How to Make a Music Video

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To make a music video, find a band or musician willing to let you direct their music video, study the structure of the song, develop a visual plan, and get lots of coverage of the band. Outline a music video, write a script, and bring all of the components together in the editing room with help from a writer, director and editor in this free video on music videos.

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All right folks, in this clip we're going to talk about how to make a music video. All right. So, obviously, first and foremost, you're going to need music. And by music I mean a band or a solo artist of some kind who is willing to let you be the director of their music video. So, find a friend, someone that you know that's in a band, or someone that's, you know, trying to get their singing career off the ground and volunteer your services. And, in this way, you know, they won't have to pay you because you'll be giving them a free music video and you won't have to pay them for their time because they're helping you gain experience. So, once you have the song and the band firmly in place, really, study the song structurally energy wise. What kind of emotions does it invoke? Really, just kind of develop in your mind a visual idea of how you want the song to play out as a video. That's the really important thing. Listen to the song over and over and over until you find the meat of the song, with the core and the thing that it really....the point when it stirs up something inside of you and inspires you on some level. If you can't find a song that inspires you, you should probably move on and try and find different material, just because this is very important, to be able to translate a song visually onto the screen. From there you're going to want to get a lot of coverage of the band, once it comes time to shoot you're going to want to shoot the band with the artist in a variety of different ways. From a variety of different angles. And try and get as creative and visually stimulating as possible with your shots. Don't be dry and boring. Try and think outside the box. If you're going to intertwine sort of a narrative story, make sure you treat this like a mini short film. Have an outline, a script, a shot list. Figure out exactly how you want it to play out from beginning to end. Bring all the components together in the editing room. Piece it together, try and match the energy of the song as you do that. And at the end of the day, if you've done everything right, you'll have your very own completed music video.


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