Negotiated Specialist ProjectArbee - M'Agace Music Promo

Overview

Arbee - M'Agace Music Promo

Mathieu Lamontagne is an ambient / experimental musician and producer based in Quebec who works under the name Arbee

Following the success of our previous collaboration, the music promo for his track Wintercomp, we decided to collaborate again.

Mathieu stated that this track would be more emotive. I decided to do something less abstract than our previous work and make a video that would connect with people and their emotions.

My idea was inspired by life in Manchester. We are surrounded by people but are largely disconnected from them. We all live our separate lives. I want this film to show this disconnection with brief moments of connection with people. The viewer should see real emotion and feel a connection with the people on the screen. I hope this idea will resonate with people who watch this film.

Treatment

Title: Arbee – m'agace – music promo

Topline: Making intimate connections with the strangers around us. Connecting with people’s emotions.

Scene Breakdown:

Set up / Incitement, Confrontation / Setback, Resolution / Climax

While this is an instrumental music promo, and there will be no speech, there will be a story running through this film.

Everything will be filmed in slow motion, with a short depth of field. The focus will stay on the distance for filming each person’s reactions as much as possible (if it looks terrible, change the focus until it looks good). This means that people will be nicely blurred until they are very close to the camera.

The short depth of field will look good but the idea is that while we are surrounded by people, we don’t really connect with any of them. When they come into focus, it signifies making a connection with someone. Eyes will be the key to this connection.

Mathieu Lamontagne music promo - Structure

Acts & Contributory Questions

Scenes

Sequences & Format Points

PRE-TITLES Busy urban street scene filmed as described above) - wide Music fades in
TITLES
ACT ONE Closer shots of people walking past (these will appear throughout)
Close up shots of interviewees. The first happy question.
Slightly wider shots of the interview scenes.
ACT TWO Closer shots of people walking past (these will appear throughout)
Close up shots of interviewees. The sad / angry question
Slightly wider shots of the interview scenes.
ACT THREE Similar range of shots

Most emotive responses.

Each person’s happy response that opens them up the most to the viewer (opening a window to the soul).

Busy urban street scene (same or similar to the start – not same clip though!)
Credits, web links.
Music fades out.

Test Filming

With a treatment in place, I set out to make a short test film that could be used in the presentation for this assignment but also see how well this idea works on screen.

I took a minimal set up (GH4 camera with shotgun microphone and viewfinder) to First Street in Manchester. Due to the unusually cold weather, there were fewer people around than expected, but I did manage to film three people. I recorded in real time but filmed at 96 fps, the faster frame rate my camera can achieve.

Each time I stopped a person, I asked if they would be happy to answer a couple of questions on film. I quickly built a rapport with each person, making sure to try to keep as much natural eye contact as possible. This meant that when I brought the camera up to my face, even though they could not see my eyes, they continued to look in that direction, now directly down the lens of the camera!

I asked each of them two questions, one designed to produce a positive response (eg. What is your favourite place?) and the other to get a negative response (eg. If you could change anything in the world, what would it be?). What I wanted from each interviewee was the expressions of emotion on their faces. The footage of them talking would be no good for this project. With this in mind, in between each question I pretended to check that the camera was still recording. This meant I got more footage of each person looking straight into the camera.

Test film for the Arbee - M'Agace music promo

Production Details

I will act as a one filming person crew, although I will have another person with me to look after model release forms and the equipment while I am filming.

Budget

Equipment / Personnel

Cost

GH4 camera and lens, 3 days £445 [1]
Manfrotto 501HDV Tripod, 2 day £30 [1]
Producer Director, 4 days (including pre-production) £545.50 per day; £2182 [2]
Producer Assistant, 1 day £112.85 [2]
Editor and Edit suite, 1 day £550 [3]
Transport £20
Insurance £4 [4]

Total

£3343.85

References:
1 - www.vinorth.co.uk
2 - www.bectu.org.uk/advice-resources/rates
3 - www.slinkyproductions.co.uk/edit-suite-hire
4 - www.policybee.co.uk/videographer-insurance

This price is calculated from the above online sources. In reality, I used all my own equipment and edited in my home office. Had I charged for this commission, I could have given the client a much better deal.

Call Sheets and Risk Assessments

Call Sheet #1 – 25th February 2018
Mathieu Lamontagne music promo

Unit Call Time: 11:30 Weather
Temp
Sunny Intervals
2°C
Main Production Contact Brin Coleman
Producer/Director Brin Coleman
Preliminary Schedule - subject to change
Time Action
11:30
11:40
12:30
Unit Call and set up
Film
Pack Up and Crew leave

Unit Wrap Time: 12:30

Location
Tony Wilson Place,
First Street,
Manchester
M15 4GU
Map of Tony Wilson Place, Manchester
Health & Safety
All crew to wear protective footwear (No flip flops, sandals or open toe shoes)
All crew to wear sensible clothing (No shorts. Only jeans or long trousers permitted)
Full risk assessment attached.
Production Requirements
Rushes
Parking
Catering
Toilets
Medical
To be downloaded and backed up on set.
N/A
N/A
Public toilets nearby
First aid nearby
Risk Assessment #1 – 25th February 2018
SITE: Tony Wilson Place DEPARTMENT Moon & Bacon productions HOD Brin Coleman
ACTIVITY Video Shoot ASSESSMENT COMPLETED BY Brin Coleman
HAZARD REF NO HAZARD WHO IS AT RISK HOW MANY HOW OFTEN EXISTING CONTROLS LIKELIHOOD OF HARM SEVERITY OF HARM OVERALL RISK
1 Trips, Slips and Falls Crew, Talent 1 Any time Crew members to be aware of the surroundings. 1 1 1
2 Obstruction Crew, Talent 1 Any time Crew members to be aware of the surroundings. 1 1 1
3 Electrics equipment Crew, Talent 1 Any time Crew alert 1 1 1
4 Manual Lifting Crew 1 Any time Crew alert 2 3 6
5 Filming equipment safety Crew, Talent 1 Any time Crew alert 1 1 1
HAZARD REF NO ACTION REQUIRED RESPONSIBILITY TARGET DATE COMPLETION DATE
1 Ensure all wires are out of the way. Crew 25/2/18 25/2/18
2 Make sure equipment is tidy. Crew 25/2/18 25/2/18
3 Ensure all cables and equipment are tidy. Keep equipment away from public. Crew 25/2/18 25/2/18
4 Carry equipment correctly, minimising impact. Crew 25/2/18 25/2/18
5 Make sure equipment is kept tidy and in a safe place, in view and not obstructing. Crew 25/2/18 25/2/18

Call Sheet #2 – 26th March 2018
Mathieu Lamontagne music promo

Unit Call Time: 13:00 Weather
Temp
Light Cloud
9°C
Main Production Contact Brin Coleman
Producer/Director Brin Coleman
Production Assistant / Sound Sigsbert Rutajunara
Preliminary Schedule - subject to change
Time Action
13:00
13:10
15:00
Unit Call and set up
Film
Pack Up and Crew leave

Unit Wrap Time: 15:00

Location
Piccadilly Gardens,
Manchester
M60 1AY
Map of Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester
Health & Safety
All crew to wear protective footwear (No flip flops, sandals or open toe shoes)
All crew to wear sensible clothing (No shorts. Only jeans or long trousers permitted)
Full risk assessment attached.
Production Requirements
Rushes
Parking
Catering
Toilets
Medical
To be downloaded and backed up on set.
none
none
Public toilets nearby
none
Risk Assessment #2 – 26th March 2018
SITE: Manchester city centre DEPARTMENT Moon & Bacon productions HOD Brin Coleman
ACTIVITY Video Shoot ASSESSMENT COMPLETED BY Brin Coleman
HAZARD REF NO HAZARD WHO IS AT RISK HOW MANY HOW OFTEN EXISTING CONTROLS LIKELIHOOD OF HARM SEVERITY OF HARM OVERALL RISK
1 Trips, Slips and Falls Crew, Talent 1 Any time Crew members to be aware of the surroundings.
Notify talent.
1 1 1
2 Obstruction Crew, Talent 1 Any time Crew members to be aware of the surroundings.
Notify talent.
1 1 1
3 Electrics equipment Crew, Talent 1 Any time Crew alert 1 1 1
4 Manual Lifting Crew 1 Any time Crew alert 2 3 6
5 Filming equipment safety Crew, Talent 1 Any time Crew alert 1 1 1
HAZARD REF NO ACTION REQUIRED RESPONSIBILITY TARGET DATE COMPLETION DATE
1 Ensure all wires are out of the way and make the public passing aware of the wires Crew 26/3/18 26/3/18
2 Make sure equipment is tidy and others are made aware of equipment Crew 26/3/18 26/3/18
3 Ensure all cables and equipment are tidy. Keep equipment away from public. Crew 26/3/18 26/3/18
4 Carry equipment correctly, minimising impact. Crew 26/3/18 26/3/18
5 Make sure equipment is kept tidy and in a safe place not obstructing. Crew 26/3/18 26/3/18

Call Sheet #3 – 9th May 2018
Mathieu Lamontagne music promo

Unit Call Time: 10:30 Weather
Temp
Sunny Intervals
14°C
Main Production Contact Brin Coleman
Producer/Director Brin Coleman
Preliminary Schedule - subject to change
Time Action
10:30
10:40
12:00
Unit Call and set up
Film
Pack Up and Crew leave

Unit Wrap Time: 12:00

Location
Piccadilly Gardens,
Manchester
M60 1AY
Map of Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester
Health & Safety
All crew to wear protective footwear (No flip flops, sandals or open toe shoes)
All crew to wear sensible clothing (No shorts. Only jeans or long trousers permitted)
Full risk assessment attached.
Production Requirements
Rushes
Parking
Catering
Toilets
Medical
To be downloaded and backed up on set.
none
none
Public toilets nearby
none
Risk Assessment #3 – 9th May 2018
SITE: Manchester city centre DEPARTMENT Moon & Bacon productions HOD Brin Coleman
ACTIVITY Video Shoot ASSESSMENT COMPLETED BY Brin Coleman
HAZARD REF NO HAZARD WHO IS AT RISK HOW MANY HOW OFTEN EXISTING CONTROLS LIKELIHOOD OF HARM SEVERITY OF HARM OVERALL RISK
1 Trips, Slips and Falls Crew, Talent 1 Any time Crew members to be aware of the surroundings.
Notify talent.
1 1 1
2 Obstruction Crew, Talent 1 Any time Crew members to be aware of the surroundings.
Notify talent.
1 1 1
3 Electrics equipment Crew, Talent 1 Any time Crew alert 1 1 1
4 Manual Lifting Crew 1 Any time Crew alert 2 3 6
5 Filming equipment safety Crew, Talent 1 Any time Crew alert 1 1 1
HAZARD REF NO ACTION REQUIRED RESPONSIBILITY TARGET DATE COMPLETION DATE
1 Ensure all wires are out of the way and make the public passing aware of the wires Crew 9/5/18 9/5/18
2 Make sure equipment is tidy and others are made aware of equipment Crew 9/5/18 9/5/18
3 Ensure all cables and equipment are tidy. Keep equipment away from public. Crew 9/5/18 9/5/18
4 Carry equipment correctly, minimising impact. Crew 9/5/18 9/5/18
5 Make sure equipment is kept tidy and in a safe place not obstructing. Crew 9/5/18 9/5/18

Filming and Editing

The first day of filming was for the test shoot. The footage from this was successful enough to be included in the final edit.

Filming the Arbee music promo in Manchester
Filming the music promo in Manchester
(photo: Sigsbert Rutajunara)

On the second day of filming, myself and Sigsbert Rutajunara met and set up in Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester. However, it quickly became apparent that this was not a good or safe place to film: people were stressed and in a hurry and we noticed people taking too keen an interest in our filming equipment. We decided to move to St. Peter's Square. This was a much more pleasant location (looks and atmosphere) and we quickly filmed a variety of people.

Model release form
Each contributor signed a model release form

During the initial editing process, it became clear that I needed more cutaway shots. I had two good shots of people walking past me in the street which looked effective. I decided to go out again and get more of these. On 9th May, I took my Lumix GH4 camera out to film these extra shots.

I shot at 96 fps (the fastest frame rate on my camera) in Cine D, a reasonably flat setting. My camera has V-Log but I have achieved better results grading footage shot in Cine D. I used a very short depth of field (f1.7) with a 25mm prime lens (equivalent to a 50mm lens on a 35mm camera) and focused very close to the camera. This meant that people were blurred as in shot but became less blurred the closer they got to the camera. I made use of glass buildings, filming people and their reflections.

The idea here was to echo the shot used in the close up face shots, where each person is crisp and in focus, while the background, and importantly, other people are blurred.

Behind The Scenes

 
This video shows the process of interviewing people on the streets of Manchester for the music promo.