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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Costume, hair, make-up, mise-en-scene.

These are the set ups for for each shot:

Roses shot:
We wanted her more urban look to be conveyed here to the audience, and so chose a crop top, jeans, and jacket as costume. We then continued this through her make-up and hair, having it curly and pushed to one side, and a fresh-face make-up look. The shot was generally quite dark with a black background, and we did this to ensure that the roses stand out a lot, as well as her skin.
Beyonce in 'If I Were A Boy'
Wet-look beauty shot;
This was influenced by Beyonce, an R&B singer herself, from her video 'If I were A Boy'. It correlated very well with our 'fire and water' theme that we tried to include within the video, and conformed to the genre, which we found often had reoccurring 'beauty shots' of the female artist's face.
This was done with dewy make-up to make the face look wet, and then actually wetting everywhere but the face (as we didn't want the make-up to run). We had to constantly replenish this 'wet look' by spraying myself (the actor) with water throughout.
We thought it would be best to not how any clothing on the close-up, which sexualises the artist to an extent, which conforms to the genre, but not showing anything but her shoulders puts the focus on her face, and not her body.

Fire projection shot:
We chose a lightly coloured dress, preferably white so that the fire projection would show up well. It was to be a plain tank style dress and we chose curly hair and darker eye make-up for this. In this shot we wanted to show the power of our artist, and so having her with a tight but more casual dress on, her hair wild and make-up which enhances her eyes especially, we thought would do so.

Silhouette shot:
This was our least colourful shot, and we wanted our artist to reflect this, as it is a shot to show how tormented she is by her ex lover, and the darkness that entails. Hence, we decided on a grey and black crop top with a black skirt, and had her hair curly, but pinned back around her face. We chose simplistic makeup for this shot, bringing attention to her eyes, but less so than the other shots, and not shaping them. We originally thought that having our shadow figure with a hood on would make the shot more daunting, but when trying it out we soon realised that this didn't look as good as the figure with the hood down.

Bedroom phone argument; Final leaving argument:

For this we decided on natural curly hair, natural 'around the house' make-up, and her fashion sense to be casual, with styled patterned tops on and jeans or leggings and socks (as she is at home).
For the boyfriend, we wanted an urban but mature look, and so he can be seen wearing jeans and sweatshirts within that style.
We had to ensure that the mise-en-scene connotated a young couple's home, and that suiting our couple. This meant a simplistic but stylish set and props, such as a laptop.

Bedroom 'going out' argument; 
Here we needed to make the actors look like a young couple going out to a club, and so we decided on shirts, trousers, dresses, and more styled hair and heavier make-up for our female, and all of the above applied to our extras. However for our bedroom argument, only Roza wants to go out to a club, and so the boyfriend must look like he is in casual clothes to stay at home with, hence the plain t-shirt.

Trafalgar Square:
Here we had to ensure they looked like a young couple out in London, and so ensures she had on a coat, ad he had a jacket suiting his character.


Fire poi:
To make the fire stand out, we decided to shoot in the evening outside, and so the clothing of our performer needed to match this and be dark. However, we liked the idea of getting some shots of her skin, and so decided on her wearing a crop top, which is visible to the audience for a very quick glimpse.

Our dancer needed to add to the urban feel and conform to our genre, and so we chose jeggings (suitable for her to dance in), a 'Public Enemies' crop top and Nike trainers.

The shot of the back in our video needed to show the writing, and so we started off my putting make-up on the back to perfect blemishes and so on, conforming to a general industry standard for images in music videos. We then used markers to carefully draw and style the words:

This is the overall costume and props list:

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