Directing music videos requires the skillful mixing of three rare traits: a good sense of style and creativity, strong leadership, and an extensive knowledge of technology. Though it might seem like few could fit this bill, we'll show you some helpful tips that can help anyone make sure their talent and crew give them the performances they need.
Compiling the edit for your music video may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. If you just follow a few steps to organize your edit, build your rough cut, and add effects to your project, be assured that your video will not only impress critics but capture the essence of your artist perfectly as well.
Just having a great idea and a good storyboard doesn't mean you're ready to shoot just yet. Like any good cinematographer, you'll first need to consider how to get your location ready,what you'll need for make-up and wardrobe, and what to prepare for your talent and crew in order to ensure that your shoot day goes well.
Contracts are important for any production. They help your talent and crew understand what's expected from them and they help you keep your business secure. To help you with your contracts, we'll be looking at talent and location releases, employee contracts, and client agreements so that you can stay out of court.
Finding an idea for a music video can be one of the most rewarding parts of making a music video. To help you, we'll look at sources for ideas such as the artist's identity, musical lyrics, shock value, media, and how to use recycled ideas properly so that your music video can get started on the right foot.
Knowing the genre of a music video helps a director clearly define the style of a video. It's important to know their details so that you can make sure your video not only matches the artist's demands but connects with your audience as well.
Wide shots establish the mood of a scene and are important to set correctly. This segment defines the goals of good lighting, gives you some tips on how to hide light fixtures, and offers some ideas for good lighting design so that your scenes can look artistic and professional.
It only takes a few minutes on set to realize night scenes are one of the hardest setups to master well. To help you get the best night light setup, we'll give you some tips on how to light car interiors and outdoor settings in a professional way.
Learn a few tried and true methods to lighting car interiors such as using a truck to power and tow the car, placing small, hidden lights inside the car or using a studio. These approaches can help you make your car scenes look just like professional scenes in the movies.
In order to master how to control product lighting with any surface, we'll give you some tips on how to place lights so that your products can look both tempting and professional.
To get the most out of your studio lighting, we'll show you factors to consider when placing lighting gear, such as lamp type, fixture type and room dimensions; to help your scenes look as good as the professional lighting in movies.
Studios can save a lot of time in a shooting schedule. In order to set up your own, we'll show you what to consider when choosing a studio space such as size, electricity, and sound so that you can make a studio that not only makes your life easier, but impresses your clients as well.
Effects and filters can help titles look realistic and compelling. We'll show you how to use great effects like light flares, particle generators, noise, and motion tracking in a way that will make your titles look professional.
Animating text frame-by-frame takes a lot of time, but keyframing makes quick work of any animation. We'll show you how to use this powerful feature to creatively animate opacity, position, scale, and rotation in a way that looks eye-catching and professional.
Today's digital environment makes it easy for graphic designers to have all the tools necessary to create visually stunning titles and graphics. We'll show you how to use typography concepts like contrast, spacing, and composition to create text that both engages your audience and moves them to action.
Opening titles and bugs present you with an excellent opportunity to create a compelling image of your company and to imprint that image into the minds of your audience. We'll show you how to use these critical graphic elements to your advantage.
One of the most important graphic elements you will ever create is the logo. They're often simple in design, but seldom simple in execution. We'll help you make great logos by going over why logos are made, how to form your creative idea, and how to design each so that they are informational and memorable.
The most common type of graphic used to identify people and companies are lower thirds. We'll be looking at their purpose and design and take you step-by-step through their creation as well. With these basic skills and a bit of imagination, you'll soon see your work rise from the depths of the mundane to the heights of audience pleasing excellence.
Audio plays many roles in a documentary. To help you make your audio sound great, we'll be looking at the proper ways to use microphones, how to monitor sound, and lastly, how to set up and operate field mixers. With this kind of knowledge you'll be able to make sure your audio is always sounding its best.
Though great lighting does require some artistic prowess, even the first-time video enthusiast can get great results. To help you make professional looking lighting, we'll show you the steps everyone should take for a good lighting, how to place lights and equipment in outdoor settings, and proper 4-point, 2-point, and even 1-point lighting setups.