After Shot- Contact Sheet 3

After experimenting with my characters look in the hair style, going from a black wig to natural blonde, I wanted to try one last experiment with one of the accessories I had bought for this shoot but not used. It was a pair of bright green circular hoop earrings. They had quite a funky 80’s feel to them and wasn’t sure if they would work with the look I chose at first, but wanted to try them anyway. I also wanted to experiment with them as the colour green in the bandana wasn’t very obvious or very green, so I thought adding a more obviously green element would help tie in all of the ragga culture colours.

I selected my best images and outlined them in orange. I picked these based on the lighting, colours, smoke and posing. I feel that the green hoops really added something attention grabbing to my images, they had good contrast with the red backdrop and lit up Paige’s face.

Now I have selected all of my best images from all three looks I shot, I am going to finalise all of the edits and then select the very best of the best to be considered for my final after shot.

After Shot- Contact Sheet 2

After I photographed Paige in the black wig, I decided to get my hair and makeup artist to change the hair back to her natural blonde hair as I wanted to give myself a number of options to pick from when it came to choosing my after shot.

I really liked photographing the blonde hair as soon as I set my camera on Paige to photograph her. She has naturally pretty hair as it is and I think that helped as the colour and style suited her way more than the black wig I made her wear did. It wasn’t the colour of the wig that put me off, it was the style, it was a bit too all over the place and made my image look clumsy. Which is why I almost instantly preferred her natural blonde hair.

After going through and selecting my best pictures from this contact sheet I feel they are stronger as Paige’s personality comes alive a bit more. She seems more confident, I asked her to keep it playful yet give attitude and I feel like she delivered well. During the shoot we had a break so Paige could go and smoke, and she had a small shisha pen with her in her pocket.

While doing the shoot I thought about maybe trying a few photos with her blowing some smoke in the image using the shisha pen. It wouldn’t create enough smoke to set off the fire alarms or cause any concern to anyone so I knew it wouldn’t cause harm or be a problem. I thought of using the smoke to act as if she was smoking weed. As the Rastafarian culture is associated with smoking weed and being chilled out, I thought this would help add an extra element to get across the ragga element of my character.

I will use the same editing process of Capture One and Photoshop to edit these images.

After Shot- Contact Sheet 1

These are some of the images I took at the start of my ‘after picture’ shoot. I started off by getting my model in the outfit I had chosen to show the ragga colours, and the black wig that I was going to get her to wear with her black dog in the picture too. Seeing as the dog wasn’t happening any more I decided to still experiment with the black wig as I thought it would really show a transformation and a transition in character through their genre of music. I started photographing Paige in the black wig and also use it as a test shoot. I thought I’d start with the black wig and also test the lighting with the colours of the outfit and everything tied together. At the start I liked the black wig, but the more images I took, the more I realised it hadn’t grown on me as much as I thought, however I continued to photograph it anyway to give me some more options of images to go through at the end, incase I didn’t like any others I wanted to take.

I chose my favourite ones and outlined them in blue. I chose my favourite ones depending on how they were lit, the shadows, how the wig sat and how the character was portrayed. I am going to pick some of my very very best ones to put into Capture One for a draft edit and then import them into Photoshop to work on the skin, lifting the lighting and amping up the colours.

Interview Video- What Music I Added & Why…

To add emphasis on the emotional side of my video, I decided to involve music as part of my interview video. When watching Britain’s Got Talent or X Factor myself, I always tend to start to really feel the emotions of the video when I hear the sad tone music start. I was debating whether to include it at first as I know probably majority of the class would but it really added emotion and affect so I decided to add it in.

For a while I had been trying to think of what kind of emotional music to include, and at first I was just going to add in some generally sad piano style music, which didn’t seem to work with my video. I tried it once within the sequence and instantly changed it as it didn’t work well. I then tried to have a long hard think about what songs make me emotional. There are very few songs that make me emotional when I hear them, but once stood out to me in particular.

That song is ‘A Thousand Year’ by Christina Perri. It is an emotional song from one of my favourite films, and whenever I hear it, it makes me feel emotional and like my attention really turns to its meaning.

I went on to Youtube to try and find a karaoke piano version of the song, as I didn’t want the singing to overlap with my voice over. I then converted the video to an MP3 file, placed it accordingly within my video sequence and turned the volume down so it didn’t drown out my character telling their story.

When I played it back, it worked really well with the video I had made. I was pleased with how it looked and sounded. When the song started playing it made me more captivated to hear my clients story, as the emotion of the song caught my attention.

As an extra play on my characters ‘barbie doll’ attribute and with me making my character very girly, pink, bubbly and common, I thought it would add a subtle sense of humour by adding another bit of backing music over the top of my video up until the sad music starts.

The character that I created and that Paige portrayed in my video is very much like someone from the reality TV show, The Only Way Is Essex. I decided that to add to her character profile, I would add the theme tune from the TOWIE TV show. It adds a sense of style, character and a little something extra to the video than just having her talking. I cut the song down to start playing from the chorus as thats how the TOWIE theme tune starts, and people should instantly make a connection and be able to get a sense of character.

Interview Video- Putting My Video Together

To put my clips together and edit my 2 minute video I used Adobe Premier Pro, I have used this software before so was vaguely familiar with it and knew the basics.

To start of my video editing process I imported all of my clips into Premier Pro, so it made it easier for me to know where they are when I need them as they sit by the side of the editing block.I went through and rewatched them all so I knew which ones I definitely wanted to use.

With my clips, I had the same issue as my images, they didn’t look as dark on my camera screen and when we were filming compared to how they do on my laptop. Again, I knew that this wouldn’t be a major issue as I could adjust the lighting and colours in Premier Pro.

Picking and ordering the clips-

I went through all of my clips numerous times to distinguish which ones I wanted to have involved. Once I had chosen I started to place them into the editing time line, and rearranging them until they went in the right order. I didn’t want to include all bit of every clip, so I trimmed some down and them placed them next to one another on the timeline to create a smooth video effect once it is played.

Overlaying clips-

To add another clip into the video, so you could use more than one and not just have one long clip playing, I overplayed some clips onto the timeline to add extra elements to my story. All I simply did was dragged and dropped the clip I wanted to use, on top of the length of video I had already created, and then just shortened it down to how much of the overlaid clip I needed.

Voiceover and sound-

To get the idea of a voice over effect on my video, I simply had to keep the original video clips I had placed together with the talking on below all of the extra video clips I placed on top. Keeping the clips with Paige talking at the bottom of the ‘layer’ allowed the sound to be played constantly over the top throughout. Anything else than laid over the top couldn’t be heard loudly over the top over the story telling voice over. I went into the audio section and muted all of the other small clips that I didn’t want to make any noise, meaning Paige’s voice was 10x clearer.

Adding music-

To create the affect of a sob story video interview, I decided to lay some music over the top of my video and voiceover when it needed to come in. Adding some sad music over the top of Paige telling the sad part of her story really adds emotional affect to the viewer and captivates their attention more. To add the music in, I converted the Youtube video to an MP3 file, saved this to my iTunes and then imported it into Premier Pro, where it then sat with my imported clips. To add it into my video I dragged it underneath the initial video sequence I had started making. Adding the music underneath the video sequence meant that it sat underneath the voice over too. This worked well as when the music and voice over played at the same time, the music wasn’t as loud as the voice as it was underneath it. The song I had chosen was a little loud, and I still decided to turn it down a little bit more in the audio setting by dragging the adjuster down.

Effects and Transitions-

As my clips were a bit dark when I put them onto my laptop, I needed to adjust the setting so they were a bit brighter. I was able to do this in Premier Pro and apply the same effect to each clip individually. This didn’t take long as I slightly adjusted the exposure, saturation, vibrance and sharpness. I was able to create a lighter and clearer looking video.

Between each clip I decided I was going to add a transition to ensure that my video ran smoothly between clips and it didn’t seem jumpy. I went through the effects and tried all of the ones available to see which would look best. In the end I decided that the cross dissolve worked best and worked well with my video sequence and video style.

My Edited Video Sequence-

Once I had spent a few days editing and refining my finished video, this is what the final finished sequence looked like in the form of a Premier Pro file…

It was difficult to keep it within the two minutes, 120 seconds, exactly, I ran over by 5 seconds. I have hear mixed reviews on how this will be as some people have said that Matthew has said we have to strictly keep it to 120 seconds and cannot go over or under, and some other people have been saying that we have a few seconds lenience each way. I tried my best to keep it 120 seconds but I needed the extra few to create a video I was happy with.

I am now going to convert and export this finished video as a HDR 1080p mp4 file. This will allow the tutors to watch it in good quality when we hand it in. I am also going to upload it to my university Youtube channel to make it easier and quicker when handing it in online.

Interview Video- Contact Sheet Clips

Shooting the video was a lot easier than I thought, before doing it I had worries that it would be really difficult and the clips would look awful, however, I have proved myself wrong and managed to produce some clips that I can put together to make a 2 minute video.

To film my clips I sat Paige down on one of the chairs in her living room that had the most natural light provided on it, placed my camera on a stable surface, and clicked record. I started off my running through the script with Paige quickly. I decided to record this to see if Paige was going to say anything in character that I could later on use. Once Paige was familiar with her characters story and what she needed to say we were good to go. I recorded a few clips of Paige chatting away to me about her, her life story and the competition. I didn’t say anything as I just wanted to have a clip of her chatting and her voice by itself. We then watched the clip over, listened to it, I told Paige what to adjust when she spoke, and we tried it again. We did this twice more until she got the story down well and really sold it to me.

After this, I decided to film different style of video clip, where I am interviewing Paige and asking her the questions and you hear me ask her. We tried this twice as I messed up and laughed in the first take. I didn’t like this style clip with me talking in it as much as I strongly despise the sound of my own voice on recording, but there was still a possibility of me using it for some of the answer Paige gave to my questions.

Once I was happy with the main interview and story clips being filmed, we moved onto filming a few short ‘fillers’. These were some very short little clips that I was going to use to insert on top of the main video to help elaborate the clients story.

I filmed some of Paige checking herself out in the mirror, checking her outfit in the mirror, grooming her dog and giving her dog a cuddle. These clips worked well within the first couple of takes, and I knew they would look good being inserted over the top of the main video interview.

I am now going to start editing my video by using Premier Pro. I have experience with using PP in the past so feel confident enough I will be able to put it together and make a watchable 2 minute video interview.

Before Shot- Edits

When going through my images I chose these as the best ones as they turned out the best in terms of image composition, lighting and colour. To edit these images all I did was amp up the colours in Capture One, play with the brightness, contrast and highlights. Once I had done a first draft edit of them in Capture, I went over the colours again with a paint brush in Photoshop to make the eye makeup, lips and outfit really really pink. Having the pink stand out more than anything made sure the barbie doll attribute came across really clear.

I played around with cropping some of them to make them stronger images. Some of the images of the dogs being clippers and brushed had too much going on in the background, making the pictures look weaker overall, I found that editing and cropping them in made them stronger as it made your attention really focus on the fact she’s a pink loving, barbie doll type girl who loves dogs and loves to look after them. I have a few favourites that I prefer, and am going to see how they compare to my after shots when I go through and edit them. I want to try and pick the images that are the most contrasting opposites.