Music videos are different than drama, documentary, or event video. They involve a different element of artistry in the way they are shot and edited. Music videos are like jazz or abstract art. The rules are different. Many of the fundamental presuppositions of production, like composition, continuity, and shooting steady may be tossed out the window in favor of artistic impression that actually prefers things like out-of-focus footage, jump cuts and match frames. But don’t be deceived; music videos may bend the rules, but making a good one is anything but easy. Fortunately, there are some time tested tips that will help set you up for success on the set and in the edit bay. Here are 5 top tips to try next time you set out to shoot a music video, whether you’re producing for a professional recording artist, a local garage band, or as a spoof for your company party. Get ready to rock it out.