Archive for September, 2010

For our coursework, Joanne and I have decided to film part of the video underwater, for this we need an underwater camera, so we have been searching for cameras. We definitely want to film in HD and have concluded that the cheapest underwater HD cameras we can afford on our budget leaves us with; Kodak Playsport and Flip HD Camera (with waterproof case)

Firstly we researched at the quality of the Flip HD vs the Kodak Playsport on youtube, here are the results;

Evidently the quality of the Kodak Playsport was much better, furthermore, many people said that the underwater case for the HD Flip leaked into the camera. Thus we have settled on the Kodak Playsport after watching some satisfying clips of filming underwater with it, this shows the quality of the camera;

Now all we have to do is convince Mr Dunford to purchase them for us…

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Below is a copy of the letter we will send to Young Turks record company, in regards to using ‘The XX – Islands’

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are writing to you to request permission to develop a music video using using a song by ‘The XX’. We are students at ‘The Coopers Company and Coborn School’ who are studying A Level media and as part of our coursework brief we are required to produce a music video to a song of our choice which will be examined in the summer of 2011.

We as a group felt that ‘Islands’ by The XX would be an excellent song choice to complete the task. We will create a narrative to match the mellow and ambient themes used in the song, hopefully we will make a succesful video that will do this amazing song justice.

We look forward to hearing your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Bhattacharya and Joanne Hooton

(A Level Media Students)


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I got twitter! follow me; http://twitter.com/danielucio

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Post Modernism in Media

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Me and Joannes interpretation of Goodwins Theory, using Motley Crue’s ‘Dr Feelgood.’ Pause to read the captions.

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Laura Marling – Devil’s Spoke

The camera movements in this video are long shots of the scenery surrounding the area where Laura is. The scenes of her singing are all eye line matches. Furthermore the editing is mainly cutaways of her playing guitar or  the ambience of her surroundings. There are match cuts to match the guitar being played in  the video has many slow motion shots matching with the vocals. The mise en scene is mainly naturally lit and there isn’t much make up, it is quite a natural video.

Mumford & Sons – Winter Winds

Winter Winds uses the main technique Joanne and I wish to use for our music video, this being slow motion shots with the vocals in time. The camera movement is mostly a long shot of the band at the begining, with them running towards the camera, followed by cutaways of seperate members of Mumford & Sons. The chorus sees eye line matches of all the members singing into the camera, similar to Laura Marling. The mis en scene is a lovely natural area, with natural lighting and perhaps a filter to enchance the colours.

Foals – Spanish Sahara

This video is a bit different. It begins with a long shot of Yannis (the lead singer) walking for a minute of the song. The first shot after this is a close up of him opening his eyes. After several cutaways of the scenery it returns to Yannis having an eye line match with the camera. He’s singing in slow motion and the vocals are in time (similar to Mumford & Sons.) The video then has a narritive of him pulling a sack along the mountains, the majority is in slow motion. The mis en scene is a quite calm icy landscape, juxtaposing the title ‘Spanish Sahara’ and matches the other 2 videos in the idea of an isolated area where the video is filmed.

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Mia was born in London but was raised in Sri Lanka during the decades long Sri Lankan Civil War that pitted the ethnic minority in rebellion against the Sri Lankan government.  The conflict was characterized by forced evacuations, raids, and many argue genocide.

French director, Romaine Gavras sets the video for ‘Born Free’ in a generic-gray cityscape, complete with the high-rise tenement housing that serves as a backdrop for the documentary styled film.  Born Free’s sonic rock, drum beats and distorted vocals open the video with a police raid on one such apartment that finds a terrorized couple, nude in their bed and under attack. The policemen’s identities appear to be quite heartless, even showing signs of sadism when one policeman jeers at the camera. This juxtaposes the common trust we put into the police forces as they seem to be hurting people for fun, and not protecting them.

The video narrows in on its disjointed narrative, which finds the police squadron singling out, kidnapping, beating, and eventually executing red heads.  The most jarring scene features a redhead boy being shot in the head at point-blank range.  Other violent scenes include cringe inducing police beatings and a graphic landmine explosions, one in which a man is blown up and torn apart limb by limb. The soldiers here are identified to be even more heartless than the police. Many of their faces are covered, perhaps out of shame, and they seem to be perhaps doing what they are told and not what they want, a problem M.I.A was trying to portray in this video.

The selection of red heads as the terrorized minority seeks to satirize and critique the absurdity of ethnic and religious divisions that characterize such genocides in the real world.  The Holocaust, the Rwandan Genocide, the war in Darfur, or the Bosnian Genocide are all variations on the same tragic narrative that has plagued too much of our collective human history: arbitrary violent division justified by differences that when compared to our common humanness are as negligible, as the between red or blonde hair. The red heads are all depicted as quite weak characters, as they are all not holding weapons, the soldiers and police were all armed, showing their authority over the red heads.

M.I.A.’s social justice critique does not single out one group, conflict, hero, or villain in the video; instead she takes wide lens in her radical approach to confronting injustice of persecuted minorities. Born Free seeks to make a bold political statement about injustice—through nudity and graphic violence.,these are both uniquely striking visual representations.  M.I.A. inserts a voice to the domestic conversation of the persecution of people of colour, undesired minorities, poor people, and immigrants. It is a shameful and all too common reality around the globe.

The identity of the law appears unconstitutional and against the very precepts and values of a Nation supposedly founded on the equality of all men; a nation built by immigrants and “displaced” people. While the news can be scary, it is not nearly as frightening as government mandated discrimination. The video shows the truth of all countries becoming one step closer to the police state depicted to in the M.I.A. video.

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