Thursday, 17 January 2013


We have used photoshop the past few lessons and learned how to make things pretty. I am not very good at photoshop but I learned that you have to make layers to make it easier to edit and so that if you make a mistake then you can go back and change it.

I also learned that you can make shadows and change their colours and make it pretty. It's fabulous. I also can now duplicate layers and things and resize pictures and do other amazingly technical things.

I don't like photoshop, although through learning how to use it, I got to make this masterpiece.


Thursday, 3 January 2013

We filmed today! We re-filmed two of the narrative scenes: the one between Hannah and Ben and the one between me and Ben. We got some really good shots and some not so good shots (such as one where Ben is about to push me and Livvy walks into the shot and we both jump a mile in the air). I will upload some of the raw footage in the morning, as the router is in the living room and makes my connection extremely slow.

However, we didn't get everything we wanted to film done today. We were going to film the Livvy/Ben/Jess scene, but it poured with rain so heavily that we couldn't. We also need to re-film the phone scene. After that, it's just the performance shots and the conceptual shots and we are done! 

I'm aware this post has been text-heavy, so here's a picture of a happy panda.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Dirty Heart Testing Shots.

This is a visual representation of some of our ideas for our video. These are the kind of shots we'll be using, but they will be better than these. There are black spots where we were unable to film something for that particular section until another day, there are rough cuts and there are shots which just don't look aesthetically pleasing. 

Using this as a reference, here is our problem/solution list:

1. The black sections: the obvious solution to this would be to film something. We have things mapped out for these sections, as you will see once we post the storyboard, but for practicality reasons, we have been unable to film them yet.

2. The extremely shaky camera work during the first verse: as it is a shot following them walking from the front, I filmed this walking backwards. Because I couldn't see where I was going, I had to keep turning around to check. Our solution to this is to have the person not filming guiding the person who is filming so they don't have to keep turning around and shaking the camera.

3. The length of some of the shots: some of the shots are really long and so we are going to have to use different angles to keep things moving, as pop videos tend to not have long, continuous shots.

4. The phone section: when we came to edit, we found the clips didn't quite match up with each other in length, and some of the lip sync is out. To remedy this, we're going to have to be more precise with the timings and make sure the lip sync is, well, in sync..

Although it sounds like I hate it, there are things about it I like. For example, I like the photobooth bit and when we first got it in time, I made a noise that could only be described as a 'happy seagull' imitation.