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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.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

We are the ocean - Confessions

Artist: We are the ocean

Song: Confessions

Chris’ cut


Holding the shot steady, where appropriate:
I would give this music video a proficient as the beginning shot is unsteady. This looks unintentional and does not look professional. I would have given this video a basic if it wasn’t for the rest of the shots being held very steady and meeting the criteria well.

Framing a shot, including and excluding elements as appropriate:
This video is at the higher end of proficient as the shots are filmed well with the appropriate backgrounds and angles. I noticed that the shots were framed in a particular away to stress the importance of the emotion the characters were feeling. Such as when the male and female characters are shouting at each other the camera is tilted and frames just their faces and expressions.

Using a variety of shot distances as appropriate:
This video did use a wide range of shots that were displayed well and I would think they were border-line excellent. However compared with Joy Divisions video which clearly uses every single shot type known to mankind, this video is in the proficient category.

Shooting material appropriate to task set:

Selecting mise-en-scene including colour, figure, lighting, objects and setting:
The clothing for the characters was done well as it showed the persona of who they were, through what clothes they were wearing. The film was edited in black and white which portrays a more serious meaning with a dark edge. The setting was well based in a train station and in the female characters house which gave the video more meaning. There was minimal lighting and objects and so I would give this video a minimal proficient.

Editing so that meaning is apparent to viewer:
I gave this video an excellent as their editing goes well with the dark and angry concept to the video. They included their clips in black and white throughout the video as it increases the dark and gloomy feel. The editing of the clips is of a faster pace when the speed of the song increases and they are also slowed down when the intensity of a shot is being portrayed.

Using varied shot transitions, captions and other effects selectively and appropriately:
I gave this video an excellent as there is a wide range of transitions and captions the selected clips portrayed the videos message well as the dreary and dark feeling is apparent right from the start of the video. Other effects including the shaking of the camera to make the shot feel more angry and tthe viewer more involved in the scene.


  1. good detail, and though you don't give a mark the implications of your comments wouldn't be far off. 'Shooting material appropriate to task set' refers to suitability for the format, music vid (plus genre/audience to some extent)


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