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10 Tips On How To Shoot A Music Video

I am going to be giving you top 10 tips to shoot a cinematic music videos.

About eight years ago beforeI even got into video production,
I originally wanted tog get into music production.
Which naturally led me to make
music videos for that music,
which then led me to discover
that I was actually better
at shooting video than
I was at making music.
And even though I still have
a great passion for music,
I do recognize that I
wasn’t nearly as talented
in music as I am in video.
So I pivoted my passions
and pursued video.
But I do still love making music videos
and in fact it’s probably
my favorite genre
of video to shoot, however,
I only shoot a few a year.
I shot around
80 music videos a year,
and is one of the best music videographers
that I personally know.
For the past several
years, I’ve been making
over six figures a year
shooting music videos
around the world.
And since I have been killing it
in the music video industry,
today I’m gonna be revealing our top 10 tips
to shooting cinematic music videos.

let’s go ahead and
dive into our top 10 tips.

Tips on how to shoot a video : Tip number one (1) is buying the right gear and renting the better gear.

My experience about this …
– Well, when I started my
production company three years ago
I had just come from a
company where we were shooting
with high end RED cinema cameras.
But as someone who just
started his own business,
I didn’t have any of the
right gear to make the type
of music videos that I knew I could.
And there’s no way that I
could a RED camera right
off the bat.
However, I wanted to be known
for someone who had the best
production value possible, so
I decided to rent RED cameras
for every music video
that I shot for six months
until I could afford one myself.
I believe you can make
an awesome music video
with any camera .
So by no means do you need expensive gear,
but my clients knew the
production value they were getting
when I would rent a RED
and it made me stand out
from the other videographers in my area.
Which made it so that those
clients chose me over others
for future music videos.
So my first tip would be
to use whatever you can afford at first
but as you start landing
paying jobs to use part
of your clients budget
to rent some nicer gear
to help separate your
productions from others.
I’ll often spend part of my budget
on hiring a lighting technician
to bring in some nice lighting set ups,
which also helps take my
videos to the next level.
And though you can use a
phone in your living room if
you wanna be taken seriously
by clients and expect
them to invest in you
by paying you big budgets, you
better be willing to invest
in some nicer gear yourself.
A RED camera is gonna
be a stretch for most,
I understand that, but there’s
some great options out there
for professional quality in cameras.
Like the Blackmagic 6K,
the Canon 1D X Mark II,
or a Canon EOS R.
To go along with the solid camera body,
a great all-purpose lens
that we both often use
is the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.
Allowing you to get both
tight and wide shots
at a shallow depth of field
without having to switch
out the lens.
For drone shots we use the Phantom 4 Pro
and the Mavic 2 Pro, both great options.
And of course we’ll always
recommend a good stabilizer
to go along with your camera.
And the one that we recommend the most
is the Glidecam HD-PRO.
– Shooting with quality equipment
is important to be looked
at as a professional and being
able to charge high prices.
But it won’t make a difference
if you haven’t mastered
how to use that equipment.
We often run into filmmakers
who want to become professionals
but hardly ever go out and shoot anything.
And I’m not talking about four
or five videos, I’m talking
about dozens of videos,
hundreds of videos.
You have to put in repetition
to improve as a filmmaker.
The main reason why I have
grown so much as a filmmaker is
because I shoot around
80 music videos a year.
I constantly learn from my mistakes
and improving the quality of my videos.
I’m constantly being hit
up by students asking me
why they aren’t landing paying clients,
they just can’t seem to get hired,
or they’re not able to
charge as much as they want.
And 90% of the time the reason
is because they haven’t put
in enough time to mastering their skills.
They haven’t shot enough,
they haven’t practiced enough.
And when first starting out, I understand
that it’s intimidating to
attempt shooting anything
but you have to get over
your insecurities and realize
that the first few videos
that everyone shoots
are always pretty terrible.
But that’s the only way to improve.
I look back at my first
few music videos I shot
and I am horrified.
But with every music video I
shot I learned something new,
got a little better, and
through perseverance I was able
to go from shooting dumb
music videos with my friends
to getting hired by The Piano Guys.
But The Piano Guys never would’ve found me
had I not shot hundreds
of videos before that
to get my video skill set to
the point where I was worthy
of their music.
So get out there and
shoot and start learning
from your mistakes right now.
– And as a byproduct of
putting in time and the work,

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Tip on how to shoot a video :Tip number three (3) is to have a killer demo reel.

This is the most common
thing that I see lacking
with people who wanna
get into this industry.
Your future clients want
to see what your capable of
and the quality of video
that you can make for them.
So do everything you
can to build a portfolio
that shows your best work.
These are the shots with
great movement, composition,
lighting and the shots that
convey an emotion in the viewer.
If you don’t have these types
of shots in your demo reel yet
go out and shoot music videos
for free with the intent
of adding those shots to your demo reel.
Don’t waste your time
shooting anything mediocre.
If you’re shooting something for free,
make sure that it’s
your absolute best work.
Keep your demo real short
and keep it engaging.
Anywhere from one to two minutes is ideal.
As your skills improve and
as you upgrade your gear
make changes to your demo
reel to keep it current
and to show your best work.
For me, I release a new demo
reel every year showcasing the
best shots from that year,
as well as a master demo reel
that has a compilation of the best shots
from the three years that I’ve
had my production company.
I owe so much of my
success to my demo reel.
Remember these tips, implement
them into your reels,
and I process that they will
help you to find clients.
And we have a whole video
inside of Music Video Pro
that talks more in depth
on how to create a killer demo reel.

Tip on how to shoot a video : Tip four (4) is networking.

Get to know everyone in
your local music industry.
With music videos, as with most
video, who you know is just
as important as what you know.
Find the people in your area
who are shooting music videos
and offer to assist them
on their shoots for free.
Reach out to musicians in your
area and get to know them.
Reach out to recording studios
and make sure they know who you are
and that you shoot video,
because they have artists in
their studios almost every day
asking if they know anyone
who shoots good music videos.
So if you’ve built a good
relationship with them
and they trust you as a
professional videographer they will
likely recommend you to
many of their artists.
And make sure to have your demo reel done
so that you can send
that to all those people
we just mentioned.
This is probably the second
most important element
to landing paying clients
after mastering your skills
and having a portfolio,
is networking with people
and building relationships.
Most of our business
inquiries come from people
either stumbling across our demo reels
or they were recommended to us by someone
who knew us and trusted us to
shoot quality music videos.
So don’t underestimate the importance
of building relationships.
– Once you’ve landed a
client,

Tips on how to shoot a video : Tip number five (5) is to pre-plan the shoot.

We often get asked
about our pre-production
and story boarding
process for a music video.
We both start by doing the same thing.
Listen to the song about 20 times
and just visualize what images
could accompany that music
to best bring out the emotion
that the song is trying to convey.
What location would match the music?
What type of lighting?
What type of camera movement?
What lenses would you need to use
for said locations and movements?
What extra gear or people
would you need to bring on
to make your vision come together?
What kind of story might
you be able to include
as B-roll to the artist
performance footage?
This process takes time.
Several hours, sometimes even
days to premeditate all the
visuals in your head while
you listen to the music
and write down your thoughts
until you have solid idea
of how you want to film the video.
If the song is slow and
beautiful, I usually visualize
in my head lots of slow
moving smooth Glidecam shots.
If the song is upbeat and poppy,
than I usually visualize
quicker moving shots
that have more energy to them.
Listening to the song
dozens of times beforehand
will also allow you to
know it well enough to know
what parts are coming up in
the song as you’re filming
so you know how to best film those parts
so you aren’t wasting time
on say learning the emotion
of the song.
If you’re filming a choreographed dance,
make sure you ask the
dancers to send you a video
of what the dance looks like
so that you can watch that
20 times as well to know every
movement the dancers make,
to best know how to track them
with you camera movements.
If you’re filming a
B-roll story with actors,
make sure you have the
location scouted out,
the costumes ready to go,
and a shot list of what
shots you plan on putting
to which parts of the song.
These few hours or days
of preparation will make
all the difference in how the
final music video turns out.
And we go more in depth
about this in the course,
but hopefully this gives
you some good ideas.
– Once you have your shoot
pre-planned.

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Now let’s give you some tips for the actual shooting process.

Tips on how to shoot a video : Tip number six (6) is camera settings.


Settings for music
videos are pretty similar
to other styles of video.
We recommend shooting
in 4k for best quality
and the ability to digital zoom and post,
but 1080p can work just fine too
if that’s all you can afford.
For frame rate, we usually
shoot all the performance shots
at 24 frames per second.
Unless we want that dreamy look,
then sometimes we’ll speed
up the music up to 250%
and shoot everything
at 60 frames per second
and then slow that footage
back down to 24 frames in post,
which will match up will match up
with the normal song
speed and make it look
like they’re singing in real
time even though everything
is slowed down.
As for shutter speed,
we recommend shooting
at twice your frame rate,
which for 24 frames per
second would be 1/50th.
For aperture we like
shooting at a low aperture
like 1.4 or 2.8 to give us
that shallow depth of field.
But for wider shots where
we’re showing off more
of a landscape or a group of
people we’ll pump that aperture
up to around an eight or a 16
so that you can get more in focus.
For ISO you generally wanna
get that as low as possible
so you don’t introduce too
much noise into your image.
And white balance is just gonna depend
on your lighting environment.
But typically for outside daylight,
you’re gonna be around 5600k.
– Once you’ve go your settings dialed in.

Tips on how to shoot a video : A tip number seven (7) is composition.

This is a huge part to making
your images look professional.
Great composition starts
with a great location.
So like we mentioned, make
sure to take some time
before the shoot to find
an aesthetic location
that matches the emotion of your video.
And then as you’re shooting
in that great location,
make sure to remember the rule of thirds.
This rule states that
your subject should be
in one of the thirds
on the screen depending
on what direction they’re facing.
Make sure that their
eyes are on the top third
and remember to not give
them too much head room.
This is the most common mistake that I see
with new videographers, is
that they give their subject
too much head room and they
forget to have their eyes
on the top third.
The second thing to know
with the rule of thirds is
to have your subject on
the left or the right third
depending on which way they’re facing.
If they’re facing to the right,
have them on the left third.
And if they’re facing to the left,
have them on the right third.
If they’re looking
straight into the camera
and their bodies are
squared up facing forward
then just frame them in
the center of the frame.
This takes practice keeping clean framing
through entire takes, but it’s crucial
to making your images
feel professionally shot
and well composed.
– And as an important
element of composition.

Tips on how to shoot a video : Tip number eight (8) is lighting.

Lighting can make or break a music video.
You can follow all the
tips we’ve just given
but if your lighting sucks
then your video is gonna
look pretty armature.
So if you’re outside, typically
the best time to shoot
is during golden hour, which
is the hour before sunset
or the hour after sunrise.
And when deciding which direction to shoot
you usually wanna make sure
the sun is behind your subject
to keep an even soft light
on your subjects face
and to have a nice backlight to work with
to introduce sun flares.
And it can help to have an
extra body and a reflector handy
to help reflect some of
that sunlight back on
to your subject so that
you don’t have to blow
out your background too much.
But we’ve both shot plenty of music videos
without the luxury of a reflector.
And you can still produce
beautiful looking images without one.
And if you’re shooting
indoors, we recommend
that you turn off all
the fluorescent lighting
and then bring in your own lighting
so that you can chose the amount of light
and the direction of light to
make it look more cinematic.
Your back log is probably
your most important light
for music videos.
And then once you set up
your back light you can set
up a key light to put some fill
light back on your subject.
Soft light produced by
soft boxes creates light
that looks most flattering
for the human face
and harsh light produced by
spot lights create lights
that look a lot more dramatic
as it creates more shadows.
So depending on if you’re
going for more of a beauty shot
or for more of a dramatic shot will depend
on whether you choose soft or
hard light for your key light.
And again we have full
videos on the course talking
about lighting more in depth.
But point is, don’t skip on lighting.
It can make or break your video.

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Tops on how to shoot a video : Moving on now to tip number nine (9)  is to make camera movements that match the feeling of the music.

If the song is a slow,
beautiful love song,
the camera movements
should be slow and smooth
on a Glidecam, or a motorized gimbal.
Or for even slower songs
with super slower movements,
sometimes sliders.
For super slow songs, you can
even just do a static shot
without any movement.
Although Parker and I both
feel that adding some kind
of movement usually helps add
to the emotion of the video.
We both typically shoot
the types of music videos
that cater more towards the
smooth Glidecam-type movements.
And we’ll usually put in a
variety of push ins, pull outs,
parallaxes, and so on.
And as most songs have both
faster and slower parts
within the song, we usually
try to match the speed
of our movements to the tempo of the song.
So for slower parts of the song,
we’ll slow down the movements.
And for faster more
upbeat parts of the song,
we’ll make the movements faster
to match the upbeat tempo.
Doing this will better help
the viewer feel the music
and ultimately make the
music convey more emotion.
– And speaking of emotion.

Tips on how to shoot a video : Tip number ten (10) is to find ways to tell a story with the video.

The number one goal of story telling is
to evoke an emotional
response from your viewer.
So you can often gage
how well you told a story
by whether or not the
audience felt the emotion
you were hoping they would feel.
So as you’re pre-planning
each video, ask yourself,
what do I want people to feel
when they watch this video?
Or, what message does this song portray?
This is the most important part
in figuring out what story to tell.
If the song is happy and
carefree, you can create a story
that goes along with that.
Or if the song is a love song,
then you can start thinking
of ideas that will create feelings
that would go hand in
hand with a love song.
Visualize in your head
what the shots are going
to be looking like before you film it.
This is important not only
for the flow of the story
but also so you know how the edit
will come together as well.
Which is kind of a bonus tip
that goes along with storytelling
and that is to shoot to edit.
Make sure you cover a variation
of camera angles when shooting.
I live by something that
I call the 5 Shot Rule,
which means where possible,
I try and cover at least
five different angles
when filming an important piece of action.
A wide shot to show the whole location,
a long full body shot,
a medium shot showing from the waist up,
a close up shot which usually
focuses just on the face
or specific detail.
And then I always try and
capture some cutaway shots
or B-roll of a story to piece together
with the performance shots.
And to be even more exhaustive,
we try and get a least two
takes of each of those angles.
So by giving ourselves a variety
of different camera angles
or options to chose from
in the editing room,
this allows us more
freedom to tell the story
the way we want to, to help
bring out those emotions.
With time crunches on
some shoot schedules,
you’re not always going to have time
to cover that many angles
or to do that many takes.
And so as a minimum, try and
get at least two wide takes
of the full song,
and at least two close up
takes of the full song.
But there you have it guys
that a look at our top 10 tips
to shooting cinematic music videos.
Obviously we’re just
skimming the surface here.
We have full in depth videos
on each of these subjects
inside Music Video Pro
to help you shorten your learning curve
and quickly start making
money shooting music videos.
So I think with these steps. You can have a better idea and tips to shoot a cool and clean musical videos.
You can watch videos below to learn more .