Making a Music Video: Case Study of Moorea's Peter Pan

We explore the process of making a music video, from concept through to production, with Prue Dudley, the Director and Producer (also DTV Studio Manager at JMC Academy), and Zenetta Potestas, Second Assistant Director and JMC Academy Film & Television student. 

Peter_Pan-(1).pngPrue Dudley:

"My name is Prue Dudley. I manage the studio at JMC Academy. I produced and directed a music video, Peter Pan. The artist’s name is Moorea. I met her during the multi-camera classes in the studio.

The story is about someone who is wishing something was happening in a relationship, but it’s not happening. So, it’s got two parts of it. One is a fantasy, what she's imagining in her head. And one is the reality, which is he likes her, but then again, he likes everybody. So we auditioned quite a few people for the lead, and we got Christophe Truschel, and for the extras we just used Facebook 'cause I’ve got a lot of friends in the mountains and we just sort of sent out, you know, "We’re doing a film". I think we linked it to the tree and everyone went “Ooh, that looks cool”.

I did have to find underwater housing for that [the camera]. And, it was quite hard to find, it was custom made for that camera and that lense. Just ‘cause it was so specialised; underwater housing for that camera; 'cause I wanted that camera, ‘cause everything else was shot, and we wanted it, you know, at 300 frames a second, so you know, I needed that. But normally, probably you wouldn’t have to have such specialist stuff.

But just on a side note, I think that’s how everything gets invented in the film industry, because people need stuff, you know, and then they think, “Oh, how can we get that effect?” And then they have to make it. So, I think that’s how the whole thing evolves. 

One moment that stands out is, when we were blowing the bubbles over the balcony, like we’ve got them standing there blowing bubbles that are supposed to be going out into the valley. But they’re not going out into the valley, they’re just flying back because the wind’s coming through the door. So, Michael Lameri, also one of the students, he’s actually just graduated, he had this brilliant idea of getting a fan, it was this whole sort of co-ordinated thing. We had four people blowing bubbles around the camera with the fan behind the steadicam operator. And so I was like “Action!” and then this whole sort of crusade of people just...[demonstrates]. 

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved on this in any way, because it all, just made it wonderful. And, I’d just like to give a little shout out to anyone out there who’s thinking of doing something, and it feels like it’s going to be too big or too hard, just to start it in little baby steps, and invite other people on, and see where it goes. "

Zanetta Potestas: 

"My name is Zanetta Potestas. I study Film & Television, and I’m currently in my 5th Trimester. I was the second Assistant Director for the music video. I was in charge of organising the cast and tending to their needs. Telling them when to come out when we were filming their scene, catering for them, that general kind of thing. 

I learned that it is a really, really fast paced environment, and there really is no time for you to sit down really quickly, you always have to be on-call.

Because there are so many different aspects to it, like one person can’t really do it all, so having one person dedicated to one particular aspect, having another, would really soften the load for the other person – keep it less stressed, and also keeps it fun because we’re all working together, and we’re all in the same boat, and if something goes wrong we can always help each other our through it. 

I guess being in that tree-house up in the mountains and seeing that wonderful landscape was really amazing. And being there with like, I was there with friends as well, so, sharing that with friends ,made it better. Like, I wouldn’t have gone there by myself, and I wouldn’t have gone there if Prue didn’t ask me to. 

So those little things that I’ve learnt at uni have made a really big contribution to the production."