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Making Music Videos That Don’t Suck

Ten Best Things To Consider Before You Make Your Music Video

Producing The Highest Quality Music Video at The Lowest Cost


To begin, this “list” is not exhaustive.  In other words, there are so may things to consider when creating an artistic piece that also must be commercial, that the number ten doesn’t even begin to cover it all, to be complete.

Ten Top Tips To Create Killer Music Video is merely a starting point

And, of course, you should know that this is not a “check list”.  You should not go down the page and incorporate every idea as if it were some kind of commandment.  These are just suggestions based on our observation of what hundreds of musical artists did in creating both great videos and those which, frankly, sucked. (Excuse the vernacular)



First, of course, you need to start with the music. 

No point in wasting your time and money on a poorly written, poorly produced piece of mediocrity. 

You don’t put crap in a Tiffany box.   

So, take it slowly… one step at a time before you lay down the first track, get lots of real feedback from any “experts” who will not blow smoke.

Then, get it produced by the best people you can find. 

It is all about the music.

1. First, of course, you need to start with the music.

No point in wasting your timw and money on a poorelr writter, poorly produced pice of mediocrity.

You don’t put crap in a Tifany box.

So, take it one step at a time befoer you lay doen the first track, get realr feedback from any “expert” who will not blow smoke.

Then, get it produced by the best people you can find.

It is all about the music.

2.  Once you have the best possible track produced to your satisfaction you need to make a very basic choice:

Shoot on location?

Shoot in the Studio?


Shooting outdoors at really intertesting locations is a great way to save money.  On the other hand you have total control in the studio.  You can shoot green screen which allows you to have many different backgrounds.

The studio protects you form adverse weather conditions and saves you the wasted time moving from location to location.


3. Are you the sole performer or do you want backup singers or dancers?

If you do want others shareling the spotlight, you need to insure that you and not they are the main focus of attention.

This is not being narcissistic.  Your video is a sale tool and your are spending good time and money on selling yourself.

You need to balance that with the fact that often on a lower budget video the only reason a back up singer of dancer will donate their time if is they have a video that showcases their tallent.

4. Selecting a great DP


A Director of Photography who will also serve as you cameraman is one of the most imoportant decisions you can make. 

He or she will create the lighting which will make you look like a star or a jerk.

They will also create the fameing, the color palate, the basic look and feel sof the whole video. 

Dont take this secision lightly.

Go for an experienced music video cinematographer.


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