Friday, 28 October 2011

JT - Take That Brief History

 Take That

Take That are an English five-piece vocal pop group including Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams. Gary Barlow is the lead singer and mainly writes their songs. In total, the group have had 27 top 40 singles and 16 top 5 singles in the United Kingdom alone, 11 of which have reached number 1, as well as having seven number 1 albums.

Take That's dance-oriented pop tunes and soulful ballads dominated the UK charts in the first half of the 1990s, winning multiple BRIT Awards while also selling two of the best selling albums of the decade with Everything Changes (which was nominated for the 1994 Mercury Prize) and their Greatest Hits album. Robbie Williams left the band in 1995 while the four remaining members completed their world tour and released a final single before splitting up in 1996.

However, after filming a 2005 documentary and releasing a new greatest hits album, the four-piece Take That officially announced a 2006 reunion tour around the UK, called The Ultimate Tour. On 9 May 2006, it was announced that the group were set to record new material together once again; their fourth studio album, Beautiful World, was released in 2006 and was followed up with The Circus, in 2008. The group achieved new success as a four-piece, scoring a string of chart hits across the UK and Europe while taking the number of records sold to over 40 million worldwide.
Williams rejoined Take That in 2010 for the band's sixth studio album, Progress. It was released on 15 November of that year and became the fastest selling album of the 21st century thus far, the second fastest selling album in British history, whilst also making it the first album of new material to feature Take That's original line-up since their 1995 album, Nobody Else. Since 2011, Take That have set the new record for the fastest selling tour of all time in the UK, beating the previous record set by their Circus Live Tour in 2009, won best British group, and have become Amazon's best-selling artist of all time.

JT - Codes and Conventions for Music Videos


Hip/Hop & Rap - Stereotypical good looking girls, Money, Big flash cars, Big Houses/mansions, fish eye lense, Alcohol/partying, Clubs, Bling/flash jewellry and are normally narrative or performance based videos

Indie Band - Based on live stages, dressed in the stereotypical indie way eg jeans, long hair and are quite performance based

Boy band - performance based, clips of concerts, screaming girl fans, dance routines, soft editing and shows a protagonist girl

Heavy Metal - Mosh pits, dark clothing, screaming, Head banging and are all performance/narrative based

R 'n' B - glamourised, jewellry, mostly narrative/image based, dancing and revealing outfits

All - Media Language Week 8

Codes and Conventions of Music Videos


Hip/Hop & Rap - Stereotypical good looking girls, Money, Big flash cars, Big Houses/mansions, fish eye lense, Alcohol/partying, Clubs, Bling/flash jewellry and are normally narrative or performance based videos

Indie Band - Based on live stages, dressed in the stereotypical indie way eg jeans, long hair and are quite performance based

Boy band - performance based, clips of concerts, screaming girl fans, dance routines, soft editing and shows a protagonist girl 

Heavy Metal - Mosh pits, dark clothing, screaming,  Head banging and are all performance/narrative based

R 'n' B - glamourised, jewellry, mostly narrative/image based, dancing and revealing outfits

Pop - Dancing, attractive cast, Lip syncing, studio lighting, high budget

Differences between Genre and Format

Format is the presentation of the information, for example music video or film opening, however each of these formats split into genres, for example, for msic, Pop, R'n'B, Chick flick and Horror

What we have learnt from those examples is that there is never specific codes and conventions for all genres, within each genre there is seperate conventions. Our genre is Pop but none of the above link in with our idea, especially the lighting and high budget because we don't have access to this as we are an indie production. 

Monday, 24 October 2011

JT - Robbies Music Video Covers

This is a video showing all Robbie's releases in date order and the actual videos can be found in the links list

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

GM - Coursework Pitch

Artist: Robbie Williams
Track: She's the One
Director: -
Year released: 1999
Genre: Pop
Main target audience: 15-24year olds

This is the original music video for the track which won an award in 2000 for 'Best British Video'.

Robbie Williams - She's The One on MUZU.TV

Robbie Williams - She's The One on MUZU.TV

I am going to recreate this with a performance and narrative music video. For the performance aspects of the video
 will be an older male lipsyncing the lyrics, being Robbie Williams. The person playing Robbie will ideally be in their
 late 20's early 30. For this I may use the school stage in B hall as the location for the shoot along with a
microphone set. It will be mainly look to camera shots taken from various angles and differing heights. In
order to link that narrative and performance together, at this stage I am considering having Robbie walking
through the locations of narrative, eg leaves, lip-syncing.

The narrative sections will consist of three different ages of people, one boy and one girl, starting with a young
child. We may have problems with this so I am not giving an exact age but aslong as they are under 7years old
 it will work. The second couple will be about 14 and these actors will be hopefully some of my brothers friends in
his year. Finally will be two 18 year olds for which I will use people in my year for. The ages of the younger
 children may vary depending on parental consent and availability during the time of filming. Permission slips
 will have to be signed by parents in the case of the younger children. The narrative of the younger children will be
recored on a DV camera that we used last year. They have lower screen quality so will provide the effect of ageing
 on the footage. If this is not to the level we would like it, further editing can be done in Final Cut Express.
The remaining footage will be shot using a HD camera.

Some of my ideas of what the actors can be doing for the separate age groups are;

  • messing about in the leaves

  • blowing out birthday candles

  • baking - for this the youngest two will have baking mix around their face and the older two will have flour 
handprints on their bum or chest.
    • driving a car - the youngest in a homemade cardboard box car, the 14year olds on Mario Karts on the Wii
     using the wheel remote and the oldest couple driving an actual car.
      • I love you - messy childrens writing, text language, pretty swirly writing
      • fancy dress - the outfits get more revealing as the children get older
      • watching tv together - ceebeebies, the simpsons, a romantic movie cuddled up on the sofa however some
       testing will need to be done for this one as the tv may flicker as we play the footage back
        There will also be a collage of photos of their life together, and pan of the window sill which is decorated with 
        photo frames - camera then zooms into one of these and it turns from a still image to a a film memory. Bonfire 
        nights/ watching the fireworks together - toffee apples, hats and scarfs etc. swings/at the park. First kiss.
        Editing - not only will the footage of the younger children be aged, it may also be in black and white to make 
        it clear that it is a memory. I will also use slow motion for certain sections of the flashbacks and a variety of 
        transitions as well as layering.
        My inspiration for this pitch was not necessarily other music videos, however I have looked at other forms of
        multimedia such as the Nikon Coolpix s3000 camera advert where there are a group of friends and the person
        taking the photo zooms in on the face of the person he loves. Another example of my influences can be seen

        The John Lewis Chrismas 2010 advert:

        All of these ideas are condensed into my pitch to the class that you can view below, along with some feedback and questions I recieved after

        Thursday, 13 October 2011

        JT - Robbie Williams Profile

        "Robert Peter "Robbie" Williams[1] (born 13 February 1974) is an English singer-songwriter, vocal coach and occasional actor. He is a member of the pop group Take That. Williams rose to fame in the band's first run in the early- to mid-1990s. After many disagreements with the management and certain group members, Williams left the group in 1995 to launch his solo career. On 15 July 2010, it was announced he had rejoined Take That and that the group intended to release a new album in November 2010[2][3] which became the second fastest-selling album of all-time in UK chart history[4] and the fastest-selling record of the century.[5]
        Williams has sold more than 57 million albums worldwide.[6] He is the best-selling British solo artist in the United Kingdom and the best selling non-Latino artist in Latin America. Six of his albums are among the top 100 biggest-selling albums in the United Kingdom. He has also been honoured with seventeen BRIT Awards—more than any other artist—and seven ECHO Awards. In 2004, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame after being voted as the "Greatest Artist of the 1990s."

        Wikipedia - 2011

        Robbie Williams Life History

        His part in Take That 
        •  Robbie was the youngest member to join Take That, at the age of 16 in 1990. 
        •  He was known as the joker of the band 
        • Williams did perform lead vocals on their first Top Ten hit "Could It Be Magic", "I Found Heaven", and "Everything Changes".
          • He then found himself taking cocaine and drinking large amounts of alcohol due to a conflict between restrictive rules of the band
          • In July 1995, Williams's drug abuse had escalated to the point of his having a near drug overdose the night before the group was scheduled to perform at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
          • William's then went on to having ,major conflicts with band member Jason Orange and Gary Barlow, as he wanted different things and went the wrong way about it
          • The group confronted Williams about his attitude and stated they wanted to do the tour without him. He agreed to quit the band and left; it would be the last time for twelve years that they were all together
          • They finished there tour and then ended in 1996
          • A clause in his Take That contract prohibited him from releasing any material until after the group was officially dissolved, and he was later sued by Martin-Smith and forced to pay $200,000 in commission

        After Take That : Robbie's Solo Career

        The Beginning:
        • 1996 - Freedom (A cover version of George Michaels Original), Reached number 2 in the UK Charts (26 places higher than George Michaels original)
        First Studio Album: Life Thru A Lens (1997)
        •  1997 - Old Before I Die (First single from his album), Reached number 2 in the UK Charts
        • Album was slow moving, hitting number 11 in the UK album charts
        • 1997 - South Of The Border (Third single from his album), Reached number 14 in the UK Charts
        • 1997Angels (Fouth single from his album), Reached number 1 in the UK Charts (His best selling hit and was certified x2 platinum by BPI, due to this his album skyrocketted)
        • 1998 - Let Me Entertain You (Fifth single from his album) Stayed at number 3 in the UK charts for a month
        • The album sold over 3 million copies in Europe
        • The album remained inside the British top ten for forty weeks and spent 218 weeks there altogether, making it the 58th best selling album in UK History with sales of over 2.4 million
        Second Studio Album : I've Been Expecting You (1998)
        • 1998 - Millennium (First Single Realised), Reached number 1 in the UK Charts (Certified Gold by BPI and came top 20 in many Europian countries also in Latin America and Austrailia)
        • Album went straight to number 1 in the UK Album Charts
        • 1998 - No Regrets (Second single realised and a collaboration with The Pet Shop Boys' singer Neil Tennant and The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon), Reached number 4 in the UK Charts (Certified Silver by BPI)
        • 1998 - Stronger (Third single from his album), Reached number 4 in the UK Charts
        • 1998 - She's the One (Fourth single from his album) (A cover of a track from World Party's album, Egyptology) Reached number 1 in the UK Charts (The single was released as a double a-side with "It's Only Us", the official theme for FIFA 2000 and was also certified Gold by BPI)
        • Williams finished the year with an extensive European Tour late in 1999
        • The album sold over 3 million copies and was certified 10x Platinum by the BP
        • In 1999, Williams was signed to Capitol Records in the United States, which is a part of EMI
        Third Studio Album : The Ego Has Landed (1999) (US only album)
        • It was realised in America and was not successful but did get some air play
        • 1999 - No Regrets (First single from his album) Spend 1 week in top ten in UK charts and reached Austria's top 40
        • 1999 - Angels (Second Single from his album) (Certified Gold by RIAA)
        • The album was a success in New Zealand reaching number 1 on the official album charts

        Single : Rock DJ (2000)
        • Won Best song at the MTV Europe Music Awards for Best Song in 2000
        • Won Best British Single at the BRIT awards 
        • One a number of best video awards and nominations
        • Robbie's third UK number 1. Was a huge hit across Europe and South America 
        • Went platinum in Australia, number 4 in the charts
        • A DVD was made in 2000, showing behind the scenes footage and the film length version of the video

        Fourth Studio Album : Sing When You're Winning (2000)
        • Rock DJ has already been realised, kicking off he albums big launch
        • 2000 - Kids Feat Kylie Minogue (Second single from his album) Went to number 2 in the UK charts (Reached 14 in Australia)
        • 2000 - Where Egos Dare was a DVD released showing lots of different bits from his tour and music videos
        • 2000 - Supreme (Third single from his album) Was number 4 in the UK Charts and number 3 in the Austrian Charts 
        • 2001 - Let Love Be Your Life (Fourth single from his album) Only went to number 10 in the UK Charts for 1 week

        Fifth Studio Album : Swing When You're Winning (2001)
        • 2001 - When this album got released so did a DVD of Robbie live at the Albert Hall. It became the biggest selling music DVD ever in the UK and topped the Music DVD charts. It was a massive hit in Australia, it went straight to number 1 and spent 177 weeks in the DVD charts.
        • 2001 - Somethin' Stupid Feat Nicole Kidman (First single from his album) Robbie's 5th number 1 and stayed there for 3 weeks (It went global)
        • 2002 - Nobody Somebody was a DVD released, featured his European tour and behind the scenes footage.

        Sixth Studio Album : Escapology (2002)
        • Escapology, was released shortly after his reported 80 million contract with EMI - the biggest music deal in British History
        • The album went to No.1 in the UK and throughout Europe, and reaching the Top Ten in the Latin American, Southeast Asian and Australasian charts.
        • The album was the UK's Number 1 for five weeks and sold more than 1.2 million copies in Britain alone, becoming the UK's biggest selling album of the year
        • 2002 - Feel (First single from his album) Went to number 2 in the UK charts (It was a top 10 hit throughout most of Europe and Australasia. It spent 54 weeks in the Canadian charts and reached number 1 in Portugal and Italy.)
        • 2003 - Come Undone (Second single from his album) Went to number 4 in the UK charts and top 10 in several European countries
        • 2003 - The Robbie Williams Show DVD, with him singing for 90 minutes all the hits and his new material, only got to 52 in the UK Charts
        • 2003 - Something Beautiful (Third Single from his album) Top 10 in New Zealand, UK, Ireland and Denmark
        • 2003 - Live at Knebworth Album, Went to number 2 in the UK charts, Number 1 throughout many European countries including Denmark, Norway and Portugal. Top Ten entries from Argentina to Saudi Arabia, Live At Knebworth sold almost 118,000 copies in its first week and has sold more that half a million copies to date
        • 2003 - What We Did Last Summer, Live at Knebworth DVD of the full concert
        • 2003 - Sexed Up (Fourth single from his album) Top 10 throughout most of Europe, Sexed Up reached its peak position of Number 5 in the Hungarian chart

        Seventh Studio Album : Greatest Hits (2004)
        • It went to number 1 in the UK charts. Went to Number 1 in 18 countries including Arabia, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, UK, Argentina, Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
        • Robbie's fastest-selling album marked his first Number 1 in Australia, Italy, Spain and France and his fifth hit in Germany
        • 2004 - Radio (First single from his album), Reached Number 1 in the UK Charts Reached Number 2 in both the UK and Denmark, Radio hit the top 10 throughout most of Europe including Austria, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Norway and Spain
        • 2004 - Misunderstood (Second single from his album), Reached number 8

        Eighth Studio Album : Intensive Care (2005)
        • Sales of 373,000 in the first week made Intensive Care Robbie's fastest-selling album to date and ensured it took the Number 1 position in the UK Charts
        • 2005 - Advertising Space (First single from his album) Reached the Top 10 in many European countries, including Italy, UK, Denmark and Switzerland
        • 2006 - Sin Sin Sin (Second single from his album) It was a digital release only. It topped the iTunes chart and reached number 22 in the UK chart on download sales alone

        Ninth Studio Album : Rudebox (2006)
        • 2006 - Rudebox (First single from his album) A top 10 single in many European countries, peaked at number 1 in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Turkey and remained within the UK Top 40 for 9 weeks
        • Rudebox entered the UK charts at number 1, remaining there for a week
        • The album also performed excellently in Germany and Italy, where it also reached the top spot
        • 2006 - Lovelight (Second single from his album) Went in to the Dutch Mega Top 50, entering at number 2, number 5 in the French singles chart and number 8 in the UK
        • 2006 - And through it all : Robbie Williams Live DVD , In the Germany DVD charts it went to Number 5 and lasted 14 weeks in the Top 100. In the UK it reached number 14
        • 2007 - Shes Madonna (Third single from his album) Top 5 in the singles charts in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Holland and Italy
        • 2007 - Live at the Albert Hall DVD, shows over 100 minutes of his concert
        Tenth Studio Album : Reality Killed the Video Star (2009)
        • 2009 - Bodies (First single from his album) Got to number 2 in the UK Charts and went to number 1 in numerous countries
        • 2009 - You Know Me (Second single from his album) went to number 6 in the UK charts
        • 2010 - Morning Sun (Third single from his album) Was released for Sport Relief and all profits went to this charity, Went to number 45 in the UK charts

        In and Out Of Consciousness The Greatest Hits Double CD (2010)
        • 2010 - Shame By Garry Barlow and Robbie Williams, (First single from album) Went to number 1 in the UK Charts
        • All the rest of the songs were hits from the 1990's, which have all been previously released

        Back With Take That (2010) First Time In 15 Years

        Progress 2010, their first reunion album
        • 2010 - The Flood (First single from their album) Went to number 1 in the UK Charts
        • 2011 - Kidz (Second single from their album) Went to number 28 in  the UK Charts
        Progressed 2011
        • 2011 - Love Love (First Single from their album) Went to number 14 in the UK Charts
        • 2011 - When We Were Young (Second single from their album) Went to number 88 in the UK Charts
        Robbie Has now left Take That to persue a solo career, this was a mutural decsion and they are still all friends. He recently helped Gary Barlow on the X Factor at judges houses.

        All information was found on Wikipedia, Robbie Williams Official Website and My own knowledge (All websites I used are in a links list)

        Robbies target audience is mainly female, 25-50 as they were in there teens when Robbie was first releasing his music

        There has been a video for each of these songs:
        • Old Before I Die (1997)
        • South Of the Border (1997)
        • Angels (1997)
        • Let Me Entertain You (1998)
        • Millennium (1998)
        • No Regrets (1998)
        • Stronger (1998)
        • She's The One (1998) (Already previously deconstructed)
        • Rock DJ (2000)
        • Kids (2000)
        • Where Egos Dare (2000)
        • Supreme (2000)
        • Let Love Be Your Life (2001)
        • Somethin' Stupid (2002)
        • Feel (2002)
        • Come Undone (2003)
        • Something Beautiful (2003)
        • Sexed Up (2003)
        • Radio (2004)
        • Misunderstood (2004)
        • Advertising Space (2005)
        • Sin Sin Sin (2006)
        • Rudebox (2006)
        • Lovelight (2006)
        • She's Madonna (2007)
        • Bodies (2009)
        • You Know Me (2009)
        • Morning Sun (2010)
        • Shame (2010)
        Each video can be found on the video links list to the side of the page
         Robbies Controversy 

        Williams' wild partying in the years following his departure from Take That led him down into the dark and apparently inevitable world of drink and drugs. Before long he found his way along the path endless celebrities take, landing in rehab before Thru The Lens album had even been completed. He revealed in 2011 he had been battling a lethargy for a number of years and thought at first it was a return of his depression.

        Drug Rehab California Quote about Robbies stay with them

        Robbie, who suffers from depression, has been clean from cocaine and alcohol for six years and insists he has not suffered a relapse in those battles. Instead, he has been taking sleeping pills because he suffers from insomnia. 

        He is hooked on the powerful anti-depressant Seroxat, and daily he gets through with 36 double espresso coffees, 60 cigarettes and around 20 cans of Red Bull energy drinks. This was all over news papers and the nation couldn't believe that the singing sensation was intoxicating this each day

        The singer recently told reporters, "I hate drugs, I love drugs. As depressing and heartbreaking as it is, soul-destroying, relationship-destroying as it is, it makes life f-ing interesting."

        Emily Feimster article on celebrity rehab This website gave a very good account in detail of Robbies troubled past
        "Robbie went to rehab at a oppulance hospital in Arizona in 2007 for obsession to medication drug and in 1995 for splash and drug addiction, revelation a Take That documentary: “No-one’s got the romantic collection to attend to being looked at by a million people. Live the dream? Live the nightmare.”
        “Without rehab I’d be dead, not to be the theater queen-y.”
        During his 21-day liberation army in 2007, Robbie assumingly transfered time swatting up on anything insubstantial , with a buddy saying: “He’s perplexing to keep his brain active. He wants to brush up on his British and US history.”