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.
Videographer: 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.