digipack inside

Thursday, 8 December 2011

dear examiner

well this is last you post you will read so I thought I would make it good. This blog contains the steady rise of the  ancillary tasks and of course the final product. I hope that you have enjoyed this journey as much as we did creating to video, editing the photos and seeing the buzz created by this.

Until I make it big peace out Joshua Stewart AKA Iceburg

evaluation 4 (unfinished)

How did you use new media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages?

I put together this collage to show the icons of the websites and programs and equipment that I have used over the course of the project. 

We used Prezi to create a couple of presentations during this project, including the presentation for our initial music video pitch. This website was useful for creating suave and interactive pitches, and offers something different compared to normal presentation features such as 'paths'.

Google was a useful website during the research stages of our project as it allowed us to search for other websites such as the Atlantic Records website and Island records.

Photoshop was a vital tool in our process as a key program due to using it to add all the text and effects on the images for our digipak and the magazine advert.

Blogger was obviously a key website for us, as this is where our progress was tracked and all our tasks can be found at different stages of completion. Without Blogger it would be impossible to track our progress and there would be no forum to post our work.

Twitter is a website which became the spine for our market research Matthew used it to post the final cut of our video to his followers followers and request feedback via Youtube comments.This was then echoed via the use of my tumblr account to gage a wider response . This was a useful method to reach a large audience as many tweeters are active web users and are likely to have access to YouTube so they could comment.

 Youtube then became very useful as it was used it to upload rough cuts of our video and other key videos such as our director's commentaries. Youtube is popular due to its high quality streaming which is why we chose to use it, and the comments section allowed us to recieve easy and direct feedback.

Finally, the key program we used throughout this project was Final Cut Express. This program was essential for editing videos and we used it to create our rough cuts, our final cuts, our director's commentaries, and our audience feedback videos. All the effects visible in our final cut such as the earthquake effect and defocus effect, were added to clips via Final Cut Express.

The mac above was the source of the editing programs we used; Photoshop for our pictures, and Final Cut Express for our videos, including our actual final piece. It was a privelege to have such efficient software and equipment provided by our college.

We used a light reflector for some of our shots in order to improve the lighting and direct it in a specific way. The main scene we used this in was the scene of Josh rapping in his bedroom, as we directed the shine from the ceiling light onto his face for better effect.

The tripod was vital as it allowed us to get steady, professional looking shots, especially in the music booth, which is where we used it most, with handheld shots being appropriate for much of the rest of our video.

The dolly was not used much in our video, however it proved useful for the shot of Josh taking out his iPod in his house as he walked towards the camera, we were then able to do a great front on tracking shot. Using the dolly and tripod together meant that our shot could remain steady but also enabled camera movement.

The most important piece of equipment was the camera of course! We used a Canon HD video camera in order to record all of our shots, which we then uploaded to the Mac via usb, before log and transferring the footage into Final Cut Express. This piece of equipment was irreplacable and vital to our success. The camera was good because it was hand held with great focus, meaning it was easy to manouvere during quick take shots, and also the detachable piece of plastic seen on the bottom allowed the camera to be attached to a tripod when necessary. We also took pictures for our digipak on this camera, using the photo function. This gave the pictures a great definition, and were great quality compared to what most digital cameras are capable of.

evaluation 3

By using the feedback from our questionaire from Matthew's initial research. From this feedback we were able to proceed with our process of creating and developing our artist Iceburg.

After reading and processing our feedback we put together this compilation of the journey of our video and ancillary tasks.This video shows the development of our digipack as it took several edits before we were satisfied that we covered all that could and it was aesthetically pleasing.

Feedback for our rough cut can be archived from on earlier posts.
from this we constructed a director's commentary Matthew and myself about the Rough Cut of Matthew's edit which was very similar to mine and Manan's. 

We received a mixed reception for the shot of our dogs, some liked it but some of our target audience didn't. We were advised to use more shots of Josh from lower angles as we used one in an earlier rough cut which worked really well. We were also advised to remove the blur affect that was put in as it looked like we lost control of the camera rather than the effect we were aiming for which was to make it look as if the point of view was coming from someone who was drunk. Some of the lip syncing wasn't perfect, therefore we decided to cut some clips where Iceburg forgets his lyrics and add footage of him walking and acting up to the camera instead.

For the purpose of gaining crucial advise of how to improve and rectify the mistakes made in the rough cut we shared a copy of the video via facebook.

 This was the director's commentary of Manan and Matthew talking about the final cut which was edited after taking into consideration the comments from our first feedback.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

evaluation 2

How Effective is the Combination of Your Main

evaluation question 1

Friday, 2 December 2011

Front cover final

Here the finished front cover of our digipak. This image was taken against a plain white wall as we wanted it to isolate our artist just in case we decided to create an imaginer background. In the end we decided we  didn't want any unnecessary objects or designs in the front cover. This is because we want the focus to be on our artist Iceburg keeping it simple was the best way of doing so. This is because he as a brand new artist and we needed him to be instantly recognizable for his fans and genre. The changes we have made since our last edit are that we have moved the 'Parental Adivsory' logo to the left and we have also taken it in slightly so that it isn't touching the corner of the cover. Again, from our digipak reseach, we found that the Parental Advisory logo is always slightly brought in and is never touching the edges of the cover. Our feedback also told us that the right side of the cover was 'too plain' and it would be better if we weren't stealing focus from Iceburg's with the Parental Advisory sign. Our artist name and album name are clear and bold with the font we brought in from the previous design. We used the blueish colour to represent the 'icy' theme he brings to the table. We put the artist name beside the artists face, while the album name was much lower down towards his body. This was because our feedback said that this works well because if the artist and album name were closer together the cover would look more bland and that this way we fill in the gaps better. Overall we as a group are happy with our front cover as we believe it looks professional yet simple as we haven't done anything fancy because Iceburg is a debut artist and still needs to establish himself on the scene.

back cover: final

This is the finished back cover for our digipak. We used a shot from the recording session of Iceburg hard at firing in the booth for our back cover as it looked like a nice 'real' shot as opposed to all the purposeful poses in the other pictures. We decided to use the black paper on the wall as a background for the track list as conviently in the background, so we capitalised on the opportunity. This worked out well as there was nowhere else we could have written the tracklist without using a different shot for our back cover. In the bottom right is the barcode. We believe this placement and size is accurate based on other albums and digipaks we researched. We put in the Atlantic Records logo next to this as we noticed label's logos often appear on the back cover of albums and digipacks. The website remained at the bottom in a font which fits in with the other white text and logos. This is followed by a copyright symbol which is a legal requirement which we failed to remember on the original drafts. Finally, we have inserted the Dolby Digital logo as we noticed that this appeared on the back cover of many CDs , so to make our product have the perfect verisimilitude we used all the necessary ingredients.