Final Music Video

Final Album Cover

Final Album Cover

Click On The Picture For Our Official Myspace Page

Thursday, December 17, 2009


This is the end of our project. It's been a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. We've really enjoyed it overall.

Bye from The Vixens!


Here is our Evaluation.


Q1 part 2




To help make our presentation smooth, we used cue cards, such as this one which is scanned in:

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Music Copyright

We attempted to get the rights to use the track from Sony BMG, but they never got back to us. After putting it on youtube, the record label authorised it (an advert for the track on iTunes comes up every time the video is played) so it's all fine.

Friday, December 11, 2009


Our youtube viewings are forever growing, 450 views and 8 5star ratings! :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I KNOW! what is with that!!?

Monday, December 7, 2009


You know our video on youtube, our viewings have well not gone up and I keep going on it to check so surely it should change after I've been on it...?
This makes me very angry and I turn into the Hulk when I'm angry.

Youtube Feeback

Youtube is going to be a really useful platform for us to gain audience feedback on. In this way we can get honest, impartial comments. This is the positive feedback we have already gained from Youtube comments that we can use in our evaluation:

bloody hell this is INCREDIBLE. you girlies are so damn hot and your editing...phwoar! next girls aloud methinks?! well done, you absolutely smacked it, you better enter this into some competitions! you've deffs stolen the media crown from liam's kissed a boy...much much sexier haha :) jazzi x

i like her hair colour. and the song is good.


I asked a former media student, Mike, what he thought of our video. He said this:

"i think the fast paced editing went with the music and the set design was really good. the sync was v good too"

when i asked him if he had any criticisms, he said:

"i think the first time i watched it i didnt get the 'transformation' in all the girls but the second time i did"

I asked him if he could describe the narrative. he said:

"erm. like it shows the normal and wild side of these 4 girls. like i think its a profeminist thing with the mannequin, objectifying men and the voodoo thing controlling men"

I asked him what he thought of the two different settings. he said:
"i like the stark contrast between the white cold walls, whoch seem hrash compared with the much warmer bedroom. i think it works with the two different sides of the girls personality"

I asked him if he understood that the girls were part of me, and he said:
"yeah coz you were the only one to start with, and at the end".

That's really helpful I think.

Technology Shoot

This is all the technology that we used throughout our A2 Music Video project. This includes:

  • Sony HD DV Camera
  • Microphone
  • Mini DV Tapes
  • Adobe Premier Pro
  •  Photoshop
  • Pag Lights
  • Tall Lights
  • HTML Codes
  • Internet (research and recording work)

Test Screening Feedback

  • very professional
  • good performance
  • good editing
  • good colours
  • like the jumpiness
  • there's a shadow over the last shot, wondered if it could  be edited (it can't)
  • holly's orange shot has too much contrast
  • camera static noise at end needs to be faded down
  • love the flashy pokerchip bit
well that's encouraging!

Here is a sample of the questionnaires.

questionaire 1

questionaire 2

questionaire 3

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Evaluation Q3


We wont just be handing out questionnaires we will also be asking questions in small groups to get a more personal feel of what people think
  • if it looks professional - if so, why
  • if it entertains them - if so how
  • if it appeals to them - if so how
  • if they can compare it to any other music videos they know
  • their interpretations of the video
  • if they can tell you anything about the identity of the artist  
  • what kinds of venues/appearances might be likely
  • if they find your artist(s) appealing and if so why
  • if they can identify a favourite moment
  • if they have any criticisms - encourage them to be honest in their views

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Evaluation work sharing

Char - Q1 website stuff (sheet), Q2

Amelia - Q3 questionnaire, Q1 music video stuff (goodwin sheet)

Laura - Q1 album cover stuff (sheet), Q2

Holly - Q1 music video (Vernallis sheet), Q4 tech stuff
• Sony HD DV camera + microphone
• Mini DV tapes
• Adobe Premiere Pro
• Photoshop
• Lights (PAG and tall ones)
Big lights made more glossy look
PAG got rid of shadows in bedroom scene

• HTML codes
• Internet (research)
• HD footage – can zoom in edit as is good quality
• – audience feedback

For photo – camera, tapes, premier pro, lights (studio and pag)

Group meeting

We're in costa at the moment having a meeting about our evaluation over paninis and coffee. Saturday morning - now THATS dedication!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Album Cover

We decided that, for the inside face of our digipack, where the CD would sit, we should graffiti our names into a design. We liked this idea because it makes us more relatable and normal, like down-to-earth girls that doodle like everyone else. I was designated the job of drawing the graffiti, and this is what I came up with. I put in little details such as the martini-cocktail glass , stars, an eye and a heart, and made the writing for all our names different in some way, to show our different personalities.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


We're busy finishing our music video, album cover and website, racing for the deadline. All doing different roles to get the job done.

Friday, November 27, 2009


Ive found this beyonce video that uses this really cool flashing effect and i think it would work really well in our video, as it's fast paced and choppy.... tell me what you guys think...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Digipack flatplan

Here is a flatplan of our digipack.

We're shooting this morning, so hopefully it will be finished in the next day or so.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Band Member Names

Hey Guys, I have made the MySpace page, it has nothing on it at the moment except our name and one picture but the point is we do have one up and running under the URL (/thevixens was already taken but bands have that problem all the time). So I've been thinking about band member names, I think it would be more interesting if we change ours. Here's a list of names that I have brianstormed so far with the help of the interenet giving some weird ones.

  • Holly Woods
  • Amelia Rose
  • Laura (need to think of an interesting last name, sorry no offence!)
  • Charlotte (same problem)
  • Heidi Woods
  • Amelie Rose
  • Kali Rose
  • Bee
  • Leilah
  • Gabriella
  • Lexie
  • Heidi
  • Cali
  • Romy
  • Cleo
  • Hattie
  • Ava
  • Amy/Amie
  • Sammi
  • Piper
  • Haley
  • Jayde
  • Pippa
  • Ria
  • Izzie
  • Isabel
That's what I've got so far, any ideas would be great :)

we are...


Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Vixens

Ok so after much googling, there is a band from the late 80s / early 90s called "Vixen" however they split up in 1991 (the year I was born!) so we couldn't be called "Vixen".

"The Vixens" are a drum n bass DANCE group, they don't sing, have never released records, and are not very good... Also, they are NOT on Wikipedia, therefore I think we should be allowed to be called "The Vixens". I figure, if it's not on Wikipedia, then it's not copyrighted / famous enough.

So is everyone happy with "The Vixens"? I like it.

Obviously we'll need teacher confirmation, but HOPEFULLY it'll be ok..

Feedback From BLK

Mrs Blackborow dropped in today to have a look at our music video so far and gave us some useful feedback, this is what she said...

Good Points:
  • LOVE IT!
  • No "criticism"
  • Like the dip to whites
  • Love the split screens
  • Love the OTT colours
  • Love all the looks
  • Tight editing is looking good
  • Good lipsynching
  • Good distance contrasts
  • Rhythym editing fits well to song
  • Good unpredictable editing (half way through words)
  • Like flash of black and white
  • Love the colours
  • Like dip to white
  • Love slow motion
  • LOVE shoe bit
  • Use editing really well to construct video, creative tools and little details look good
Things to do:
  • More narrative at the beginning and end and make a prequel then use the lyrics
  • Try tone down the shiny skin
  • Fix the space above the heads in group shots
  • Use more flashes of black and white
  • Use non-additive dissolve and dither dissolve more
  • Use MAC transitions?
  • Break it up with shots like shoes

So, obviously Mrs Blackborow was very keen on our music video which has helped to boost our confidence and from now we are going to try and add in the transitions and sort out the bits we need to sort but hopefully everything should be finished and looking great by our deadline. YAY! :)

Friday, November 13, 2009


Yeah, I quite like "vixens", at least to be used SOMEWHERE in the name, but yeah I agree, I also like the idea of someone and the somethings - makes more sense.. But Lexie and the Vixens doesn't quite sound right, does it...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Band Name

How about just 'The Vixens' or even just 'Vixens'?
although, i still do really like idea of 'someone and the somethings' ...

Shoot 11/11

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Shoot Today

The shoot went well today as we got some good shots that we can deffinitly use, and we took a variety of angles as we weren't sure what we wanted. There is a mixture of high angle, low angle, close, mid and long shots to choose from. However the shoot was quite stressful and I'm glad we don't have anything else to film.

Our name

If the band name is "Lexie and the Sexies", I'm not in that band. It's so cheesy and cheap. It should be something a bit more edgy, one that raises questions, like "Florence and The Machine" or "Diana Ross and The Supremes".

Shoot 11/11

We've got a shoot this afternoon at Holly's house, to film the beginning and end sequences. It will be in her Mum's bedroom, and we've already booked the equipment we need.

Lexie and the Sexies

NO! Lexi(e) is good, but not the sexies.. i like the name we came up with before, "Lexie and the Vixens", thats better, but still not RIGHT.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Band Name brainstorm

We made a brainstorm, trying to decide on names. It's so hard to decide!

Band Name Continued...

So we've kind of decided what the main girl may be called....


So now we've decided her name we can begin to find a combination of 'Lexie and the...'

What do we all think of Lexie and the Sexies?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Band Name

We thought we should probably start collecting ideas together for our band name (i.e. come up with a name pronto!)

We thought seeing as Laura is our main girl, but we play such a key role in the video that instead of being a solo singer, or just a group, it would be a fun idea to be '[Someone] and the [Somethings]'

This is quite a retro thing to do, famous in the motown days, but has been revived recently with bands like 'Florence and the Machine'

In the 50s most single artists had a band that would be named in their act when they performed

Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three

Then in the 60s, Motowns hey-day, most groups were a main artist with their backing vocals.

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Diana Ross and the Supremes
Gladis Knight and the Pips

Then in the 80s, other groups, had major success and featured this same name format

Kool & the Gang

Then in more recent times bands have adopted this format again to give a retro, and unique vibe to the band

Florence and the Machine

Monday, November 2, 2009


In our video we want to do a split screen shot where on the beat we look at each other. This is a picture of what it might look like.
voodoo child

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Our shoot went really well! We managed to get all planned shots in time, and even had time left at the end to try experimental angles and camera movement. We spent 10 hours there, in heels, which was tiring but satisfying as we managed to get all the shots we wanted (and met a celebrity!)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Backstage Photos

These are some backstage photos from the shoot, which I put on facebook but are good for evidence of how we worked on the day, the equipment, and the amazing studio we were working in.

Me and Laura working the camera and clapperboard...

Laura and Amelie on camera: Amelia trying to corrupt Laura with her "Greed" personality

Our make-up artist, Suzi, making up Charlotte as her sin, "Lust", in our dressing room

Laura shooting Charlotte as her sin, playing with the locket.


Hey guys, what's the situation with the paglights? We need them for our shoot today at 2.30, and we're shooting in a forest, some of which will be in the dark, so please get back to us as soon as possible... Mia & the group xx

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Amelia's skirt


It actually looks good and fits the outfit but is also a bit quirky.

What shoes should we wear? I'm thinking sparkly platforms, or else all black of different styles. I don't think we should wear tights, as they usually don't in dance music videos.


I think the bright pink one, but bring both just in case..?

also, we all bringing black tights?



Shooting day details

here is a message sent via social networking site, facebook:

hey hey,

me and amelia just got back from harpenden, and realised we need to organise stuff.. we made a shooting schedule:

0800-0900 arrive, set up, get ready (hair and makeup)
0900-0945 amelia blue dress
0945-1030 holly blue dress
1030-1115 charlotte blue dress
1115-1200 laura blue dress
1200-1300 laura blue dress with 3 sins (Charlotte Amelia Holly)
1300-1330 LUNCH
1330-1430 holly sin
1430-1530 amelia sin
1530-1630 charlotte sin
1630-1730 laura sin
1730-1800 whatever we haven’t done!

we also begged billy for another day, so hopefully we'll get one..

so for tomorrow.

char - the song on CD + CD player
- your costume (black corset? blazer?)
- "hooker heels" for laura
- blue/purple dress
- accessories for sin
- some make up

Holly - your costume
- leather leggings
- Suzi (who has to bring makeup and accessories - fake eyelashes)
- accessories for your costume
- storyboard
- clipboard
- some makeup
- also, find out if you can get a lift back

Amelia - your costume
- hair straighteners + hairspray etc for maire atoinette
- makeup
- green dress for laura (needs ironing)
- ALL the equipment
- accessories

Laura - hair straighteners
- accessories
- shooting schedule
- whiteboard


- bring lunch as we don't want to waste time looking for food.
- try and raid your wardrobes for something to go with amelia's corset since neither her nor me have ANYTHING to go with it.
- get there a little before 8 as we want as much time as possible.

cool, ok.. oh and make sure suzi knows when and where to come.

Holborn Studios
49/50 Eagle Wharf Road
London N1 7ED

Tel: +44-20-7490-4099
Fax: +44-20-7253-8120

laura and amelia xxx

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Here's our storyboard. We always knew our video would be an 'edit job' but a storyboard is always helpful when shooting and editing.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

reply to holly..

yeah that's exactly what I was thinking...

good plan!

Styles Of Shooting

If we do end up with shooting one location (as is the plan at the moment - in the Holborn studios) I think our video could really benefit from some really stylistic shooting. We could experiment with coloured filters, or during editing have some things in colour and some not, and I was thinking about having some robotic, juttery cuts to give parts of the video a surreal, unsrttling feeling, as the song is about voodoo and magic.

These two videos give examples of some the shots we could try. In editing, we could repeeat or re-wind some shots to give parts of the video a slightly weird feeling, especially in the parts where we've decided to try some robotic movements.

Dizzee Rascal: I Luv U

Madonna: Celebration

Another locacation

I agree, I think just having all the characters in the studio will be really one-dimentional and potentially boring. We could start off in a bedroom like you mum's would work or Amelia said her grandma's?
I can imagine Laura lolling around in a bedroom, thinking about this guy....and then her other personalities take over and we get transported to the studio as if within her mind.
What do other people think?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Just a thought...

  1. I think we need more than one location. I was thinking we cuold start the video with some narrative in a bedroom (holly's mums?) and then cut to the studio as if it is her subconcious, becuase I don't see how it can start in the studio. And then perhaps it could go back there at the end?
  2. We need to make a shooting schedule
  3. I'm going to call Billy tomorrow and ask(/beg) for another day because i think we really need it. Also i think it would be good if we bought him some champagne or nice wine or something, to say thank you


Couple of things...

I still dont have anything to wear on the bottom half with my corset...
secondly what is laura going to wear before she becomes 'envy'??

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That's what the website says.. do you think I should order them? Can't find any other good ones... and neither Boots, nor Superdrug, nor Cootes (stupid pharmacy in Finchley) do them!!!

Test shoot

Amelia and I had a half day, so thought we'd do a test shoot at the studios. Here is some of the footage, roughly edited together. We tried out the marching move on "here come the drums" but i don't think it will work as well as we had hoped...

We also learnt that we need A LOT of lights as such a big white space seems to make everything look quite dull, so we'll book all the lights at school and maybe some more if we need.

We spotted a male mannequin in the foyer surrounded by other props and ladders etc, so maybe we'll be able to use that.

Call sheet

Call Sheet

Audition to be "main" girl

This is what Mrs B showed to many people, in order to decide who should be the "main" girl.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Holborn Studios - confirmation


Call Billy tomorrow after 10am.

Studio open from 8am - 6pm

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Ordering props

Hey, just ordered the corset, and that went fine. But when trying to order the lenses, it said that its a wholesale site and that there is a minimum spend of £75.... so am gonna try and find another webiste that sells them..

Friday, October 16, 2009


Since we are only getting the studio for 1 day (confirmed), we have had to narrow down our costumes. We are going to wear our 7 deadly sins outfits, and the one outfit that we all wear. We are thinking about using Charlotte's blue acid wash bodycon dress because we can accessorize it since it is quite plain.

We've booked every light that the media department has, and might look for some more as we need LOADS.

After our auditions, we got TONNES of feedback and the overall choice was to have Laura as the 'main' girl, so we went with that.

Marie Antoinette Costume

Well we've finally found a corset that would be PERFECT. Its from a website called, and its only £25! Miss B said she would pay for it so its fine, although we should probably order it soon because we want it to come in time.

The colours are just perfect, and it looks really frilly and old fashioned. I think if i wear it with a tutu or a frilly skirt it'll be great.
I also have a feather fan with I think would look good as it is the same colour pink as the corset.

This fan is really similar to the one I have and I think it'll work really well.

This is the kind of look I'll go for for styling and hair etc, might spray my hair white...not sure yet though

Amelia x

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Accessory ideas

For one of my looks, Envy, I am going to be wearing a green dress (photos on blog) which is great, however in comparison to the other "looks" - corsets, leotards etc. - it looks a bit plain. So in order to jazz it up a bit, I thought I'd wear green contact lenses to make my eyes look really surreal.

I found these, which are striking and cheap! - £8.50 from this website.


Coral Green:
Forest Green:
Sea Green:

I personally think the "Forest Green" are the best because they are the brightest, and will get noticed. Plus, they match the colour of the dress.

We also talked about using false eye-lashes to make even more impact around the eyes. Appparently Suzi, our helper, has 5 pairs of them, so that is great, but I also researched to find some just in case.

This is from here - £3.50 + £1 postage. Not bad!
Or here - £2.40 + £1 postage, even cheaper!

There are loads, so it depends what we're looking for in terms of size, colour, style etc. So we'll have a look at what Suzi's got, and make a decision.

For the eye make-up, I was thinking along the lines of this:
Something really bold that commands the audience to look at my eyes. I think all our make-up should be very over the top in a "top model" kind of way.

In terms of hair style, there are two options.

1) curly hair - resembling that of Meduca (except without the snakes). This would have lots of volume and be a bit out of control (reflecting the crazy envy).

2) dead straight - this could work well since it is very striking, and as it is quite simple, it would make the make-up stand out more, which may be better.

Practically, straight hair is probably a lot easier to style, despite my natural hair being wavy/curly, because to get the curls just right would take a lot of tong-ing and hair spray, whereas you can't go too wrong with a pair of straighteners... I'll try both in the next few weeks and see which one works better.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Group Meeting

In our group meeting today, we discussed how to plan our music video further. We had previously thought about whether or not we are going to have a single artist or a group but didn't come to a final decision. Therefore I thought it would be a good idea to decide on having one main character in the video who is the artist and the other characters her alter-egos or bad personalities. This also allows us to have some progression in the video, which we wouldn't have had if it was just loads of images of us dressed in different outfits.
I quickly jotted down a very brief and rough outline to the video:
  • Begin main character sitting with flowers or some sort of object that associates her with the man she is singing about looking sad
  • Her 'bad personalities' come out and she throws away this object
  • Performance of the 'bad personalities' shown almost corrupting her in a way (whispering in her ear, kind of seducing her)
  • Performing with mannequin of a mans torso, representing the man she is singing about, pushing it around, 'controlling it'
  • End on strong shot of main character in her normal outfit that she is wearing at the beginning but has the bold make up she has as her 'bad personality'

This is a very brief outline of the progression of the character. There will also be many other shots involving reference to the lyrics including:
  • 'Do I twist, do I fold' - shot of playing cards, possibly with a kiss on the King/Queen of hearts
  • 'Why don't you tell me my future' - shot with tarot cards, either looking at the cards or throwing them at the camera
  • 'Here come the drums, here come the drums' - us miming drumming, either in the band uniforms or just as our personalities (this shot isn't important anymore but was one of our favourites when we thought of the idea and so can still be put in there just for fun
  • 'You're kisses are cold' - a bad personality kissing the main character on the cheek
  • 'Sticking pins in a doll' - sticking pins in a voodoo doll, or on the mannequinn so that it is not literally just illustration of the lyrics

Seven Deadly Sins

So we decided we are going to draw inspiration for the characters/bad personalities from the Seven Deadly Sins. I looked on the internet and found these definitions of the sins:
  • Envy is the desire for others' traits, status, abilities, or situation.
  • Pride is excessive beliefe in one's own abilities, that interferes with the individual's recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity.
  • Lust is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.
  • Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.
  • Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. It is also called Avarice or Covetourness.
  • Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work.
  • Wrath is manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury.
Because there is only four of us in our group we are only going to be four of the Seven Deadly Sins and we have picked Lust, Envy, Greed and Wrath. We have thought about the styling for these characters but for inspiration I have also looked on the internet as America's Next Top Model did a photoshoot as The Seven Deadly Sins, so I thought the pictures would be good to get ideas from.


I think for our video, an important element is to have fun, because we're all performing and this will come across in the video. If we're happy, the audience will feel happy. So we all need to get on as well as we can and have fun on our shoots. Here are some back-stage snaps of us getting ready and some "group photos":

Practice Shoot of Looks

We all dressed up in some of our costumes to practice styling and facial expression, so that we are not at a loss on the actual day of the shoot. Here are the results:

1) Holly: 80's/disco
  • Blue sequin dress & fur jacket, purple lips.

In these pictures I was going for angular poses reflecting the time period, when shoulder pads and arm-focused dance was popular. My facial expression is pretty much the same in every picture: wide mouth and smiley. This very much helped me to visualise the performance part of the day, which is key in the video's success.

2) Amelia: 80's/disco
  • Pink sequin dress, snakeskin platform shoes, purple lipstick

Amelia, again, reflects 80's dance moves by using her arms and flicking her hair around. But she has played around with facial expression: seducing the camera by pouting towards it, looking the other way as if in mid dance, and playing with her hair.

3) Charlotte: the deadly sin "LUST".
  • Black play-suit, black heels, red lips.

Charlotte obviously had the lovely task of being more sexy and provocative, which is reflected in her poses. she has to seduce the camera by highlighting her mouth, hair, and making body shapes. We will use a more voueyeristic camera technique with her shots, so that she can tease the camera to follow her movements. This is a big task and will probably take some time to get used to for her, but she became more confident when shooting.
  • 80's/disco: Gold hotpants, snakeskin shoes.
We shot this brifly, but again gives an idea of dancing and mood.

4) Laura: the deadly sin "ENVY".
  • Dark green off-the-shoulder dress, dark lips, high heels.

Laura had to show her "envious" side by giving the camera dirty looks, and we used someones shoulder in half of a frame and her looking on in a bitchy way to show her character. I think this idea worked well because her character was clear.

  • 80's/disco: bodycon gold spandex dress, black boots.

In this photo Laura poses happily and it is clear that she's having fun and dancing. I think the "disco" theme is a good addition to the video because it allows everyone to get out of their set characters and just have fun, which will entice the audience.