Working with African Musicians!
Working with African Musicians!
Budget Music Videos got 5 nominations for 3 different music videos at the first ever Northern Ireland Short Film Awards. This was a shock to the company and we never thought we would win 2 awards on the night. This was the first ever ‘Nordies’ event and we felt privileged to be a part of it. Music Videos are usually underappreciated area of the film business, so it was amazing to see our work be recognised beside well known production companies and short films.
Author: Loraa White
It was amazing to be nominated 2 years in a row, especially for the ‘Best Marketing Campaign’. Once again, the Women in Business Awards is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Just to be a finalist is an award in itself. Women In Business pride themselves on encouraging women to network and form relationships to help their careers and develop their businesses. This year we actually won the award and Budget Music Videos Director Loraa White was proud as punch, as it was the first award the company had actually won! Hopefully more to follow as the business develops over the next few years. The event itself was an amazing opportunity to meet new businesses and create new bonds with women in business. The publicity around the awards is not to be missed!
Author: Loraa White
For the last few months I have been working under the guidance and authority of Loraa who is the
main woman of BMV. When I started working for her my main aim was to be someone she could trust
and rely upon to do any jobs avaliable. One of my first jobs was to do a 30 second trailer of
one of her fully edited music videos, so no pressure. Lora introduced me to the editing program Coral VideoStudio and it has been fantastic as I have been looking for an editing program that you dont have to pay more than an I-Phone for.
Since we started working together we have gained some great memories and banter (something for the album) It is always important to establish a good rapport with your employer and with Loraa everyday is a laugh and a smile. Like me she has strong creative juices and always knows what works for any project in terms of style and mis en scene. I am very impressed by the work she puts into her videos and how she organises everything so well without a single problem. During recent Mystery Projects Loraa has had so much on her plate it could break a person, but she rose to the chalenge and directed everyone involved excelenty (the odd teling off now and again).
Working with Loraa and being involved in such a huge project has been a fantastic experience for me and under the guidance my skils in the field of working on set are improving. The mystery projects have been on both mine and loraas mind since it began it’s development phase but Loraa has powered through and delivered on what looks set to be an outstanding end product that will bring in plenty of new projects in the near future. On another note for me, Loraa as a boss has always been fair and listens to any ideas or suggestions I have. I couldn’t have asked for someone better to work with so heres to an exciting future with BMV and with a great Boss
Written by Bill Farrell
SET LIFE AT BUDGET MUSIC VIDEOS
Well goodness me haven’t we been busy bee’s this weekend. My Sunday normally consists of a mountain walk and then my feet up with nice cup of tea but this Sunday provided a welcome change as I was at my first big gig with Budget Music Videos. with 2 hot coffees myself and Loraa (The Boss) headed down to the Rapture Dance group studios in Belfast. Before the fun began Loraa issued me some words of wisdom (The Rules!) Mainly keep out of her way when she’s filming, do whatever I was told and enjoy the experience. My role for the day was work behind the scenes and film, photograph the magic. I was relishing the experience and eager to do the job justice. Firstly we met with the dance group, a nice bunch of teens who did what was asked of them without any sarcasm or back cheek (are they really teenagers?) Their dancing was very unique and stylish, their impeccable ability on cues and timing shows they are well practiced
in their field.
We expected a nice sunny day but were given dull skies and rain, of course this is Ireland not the Bahamas (anyone got a free plane ticket there?). We were on a strict time limit as we had to film at the Belfast Botanical Gardens in the afternoon (No Pressure). Loraa and the two main characters went to film one of the scenes downtown whilst I prepared the equipment for the shooting at the studio. Apart from a fear of breaking something (by accident of course) I was confident my abilities would benefit the work and not incur the wrath of a stressed out boss. As I was behind the scenes I wanted to have plenty of footage so I filmed mainly everything, dancers preparing themselves, scenes, retakes. The studio stuff was very exciting to film and it was interesting to see the dancers give it their all so I made sure to capture it all as I know this experience will be helpful when working the next shoot.
Next came the band stand filming and that was where the fun really began. Nothing was spared for this we had lights, camera and a smoke machine. As passersby watched we went about it like mad, one of the required shots was a revolving shot around the bandstand so Loraa donned roller skates (Yes you heard right) armed with a camera she whizzed about gracefully apart from one little tumble (it’s okay she wasn’t holding the camera) everything was okay. So yes the day was busy and this was only a small shoot. I feel I handled my responsibilities well and didn’t break anything (until the next shoot). The dance team were a joy to work with, excellent in their field and hopefully we will work with them again the near future
Stay Classy Northern Ireand . Written By Bill Farrell
In the run up to Halloween I had the pleasure to be part of a big budget music video shoot for an international TV channel China I supermodel!. For me this was an opportunity to experience life on a professional shoot. I was nervous to say the least in regards to how I would cope with the responsibility and the busy environment. I was keen to do my best and make sure I was of great help to my boss. The shoot would take us around the more scenic parts of Northern Ireland (around NI in 2 days) The first day took us to Donaghdee (no beach and ice cream today). We would be filming at a local restaurant and around the pier/harbour area. The latter is a truly stunning part of the town and would film beautifully especially from a drone (oops spoiler alert). One of my jobs for the day was to ensure everyone in our crew signed a release and non-disclosure agreement, I was very firm in making sure everyone signed one as it was important due to the confidentiality of the project. The talent of the shoot the man-band were great to work with and they
were flawless in the delivery of their song. it truy was a great pleasure to be involved in this project.
I also heLped with organizing equipment and ensuring it was stored away safely until it was needed, there was so much equipment counting cameras, lights, extension leads and other “techy” stuff. We could have made a feature film while we where at it. My main worry on the shoot was that I might end up with little to do and be seen as a hindrance. But luckily I had plenty to do and that’s a tip for working on big projects like this, keep busy and you will be praised for if you sit around and do nothing then they’ll think you’re part of the furniture (A Smoking Sofa!). As Day 1 drew to a close I look back and relaize
just how busy and mad it is on a real video shoot but I welcome the challenge as it will prepare for other big projects in my future career
If you thought Day 1 was busy then think again, Day 2 proved to be even crazier as we had to film in 2 locations within whatever light we had (Thank you very much Northern Ireland weather). Location 1 was an old Irish castle near the sea so the main challenge was running from the castle and up the hill to our makeshift green room (great exercise) and then onto the dark hedges, the dark hedges was proboably the exciting part due to the may effects we had going in and through our wonderful talent everything filmed beautifully. Overall I felt very privileged to have been part of such a
big project and hope to use the experience i gained into future projects with BMV.
Author: Bill Farrell
The biggest tip that any filmmaker can use when making a music video is to ensure that for each scene setup, angle and shot that is taken they film the entire song from start to finish. This will make for a much easier and faster editing process. Also during filming make sure that the singer performs for every second of the song, including instrumentals. So their body language is constantly performing to the camera, even when they are not singing, as these are equally important shots to fill space within the video.
When it comes to the editing it is best to pic out the 5/6 strongest singing shots and put them in the video first, once you have sync the first shot it is really easy to copy and paste the shot and extend it to the next part of the song for a fast edit. Then you can fill in simple movement shots in between to make the video more detailed and exciting.
Usually we aim for the first 1minute of the video to be the most important as that sets the tone for the entire video and also gets people interested and eager to watch more. Once the style and tone is set in the first one minute then the rest of the video should easily fall into place. If you are aiming for a video that is very in sync with the song tempo and the lyrics then this will be a much more detailed edit, one big tip is to try and not let words finish half way through, in other words chopping shots in the middle of a word or phrase, as it can be confusing to the viewer.
Also adding movement shots or posing shots can help with creating a moving style video that works with music up-tempo, without the need of special effects, sharp and fast shots work well. If the video is more slow, then blending footage from one shot to the next helps create a slow feel for the video. You can also slow some shots down to capture the essence of a slow song.
There are a few tricks that can be learned to help good lip sync in a music video, so that it looks realistic and convincing. The first main step is in the filming process. During filing it is best if you get the singer to sing the song over the actual track, this means that their facial expressions, breathing and mouth and tongue vibrations are all the same like when they recorded the song. Also during filming it is always best to film the entire song from start to finish for each scene set up. this makes it easier to edit when you have each shot the complete length of the song. Also make sure the song is playing loud during filming, so when you are editing you can hear the song in the footage.
The second step is to sync in the edit. The best way to do this is by ear and not by eye. By keeping the sound on while syncing the song with the footage you can match up the song until it is identical with the original and the song played during filming, this will guarantee a definite match for lip syncing throughout the entire video. Once you have synced once, you shouldn’t have to do it again, there fore a faster edit.
And remember do the lip-syncing by ear not by eye! If the singer has made mistakes there is not much you can do, but at least you got it on point.