I like the effect on this because it gave an old fashioned feel to the video and reinforced the fact that he was looking at old footage that has become a distant memory. As the video plays, the main character gets upset as he remembers how goo he used to have it. But as the old videos near their end, the female character walks in to the studio and sits beside him, a subtle sign of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Capture - Mo film effects

 

Filming:

On the day of filming we were faced with a number of problems. The filming team was supposed to consist of myself, Frankie and Joey. However half way through the day, Joey told us he couldn’t make it. This left us without a cinematographer/ cameraman/camera. Fortunately, I still had my camera in my car from a project the previous day, so we at least had a camera. The lens on my camera was only a standard lens f.1.8 which I knew wouldn’t be suitable for a low light scenario like the studio. I asked if the Zeiss lenses were free and, luckily for us, they were. So we used a 50mm f/1.4 Zeiss lens which was much, much better especially as the only lights we had access to were 2 par cans and 2 Fresnel’s. As our actor wasn’t available until 6pm, we had a short amount of time to get the shots we needed. Having been able to book out the studio until 7.30pm, we had roughly an hours worth of filming time, giving us enough time to pack away equipment. Our actor arrived late due to prior arrangements so we didn’t have long at all to set up and film, but we got as much as we could before we had to pack away and leave. We filmed for around an hour and then tried to leave; only to find out we’d been locked in. We wandered around for roughly an hour and contemplated a window escape but eventually we were found because we set off the college alarms. The deadline for the competition was midnight the next day so I began to assemble the edit that night when I got home. I went through the footage clip by clip and we due to time restraints, we didn’t have all the footage I would have liked. But I used as much I could to fill the required two and a half minutes.

The Finished Video

 

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