Today it’s easier than ever to become an internet sensation. You tubers and vloggers (video bloggers), armed with basic video and audio equipment have taken the online web space by storm, even making a lucrative business out of a hobby.
If vlogging is not your thing and you would like to explore your musical inclinations more, follow these 10 steps to create your very own music video!
But before you begin to make your music video, consider learning how to play music or dance professionally. We at Solid Rock Music and Dance at Al Barsha offers music and dance classes suitable for all ages and enthusiasts. The dance classes we offer are for Salsa, Tango, Ballroom Dance, Hip Hop, Indian Classical and Bollywood Dance. And the music classes we offer are Piano, Guitar, Drums, Violin, Clarinet, Saxophone, Cello and Tabla.
- Develop the concept
Listen to your selected song multiple times. Carry a notebook with you wherever you go and jot down new ideas, feelings and inspirations, or you could even sketch the images you visualize while listening to the song.
- Scout locations
Shortlist 1-3 locations within your city that suit the mood and nature of the song and concept. Note how they look at different times of the day and in different weather conditions. Seek permission from the location’s owners or management, informing them about the time you would need to shoot.
A storyboard is a shot-by-shot sequential sketch of the video used to pre-visualize the action. This helps save time when shooting not just music videos but also movies. Storyboarding does not require expert drawing skills as it’s meant to depict basic information like the setting of the actors and props, character expressions and movements.
- Select your video equipmentFor a music video, audio doesn’t matter as it will be replaced with your song track. Many video equipment options are available to choose from depending on your budget, or you could borrow a DSLR camera from your parents or friends.
- Staff your shootEnlist the help of your friends, neighbors or relatives who would be suitable to play the role/s. A friend could also assist you with the lighting (gaffer).
- Prep your set
Pick a scene to shoot. Review your storyboard for the scene and set all your props in position. Next, look at the lighting. For an outdoor shoot, use more than one reflector- a large white fabric or poster board that reflects the sunlight, softening shadows and brightening the scene. The main character’s back should be towards the sun (except during midday), so that the reflectors illuminate the person’s face and front.
- Set the camera and cue the sound
For static scenes, use a tripod to prevent any shaky movement that would distract the viewer. To prevent jerkiness in moving shots, you could also use a stabilizer rig or try practicing handheld. For sound, locate the point in the song, and give it a good lead in time for the people to sync with the music. Feed the sound into the video as a reference track for post editing.
- Shoot your video
Ensure there is silence on set and that audio and video are rolling, then announce “Action!” for your actors to take their places and begin filming. Do 2-4 takes for each scene, trying out different angles.
- Edit your video
Transfer the video to your computer. If you have a film or animation student friend, they can help by using Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere, or you could use free options like iMovie (Apple) and Windows Movie Maker (Windows). Go through all the footage and choose your best takes. Use the scratch audio track on the video to match the cuts with the music. Don’t bother about slight noise on the audio track as it won’t be used for the final video.
- Lay the music track over the video
Load the track and check the syncing between your edits and music. Make minor adjustments to each cut so that everything happens when it should.
Now you can create your own music video and who knows? You could become the next Justin Bieber or Carly Rae Jepsen who got their start from YouTube.
Solid Rock Music and Dance at Al Barsha offers music and dance classes suitable for all ages and enthusiasts. The dance classes we offer are for Salsa, Tango, Ballroom Dance, Hip Hop, Indian Classical and Bollywood Dance. And the music classes we offer are Piano, Guitar, Drums, Violin, Clarinet, Saxophone, Cello and Tabla.