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Tips for Shooting Quality Footage

September 5th, 2014

After you’re ready with your storyboard, here are some tips for getting a high quality footage:

IMG_37831. Determine what sort of video production you’re going for.

Depending on the type of video production you’re going for, you can hand hold your camera (producing a slight “shaky” cam type shot) or put your camera on a tripod for a more steady solid shot.

If you’re going for the more raw hand held look, try to steady the camera as much as possible.  Using a combination of the 2 methods is sometimes the best way to go to get diverse footage for editing.  You can do several takes of the song with both methods to give the editors plenty of footage to work with.

2. Shooting your video outdoors where there’s a lot of natural light is best.

Filming indoors usually requires some extra lighting to produce a satisfactory image.  You can also explore with higher ISO settings in low light situations to give a more grainy look to the film.  The movie “300″ is a good example of high ISO shooting.

3. Sync your live footage to your music.

When filming, your song should be playing in the background so you can line it up perfectly with the tempo of your recording. Don’t worry about the quality of your vocals while recording, or any background noise during the shoot. This will be replaced with your professionally produced song during post processing.  It’s important to actually sing while you’re shooting, otherwise the footage may look like you’re simply lip syncing.

4. We recommend hiring a professional videographer or photographer.

IMG_4363A helping hand is always useful, and they have the experience and knowledge to use high quality lenses and camera equipment to get high quality results. Renting expensive equipment probably isn’t the best approach if you don’t know what you’re doing!  Putting that money towards a professional might be a better approach to get the best bang for your buck.

Professional photographers and videographers will also be able to make sure the lighting and settings that you choose to shoot in are the best. It’s always helpful to have a second opinion as far as the creative side goes to developing the shots in the best way to tell the story for your music video.

Find out more about preparing files for our video team and creating a music video.










Featured Artist: Screaming Culture

September 4th, 2014

Screaming Culture1Ricardo Monteiro is the voice and songwriter behind the solo project “Screaming Culture”.  Based out of London, we have recently collaborated online with Screaming Culture to finish the latest single “Numb”.

Blending the combination of live drums, alternative/rock guitars, ambient layers of keys, drum programming and bass, this song unfolds as the perfect support to his emotive vocals. The production captures the essence of the pain involved in the story being told of anxiety and the dissociative disorder.

Not only have we recently completed the music production for Screaming Culture, but we have teamed up with our video editors to finalize the music video for the single. We are very proud to introduce our new video services here at Studio Pros to add another outlet to help independent artists such as Screaming Culture get their music out to an audience.

Check out Screaming Culture’s new single “Numb”:

How did you first get involved with

I’ve found about StudioPros a few years back when I was searching for session musicians online.

How was the StudioPros process for you? Was it difficult to work online?

It was actually very easy to work online. You get a preview in approximately 48 hours which is great, and the results are amazing.

How did we help to get your songs sounding professional?

StudioPros was a great help to take my songs to another level. The recordings sound clear and the session players are incredibly skilled. The producers know what to say, when to say it and give you very wise advice.

How many songs have you produced with StudioPros?

I’ve produced 2 full songs with StudioPros recently. I’ve used their services in the past but usually for single instrument tracks. I am definitely going to work with them in a very near future.
“Numb” will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon mp3

Who are some of your favorite songwriters and musical influences?

The band that most influenced me as a musician was Nirvana. I remember being young and listening to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for the first time. That song made me want to learn how to play guitar. Today it’s not really something I listen to but I still think they were brilliant,

I’ve started learning guitar when I was 13 and in no time I was composing my own songs. I joined my first band when I was 15 and played with several other bands after. In 2009, I created my solo project Screaming Culture and since then I’ve been composing all of my music on my own. The instruments I use the most are the guitar and bass.  I also use Pro Tools and Reason a lot, which for me are as important as the instruments in my creation process.

What was the inspiration and writing process like for “Numb”?

screaming-culture-numb-cover2Numb is quite a personal song. It is about anxiety and dissociative disorder. Sometimes people feel detached from the world, unreal, numb, but it’s all in your head, that’s what “Numb is about”. The inspiration for this song was my own experience. The writing process was actually very simple and happened very naturally. I remember being in my home studio and I thought to myself, it’s all in your head, you just have to let it go. So I picked up my guitar and started playing…

For me music is a way to escape from stress, problems, frustrations, etc…music is powerful, for me it is a therapy. Sometimes I get inspired by movies or books and obviously by other musicians.

What do you do for a living?

I am a sound engineer and I also work at a Tattoo Shop in London, United Kingdom.

What is your plan for your final recordings?

I will be releasing the single Sept. 5th as an independent artist. It will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon mp3 and many others for listening or purchase.

To find our more about Screaming Culture:

Get your songs produced by StudioPros

If you are interested in getting your songs produced professionally, don’t hesitate to contact producers Kati O’Toole or Robb Hutzal.

Read more about StudioPros Music Production here:

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If you’d like to discuss getting a project started, call: 1-310-928-7776. We look forward to working with you soon!

Making Your Own Music Video

August 27th, 2014

Making a music video clip used to be something that only major label artists would do. Today, just like recording your own song at home or online, it’s easier than before to shoot your own music video.

Follow these guidelines in creating your music video:

1.  The core of a good music video is a good story.

Develop the idea that you’d like the music video to be based off of. Think of a concept that you can have that will appropriately support and help visually portray the song. Think about what makes your song special. Coming up with a unique concept for your video is the best way to make a great music video on a budget. It doesn’t have to be literal, but something to visually keep the audience intrigued.

Check the following video for an example of a simple and professional music video:

2. Write down your ideas.

Like writing a song, developing the idea for your music video will take some revisions and brainstorming. Keep a log of your ideas and feel free to change them as your video ideas unfold.

3. Get a second opinion from others involved.

Collaboration in music is important. The same goes with creating videos and music videos especially. Share your ideas with the team involved that will help you create your video and narrow down a game plan to make things happen. Developing what is realistic in the timeline provided and the locations that you can shoot will help you develop a solid plan.

4. Create a storyboard.

Jot down all of your ideas and a timeline of when and where they will happen in your music video. This helps give a general outline and feel of the music video you are developing. Think of it as a rough sketch.

5. Pick the location for the video.

Once you’ve developed your theme and the storyboard for your video, find the perfect location to do the filming. You can pick more than one location as well. Make sure the location you are picking will be optimal for getting the best light and backdrop for the vibe of your video.

We always recommend the outdoor locations for the use of natural light. Also, indoor locations with incoming natural light are always a good option. If you do choose to shoot indoors, be sure to use the appropriate lighting so the subject is properly lit in the video.

6. Pick your cast.

Will you be starring in your music video? Do you need to have actors involved? Are you going to have other characters involved in developing your story? Be sure to find the appropriate team to help best portray your ideas.

7. Pick your film crew.

Finding the right team of videographers and crew to help with the filming, lighting and video production is important. Make sure to assign roles in the film crew.

Director: In charge of the overall concept of the video and making sure that is developing in the right direction between the film crew and actors involved. Making sure what’s being filmed is capturing the vision of the video.

Professionally filming and capturing the footage of your music video.

8. Make it happen!

Preparing raw footage for video editing

Obviously, the footage you’ll be sending us has a critical role in the overall quality of the music video. However, our talented team of video editors know how to work with various levels of footage quality. They can utilize their tricks and make your footage look better with the right editing, filters and color correction.

Here are some Tips for Shooting Quality Footage.

Labor Day Weekend Music Production Sale!

August 27th, 2014

In observance of the Labor Day weekend here in the States, we wanted to offer you a little something special towards getting your songs produced professionally with our team.

Order a basic production package for $1099 and get a $150 credit/song applied to your account. This could be applied towards the existing production or any additional Studio Pros service we offer.

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Follow this link to place your production order online or listen to production samples:

To get the $150 credit, place a full music production order and reply to your order confirmation. On the following Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, we will add the $150 credit to your account.

- No limit to the amount of productions you order!
- Order now and upload files later!
- Special is valid from Thursday, Aug. 28- Midnight Sept. 1st.

If you’d like help setting up this order, we have producers available at: 1-310-928-7776 from 7am-4pm PST M-F.

Up To $50 Off Mixing and Mastering Services!

August 14th, 2014

It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over! We wanted to offer you an end of summer mixing and mastering special to help you put the finishing touches on your projects before the fall kicks in.

This is a great opportunity to get some MAJOR discounts on mixing/mastering your album or individual songs.

$50 Off Custom Mixes ($249 instead of $299)
with coupon code: bcktoschlmix50

$25 Off Mastering ($74 instead of $99)
with coupon code: bcktoschlmaster

Place your mixing and mastering orders here:

- Offer expires Sunday, 08/17/2014 at midnight
- Order now, upload files later.
- No limit to the number of projects you order.

If you’d like help, contact one of our available producers at: 1-310-928-7776.

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