Planning Summary

For the planning part of my blog I had numerous crucial tasks that I had to complete. The first one I had to do was my Resource Audit which I found quite helpful because it allowed me to note all of my ideas down whilst giving me an insight to what I wanted my final product to include.  I was able to list information about: my performer, my locations, my mise-en-scene and my outfits that I would like my video to include. Once I had completed this task, I moved onto to looking at some Music Video Inspirations in which I wrote about 4 videos that I have gained some ideas from. By looking into a variety of videos I have developed a deeper insight into how to produce a successful final product by combining aspects from these inspirations.

After I had completed these two tasks, I moved onto looking more in depth at features I wanted to include in my final products.  These tasks were:

These posts all came under the sub-category of Ideas Generation and every single post has allowed me to explore different ideas for my music video. Additionally, writing down all these ideas before production begins helps me to have references back so that I don’t forget any good ideas I have and I can produce the best work possible.

Once I completed this sub-category, I moved onto the Pre Production section which was made up of the important tasks I had to do before I began any production tasks. These were:

I definitely found the Shot List the most useful task from this section due to the fact I was able to fully plan my music video. I listed out shot by shot what I wanted to include in terms of timings and visuals to match. I’ve carefully thought out and planned this in order to ensure I create the most successful music video possible with a variety of shots used to keep the visuals interesting.

The Logistics sub-category was the final part to the planning section of my blog. This section was vital as to create a music video there are lots of things I need permission for so that no copyright issue occur.

All of the tasks within the planning section of my blog were crucial to complete before production in order to aid the creation of a successful final music video and two ancillary tasks.



Personnel Details

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Above you can see a word document that I have made to outline all of the people taking place in the production of my music video and the different roles they all have. I explain briefly their job in the video and the equipment they will require when it comes to filming.

Call Sheets

Below are screenshots of my call sheets for my four days of filming. Within these I give some detailing of the different shoots including mise-en-scene and shot types alongside any special requirements that I had on these different days.

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Contact with the Artist

This is the email that I’m going to write to Astrid S and her production/management team in order to gain permission to use her song to create my video to:

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Esme Josling and I am a 17 year old student at Haydon School, Northwest London, England. I am emailing you regarding my A2 media coursework.

I’ve been asked to produce a music video using an existing song. I’m writing to you to ask for permission to use the song ‘Hyde’ by Astrid S for my video because it’s such a wonderful song with a calming tone and lots of dramatic builds within the beat. No credit for the song will go to me, I will be giving all this credit to Astrid, I’m just requesting to use the song as I truly love it. 

It would be with great appreciation if you could respond to this email and allow me to use this song in my video for my coursework. Thank you very much and I await your response.

Kind Regards, 

Esme Josling 

I’m planning on sending this email to the following email addresses:

This is the email that I sent to Interstellr Management who are the management team that Astrid S is signed to. In the email I wrote to ask for their permission to use the song ‘Hyde’ for my music video that I’m going to produce. Within this, I have briefly explained about me, what song I would like permission to use and reasons why I would like to use this song.


Location Release

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Above are photos of my 4 location release contracts. These are vital documents in order for me to film as I cannot film at my chosen locations without permission from the locations owners. I’m very pleased that I got permission from all of these people and managed to film in my 4 chosen locations with no issue.


Props List

Here is a list of all the props that feature within my video and my reasons for including them.

Guitar-This will be my main prop for my male protagonist as it builds the narrative of the story and his Guitar- Jack.pngcharacter. It represents his musical background and links the two characters together. Moreover, I think by my main male protagonist having an instrument it gives his character a stronger narrative.


Camera- This is the main prop for camera.pngmy female protagonist that aids to her story and develops her character. The camera is the way I link my two characters together as the narrative is supposed to be how they meet each other through both having a passion for something in the arts. Hers is photography whilst his is music.

Backpacks- In some shots of my performers Backpacks.jpgtogether in London, you can see they both have a backpack which connotes travelling. This also highlights them as being quite equal as they’re both carrying a bag not like a stereotypical image of a man as being strong and carrying all the stuff whilst the female does nothing.

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Hat and Scarf- My female performer is wearing a hat and scarf in many of my shots whether they’re close ups or long shots. I believe this gives her character some form of identity possibly how comfortable she is with the boy as she isn’t wearing a hat in quite a lot of the shots with him. Moreover, it links to my theme of Autumn and Winter as she’s dressing in warm clothing.

Shot List

Below is my word document that I made listing all the different shots I desire to take for my video including the exact timings. Also, I’ve include different details of how I will be altering the colours and speed if I need to in order to make them fit with the lyrics better.

Brand Guidelines

This is a presentation of the brand guidelines for my products. I think this is a vital section of planning as it allows me to keep a consistent theme throughout all my products. Moreover, it allows my brand to be more memorable so my audience can notice it just from the logo or font or even the colour scheme.

Advert Sketch


This is an image of my advert sketch. I would like my advert to follow a similar style to this with the font being central and my two performers either side.

I’m going to include all the relevant conventions of a music advert including the formats the album will be available on and reviews from a few famous magazines.