Over the last three months I have produced, directed, and edited two music videos. This blog follows the journey from the inception of an idea right through to treatments, production, filming, and post production of each piece.

Passwords for the films featured here are available in the package handed in for assessment.



Final Major Project Complete

The last three months have been some of the most rewarding of my time at Chelsea College of Art & Design. Having the freedom to pursue a medium and brief of my choice, and to of pulled together productions far beyond what I imagined I could do at the start of this project has not only been extremely challenging, but also very enlightening.

The key things I’ve learnt are that preparation and planning is paramount. Having a clear idea which can be communicated simply really makes a huge difference not only to the production of work, but to the final outcome too.

Working with a team of talented people makes a world of difference, specifically when each person has their own specific role to play in the production. Having at least some knowledge of each area I’ve worked in has certainly helped in these productions, but I now know I want to focus purely on directing rather than being a jack of all trades.

Both artist’s were a joy to work with on this project, and although each production had its ups and downs, I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved overall.

Toby Connor’s video will likely not be released until late this year as he is currently working on an album, and plans for the video to be released along with his other materials.

Gem Club’s video will be premiering online in the next week or two upon deciding which online place to premiere at.

This project has been the beginning of my career as a director, and this more than anything is something I hope to continue going forward. For me there is nothing like having the initial spark of an idea, building it into a treatment and script, and then finally seeing it come to life on a set with many more people working to create your vision. Its unlike anything else I’ve experienced, and I feel completely at home in this role. I am now very much looking forward to what project will come next, and see the work done here as a springboard into the industry I’ve wanted to get into for years.

Gem Club - I Heard the Party

'Gem Club - I Heard the Party' Animatic.

Password: gemclub

Toby Connor - A Day in Bed

Password provided in FMP Package

Gem Club - I Heard the Party

Toby Connor - A Day In Bed

Music Videos & What I’ve learnt

Both videos have come with a huge learning curve. Although I’ve made several films over the last few years, within which film has become the primary focus of my work, it has only been through this project that I have finally directed a film in the traditional manner where you work with a team of people, and every individual has their own role in order to pul together your vision.

Gem Club has over the past few months really been the primary focus of my FMP. Having had Toby’s video come in late after an artist change, the amount of time left to create his video became smaller whilst the scale of Gem Clubs video grew. What helped was that after talks with Toby and his manager we decided on a fairly simplistic idea for his video which would allow for spontaneity on set.

The biggest thing I’ve learnt through this process is that preparation is absolutely key in every element. Without storyboarding Gem Club, we could easily of fallen too far on the night to of ever caught up. It also meant I could easily show and describe scenes to different members of the crew when setting up and creating each shot. Not only this, but organising 23 people to arrive on set at the correct times, rafts of equipment and other things like catering, a toilet, and a generator, couldn’t of been done had there not been a huge amount of preparation beforehand.

Getting a good crew behind you is also pivotal. Being able to trust someone to do their job to the best of the ability, or to trust their advice on something you are less experienced in becomes vital when there is so much to do in so little time, with so much money resting over it. Having never met anyone I worked with on both of these videos before starting out on this project, I quickly formed strong relationships with the core team as each person came on board. A couple of the people who worked on the Gem Club shoot I would work with again in a second, which in fact happened when it came to creating Toby’s video for which Matt and Rob joined me again for the duration.

Toby’s video could of done with more preparation. Having given so much time to Gem Club, and it being such a giant undertaking for me, Toby’s video was in some ways left behind. At the time I felt this would help create a more natural spontaneous video, but you always need to prepare for things going wrong, and I should of had a plan in place had monday’s rehearsals not been possible.

Overall its been fantastic experience, and I can’t wait to direct the next piece.

Simple Edits

Having got the sound from Nathaniel, it was sent to my Brother to be mixed.

Once I got the footage from Technicolor I placed the footage into the FCP timeline, synced the sound, and the edit was done! A quick grade in Color  to really bring out the cold blues and the film was finished.

The only issue I have is that Technicolor has not sent through the entire roll of scanned film, so I am missing the end of the original take. I’ve replaced it with the end of a previous take for now, but I will hopefully get this resolved with Technicolor in time for hand in.

Fallen in love with 16mm film

After waiting a few days, I finally got the HD scan back from Technicolor in Pinewood.

The image looks absolutely beautiful, and confirms the choice of using 16mm film for Toby’s video as the real show stealer in this video. With the format becoming more and more rare, it was a great chance to use a medium which may not be around for much longer.

Using film was part of the concept for Toby’s video, reflecting the raw, natural sound of music with grainy film stock. Until I got the footage back today, I had literally no idea how it would actually look, as until this point I had only seen the output to DV tape on set.

Below are some ungraded images from the film.