Metronomy - She wants Homage.
This project was a big class project, centred on Metronomy’s “She wants” music video. This project was especially interesting because it was all about creating a one shot music video homage to Metronomy’s music video. Taking on this project presented us with several big creative challenges.
How are we going to shoot this?
Where are we going to shoot this?
Who’s in charge of what?
What props do we need?
What are our “moments of magic” going to be?
What gear do we need to make this happen?
The first step in the pre-production process was electing the core production team in charge of the carrying out the project. The positions up for grabs were, Director, assistant director, camera man, assistant camera man, main character and the floor manager. In the spirit of fairness I couldn’t be elected for the directorial position because I was the director of the red team in the previous major group project; Vertical Pixilation. The production team for this project were;
Co-directors: Nick and Chloe.
Camera man: Charlie B.
Assistant camera man: Simon.
Floor manager: jay.
Main actor: Jade.
Producers: Tim, Neil and Billy.
Whilst I wasn’t on the Main production team, I thought it’d be nice to make a behind the scenes video and get some stills too for the whole project. Granted it meant a load of extra work, but that was all part of the fun really. Shooting on a light weight rig comprising of my canon 650D mounted on a fig rig with a rode mic, it allowed me to move around quickly and still get smooth footage.
Inspired by the dreamlike feel of the song and original video, our concept was to have our main character (Jade) fall asleep and walk around in a dreamlike state throughout the college campus. As she wondered around there were lots of little ‘moments of magic’ being enacted by a strange cast all around her before the big finale featuring all the strange characters she had encountered.
This project was largely centred on the Camera rig we used. The rig comprised of a canon 600D, a Z96 Led light, a steadicam and a stabilising vest for the steadicam. We used this rig in order to allow us the necessary range of camera movement to follow Jade through the college along corridors, stairs and rooms across different floors in one smooth shot.
The class was separated out into small groups which were placed at different points along the route Jade would follow and instructed to come up with their own moment of magic which would be acted out as the camera passed by. Choreographing all the moments of magic in a way in which the timing would work to the song, required floor plans of the route along the college so the directors could position us at different points along the route.
Due to the fact we were going to be shooting in public spaces like the college reception and hallways without release forms, we required a floor manager to walk just ahead of the camera insuring the actors were ready for their cues and the general public wouldn’t disrupt the shot as the camera passed by.
Inspired by the previous second years’ one shot video, I thought it’d be nice to make a behind the scenes video for the project. I had a role to perform with Sean so we had to arrange it to be the last moment of magic before the big finale so I could film the BTS footage and still have time to get into position and perform our scene. All in all it was really rather chaotic, with lots of things going on and running around like a mad man but that was all part of the fun really.