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Creating a music video can be a daunting task, but in today’s digital landscape if you follow a few steps, you can create a great video.
Some easy ways are to film shows, or concerts you do. Just get some cameras, iphones, then collect all the videos and smoosh them together right? Wrong. You really need to plan things out.
Here are some tips we learned while creating a “concert” video for Toronto’s True Romantics.
- End Goal In Mind: Have an idea of what you are trying to achieve for the music video. Even if its just a concert video. This will allow you to pick out shots specifically for your video. In this case… know the song you are recording first. This was an after thought.
- Test Sound Before: If you are just recording with a seperate recorder, you gotta make sure you are really testing out the levels before hand. If you are getting a feed from a board sometimes the levels are specically for the speakers and will be blown out for you. Tell the band to place the song they want to film closer to the end of the set, so you can test out everything fully before. Having to overlay the orginal song overtop of live footage (like we did here) takes a long time to look good.
- Solid Communcation With Crew: We went in blindly and ended up not being able to communicate properly due to how loud it was. The result was us taking a lot of the same shots on both cameras. Nightmare to cut with. Have videographer stick with one type of shot, and the other a different shot. Or stay one side or the other.
- Keep Rolling: During the performance, don’t stop just let the camera roll, you never know what you might pick up. Also, way easier to cut with.
- Keep It Dynamic: Always have the camera moving, even if it is just slightly. We thought a stead wide camera would be good, but it just felt boring. Sliders work best to give a smooth but dynamic shot.
- Get Lots Of B-Roll: Seriously, get tons of B-Roll. Keep #1 in mind and have a goal in mind. In this case we were looking for “Happy” “Fun” “Playful” shots. We were lucky we had enough. But even getting some shots of the crowd just interacting and being silly can add some flair to your video. As well… dynamic. Move with it. Quick pans, swoops, different angles. This will provide more things to cut to.
- Know Your Song: This goes along with the previous steps, but basically, if I didn’t know the song from before going into this shoot, I wouldn’t have known when I could move my camera or when I knew the crowd would go nuts. Knowing the beat of the song can will increase your chance for getting geat shots.
Hopes these tips help. They are by no means the correct tips, but could definitely save you from having a shitty video.
Video: “Wild Ones” By The True Romantics
So I just posted an article on some tips I learned about while making this music video.