Shooting Your Own Music Video

Music movies may be costly gadgets. It hurts spending thirty, fifty or perhaps a hundred grand of your hard-earned cash on one thing you - mainly - give away without cost!

So, it may be very tempting to avoid wasting cash by taking pictures your individual music video. I imply, video cameras come on cell telephones these days, and HDTV is turning into cheaper. Cameras are in every single place. They're ubiquitous. And, deep down, everybody actually fancies themselves a director - sorry, an auteur, do not they?...

So, must you think about going it alone and taking pictures your individual music video?

The brief reply: NO.

Administrators, producers, cinematographers and manufacturing designers are all artisans. It takes years of research and work expertise to turn into a good film-maker. You would not depart your cd format to some man you handed on the road, would you? So why even think about doing one thing as necessary as your first music video all by your self? It could appear to be easy work, however imagine me, producing and directing ain't simple!

Are you able to inform the distinction between a decrease funds unbiased film and a Hollywood summer season blockbuster? In fact you may! That is precisely the distinction between taking pictures the video your self and hiring an expert. You do not know make the film look that shiny and excellent - however the professionals do! The very best you may hope for is a good indie flick. Certain, each infrequently a home-made music video comes alongside and does effectively. However, are you able to even consider one (and, no, Fatboy Slim's "Reward You" was NOT an indie video, the funds was really large). So, stick to the professionals. Allow them to do all of it for you.

Nevertheless, the one largest purpose I might dissuade you from taking pictures your individual music video might be not one you'd have guessed:

Insurance coverage!

Movie crews usually comprise twenty, thirty, and even a whole lot of individuals. There's usually large quantities of energy being run by means of thick cables (usually submerged in puddles) as much as precariously hung lights with a digital windmill of enormous, uncovered, sharp metallic edges (and all this at about 600 levels celcius). A movie set is actually an accident ready to occur.

Plus, including to the inherent risks of a movie set, music video shoots are typically much more harmful (music video productions do not are inclined to have very a lot cash for issues like security specialists and security harnesses). Maverick administrators like to put their topics into hurt's manner. And, on low-budget shoots, you may usually hear issues like: "We do not want an costly car-mount - let's simply throw the cameraman on the hood! Don't fret, we'll tie him down..."

So, in the event you do determine to shoot your video your self, simply ensure nobody journeys over a light-weight stand! It may price you your life financial savings.

Reliable manufacturing firms could have manufacturing insurance coverage that covers the office (this insurance coverage would price you round one or two thousand - only for the one music video).

Skilled producers and manufacturing managers could have entry to significantly better crew members than you'll. For those who solely have a thousand to rent a director of pictures (cinematographer), I assure you I am going to be capable to rent a MUCH higher DoP than you'll! So, except you have got contacts within the trade, you must most likely think about hiring a manufacturing firm to do all the manufacturing for you. You will get a a lot greater high quality crew that manner.

And, one last word...

For those who're taking pictures on 35mm movie (which I strongly suggest - except there is a VERY good purpose to not), you may have to hire a digicam that is value round half one million bucks! And, that digicam does not include any lenses (or tripods, or dollies, or movie magazines, and many others...). You will should hire all that individually. So, except you have got a VERY excessive restrict in your bank card, the digicam home won't even be prepared to hire to you. You would possibly even should mortgage your home to cowl the deposit!

Established manufacturing firms hire digicam packages on a regular basis (a good music video package deal might be not less than one or two thousand a day), and sometimes obtain important reductions from the rental home that you simply would not be capable to get. So, by going with a longtime manufacturing firm, you may really be getting a significantly higher gear package deal than in the event you had carried out it your self (producers additionally know get movie at a few quarter the worth you'd be capable to).

So, total, you may get a significantly better bang-for-your-buck by hiring an expert producer or manufacturing firm to shoot your music video for you. It should additionally prevent an unbelievable quantity of effort and time. And, in the long run, is not that what you need on your first video: The abolute greatest music video attainable?

Robert D. Brooks