Interview Questions

The questions I have used during the interviews within my video are:

  1. What is it you do?
  2. Is there anything exciting happening for you, anything new coming up?
  3. Do you think the support for new and upcoming musicians and DJ’s is good in Hull?
  4. What genres of music would you say are the most popular and biggest in Hull?
  5. Do you think it’s easy to create a fan base, do a lot of people give positive feedback and keep going to gigs you play?
  6. Is it easy to get recognition, do you get asked to play a lot of gigs?
  7. Which music venues do you think are the best in Hull?
  8. Do you think the new venue they are going to build for City of Culture 2017 is necessary? What impact do you think that’s going to have on the venues we already have?
  9. Who are your favourite bands/musicians/DJ’s from Hull?
  10. Is it tough being a busker, do people stop and pay attention to you? Do you get given any money?

Green Screen

When using green screen, lighting is really important. For green screen, we used a white screen and two lights with green filters on to turn the background green. Although this changed the background, the room was still too dark to record footage. To make the room lighter, we then used three other lights to light up the subject/person so you could see their face. For this, a key light was used and two other filler lights. Once all the lights were on, there weren’t any shadows on the screen and you could clearly see the subject which allowed us to them record some clear footage.

After capturing the footage, it was then placed into Premiere Pro. The steps I took to change the background were:

  1. Drag the footage onto the timeline
  2. Go to the effects panel
  3. Drag the eight-point garbage matte onto the footage
  4. Go into the effect controls
  5. Move about the volumes, to move and cut the background
  6. In the effects bar, search for ultra key and drag it onto the footage
  7. In effect controls, change the key colour, use the picker tool and hover over the green background
  8. Go to output, alpha channel, pull all the whites and blacks
  9. Drop the matte generation in the effects control and change the value of the pedestal
  10. To view the difference made change back the output back to composite
  11. Go to matte cleanup changing the choke and soften settings, trying to get rid of the green
  12. Go into spill suppression and change the desaturate, range and luma effects
  13. Go onto the internet and find a large image and save it
  14. Drag the image onto a new video layer
  15. Drag the image to the layer making sure its behind/underneath footage
  16. Make sure image is same length as video

Video Essay Research

For my video essay, I am going to create a video that reflects on the music scene in Hull. Within the three minute video I am going to have interviews with local musicians, footage from local gigs and band practices and photographs. As well as having a variety of visualisations, I am also going to try and include music from local bands in the video.

Topics of conversation I plan to cover will include City of Culture 2017, venues, whats happening with the bands/musicians and who the biggest bands from are.

The documents I am also going to create to work alongside me while I create the video are:

  • Camera shot list. This will ensure I include a variety of shots within the video so it looks more visually appealing.
  • Storyboard. This will help me plan how I want the video to flow, and ensures positionings and camera shots change throughout.
  • Production hazard assessment. This will ensure that the environments i’m filming in are safe.
  • Edit list
  • I may also create release forms, which would be a contract for the people who have agreed to be in the videos to sign so they can’t back out last minute.