Influences into Our Music Video
Firstly we were influenced by the original video of ‘Dust Clears’ by Clean Bandit and we
looked at how they filmed and shot their music video. This was one of the main
influences as it showed use what the song was about of how the lyrics were interrupted.
We then analysed the lyrics and found out that they meant life was been reborn. This is
how we came up with the idea of a crash test dummy coming back to life as the lead
female signer (Xenia). We thought a crash test dummy would be a good object to
personify as it looked like a human. We then used the car crashed as a symbol of how
the dummy is used in everyday life, saving humans in important data into car crashes.
We then thought the dummy should come to life as it meant it had a chance to
experience life. This worked well in the video, because of the operating scene were the
band members are gathered around the crash test dummy, as if they are being it to life.
This impacted our video and was portrayed well towards our audience .
• . We also looked into the genre of the music and
found out it was quite and indie and alternative
genre, which then influenced our idea and meant
we wanted something out of the ordinary and
different. This idea went well with this as the
dummy was someone that doesn’t get noticed in
ever day life and was different to most music
Other influences e.g. Bands/artists
We were also inspired by other bands and artists such as, XXYYXX – About You,
which I showed early on in my research and developing blog. This video had great
shots of slow motion and slow cutting scenes which, we wanted to implement
into our music video. We did this in the dummy scene with the slow motion shot
and smoke being shot up from under the dummy. This added a great effect and
allowed the scene flow with the motion of the music. With the research into
other videos this allowed us to develop of design our own unique video, which
worked out well.
Research into Props/Location
• The research into the location and props was key to our video as I
early explained how we wanted our video to be different. We
thought of a crash test dummy as it was ideal into fitting into our
crash car and would be easy to personify. Customs we thought that
it would be best if it suited the music with alternative/indie clothing
and then contrasted to operating gear in the dummy scene. This
turned out to work out well as it meant it was clear what was a
performance scene and what was a narrative.
• With the help of our animatic, we were able to see a good
visual version of how our music video may look when shot
and filmed. This meant we were able to see different areas
which needed improving and what shots would worked
well. We ended up changing a few shots, for example the
crane shot which gave a great wide shot area of the band
playing. The animatic was very helpful in planning and
developing our music video in the end.
Shoot-day & Shooting Schedule
• Planning our music video was key to our success on
shoot day, as it meant we were prepared and ready on
shoot day. The shooting schedule meant all of the
performance knew when to arrive and what time they
were need for each shot. The casting list was also
important as it meant all performers knew when they
• Overall the music video went well and to plan. This was
because we planned it out well and efficiently. The
researched we did into our idea turned out in how we
wanted the video to looked and we were all pleased with
the results. If there’s one thing could have gone better is
that the lighting on shoot day was good but in some areas
was too dark on some of the performers faces. This was
resolved in editing as we just used different shots.