Editing Process

Above are screenshots showing the editing process of my music video on Premier Pro and below I will go into detail about what exactly I did to edit the footage I collated in order to improve it.

The first screenshot shows my entire finished music video finished in Premiere Pro. The screenshot has been taken from a zoomed out view so that the whole of my music video is visible. From this view you can see where I have had to overlap footage and add on various effects in order for the whole video to flow better. This view of music video also allows audiences to see just how much I had to cut footage and so just how many different clips are used in total. Every time there is a lighter line in the screenshot, is where I have had to cut clips down or merge one piece of footage to another.

The second one emphasises how I needed to piece together different parts of the footage. As I wanted to blend a lot of footage together, it was very hard to get one piece of footage to end and then have another piece of footage begin at just the right moment. Due to this, I had to overlap a lot of the footage as shown in the second screenshot so that the screen showed new footage at just the right time I intended it to. This was the much easier solution for me to do especially so that I would make sure that none of footage got cut out. I found this particularly challenging as it was very difficult to find the exact second that I wanted to keep, get rid of and switch between.

In the third screenshot taken from Premier, when looking at it you can see clearly the effects that I have used between a variety of clips of footage. One that I used frequently was entitled ‘Film Dissolve’ and I used it as a smooth transition between a lot of my footage, specifically when footage changed between people i.e. Lizzie to Alana, as opposed to Lizzie to Lizzie. I felt that this effect in particular provided a professional looking yet effective transition between clips. I also think that it added something to the video overall as without the use of this effect I don’t think that my video would have the same effect or be as good.

The last screenshot that I have used shows the ending to my music video. It shows the final few seconds where the screen eventually fades to black as the male protagonist, Tom slowly walks toward camera. Specifically, this piece of editing took a lot of precision as I wanted to ensure that I got it just right. The first thing that I had to do was slow down the original footage quite dramatically so that Tom would come across more mysterious and the footage itself would last long enough to actually appear in slow motion so I could then fade to black just as Tom was coming closer to camera. I think that this manipulation of speed worked very well and definitely created a darker vibe with a lot of suspense. I think that is a very effective way to end the music video, particularly as the very beginning of the video starts with Tom as so seemed only fitting to end with him as well.


Production Summary

After I had completed the majority of planning required for my music video I actually started to create it. I wanted a variety of different shots but focused on the same footage which is why for each shoot which all three of my models, we went through the song 5-6 times in order to get different angles and shots for different parts of the song.

After I had finished filming all of the footage that I needed, I made a post on my blog of the raw footage which was completely unedited and untouched, showcasing the mistakes and timing issues that went on during filming. I knew that once I had this raw footage up on my blog I would be able to gradually start to pick apart each bit of footage and edit it so that it worked better with other pieces. During the process of editing, I created some behind the scenes footage. During one shoot I had a time lapse camera in place as well as the Canon 550D I was filming on to get the actual footage.

My experiences with Premier Pro were somewhat limited as I only had very little experience with the programme. However I watched a couple of tutorials and think I gathered the basics of editing techniques, definitely enough to begin piecing different parts together and making the footage. After familiarising myself once again with the software, I managed to create a draft of what would be my final music video:

I found it most challenging to add any kind of special effects which would exaggerate my footage and I though that as the entirety of my music video was laid bare that any overly-exaggerated effect would look out of place and alter my footage to the degree where it didn’t work. Not only this but my abilities on the programme did limit me and so adding anything spectacular to to music video wouldn’t be¬†feasible and wouldn’t compliment the tone and the vibe of my music video.

However once I had collated all of my footage and then begun to edit it, a lot of the footage I didn’t end up using for a number of reasons and so looking back I think that it i should have got more footage of each of my three models. Although I had enough footage to complete my music video, I would have liked to have more options of what to use for various lines of the song and more of a variety of what to use.

My music video was not the only thing that I was required to produce but it was the main one. As well as my music video I also had to create a digipack and a magazine advert. below are the links to the both of them:

After constantly editing my music video I ended up with a version I was happy with and one which I think went well with the lyrics of the song and the performance of those in the music video. The final version of my music video is below:

Rushes Log

Below is my rushes log and this shows the name of my a variety of clips, the duration of each of them and a short description of what they include. As well as this I have also mentioned whether or not I found each one particularly valuable.


Image Manipulation

Here is one example of how I have used image manipulation for the photos that I have used in my magazine advert and digipak. I didn’t actually end up using this image in particular but as you can see from above I blurred a lot of the skin, brightened the eyes and brightened the entire skin and hair as well. Whilst I liked the original picture I didn’t think that it was bright enough or eye catching enough to potentially use in any of my final products.

Side by Side

The video above shows the first draft of my music video against the final draft side by side. This allows those who watch it to see how I have developed my skills and added to my music video since I first started putting it together.