If your band is up-and-coming, you probably have the songwriting and performing techniques mastered. The next step is to create the perfect music video. When done right, this kind of content can really generate hype and get your band’s name out there.
Creating a music video is an incredibly rewarding process. However, it can become a nightmare if you don’t prepare or take the right approach.
Here are our top four tips to keep in mind as you embark on filming your first music video.
1. Choose the Right Song
As with the rest of the music video creation process, you have a lot of creative freedom during this stage. Do you want to recycle an old single? Use one from an old album? Make a video for a new release? Write a new track altogether?
No matter which route you take, make sure that all members of your band are truly inspired by the song. This way, everyone will be fully invested in the creation of your debut video.
Consider choosing a shorter song for your band’s first project. Filming and editing a music video can take a lot of work. The longer the song, the more work your team will have to put in. Select a song that’s three minutes or shorter to start off with.
2. Assemble Your Cast, Crew, & Equipment
Before you can start filming, you need to assemble your cast and crew. Here are some of the people you’ll need on set:
- Lighting person
- Band members
- Actor/s (depending on the concept of your music video, you could need just one individual or many extras)
Make sure all your cast and crew members are available on the days you plan to film.
With your cast and crew selected, it’s time to gather the right equipment. This includes cameras, props, lights, and musical instruments. While you can use your band’s current instruments, you may need to get some new ones to match the theme of your music video.
But, bear in mind you don’t have to spend a fortune to get high-end equipment. For example, you can purchase a new or used quality drum set from a new and second-hand retailer like Drum Center of Portsmouth.
3. Plan the Layout of Your Music Video
Don’t start filming without a solid plan in mind: we recommend you create a storyboard, so you’ll have an outline of each shot. This way, you won’t miss anything and your music video will have a comprehensive storyline.
Consider input from all members involved and be willing to make changes where necessary.
Allow enough time to film each shot multiple times in case of mess-ups. If you have the equipment, capture multiple camera angles so you can choose the best shots later.
While you should try to stick to a schedule, don’t be afraid to improvise. Candid shots can add a unique final touch to your music video.
4. Take Your Time with the Editing Process
The editing process is where your music video will come together. Depending on your budget, you can enlist the help of a professional video editor or take on some DIY work.
If you choose the latter route, get some free or inexpensive video and sound editing software. PC users can opt for something like Adobe’s Premiere Elements, while iMovie is a good place to start for Apple users.
As you edit, keep the following in mind:
- Incorporate live footage of your band if you have any
- Don’t be afraid to use some stock footage (just make sure you have the legal rights to do so)
- Try adding sound effects like rain pattering or a door slamming (depending on the concept of your music video)
- Avoid using flashy special effects
Keep your first music video simple, but stay away from clichéd concepts. Add your band’s unique flair and you’ll have a high-quality video for your growing fan base!
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.