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Hello, and welcome to my blog. I am currently studying Media Studies at Ilkley Grammar School at A2 level and this blog will show you everything that I will be looking at this year. Each blog post will be like a piece of work that can be looked at individually. I hope you enjoy looking at my blog as I enjoy posting on it.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Threw it on the ground - How we made the video

The winning pitch was…. Threw it on the ground by The Lonely Island. This music video that was presented by Connor O’Loughness, was very popular with the rest of the class and so was chosen by the class to be re-made.
The original music video includes Andy Samberg the main vocalist on the band being given free things such as a hotdog, and then him angrily throwing them on the ground. This video focuses on a narrative and performance aspect. The video clearly has a comedy aspect and focuses mainly on Andy Samberg facial expressions, which makes the video even more comedic.
During filming the reenactment of the video I contributed by filming the energy drink and hotdog scene. I also organized a lot of the props that were included in the video such as the glasses and hotdogs etc. Filming was a challenging experience especially outside in windy conditions. Another aspect that I found difficult to film was getting the object that was being thrown on the ground in shot, as I needed a close up of the image, there was quite a small area that the item had to hit.
We had little time to film during school and managed to get scenes filmed in just under 45 minutes. We had to do other scenes outside school such as the birthday party scene and the Hollywood phoneys scene which took up more time as it involved more props and setting up for the framing of the shot.

With the use of Final Cut Express we could edit our music video remake to the highest quality. The slow motion tool and layering technique was proven most effective when editing and gave a impressive look to the overall video just as much as the official video. Final Cut Express can be difficult to work with at times, especially with having to render clips continuously. However I believe that the quality of the product is far more advanced than iMovie which I previously used through my AS year.

All in all filming was proven difficult at times, and we had to film all scenes in a short period of time of around a week, however the finished product is proof that the footage you can film and edit can be very effective and professional looking. 


  1. This was an important exercise - some good points here, but more detail on editing/learning on FCE, plus embedding your own cut, needed!
    You could bullet point what you learned from the exercise overall


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