To achieve the above result, I first started off conducting a photoshoot with my actress. I took around 120 pictures using a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV camera with a EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens. From the 120 pictures, I thought this image below was the best as my actress is looking straight into the lens of the camera, looking confident which links to the stereotypical pop genre album cover, for example, Dua Lipa
After having decided to use this raw image, I started to edit it using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.
In lightroom, I increased the contrast and the shadows and then decreased the highlights. I also increased the saturation and change the temperature and tint of my actress’ hair and costume, so the colours stood out. After this, I used the Healing Brush to erase any blemishes to get that sleek and ‘perfect’ look of a pop artist.
As I wanted to achieve a authentic polaroid look to my image, I used the Point Curve to alter the reds, greens, blues and blacks in the image. I didn’t want my cover to look like a washout, faded polaroid where all the colour is stripped out, so altered the colours to give it blue/purple tint to it. Also, to make the image look slightly dated I added a vignette effect around the image to darken the edges, this also made my actress look brighter so the audience’s focus goes straight to her.
In Photoshop, I wanted to achieve a ‘perfect’ look where everything in the picture was in place so, I used the Spot Healing Brush Tool and Clone Stamp Tool. Using the Spot Healing Brush Tool, I went over any blemishes which I missed from Lightroom and also used this tool for the finer details of the picture for example, making sure the eyebrows were in place as well as the eyelashes and getting rid of any mascara clumps. I used the Clone Stamp Tool, to aid in any skin discolouration and also getting rid of strands of hair which were out of place. After this, I used the Blur Tool and went over my actress’ face and arms to achieve a photo finish ‘perfect’ look. In Photoshop, I also changed the opacity of the photo to give it a slight faded look but also enhanced the saturation, so no important colours were stripped out.
Then, I found a polaroid frame which I feel had a authentic look to it which was perfect to make this album cover. I put the picture of actress inside the polaroid frame and darkened the edges to make it look as if the two images were just one whole image and as if it was an actual polaroid picture.
From this, I added text to the polaroid. To achieve an authentic polaroid look to he album cover, I used a Wacom Smart Pad where you use a stylus and write on the Smart Pad, this when creates handwritten text on screen. At first, it was really hard to use and to try and make the handwriting look realistic and the stereotypical polaroid handwriting effect. I wanted the name of my actress to go on the actual image of her. I thought this could be in the style of her signature which is quite different. Then, I wanted the name of the album cover to go on the polaroid frame in the writing section. I wanted the font to be bold and to stand out. Below is my first attempt. I got my actress to write her name ‘Lucy’ and also draw a rose which symbolise her full name ‘Lucy Rose’. Then I wrote the the album cover ‘Faded’ in bold underneath.
However, I thought the rose I was too big and took away the main focus of the actress. I wanted my actress’ face to be main the focal point, but the rose was taking that attention away. Also, the handwriting for ‘Faded’ was too squashed together and looked quite untidy.
So in the end, I got rid of the rose, but kept the ‘Lucy’ handwriting as it was well written and looked like my actress had signed her album cover. I then rewrote ‘Faded’ but added a new layer for each letter, so I could adjust the placing of each letter and the sizing. I also wanted the ‘Faded’ handwriting to have a faded effect, so I went to Blending Options for each letter and selected ‘Blend if Gray’ and then on ‘This Layer’ changed the numbers on the white section from 255 to 218 and was able to get a faded effect.
Over the summer holidays I did a 2 week internship with PBS Broadcast Jersey.
Throughout the 2 weeks I edited for The Luxury Travel Show and Travel In Style, and filmed Jersey’s Battle of Flowers for the BBC.
Below is the link for Travel In Style, Banff episode. Within this episode I edited footage of people skiing in Banff, the scenery, slopes and the helicopter which takes guests to the mountains.
I was given huge amounts of footage to search through and find the right ones to put into the episode. I also had to find the music to go with the footage and make sure it fit the theme of the whole episode. I edited this all on Final Cut Pro X which was really interesting as I have only ever worked with Adobe and iMovie.
At the end of the episode, PBS Broadcast Jersey have put me as ‘Assistant Editor’ in the credits.
The footage I edited starts at 18:30
Password to access the episode: TIS2017
I am thinking of using my actress as the front cover of the album. Like the Lana Del Rey, West Coast album, I would use a beachy background as the sea is my main location in my music video. From that, I would like to make the picture look like a faded polaroid (similar to the one below). This would link with my song title , ‘Faded’, and my main prop, polaroid pictures.
I am thinking of keeping the disc quite simple so the focus is more on the front cover. Using a plain blue disc (like the colour ‘Baby Blue’ below), or having an image of the sea.
On the inside of the digipak, I could have my actress on the beach, looking out at sea (like the pictures below)
On the back cover I’ll have the names of the songs in my album. I would like to use a picture of the sun setting on the sea which would link to my chosen song as the sun would be ‘fading’ away.
I want the fonts to be bold so they can be read easily. I like fonts used in Lana Del Rey’s and Lorde’s albums.
Below is my shot list for my music video. I have added the potential shots for the Beach scenes but have yet to add potential shots for the Woods scene.
Also, I am going to sketch out my narrative shots and explain what is going to happen within these scenes.
Using Adobe Photoshop, I recreated a second Digipak. I recreated Halsey’s Badlands album cover. I added a turquoise background, added a rock and then tinted the layers pink to get a similar effect. Finally, I added text which was the artist’s name and her album cover name. I tried to make the font as similar to the original so, I used the font ‘Impact’ and aligned the letters to mimic the original.
Using Adobe Photoshop, I was able to replicate the album cover of 1989. I took a picture of Jasmine on a white background and then imported it into Photoshop. I then found a polaroid boarder online and then added the text and the parental advisory logo. I used many filters to get similar colours of the photo such as using sepia and focusing on yellow and red tints. Finally, I feathered the edges of the picture and then put a black background behind it to give it an authentic polaroid look.
Following on from the auditions, I have decided to go with Lucy to be my female protagonist in my music video. She will be the main focus of the video as she will be singing.
Using my target audience interview results, I have chosen an actress who is a teenager. When researching pop much videos, I have noticed the actors are quite young such as Dua Lipa in ‘New Rules’ and Madison Beer in ‘Dead’.
So, using a young female as my protagonist conforms to the codes and conventions a pop music video.
Lucy’s main costume is a dark blue playsuit with a train which has white patterns on it.
I believe this costume conforms to the codes and conventions of a pop music video as it is similar to Lorde’s outfits in her music video, ‘Perfect Places’.
The outfit’s colour is blue which portrays the sadness of the song as Lucy tries to find someone she loved dearly from the past. Also this outfit was voted most popular in my target audience interview.
Lucy’ second costume long white dress.
Her second outfit is still in keeping with he blue and white theme as it is completely white. It will be used in the second location, her bedroom, which it quite beachy and also uses the colours blue and white. I wanted to keep this second outfit quite simple as the main outfit is very bold. Also, as the second location is a bedroom, I wanted the outfit to be more relaxed.
The outfit I have chosen is inspired my Madison Beer in her music video, Dead. She uses a white outfit with a white background which is what I want to achieve with my second outfit and location.
I will be having two locations in my music video. The first one is the beach. References to the sea and water is in the lyrics of my chosen song so, I want to have a location which links back to the song. I will be using St. Ouen’s bay and St. Brelade’s Bay which looks very similar to Miley Cyrus’ music video, ‘Malibu’.
I will also be taking advantage of capturing the sunset to recreate the overlay effect Miley Cyrus uses.
St Ouen’s Bay
The second location will be a bedroom which uses the same colour scheme as the first outfit, blue and white. Here is my second location and my actress in her second outfit. I feel the colours complement each other, with the blue on the bed standing out as well as the brightness of my actress’ dress
I want to have a variety of locations as that is what you typically see in a pop music video. In many pop music videos, there are locations which feature bedrooms. Here are a few examples below:
Becky G – Sining in the Shower
Selena Gomez – Bad Liar
Noah Cyrus – Make Me (Cry)
I want to bedroom to be white and blue so, it can portray some beach vibes from he first location. I also want it to be same colour scheme as the first outfit, so there is a clear link of locations and also outfits.
My main prop will be a polaroid camera which was voted most popular in my target audience interview. I like the idea of capturing the good memories and then looking back on them when times are proving to be difficult. I also like the fact that polaroids fade away which link to the song title of my song, Faded. I think this prop forms to the codes and conventions of a pop video as it is used in Halsey’s music video which is called ‘Colors’.
I think it is better than using a phone as one can hold the memories. I will have Lucy looking at polaroids of the person she misses and tries to find.