A2 g324 media studies music video treatment sheet 2
A2 G324 MediaStudies Music Video Treatment Sheet:Costumes, Make Up and Colours Alex Torrensalextorrens95@hotmail.co.uk | Hartlepool Sixth Form College, Blakelock Road TS24 | 07836278811
CostumesFor my main actor, Ramsay Macdonald, I do not have a specific costume in which heneeds to wear, such as a fancy dress costume, as my music video does not have atheme that bold. Also, if I chose a fancy dress costume it would not fit in with thegenre that my music video comes under.Instead, I plan to dress my actor in the typical indie look which consists of clothingsuch as skinny jeans, smart shirts, boots, leather jackets, barbour jackets, Aztecjumpers, blazers. It is helpful that my actor already has this specific style so gettinghold of this dress code will not be an issue.To expand on this look, I have done research on typical indie bands such as BombayBicycle Club, Friendly Fires and Two Door Cinema Club. These are some or thetypical looks they have which they seem to keep the same in all their music videos: Lead singer of indie band Friendly Fires, Ed Macfarlance, is well-known for his quirky style made up of Hawaiian shirts and skinny jeans. This image reflects their latest album ‘Pala’ which has a very exotic feel and has a unique beat from other indie bands presently in the music industry. Before the hawaaian shirts, Ed would commonly wear smart pattern shirts like the one to the right:Although this quirky style may come outduring the summer months, Ed’s usualstyle is fairly normal for a lead singer of anindie band. Ed typically wears shirts andskinny jeans. In this video, Ed’s exotic dress code reflects the style of music:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhdVV58l0vA Lead singer of Bombay Bicycle Club, Jack Steadman, has a distinctive look. This is the kind of style I can relate to the best for the style of my actor. Jack’s look is usually classed as ‘geeky’ but with a cool twist, with his big framed glasses subverting the look that people his age would have. I think this is what makes Jack interesting and how Bombay Bicycle Club gains it’s fans as this type of style is very different from the style of pop and dance genres.
However, it goes without saying that Jack’s style from the start of Bombay BicycleClub has changed to suit their different albums, for example in the album ‘Flaws’which shows a more acoustic style of music from the band, Jack seems to dressmore casually compared to his first album ‘I had the Blues but I shook them loose’,swapping t-shirt for shirts and taking off his glasses.I think Jack Steadman’s style could inspire the dress code for my actor in my musicvideo as many people take a liking to Steadman and you could say he has started afashion revolution.In addition to costumes, Two DoorCinema Club are also a band that supportthe indie look in this photo to the right.The left band member wears a basicjumper with an animal head on which hasbeen very popular in the last two yearswithin indie music fans. In contrast, leadsinger Alex Trimble’s strikingrecognisable ginger hair subverts theusual thoughts on this hair colour, hecreates a liking to this hair colour andeven encourages people to be proud of ginger hair. The band’s style is also similarto the above two indie genre bands I have analysed.Make UpI believe that make up ideas are not a main point to focus on for my video as makeup is typically a more important point for a genre such as pop and dance as they relyheavily on the way they look and their performance, whereas I think indie music ismore thought-provoking and more about wanting to stand out.I had an idea of maybe using grey coloured eyeshadow under my actor’s eyes toshow his sadness and loneliness in more detail, as if he has not had sleep becauseof the issues in his life. This would only be very little though as my main area to drawattention to the characters is their clothes.On the other hand, my actress will be wearing make up for the shoot. Many peopleclass ‘vintage’ style as indie as people try to bring back the past and try to beindividual with clothes that people used to wear instead of following the crowd withthe latest styles in the modern day. So, I may use a vintage inspired look for hermake up so it makes the characters match even more.
I have taken inspiration for my actress from the following style icons. As well asmake up I may also choose to style my actresses hair in curls so that she looks veryglamorous and vintage and make the message in the video a bit clearer for theaudience.ColourThe choice of colours will vary in the video. Throughout the parts where ‘loneliness’and ‘being lost’ are presented the colours will be kept dull and boring (e.g. blues,greys, browns, blacks) as this will reflect on the way the boy feels. Later on,whenever the girl is shown in the video, the colours in the shots will be much brighterand happier and this will show the audience what an impact the girl has on the boy. Itook this idea from the video ‘Fidelity’ by Regina Spector which we were shown inclass when doing our research tasks.