• After the final edit and publishing of the music on YouTube, we created a forum where viewers could watch the music video, and then post a comment of their views.• (09/05/2012 – we had 545 views)• In total from YouTube comments and form the forum we have had 6 responses constructive comments.
‘I think the whole video should be in b/w, the song, although its upbeat, is a sad one really lol and the girl looks a bit too happy and i think the whole walking on the beach thing is way too cliché, it works though, but if you can change it id probably reconsider. errr also I think the fire effect at the end where she’s at that building is kinda gross, it looks unprofessional which is huge in contrast to the first part where it looked realllllllly good. I think you should use candles that are lit instead of those fire things you have, maybe where that girl is stood in a garden or w/e singing she should be sat down with candles around her I don’t know? Just to link it back to the whole fire element that’s going on. I really liked the point of view shots (I’m hoping that’s what you did) where it was the point of view of the guy who broke her heart like when they’re on the beach and she’s in bed or w/e those are good and you should use more of them i think cause there’s too many scene changes i think like one min she’s singing in a forest, then a beach, then a pond, then in a bedroom its a bit messy in places hope that makes sense, its good though never the less’ Many of the comments that have been made from this individual were considered whilst producing the music video for example the idea of candles being used, from our original storyboard we did implement this idea however when experimenting with this idea, the candles did not work effectively and so we discarded this idea. The point of view shots were purpose and therefore worked well as the viewer understood it was from the males point of view which is a strength .
‘the only thing id say is she should make more eye contact with the camera inside of looking to the side all the time.’ This is criticism that I have taken on board and when reviewing the final product myself thought this, the idea was to have the performer not making eye contact with the camera at the start and as the video progressed to have her looking more at the camera, to show her becoming independent confident and strong, however this isnt as apparent and if I were to make an improvement to the video this it would be to make this more clear and have more shots of her using direct mode of address,, due to issues with the computer I used to edit with braking I was unable to continue making improvements.
‘it’s good but surely you should use rain or s/t’‘just a few small bits then lol when you see her playing the piano the second time itd be better if you actually saw the piano keys instead of the tops of her fingers when she’s on the beach in the black dress then sitting on the sand bit it seems to cut to different shots too quick (walking in dress, girl on sand, dress running, waves) really quick @1:45 lots of hair flickin’ It is a valid point about the rain, I did video the rain in intension to use footage of the rain throughout, however when viewing the footage on the computer the rain didnt show up well on the footage and decided not to use it, because of this issues and it appeared unprofessional, we did look into using milk out of a watering can as I found through research that this is what they used in the professional industry as it showed up on camera, however with a low budget this was not possible.
‘Some of it is out of sync, i also notice you do a lot of fades in and fade to black with the beach scene going to the woman. Also a bit of continuity editing, not sure if its intentional or what but she has bright red make up on, and when she is on the piano u cannot see her bright red make up which is pretty distinct and she is wearing the same dress too? At 2:52 the flames seem a bit tacky but whatever floats your boat And also the colour changes on the video seem a bit erratic. But on the good side, the video goes well with the song, there is a really good bit with the flames when she is walking, actually loved that bit The beginning was really well put together like when she is playing the piano and that loved that bit too! And the sand bit with the foot prints in that was a really good idea. The shot of her on the piano like from above is good cause it gives a scenes of power which kinda goes with the song. Around 3:30 all the stuff flying in must of been fun too lol it looks cool epically as an original effect Overall the video is good, although the colour changes and some of the editing makes the video look, how do I put this? Not very professional and i think the examiner will props pick up on it. they are actually so picky!!!’ ‘I think the whole changing from colour, to sepia, to black and white, to sepia, to colour (and so on) thing kinda ruins it but other than that its good (just my opinion)’ When editing on adobe premiere I checked anddouble checked the sync of the composition, and it was perfect, I think that the way we exported the piece it caused it to slightly un sync in partsand then uploading it to YouTube as well, some of the equality was lost. All of the criticism I have taken on board and will enable me to considerthese factors when or if I create a similar product again.
Over all I think the criticisms are constructive and some down to individual preference, however it is the criticism that I will take on board and help me better my own skills in future, however I am pleased because overall it feels like people enjoyed my music video (545 views on YouTube) and all had some positive feedback these comments were all from well skilled media professions or media students, so all are valid comments.