Welcome to Blazing Grace productions, we specialize in R&B music video production and our current production is for Destiny's Child video Emotion, for more information you can contact us at Blazingraceproductions@hotmail.co.uk

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

ALL - Final Music Video

Here is the final cut of our music video after months of long hard editing and re-shoots/filming. Enjoy!

Monday, 23 January 2012

SD - Filming performance aspect

   Me and Katie have taken charge in filming the performance aspect of the music video as we all have exams at the moment we thought it would be easier to split the performance and narrative aspects. Annie Cutillo, Melodie Abraham and I will be playing the girl band roles, we had origionally planned to use Caitlin Rockett as the third band member but she has still got another three exams to go so we thought it was only fair to let her prioritise those.
   We will all be wearing white dresses, two of them being similar and the other slightly different and more fitted which will be worn by Melodie Abraham playing the main singer Beyonce. All of the members will have their hair and makeup done and we are also going to use a white background and light to anchor the convention that mainstream pop and r&b artists are the most glamourous. The other two singers (Michelle and Kelly) Will wear black high heels and the main singer will wear silver platforms.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

SD - Digipak Ideas

As a group we have discussed digipaks alot as it is a big factor of the coursework. My idea for our Destiny's Child 'Thought&Emotion' being a potential CD title, is to have the Band in a big dominating picture wich is photo shopped and edited heavily with light (typically pop and highly commercialised) the title and band name will be in glitter, possibly silver and the background a pale blue colour. The back of the digipak will have the list of tracks showing any features and the length of song in italic font smaller than the other text. The background image behind this text will either be Katies idea of lots of words in a newspaper style font such as love, hate, hurt, heartbreak etc or solo images of the band members the glitter theme will be repeated on the reverse of the didpak but track names will appear in a different color maybe gold or pink. 
 Inside the digipak will be two CD trays, one plastic containing the tracks and the other paperboard which will have concert/live footage on of the band. I also want to include a small booklet inside the digipak with pictures of the band, lyric page of the songs and a fan subsciption page.
Asa will also be making his own digipak so we can compare ideas between the group and then maybe combine what we agree on if we have time or choose one of them. Katie will be working on my digipak with me as I want to put quite alot into it. Pictures will be uploaded later of our progress.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

AN - Costume

Concerning the costumes in the video, the couple will be wearing everyday, casual clothing. However, they will be have different looks in each sequence to show the passage the time.

The waitress (the boyfriend has an affair with) will be wearing the a white shirt with some of the top buttons undone and a short black skirt. This will add sex appeal to the character and will fit in with the theory that blondes are the most attractive people, since the actress playing the waitress is blonde.

As for the performers, they'll be also be wearing casual clothing during the narrative sequences because they'll be making brief cameos. As for the performance sequences, they will be wearing white dresses and jewellery because they will be performing in front of a white background. In philosophical terms, the performer's clothing will represent that they might be angelic beings, since one of the performers is in the restaurant during the one of the narrative sequence and she disappears when a person walks past her. This also shows that the performers could also be fallen angels, since they are roaming around Earth in human form.

This theory also links in with the Book of Enoch which was written during the old testament because there are seven beings known as the Watchers who had to watch over Earth, but then one day defied God's orders and descended to Earth, becoming the Fallen angels. Not to mention the fact that since the clothing symbolises the performers as being angels and gives their costumes polysemic meaning, they lack wings signifying that they might not be part of Heaven after all...

Saturday, 7 January 2012

SD - Footage

We filmed some new footage yesterday with our two actors Francesca Fox and James Newton. We were able to shoot the flashback scenes of the couple when the relationship was going well. We took a varirty of different shots for example the couple kissing in a close up, holding hands in a medium long shot and extreme long shot (POV) over the couple's shoulders showing the setting and the town of Ilkley below them. The Cow and Calf was a good place to film and the couple are featured going on a romantic walk together. Footage of from the day will be uploaded within the next school week.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

AN - What Needs to be Done

With the coursework deadline in seven weeks and a day's time, here is what our group has currently done so far:

Brainstorm of music video ideas
Lesson on narrative & digipaks
Director case studies (Francis LawrenceSpike JonzeJonas Akerlund)
4 podcasts
1 Vodcast (which STILL needs to be uploaded)
Codes & Conventions of Girlbands (40% done)
Destiny's Child Research and background information
Setting up the company blog
Digipak codes and conventions
Digipak design ideas
Magazine Ads research
Setting up a Facebook page
Sample footage

Here's what we need to do now:

Finish off girl groups codes and conventions
Analyse five different digipaks
Possible deconstructions of girlband music videos
Location scouting
Lyrics sheets
More podcasts and vodcasts
Influences on our music video
Digipak creation
Magazine ad research part 2
Magazine ad creation
Rough cut of music video

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

AN - Animatic

Today, I finished working on the animated story board. I created it by drawing each sequence on twelve pieces of paper and added annotations. After that, I scanned the pictures onto a computer and put them into Windows Movie Maker along with the songs. Here is the animatic itself: