Unit 29: Music Video Production

Pre-Production Booklet for Music Video

Name: Mollie Mountford

Order of contents (italics show areas you must add in yourself)

Song

Lyrics

Meaning of the song

Storyboard

Script

Mood board

Props list

Locations

Shooting schedule

Call sheet

Risk assessment

Clearances

Rules for your production
Your potential track must conform to the following criteria:
1.
It must provide opportunities for original and creative work
2.
It must have a clearly definable target audience
3.
It must be generically identifiable i.e as clearly belonging to a particular
genre/sub/genre
4.
it must be of digital quality and in an appropriate format for capturing to
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
5.
The track must have been missed and recorded to a high standard,
including if using an independent artist (e.g. local band)
6.
You need to be able to prove you have checked ownership and have
sought permission to use the track.

Your choices will need to:
1.
Be filtered out by your teacher if unsuitable (please anticipate the likely
'secondary' audience at Henley (parents, younger children, principle etc)
2.
Inspire the group to make a creative, original music video that uses
and/or challenges conventions
3.
Be suitable for broadcast on mainstream music television so
- No swearing
- No sexually aggressive language/imagery
- Avoid drug related lyrics/imagery

Song

Song title
Sandstorm
Cha Cha Slide

Artist
Darude
Mr C The Slide Man

Genre
techno
dance / hip house

What are the conventions of music videos from this genre?

-

To the beat
High key lighting
Spy like outfits
- orange glasses
- brief case (object that they are trying to get)
- guns
Variety of camera angles
Narrative
Outfits in the cha cha slide music video fit the era in America of 2009 – basic jeans and top
Variety of locations
Always a leader
In concert/ dance music video – interpretative as you follow the instructions
High key lighting

How are you going to meet these conventions in your video?
I am going to meet these conventions by using high key lighting, and the different styles of camera
angles you see in these music videos. I will also use a leader for my cha cha slide part of my music
video.

Style (in-concert and ‘as live’ footage; animation (stop motion, digital); interpretative; narrative; impressionist;
surrealist; pastiche; parody; referencing; homage)

I will be making my music video a parody but I will still use most of the conventions you see in the
original music videos however with a different style.

Costume
2 Ninja costumes this will be for the first section of the song – Darude Sandstorm
The rest of the outfits will be random such as boys in dresses, old people, people in fancy dress or
neon colours and also people in normal outfits. While these outfits will be used for the second part
of the song – Cha Cha Slide

Lighting
Throughout my music video I will be using high key lighting as this represents that my music video is
happy as it’s a parody. I want to use the lighting to help the audience understand what to feel, as
different lightings will affect the mood of the audience. As you normally see high key lighting in
family movies or comedies. You also see it in many music videos that have a positive narrative.

Locations
The locations of my music video will be in a variety of places. The first section of my music video
consists of two ninjas fighting, this will be held around Henley/ maidenhead town centre. When the
song changes the other dancers/actors will run out to the location of where the two ninjas are and
start the cha cha slide. From there, the locations will switch to different people doing them in
different places, I will be using the green screen to help me with some of the locations as this will
help my music video be more of a parody.

Shot types
Long shot, over the shoulder, close up, mid shot, low angle shot, high angle shot, 2 shot, pan

Research
What music videos have you watched to research your genre?

I have researched other parody music videos to see how I can make mine unique and
stand out from the others. I researched popular parody artists such as The Lonely Island
and The Midnight Beast

How have these videos influenced the decisions made? Include screen shots of the key influences

I looked at how the midnight beast and The Lonely Island style their music
videos and how I can make mine unique and different from theirs to make
my parody music video standout

Lyrics
Insert the song lyrics below
Darude Sandstorm – instrumental ( it has no lyrics)
After 1 minute 30 seconds
Song changes to Cha Cha Slide at 2 mins 30 seconds
FREEEZE
Everybody clap your hands
(Come on y'all) (Check it out y'all)
How low can you go?
Can you go down low?
All the way to the floor
How low can you go?
Can you bring it to the top?
Like you never never stop?
Can you bring it to the top, one hop
Right foot now
Left foot now y'all
Cha cha real smooth
Turn it out
To the left
Take it back now y'all
One hop this time
One hop this time
Reverse (reverse)
Slide to the left
Slide to the right
Reverse, reverse
Reverse, reverse
Cha cha now y'all, cha cha again
Cha cha now y'all, cha cha again
Turn it out

To the left
Take it back now y'all
Two hops two hops
Two hops two hops
Right foot lets stomp
left foot let stomp
Charlie brown
Turn it out now
Slide to the right
Slide to the left
Take it back now y'all
Cha cha now y'all
Oooh yeah mmm, yeah do that stuff oooh yeah I'm out y'all peace!

Meaning of the song
Does the song have a meaning? If so, what is it?
I personally don’t believe the first song I am using in my music video has a meaning. As the first
song is techno it is just a continuous beat throughout the whole song, while cha cha slide is a
narrative to it, and you have to follow the lyrics.

How will your visuals relate to the song? (Illustrate, Amplify or Disjuncture)
The first part of my music video should relate that it is a parody as its ninjas fighting, but this fighting
will not be realistic and you will see that it is a parody of the original music video as the original is
spies running from each other.
While the second part of my music video is everyone doing the Cha Cha Slide which is visual to the
lyrics but everyone will be in weird outfits instead of normal to represent the parody music video

Storyboard
Insert your storyboard here

Script
Description of what will happen in your video inc. camera movements, angles
etc…
Ninjas preparing to fight

Instrumental - DUN DUN DUN DUN
DUN - slow

Ninjas facing each other – still
preparing to fight

DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN - slow

Ninja 1 strikes a move

DUN DUN DUN DUN

Ninjas begin to fight

Instrumental

Ninjas fighting

Instrumental

Ninjas running

Instrumental

Ninjas rolling

Instrumental

Ninjas jumping

Instrumental

Ninjas fighting

Instrumental

Ninjas fighting

Instrumental

Ninjas jumping

Instrumental

Ninjas rolling

Instrumental

Ninjas running

Instrumental

Ninjas jumping

Instrumental

Ninjas fighting

Instrumental

Ninjas stop

FREEZE

Ninjas clap hands

Everybody clap your hands

Dancers start getting low

How low can you go?

Dancers getting lower

Can you go down low?

Dancers on the floor

All the way to the floor

Dancers bop on the floor

How low can you go

Dancers start coming to the top

Can you bring it to the top

Dancers are almost stood up straight
again

Like you can never never stop

Stood up, dancer then hops forward

Can you bring it to the top, one hop

Stamp their right foot

Right foot now

Stamp left foot

Left foot now y’all

Dancer do 4 box step

Cha cha real smooth

They spin around 360 degree

Turn it out

Step to the left

To the left

Dancers move backwards

Take it back now y’all

Dancers hop forward

One hop this time

Dancers hop forward

One hop this time

Dancers move back

Reserve (Reserve)

Dancers slide to the left

Slide to the left

Dancers slide to the right

Slide to the right

Dancers move back X2

Reserve, Reserve

Dancers move back X2

Reserve, Reserve

Dancers do box step

Cha cha now y’all, cha cha again

Dancers do box step

Cha cha now y’all, cha cha again

Dancer spin around 360 degrees

Turn it out

Dancers slide to the left

To the left

Dancers step back

Take it back now y’all

Dancers take 2 hops X2

Two hops, two hops

Dancers take 2 hops X2

Two hops, two hops

Dancer stomps right foot

Right foot, lets stomp

Dancers stomps left foot

Left foot lets stomp

Dancers jump from one from one leg
to the other

Charlie brown

Dancers spin around

Turn it out now

Dancers slide to the right

Slide to the right

Dancers slide to the left

Slide to the left

Dancers move back

Take it back now y’all

Dancers strike a pose

Cha Cha slide

And then make peace sign

Peace out

Mood board
Create a mood board showing what ‘look’ your music video will have. Add images showing ideas of
mise-en-scene, characters, costumes and colours that will be present in the different shots.

Props List
What props / models / furniture etc will you need to make your music video?

Production Name: My Music Video – Sand Slide
Producer: Mollie Mountford

Item

Script page

Description

Character/location

Ninja costume

1

Two of the main
characters for the
first part of the
music video –
ninjas fighting

Town Centre

Everyone else will
be in weird outfits

All other dancers

Weird outfits
-

-hats
-skirts with
knee high
socks

1

Hamish and Julian

Notes

Location recce
Complete the location recce for the final venue.

Insert photo of location (do not draw)

Type of room/area:
Town centre
Location Address:
Henley
Sat Nav details (Post code):
RG9 1UH
Nearest Train Station:
Henley
Nearest Bus stop:
Deanfield Road

Lighting Information:

Solutions:

Natural lighting

Film on a sunny day

Sound Information:

Solutions:

Will be cars driving past

Remove sound from footage when editing, as
song will be played over the acting

Power Information

Solutions:

N/A

Make sure everything is fully charger, bring spare
batteries

Hazards

Solutions:

Pedestrians might get in the way or traffic might
be bad

Actors must be careful where they are dancing
and fighting

Insert photo of location (do not draw)

Type of room/area:
Sky (Greenscreen)
Location Address:
Henley
Sat Nav details (Post code):
RG9 1UH
Nearest Train Station:
Henley
Nearest Bus stop:
Deanfield Road

Lighting Information:

Solutions:

It’s a picture.

N/A

Sound Information:

Solutions:

N/A

Sound is played over recording

Power Information

Solutions:

N/A

Make sure everything is fully charger, bring spare
batteries

Hazards

Solutions:

Dancers may bang into each other

Dancers need to spread out so they have enough
room to dance

Type of room/area:
Insert photo of location (do not draw)

The White House
(Greenscreen)
Location Address:
Henley
Sat Nav details (Post code):
RG9 1UH
Nearest Train Station:
Henley
Nearest Bus stop:
Deanfield Road

Lighting Information:

Solutions:

It’s a picture.

N/A

Sound Information:

Solutions:

N/A

Sound is played over recording

Power Information

Solutions:
Make sure everything is fully charger, bring spare

N/A

batteries

Hazards

Solutions:

Dancers may bang into each other

Dancers need to spread out so they have enough
room to dance

Type of room/area:

Insert photo of location (do not draw)

Space (Greenscreen)
Location Address:
Henley
Sat Nav details (Post code):
RG9 1UH
Nearest Train Station:
Henley
Nearest Bus stop:
Deanfield Road

Lighting Information:

Solutions:

It’s a picture.

N/A

Sound Information:

Solutions:

N/A

Sound is played over recording

Power Information

Solutions:

N/A

Make sure everything is fully charger, bring spare
batteries

Hazards

Solutions:

Dancers may bang into each other

Dancers need to spread out so they have enough
room to dance

Shooting Schedule for production:

Week

Monday

1

Tuesda
y

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

filming

Filming

Filming

Photography
lesson

filming

Photography
lesson

Filming

Filming

Make sure
everything is
uploaded
and done

2

Saturda
y

Sunday

Filming

3

filming

Filming

Filming

Filming

filming

Filming

Filming

Filming

Photography
lesson

4

Call Sheet
VIIBE PRODUCTIONS @ The
Henley College
Production:
Client Information:
Location:

Cast and Crew:
Hamish Campbell
Julian Guy
Isha Turner
Finley Jordan

Ninja and Dancer
Ninja and Dancer
Dancer
Dancer

Role: Phone Number:
07459987224
07789553761
07651299804
07865300933

Jodie Pope
Willow Smith
Fran Savoca

Dancer
Dancer
Dancer

07655234446
07779654921
07644399811

Production Requirements:
Camera
Greenscreen
Tripod
Dancers

Brief:

Other Information:

Risk assessment of venue
Complete risk assessment for the shooting locations

ACTIVITY

HAZARD

RISK
H/M/L

PRECAUTIONS

IN
PLACE

REVIEW DATE

REVIEWER

When ninjas are
fighting round
the town

Must be careful of
other pedestrians
on the street as
they can bang into
them. They can
also fall over and
hurt themselves

M

They must be
careful and look
around before
they run or jump
ect of other
people passing
by. They must
also be careful
before they land
as they jump as
they could fall
ect.

YES

17/3/15

Mollie
Mountford

Dancing on the
street

They could bump
into the public
walking past or
end up tripping up
over something

M

Dancers must be
careful where
they step and
look around
them for the
public, so they
don’t injure
themselves or
others.

YES

17/3/15

Mollie
Mountford

Please leave this section blank:
Risk Assessment checked by: Name …………………………………………………..
…………………………………………………. Date ……………………

Signed

KEY:Activity :Describe the component part of your pursuit.Hazard : List the things you
anticipate might cause harm or the things associated with your activity that have the potential
to cause harm. Consider the likely harm. Risk: Assess the risk as either H (High), M (Medium)
or L (Low). When concluding your assessment consider all of the circumstances.
Precautions: Consider what you could do to minimise / negate the risk.
In Place: Will
the precautionary measures be in place at the time of the activity?
Review Date:
When would it be reasonable to review your assessment? Remember it might be whilst
you are undertaking the activity.
Reviewer:
Name of the person responsible for
completing the risk assessment.
A copy of this form should be taken on the activity or visit by the Reviewer.

Clearances
Insert copy of email sent to record label requesting permission for the use of chosen song