Filming Locations

For our narrative part of the video we have filmed in many different locations. We have decided that the video will be set in an urban environment, and decided to use places which reflect that.

We have filmed at an underpass, a car park and an embankment close to the city center. Those locations were used mostly for the scenes which show the violent nature of the main character.

For the therapist scene we decided to film in school. We have booked a meeting room, which we used as the therapy room, and the reception area which fortunately was right next to the room, to film the character signing in and waiting for his appointment.

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As for the performance we have decided to stick with a studio setting, which we noticed was common for performance videos when doing our research. We have used a drama room in our school.

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Supporting Characters Costumes


For the therapist scene we decided to dress Tanisha in business wear, to make her look professional. This helps the audience in identifying her character as a therapist.

Main Character Costumes

Costume 1

This is the costume in which we see the main character at the beginning of the music video. The dark colours (mostly black) reinforce the problems he is facing, such as his violent nature. The colour red on the t-shirt can signify danger from his side, and helps the audience to identify him as the violent guy in the scene.

Costume 2

When going to his therapy session to get help, the character changes his appearance. He’s wearing less black, therefore creating the illusion of him coming to terms with his problem, and helping the audience identify that he wants to change. The grey colour also could signify balance, as it’s a cool, neutral, giving the audience and impression of a changed mindset.

Prescription Receipt

In order to make it clear that the main character need medication to deal with his problems, and to make it more believable, Jake has made a fake prescription receipt. It has a few┬áreferences to the video, such as the logo/name of the pharmacy, DRK, which is a short for Dark; links back to the title of the song we chose, Dark Necessities. Another reference is in the doctor’s name: Dr. D Necess.


In order to make the video more realistic, we decided to use make up to create bruised knuckles on the main character. This shows off his violent nature and helps the audience identify what is going on in the scene.



Jake – Main Character; Protagonist

Tanisha – Therapist

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Brendon – Lead Singer

Nikola – Drummer

Gianni – Guitarist

Joe – Bassist

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Note: The band actually plays the instruments they play in the video; the only exception is Brendon who is not actually in the band.


One of the most obvious props we used in our video are the instruments in the performance element. We are planning to use drums, guitar and bass in order to reinforce the genre and give the audience a better idea of the genre we selected to follow and base our video in. This also makes the video look more realistic, and that’s reinforced further by the fact that the band members that act for us in the video are actually musicians and can play the song well.

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Band Costumes

For the photoshoots and filming sessions we asked the band members to wear what they would normally wear, and luckily their style fit in perfectly with the image we were hoping to create in order to appeal to the audience.

The dark colours of the clothes reinforce the genre and therefore give the audience an idea of what music the band plays. The red shirt one of the guys wore fits in with the theme of the video and Digi-Pak giving it an interesting and engaging theme.

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