12 Media – social activist music video

This CSP is an excellent example of a social activist music video:


Lighting: Watch How Lighting Changes a Face

Here’s a hypnotic video showing the importance of film lighting. Watch as this woman — yes, this is just one woman — finds her features altered as the lighting shifts around her. The plans of her face move, the vibe she projects alters, and the genre of film she’s in morphs from drama to horror to comedy. (Hat tip: Sploid at Gizmodo.)

The video, “Sparkles and Wine,” features music from the bandOpale and was directed and produced by Nacho Guzman. According to Petapixel, the video was shot “using a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR and two lenses (a Canon 24-105mm f/4 and a Samyang 35mm f/1.4). The lighting consisted of two 10×10 centimeter LED lights that were fixed to a ring and rotated around the woman’s face, as well as a string of Christmas light-style LEDs.”

On the Vimeo page, Guzman thanks “Clouzot and his amazing team for inspiring me.” He’s undoubtedly referring to this similar and amazing 1964 test footage of Romy Schneider from Clouzot’sL’Enfer. Check it out.

Why Your Film Needs a Good Gaffer: Watch How Lighting Changes a Face

AS coursework deadlines

November 19th-27th:

  • Finish planning
  • Test shots

December 11th:

  • Finish filming

January 25th: Finish editing first cut

January 25th- 3rd – audience feedback, edit changes and evaluation

February 4th: First draft of evaluation and final edit due

February 4th-10th: evaluation and final changes to research and planning

February 11th: Final evaluation and completed project due

AS Coursework

Things are looking good so far. However, having looked at your research it’s clear that all of you need to apply more media language to your research. We will go through this in class, but in the meantime, here is an overview:

  • Target audience – demographic and psychographic
  • Audience pleasures – sensory, cognitive, emotional, cathartic, guilty, transgressive
  • Narrative codes – linear, non linear, enigma codes, action codes, Todorov’s equilibrium theory, Propp’s fairy tale narrative theory
  • Representation – who is represented? How are they represented (refer to camera set up, sound etc.)? Are they powerful or weak? Are they morally good or bad? Why?
  • Ideology – are there any underlying beliefs and values apparent in the text?

Basic Canon DSLR set up




Make sure the exposure is set to manual

Movie recording size

Set to 24 fps

Shutter speed

According to the 180 degree shutter rule, the shutter speed should be double (or as close as possible) the fps


ISO (the sensors sensitivity to light)

In order to achieve a film look, you need to keep the ISO at the lowest number possible. It should not go above 600. If it goes above, there will be too much noise (grainy image) because it is a digital exposure.


This is the best setting to help set exposure because it is clean light unlike the digital light of iso. Set your aperture to the lowest number possible. Increase a little depending on the natural light.

Picture profile

Should be set to neutral

White balance

Set to Daylight or tungsten depending on the time of day


Before you shoot, use the zoom button to ensure that the focus in completely sharp.