At Brio Integrated Theatre, we had the opportunity to create a music video of the original song called “Perfect” from their movie “The Portal”, which was made with students from the Burlington high school LABBB Collaborative. The song was written by Brio founder, Sahar Ahmed and her sisters. Intern Leila Ladd (also co-filmmaker) sang the song.
From the very beginning, we wanted our message to promote that an individual doesn’t need to be perfect to fit into society, and that being ‘perfect’ just doesn’t exist. This message of the video related to our own lives including how we both feel the need to be ‘perfect’ in school and in other aspects.
Throughout the process of expressing what the ‘Perfect‘ song means to us, we learned the importance of “visual storytelling” in filmmaking as we discussed, collaborated and created our storyboard for filming and editing this video. We learned from the staff at WinCAM and Brio about filming with different cameras, using the green screen and various shot types and editing techniques. We were inspired by the support we got from our community: getting help from a Middle School’s soccer team with local resident Peter Awerbuch, and local restaurant Comella’s, who let us film in their restaurant.
The three bullet points below represent the stories that we chose to present in the music video: