Step 0: limber up• do some exercises with ‘found footage’• learn to lipsynch with old student footage• do a karaoke multi-angle version of a track for fun• re-make an existing video frame by frame
Step 1: choose a track• Ideally provided by teacher as part of a selection• Can be a mistake to go for well-known artist/ your favourite artist• Make it short !
Step 2: write a treatment• Pitch for the material with a strong and simple idea• Have a clear concept which is workable !• Be realistic in your plan
Step 3: Plan for everything• Storyboard- you can always shoot extra• Plan people, places, props, costumes• Get everyone’s mobile numbers• Aim to shoot it early, not up against deadline• Make sure your performers have rehearsed and know the words
Step 4: set up a blog• Use it to link to ideas• Videos that inﬂuence you (YouTube)• research the genre in detail!• Photos that give you ideas• Take recce shots on location and post them• Do an animatic of your storyboard• Put up all your ideas as an e-scrapbook
Step 5: know your equipment• Do test shots to try out effects• Check any quirks of the camera• Make sure you have tripod (and ‘shoe’)• Is the tape loaded ?• Do you know the edit program? -experiment before the main thing• Have you got the music and an audible source?
Step 6: the shoot• Shoot the performance at least ten times with different set-ups• Make sure you have plenty of cutaways• Experiment with extra angles and lighting changes• Don’t forget: lots of close-ups !• Enthuse your performers- they must give it plenty!• Shoot more than you think you will need
Step 7: capture your footage• Label everything you capture• Organise it so its easy to ﬁnd• Don’t capture stuff you don’t need• Break it into manageable chunks
Step 8: the edit• Synch up performances ﬁrst• Get the whole picture rather than tiny detail• Cut and cut again• Aim for a dynamic piece of work• Do any effects work last• Upload a rough cut to your blog and get feedback
Step 9: screening• Hopefully you will have the chance for a big- screen premiere• Get feedback wherever you can• Upload it to your blog via YouTube• Get the artist to look at it and give you feedback
Step 10: analysis• Unlike the real world, you’ll have to produce an evaluation• Take advice about what is needed in your evaluation• Make use of your blog