Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Digi Pack Research

For my Digi Pack I am looking for inspiration from other artists that are sole performers or their cover art is sort of along the lines i am sort of looking for. My idea is that i want to have a picture of my performer on the front of my cover and still having the monochrome contrast effect that i am having in my video take some element in the digipack. For the inside pictures of the album digi pack i am going to have one long picture across the three pannels of her in her whit dress across the drama studio with the lights and microphone set up and across the the back i am going to have pictures of her walking down the alley with the contrasting dress clour staggered image edited so that it all looks like one photo.
These are some examples which gave me abit of inspiration as i really liked the vulnerable look you have on Adele's Album which is also the same sort of feel you get with one aspect of my music video the part when she is filmed in the white dress, however at the same time i am also tying to make it look appealing and by conforming to the male gaze theory i would like to have her looking slightly more seductive like madonna yet at the same time not so much that women find it offensive so actually i'm sort of going for both types of audiences but mainly focusing on the male buyers.
The aura round the women on the muse album is a really nice effect and oit really excentuates the fact she is isolated from everything and in the blackness of space she is almost like a star and this type of effect could be really nice to play around with seeming as i was thinking of calling my album echoes and the aura effect sort of gives you that idea.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Camera Experience

I found it quite hard to get to grips with the new camera's so over the holiday i took it with me to cornwall to get used to the different settings i could use and also using the manual focus and other useful settings such as changing the colour scale and whether or not to use different effects.

This is the opposite hillside to St Ives and i was just trying out different shots seeing wether i could capture the rustic seaside feel of the town as the lighting and the sky seemed right to take it. This was just using the auto setting first as i just wanted to see what quality i would get and how good it would look. Looking back to edit this photo i would take some of the sky out so there is not so much of an expanse.

After getting used to the auto settings and what i am was getting from the picture's i set it to the P setting on the camera which required me to manual focus and i had my own user settings so for this i played around with the sepia tone effect which gave a completely different feel to the pictures as you can see in the one on the left i took of the old peir at low tide. It just gives it a very old earthy looking effect and that is quite a nice rustic feel for the scenery i was taking the picture of.

The next effext i played around with was using the monochrome and what advantage that gave me and it soon became apparent that for the old buildings in the alleyways of St Ives it gave a really crisp picture and added to the age of the buildings. The very crisp edge feeling i saw in the quality of the pictures meant that i now knew that using this effect would definatley work and give it a really nice finish when filming.

For this last photo i really liked the cloud patter and it gave alot of depth to the photo. This one made me realise that i do have to think about what angles would be best when filoming my artist in the alley scenes as i will want depth in them aswell and by shooting her dead on won't really give me that effect, so this is a usefull reminder for that.

Overall the reason i was taking these Photo's was because when i tried a photo shoot with my artist Effie i had alot of problems with the camera which i did not know how to solve and i also wasn't getting the desired effect that i wanted so by playing around and getting to know the camera a lot more by taking photo's and at looking at the different settings i feel as though i can maximise the effect of my music video.


With the use of one of the greatest online shopping sites (Ebay) i found some dresses which are the similar sort of style i would like lead singer/Performer to be wearing. So obviously following on from the main concept i have  i am using only three colours Black White and Red all simply because the contrast of them all paints the perfect feeling of lust, emotion and a sense of freedom that i would love in my music video. This is the sort of black dress i am going for, i want it quite tight fitting because i like the feeling of it being quite buisness like and serious as this would contrast with the white.
With this white dress I think it gives the feeling of being free and and it would make her appear quite young because you get the sense of innocence with white which i another reason i would like to use it as it would look very ironic with the type of dancing i would like her to be doing. Also the frilly kind of texture it has adds to the innocence while at the same time shows more skin and this links to Goodwins Theory of Voyeurism as whoever watching will be completely focused on the artist herself especially when she is wearing more revealing clothes, so obviously would be looking at a largely more interested male audience therefore playing of the male gaze theory aswell i shall be keeping in mind if i would like more views.

Finally the red Dress. I have chosen to add the colour red into the contrasts of black and white because this colour could also be a contrast in the fact it is technically the only vivid colour and because of this it will emphasise it's effects which will make my artist look very seductive and again this will add to the male gaze effect that i want as obvioyusly it would make people pay much more attention especially men. The red dress will really work for when she will just be walking because it will change her movement of being just a walk into a very attractive catwalk like motion which will suit the effect i am going for.