Sunday, 31 July 2011

Suicide Silence - You Only Live Once (Behind The Scenes)

Behind The Scenes

Suicide Silence - You Only Live Once.

Suicide Silence are a deathcore band from Riverside, California. The band consists of :
  • Christopher Garza – rhythm guitar 
  • Mitch Lucker – lead vocals 
  • Mark Heylmun – lead guitar 
  • Alex Lopez – drums 
  • Daniel Kenny – bass guitar 
Their newest single 'You Only Live Once' has just been released with a video as well as behinds the scenes footage of the production and direction of the video. The video covers things such as the sfx used on set such as blood pumps etc and the direction of the band when performing the video. The video is a performance/concept video however the video does tie in with the lyrics there is still no real narratice to the video.

The Music Video

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Analysis of Parkway Drive - Karma

A Brief Introduction to Parkway Drive
Parkway Drive is an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay, New South Wales, formed in 2002.[1][2] As of 2010, Parkway Drive has released three full-length albums, Killing with a SmileHorizons, and Deep Blue, a DVD, an EP, entitled Don't Close Your Eyes and two split albums. 

Current members
  • Ben Gordon – drums (since 2002)
  • Luke Kilpatrick – guitar (since 2002)
  • Jeff Ling – guitar (since 2002)
  • Winston McCall – vocals (since 2002)
  • Jia O'Connor – bass (since 2006)

The video for the single Karma consists of two major locations, The beach of Byron Bay and the sea. The video is split into two the first half is on the beach the members are fully clothed. Then there is a change of an arial shot of a speed boat in the sea. then the band start to rip clothes off to reveal wet suits and swimming trunks and grab surf boards and body boards. There are some shots of performance in the sea such as the drummer sat on a board playing a snare drum. The video uses mostly static close ups or mid shots of the individual band members with some long shots showing the entire band. These can signify crucial moments in the video such as focus on guitars on solos or breakdowns and the double bass pedal in a breakdown. the takes for the surfing scenes are fast however some shots of the members getting 'air' of the crest of a wave are slowed down. During the last phase of the song the band are seen on the beach wearing wetsuits or trunks playing their instruments in the same formation as before. There is a shot of the vocalist screaming and during the scream the camera seems to shake to emphasise the power behind it. When the band first take their clothes of on the beach in the first half of the song  there could be a hidden meaning, the taking off of the 'hardcore uniform' and change into what the band does in their leisure time which is surfing this links into the band now becoming their day job and the surfing being a leisure activity when before the band would have also been a leisure activity.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Goodwin's 3 Types of Music Videos

Goodwin says that in music videos there are three types of music video;

1. Performance
A performance music video is a video which is centred around either the band or a singer performing their track. e.g  Foo Fighters - All my life

2. Narrative
A narrative music video is a video that has a story associated with the lyrics e.g Nevershoutnever - On the Brightside

An idea which has no relevance to the lyrics or band and can be extremely random e.g Daft Punk - Around the World

A music video can have multiple if not all of these features in it.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

The Challenges of Remaking a Music Video

reshooting a music video shot for shot is a hard task which requires you to know a certain video inside out. In our case we're remaking 'Hit Me Baby One More Time' by Britney Spears. Some challenges we'll face are lighting, editing and the directiong and choreography of some certain takes. The lighting is a crucial part of any music video and in this case a large amount of lights are used to make everyone seem more glamourus. For us to pull of this we would have to hire a lighting crew or buy and man some lighting equip[ment ourselves, hoiwever the production is a zero budget production and this wouldn't realy be an option, as ta lighting crew and rig can cost a hefty sum. The editing will also be a problem as making sure that the clips are edited to look like the original will be tricky as well as the timing of cuts and length of takes, however I wouldn't expect it to match up identically as in the limited time frame we have for this that's unreasonable. Directing actors may also be a pain as we will have to make sure their actions match that of the people in the original music video. Lip synching is the main problem as we may take most of our time on this aspect as it's very hard to get it exactly like the track.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Shooting our first video!

We were asked to film a 30 - 60 second music video for a song which we were given. The song my group was given was by Orbital called 'The Box part 1' it's an electro instrumental song. we came up with a concept idea. The idea revolved around a ghostly/haunting procession through bluebell woods. we went with a matching uniform (A white shirt and some black trousers) however we struggled to get hold of the same mask or similar masks so we used two white masks made from different materials.