We produced this music video featuring live action puppets, musical talents, and animated elements. Here are production tips for this video:
1. Although we haven’t used a laugh track in any of the other videos in this production tips series, a laugh track is added to this video. For example, at :41 seconds, the laugh track can be heard to accent the comedic point when the Uncle Ellis character begins daydreaming. Another significant comedic point occurs at 5:35 after the closing credits, with the “2 Feet From Stardom” reference.
2. At :23 seconds, there is a bee seen through the window. To achieve this effect, we placed the animated bee over the existing glossy home interior graphics. We then sourced and added a specific audio buzzing sound. A fade in and a fade out are also added to this buzzing to accompany the visual of the bee coming closer to the window then flying farther away.
3. At 4:00 minutes, a visual of jellybeans begin to shower across the screen. To achieve this effect, we first recorded the jelly beans in front of a green screen. This jellybean video layer was then added over the music video layer and the color green was removed. Then, we copied the jellybean video layer and placed many layers of this at different coordinates on the screen as well as staggering their entrance times to create a very full layer of jellybeans over the music video. In addition, the actress threw real candy and actual props up in the air to correspond with the timing of the candy rain.
4. The puppets appear to eat the candy on the video layer as it falls. To achieve this effect, we placed the puppets individually in front of the green screen and threw real jellybeans in the air for them to catch and eat. These video layers of the puppets were then added to the candy rain layer in the timeline.
5. To achieve the video wall effect at the end with all of the featured talent, we sent the soundtrack to the actors in advance and they submitted their videos electronically. This way, we could ensure that their choreography was in time to the music. Each video submission once received was then placed into the timeline, re-sized to fit the proportions of the video wall, and then incorporated into the scene.
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