YSTV ad for the Sony a7R

4 days, 3 people, 2 ideas, no camera. This was our task by Sony and this video is what we achieved on behalf of YSTV.

Everything is original. The music was created by Rob Drane. The photography is mine. The script was down to Bobby Jo.

Yes I made many errors but my photography was rusty. I was shooting in 4:3 when I thought I was shooting in 3:2. This meant every photo I took was being cropped. Should really have paid attention to the lines. Also the photo which was the elements moving is not in focus… And regarding video my camera is still shooting really dark so Tom is looking a bit creepy sitting there in the dark. Otherwise though, theres a few bits I like.

Karl Nova – Stadium Music

Karl is a rapper from London. He rapped on the song Shine which was a version of Adam Wedd’s Built to Shine. I did a video for Shine which is under performance videos. This is an awesome video showing how Karl’s rapping is exceptional. Have a look. I wish I had the software to do effects like in this video. However if I were to do one for Karl I would need to have more than just him rapping the song in the video; there would need to be something more to the video like a storyline or a general theme to the shots etc.

My first music video for David Coslett – ‘Girl with no Name’

 

This was shot in a few days in Chichester with very little money, time and time. I was only down there a few days and the actresses were both very busy so we only had a few days to shoot. This is my first video for David Coslett, who is a musician I prefer playing live where his voice and they keyboard are the only two elements. In my opinion he needs to work on the background music if he still believes that it makes his music better. A live version of the song would have worked better for the video because the moment he says the last ‘girl with no name’ he plays a really awesome piano piece. However in the actual song it is much more muted.

 

In the video I wanted to get across the story of why David wrote the piece. I then had some fun with it, I tried to make the viewer believe that he had spoken to the girl when this was all in his mind. Then I wanted to represent him going into his own mind in writing the song. So, he walks out into a field where he cannot get back to reality, writes the song and starts singing it. Then I realised their was another chorus while editing so I had to add in another section about him being in the woods and she’s disappeared because he never actually spoke to her. Then he comes back to reality and is awoken by another girl. They get on and most importantly: she tells him her name. This is in sharp contrast to the rest of the song ‘the girl with no name’ but goes to show you should not fall in love with someone by the sound of her voice but by getting to know them and getting on well with them.

 

The song is called ‘girl with no name’, I didn’t realise when I wrote ‘the girl with no name’ in the video. But, once it’s on youtube it cannot be changed. Oops.

 

I’ve only done a few music video’s and when I do them I look at the clips so many times it’s hard for me to watch it for the first time, without knowing what’s coming. Because you are doing so, it would help me so much if you could tell me anything that works or doesn’t work. Negative feedback is much more useful to me because then I can develop so please do point out bits that aren’t right or simply don’t work for you.

 

If you got this far, well done,

 

Tim

My second ADAM WEDD music video

 

Finally happy with my latest edit of this video I put it up to be published. It’s a bit of a fun video but it works really well with the song. The main metaphor is from darkness to light  /  from doing nothing to doing something with your life. Near the end Adam turns around on his bike (not for the first time mind, marking a few attempts at getting on course) and the sun comes up and provides dramatic scenery. See if you can spot Adam mixing the words day and say around. Also everything was put in time to the video, not to the audio recording from my camera, which was difficult.  The car was shaking around everywhere but imovie helped in stabilising a lot of the shots. Unfortunately some of the shots were too tight to crop any further so they are a bit shaky but all in all I enjoyed filming and making this. I look forward to six months time where I can watch it as a video. (when you edit a video, it’s hard to see it as a composite whole rather than its separate parts)