Underwater Music Video Test Shoots.

When: 27th February 2015

To begin the new year I was asked to assist with a final year student’s FYP (Final Year Project). He had chosen to create two music videos and asked if I would be project manager. Of course I accepted happily and found myself as the test doll to test the underwater scenes.

Filming underwater proved to be a challenge. This was due to the technology we had at hand because of budget and availability but also the practicality of the shoot. We hired out the local swimming pool for an hour to practice. Our main concern was the lighting. We did not want the pool visible as it was supposed to look like she was swimming in a lake. Armed with a go pro, reflector and so heavy duty torches we headed to the swimming pool.

My job was easy, I had to swim around in a dance like style, waving my arms and legs, floating and flipping my body. The hard work was left to the camera man who had to follow me around while struggling for breath. This could be seen as slowing down the production but it turned out to be a viable method as we paused to discuss new methods and ways to film more effectively and teach our actress what we wanted.

test swim 1

This is the result. The images have been darkened slightly to remove the stark whiteness of the pool. By using torches and dispersing the light it allowed the bubbles to appear as flecks of light floating upwards. We tested with clothes on to see the movement of the fabric but found that it wasn’t thick enough so instead turned transparent in most of the shots.

test swim 2

When the light was directed and in the image we found it was less realistic looking. So decided on the main shoot to use large LEDs that would spread across a larger area of space instead of looking so concentrated.

We were also surprised at how clear the go pro footage was, especially with both parties and the surroundings moving. It also picked up a nice reflection of the waters surface making a mirror like image which would fit nicely with the symbolism of the music video.

The actual shoot will follow over the following weeks.

Time for a Change

I have decided to continue my blog in first person. This is for a few reasons, mainly it is no longer being academically marked and secondly this is somewhere to detail my personal journey to others. It will follow my daily activities and future projects not just in film but everything that furthers my development as a person.

I ask for you to join me in this adventure, following my work and those I support. This is not only a way to document myself but to network and learn more.

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