AND 207 Finished Music Video

After much thought (and some input from classmates and tutors) I decided to keep the old film effect on my music video.

However I didn’t know wether to change the saturation to make it black and white or keep a bit of colour. In the end I decided to reduce the saturation but keep it so that you can tell the colours apart and see what the colours are.

AND 207 Making of the music video

To create my music video I made the backgrounds and the stills in FireAlpaca (a free art program and used Toon Boom to created the animation.

Within Toon Boom I was to find a tool that did a similar thing to the technique i was using to colour the background and stills. Once I got the animation down, I added a colour layer underneath as a based, then added the blur effect to a new drawing layer and added colour. In the matte view its messy and just scribbles how however in the render view you can see the effects of the blur. I did this for all of my animated parts, exporting them with out a background.

I remembered a worry that I perviously had about the animation not standing out against the background. It was suggested that I look at the technique that created the Juno title sequence and find an After Effects tutorial on it.  I followed it and though I do like the effect, it gives a too modern affect to the clip not really what I was after.           However the fear I had of the animation not standing out was for nor.

Once the animation and the stills were done, I put them into the correct order in After Effects. Then I reduced the saturation of my clips to take away the brightness and dull them down making them look ‘old’. To add the shadows and light I added a black solid layer and reduced the opacity before doing the same using masks to create added shadows and light were it was needed. Having the reduced black opacity layer then the ‘light’ layers over the top gave my clips an added smokey effect, which what I had wanted for my music video as it is set in a smokey 1940s lounge bar.

When I started out with my idea for my music video, I wanted to added an old film effect over it, jut to give it a bit extra. However I wasn’t sure. I added to a small section of my music video to see what it would look like.

With the old film effect it looks good at the darker parts of the video, but at the part were there are a lot of ‘light’  you can see the marks of the old film more clearly and it is distracting. So after some feedback from my classmates and tutor I decided to reduce the opacity of the old film and render a old film version a lot side a ‘clean’ version.

AND 207 Music video: Set design and concept art

I needed to create a setting my music video and because I had so many different angles it would be difficult to visualise the scene in my head. So I used a program called SkecthUp with allows you to create 3D models of building and/or rooms that you are able to zoom in and rotate.  At first the bar I created was large and was crowded with tables. This I found out later would be hard to draw multiple time so I changed it into a smaller bar with only five tables. And the only people that would be present in the bar would be my main characters. I used Ronnie Scotts Bar, Soho in London as a reference for the smaller bar.

I will move the ‘room’ into the shot that I want, export a 2D version of it then trace over it and add details to create the background for my music video.

Before I started my music video I decided to do concept art of a possible shot in my music video, to help my understand the lighting that I wanted to create within my video. It was also practice for the colouring technique i was going to use. Having a light brown/cream based colour underneath then add the real colour over the top using a watercolour brush and then the blur brush to take the sharpness away.

Concept art

Finished concept art

AND 207 Music Video Character Designs

I took inspiration from film stars from the 1940’s such as Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich and Cary Grant. Looking at old film photographs of actors, and the clothing of that time, as well as the environment. When creating and designing my characters I try to make them look as different as possible with keeping in the fashion of the 1940s. As this one of the problem I had with my animatic, people were getting confused with which character was which. I did this by giving them different hairstyles, clothing and colours.

The Singer’s design was influenced by Rita Hayworth’s Black dress scene in Gilda. I wanted the character to be sexy, graceful and charming with a slinky dress. She is just there to do her job and to sing.

The women at the bar, is an much older character, there seemingly to enjoy the music and a drink at first but is really there to forget about a past lover. The characters design is more sophisticated and ‘upper class’  with gloves and a hat.

The character design of the couple were ‘common dress’, at the bar kissing and romancing in the corner. Not playing any attention to what is happening in the room.

The design of The Mystery Man is more classy than the design for the couple man. With a full suit on and a hat that hides his eyes with shadow. Adding to his ‘mysterious’ persona; he seems to know the lone woman.

The last character is The Lone Woman, who is at the back of the back smoking and watching the goings on in the room.  She is also wearing a slinky dress but in red and has a cigarette in hand . She seems to know the mystery man.


While drawing rough ideas for my characters I decided to have a go drawing designs using watercolours, as previous used them for life drawing and I liked the outcome. I notice how I could use watercolour paints to easily create tone, light and shadows. Which would help me in create an 1940 film noir feel to my music video.

AND 207 Storyboard: Music Video

For my storyboard I took inspiration from Sergei Eisenstein’s movies, that I had watched during a seminar. Eisenstein’ films include narrative structure (jumping from different concepts), close ups and different as well as different sub stories. Within my storyboard I wanted to create a similar thing. I wanted to have multiple things happening as well as close ups and different angles.

The story is ambiguous, with a singer singing the song, couple at the back of the bar, a women at the bar, a ‘mystery’ man at the front watching the singer and a lone women smoking at the back watching the room. As well as people dotted around the room going about their business. I want the audience to come up with what is happening them selves. I give them little snapshots and they interpret that what way that they wish.

Most of the shots will be close ups and lip syne.