Music videos are the best way to get a piece of music out there, but even the popular ones don’t always have to have fancy graphics and high-quality sound. With all the tools that are available for free today, creating a music video for both personal and professional use is easier than ever.
In order to create a music video, a few tools will be needed, but the bank doesn’t need to be broken on these tools, especially if the video is for personal use only. Buying a ‘good enough’ camera or microphone is good for a first try, and then they can be upgraded.
A camera: The quality of said camera depends on the type of video that is being made as something for YouTube is going to be of lesser quality than something for television. Still, a good enough cheap camera that can record video and sound is just as purchasable as a high-quality one.
Lighting equipment: This is useful for videos that film in different locations, where the lightning quality isn’t always the same. Having a way to brighten up a room or location is always useful, and these pieces of lighting equipment are offered at a range of prices.
Location: Think about where shots can and can’t be filmed, and be sure to ask for permission and talk to people before filming in a public area.
Plotting out the way that the video should look will save time when the filming starts, and by producing a storyboard, the plot comes alive visually. Storyboards will help with things like shot sizes, camera angles, and movements.
They also work as a great way for actors to see what they are supposed to do if they are not involved in the creation of the idea. By using the pictures and a few well-placed arrows, directions can be communicated visually and quickly with no trouble.
They will even start to help tell the story of the video if done right. For example, a sad song scene will become even sadder if the right camera angles are applied. By using a storyboard and taking the time to do all this beforehand, the extra work will pay off in spades as varying the angles, shots, and movements of the camera will certainly keep the video interesting.
Now go film!
With this preparation, the actual process of filming the music video should be quite easy and quick. Aside from moving to locations with the gear, instruments, and setting everything up, the best thing to remember is that it might take several shoots and even reshoots to get everything looking good.
While the filming doesn’t have to be perfect, the experience that is gained from the whole process is often the most important thing. Then watch more music videos, get feedback, and then get started again. Using feedback effectively is the best way to produce better and higher quality music videos until they are up there with the pros.