Shooting your own music video in 4 basic steps:
We often receive requests from young musicians who write to Epik asking for costs to record their first music video, and even though we try hard to accommodate all those we can, many are still left behind.
Getting yourself known as a musician is a long drawn out process that requires considerable time and effort.
Not to forget the bills you would be paying to rent a place, eat and practice your art.
Often budding artists are stuck in this vicious circle with no end in sight and don’t have enough money to produce a video that will truly get them the attention they deserve.
So what can they do? The answer is simple: film one with the help of a bunch of friends!
It may not be perfect, but still it’s enough to get you started by uploading your music on websites such as YouTube so you can establish a fan base.
Things you will need to shoot your own music video:
- Good enough camera
- Tripod (or a stable base for the camera)
- Editing software
- A group of friends
- Record Your Song:
The first step to shooting any video is to have a track you can use to overlay the video. So if you haven’t already had your song professionally recorded, you could try using a field recorder or your iPhone to record your song through apps like Garage Band. You can later even play this recording to lip sync to your song while shooting the video.
- Look For A Location:
Once the recording is done, you can start with the location hunt. So, unless you had a big idea that would see you do an extempore, you should use creativity and an artist’s brain to think of alternate solutions that could fit in your budget, even if it is nil. Look for what you can use to your advantage, ask a friend for help or shoot in after hours to cut down on costs.
Be careful while shooting indoors as it can lead to grainy videos without proper lighting; shooting outdoors is considerably easier or if you can afford it – arrange a light kit! Sunny weather or days when it is cloudy will serve you good with sufficient natural lighting. You can try shooting your video in locations such as parks, streets, roofs of buildings, parking lots, etc.
- Shoot It Right:
Normally script may be an important factor, but here you can forget about it and rather concentrate on what matters most – your music! Also, try to be passionate about it and have fun at the shoot. Ask the camera-person to experiment with all kinds of shots – close ups, mid shots, extreme close ups, wide angles, etc
Also, if it’s someone who hasn’t studied the art of handling a camera before, ask them to just follow the simplest of them all, The Rule of Thirds. Focus the subject of your frame at the intersection point of 9 imaginary and equal squares covering the screen, to get a decent shot.
Remember it’s your video, so act natural or in any way you want – stare down the camera or not, do whatever you want and enjoy the experience of shooting your own video.
- Edit It:
This is the final part of producing any music video and this is where it comes alive. If you can’t afford a regular editor, ask a friend who might know a thing or two, to give you a helping hand. Just remember to use a professional editing software like FCP or Adobe’s Premiere when editing the video. You can also try some other tools like Tubifi or WeVideo, if you can’t afford a proper editing software. Do what you should but never use Windows Movie Maker or iMovie to edit your video, as they only provide you with linear editing.
Start with laying down the soundtrack before you start editing your video. Experiment with graphics, texts and effects; but remember not to waste your time on the same angle shots or use longcuts to make the video seem boring.
Every editor has a different style, some may love beats others might like verses. But your focus should be just on making it look good to the eye and once you are done with it, you can export it to a format type that you want.
You can watch your final video over and over and edit it more if you missed on something before you decide to upload it on any of the video sharing websites.
Written by Tai Campbell, Creative Director at Epik Music Videos – London based Music videos production company: http://www.epikmusicvideos