A couple of months ago I was approached by the guys at AEVUM Records to produce a music video for their song Don’t Save It. Naturally I jumped at the chance, as I really liked the song and the atmosphere, and we had a lot of fun shooting it. However, while I did co-write and DoP this music video, as with previous projects this blog is dedicated solely to the post-production work I did on it.
Once we had locked down the edit, there were 2 major VFX shots in the music video, the first being the main character seeing his girlfriend in a reflection, but she isn’t really there. As we originally intended to have her fade in and out, we decided to do shoot the reflection scene first, and then shoot the actress against green screen later.
Once she had been composited into the shot, it was merely a question of matching the colours and grading it to fit the rest of the music video.
As I said above, the original intention was to have her fade in and out, as a kind of ghost. However, we all felt this didn’t really fit in with the tone of the video, we decided to go with a more subtle transition. Luckily there is a bus passing through the shot that we used to wipe her away, and hopefully not implying that she was hit by it.
The second VFX shot is towards the end of the video, where we see the couple walk down a street and the girl suddenly vanishes, matching the whole ‘love is gone’ theme of the video. We did this by shooting the actor walking down the road, once with the girl and once without.
Partly by change and largely due to the actor’s skill, the shots more or less matched perfectly on their own, but we wanted to spruce it up a bit with a ‘glitch’ effect. We tried several effects, none of which really worked the way the client had envisioned. In the end, we went with a digital glitch effect involving a lot of pixelisation with a bit of static thrown in.
Lastly, it was merely a question of cleaning up a few things such as logos, lights in the background, etc. One shot in particular that I quite enjoyed doing was removing the logo from the side of a boat in one of the final shots of the video. This was challenging due to the lighting in the scene and the fact that the boat moves under a bridge, however I am quite pleased with the result.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed working on this music video, and it was a fun and rewarding experience. Working with the guys at AEVUM is an absolute pleasure, and I look forward to working with them more in future.
You can see the finished music video below:
You can listen to the song on the artist’s Soundcloud.
If you want to find out more about AEVUM Records and their projects, check out their Facebook page.