Video Killed The Radio Star - Making The Music Video

Ever since 1981, the television network MTV has been broadcasting all of the hottest music videos for die-hard music fans to drool over, and all the world to see. In fact, MTV's constant broadcasting of music videos was so popular, that the network even came out with a television show entitled "Making the Video" where fans are chosen to emulate their favorite music sensations in a re-creation of the music videos that they love. Because of all the music video madness of the past several decades, you might think that it would be extremely complicated to try making a music video of your own. Actually, music videos are one of several visual communication presentations that are easy to do in D-I-Y style. Here's a list of things to consider when planning to shoot your very own music video.

  1. Get to know the song you'll be shooting a video for REALLY well before you begin. Really listen to the song, and pay attention to the lyrics and the overall feel of the piece. From the song, you'll have to come up with a concept to visually communicate through your music video, so don't take this assignment lightly. A vibrant concept will be the most responsible for carrying your video to its audiences.
  2. . Prior to any shoot, you must scout for a location to film at. If you're working on a budget, then pick a location that's free to cut costs. Popular free locations are often outdoors, so check the weather before you schedule a shoot. Additionally, it is best for shooting purposes to pick a private location in order to avoid any un-planned interferences. You wouldn't want to waste anybody's time or energy trying to shoot around a million pedestrians that you do not wish to include in your video. Also, the more creative you get with a location, the less money you'll have to spend on any sort of set design costs.
  3. On that note, D-I-Y video shoots are often best kept simple. Don't try to build an elaborate set. It'd be best to work with what nature has given you for free. Ultimately, you want to showcase your music, and something over-the-top can detract from the focus on the music itself.
  4. Use your lens power. If you are keeping your set and concept relatively simple, then get creative with your camera lenses, filters and gels. You can visually affect a lot through wide-angle lenses or fish-eye lenses, and you can get creative with color and shading using gels or filters over your camera lens.
  5. Have fun! Amidst all the planning and technical stuff, don't forget to have fun. If a crew enjoys working on a project, the end result will always convey the enjoyment of the process of making the video. Plus, music is one of the deepest human pleasures. Make sure you stay true to the music and stay open-minded about the various methods of visual communication that you can use to share your music with the world.