Making Music Videos

Music videos are full of potential. They can help make a name for an artist, and can also launch the video producer to stardom as well. To help get your career started we’ve compiled a visual step-by-step guide to forming ideas for music videos, how to draw up contracts in order to stay legal, and what to consider when preparing for, directing, and editing an innovative and imaginative production that both you and your client can enjoy.

Choosing a Music Video Genre (Free for Non-Members)
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.

Forming Ideas for Music Videos
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.

Contracts for Music Videos (Free for Non-Members)
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.

Pre-production for Music Videos
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.

Directing Music Video Shoots
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.

Editing Music Videos
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.

The Videomaker Editors are dedicated to bringing you the information you need to produce and share better video.

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