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Behind the Scenes of a Video

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by Roxy Rawr (subscribe)
Published April 25th 2011
Have you ever wondered how a music video is done? Well you'll get the answer now. I'll take you behind the scenes of BBB (big black boots) a song by How To Destroy Angels. The video was shot on the 16th of April in South London. It was directed by Lee Mann.

The following is what usually happens on a shoot. When all the crew meets, the director makes a little speech about the day ahead and all the planning and then everyone gets to their positions and starts doing what they have to. The models/actors are usually called an hour later so they don't waste time by sitting there while the crew sets up the equipment. If they are doing a lot of make-up then the models/actors would be called at the same time as the crew. On BBB shoot, the models were called at the same time as the crew, at 2pm so they got enough time to get make-up and dressed-up.

The shoot started at 3:30pm. First shots were taken of the main models, Laura and Sean. The idea behind their dressing-up is that she is dominating, and he is her puppet. Later on as the other two girls join in, they torture him.

In the crew there is always a person that is a runner. They have to make sure the set is clean, nothing is in the way, take care of the models and generally be around for help. They also take care of the food.

Depending on the type of video, the work on the shoot will differ. Like in BBB, there wasn't much hassle with effects or anything like that as they required only frontal and close-up shots of the models and their actions. Some scenes, though, had to be shot about 10 times to get the right one. The shoot ended at 10pm.

Besides the music video, there were pictures taken for the sponsors of the video: House of Harlot which gave the latex clothing, Dietrich for the lingerie and Dr Martens for the shoes.

The set was cleaned in around half an hour and then everyone went home after a tiring day. Everyone was thanked for all the help and energy they put in and now all they have to do is wait for the editing to be done, which takes around two weeks.

You should try to get involved in helping on music video shoots. You don't only get loads of fun on the set and the opportunity to meet the stars, but you get to learn new things as well.
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Interesting breakdown of what happens on the set of a music video. Reminded me of my childhood, when I was a little bit MTV obsessed and used to spend so much time watching behind the video.

I went to my first photoshoot last year, and it was really interesting seeing the process of something coming together, when you're usually only used to seeing the final product.
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Saturday, 27th of August @ 01:52 pm
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