This post is for people that are doing their music video on their own. In my recent music video shoot for the Diplo Revolution cover, there were few mistakes that I did when making the music video.
Here is what I learned.
- You need to plan the shots and make sure that everyone involved in the shoot has a say or at least is on board. For this video shoot I did it on the fly with not as much planning as I usually do. That being said, the shoot was rushed and I didn’t make time to tell those ideas to everyone involved. There were a few ideas that I had that I ended up doing myself. I was happy in the end.
- Weather can affect what you can do if the shots are outside. The previous video shoot we did was outside but since the weather was getting much colder, we couldn’t do the cello shots outside that I was hoping. It was really cold and we weren’t dressed appropriately because of the outfits we had.
- Bring snacks. When you are hungry you can’t always focus, bring snacks to keep the energy up. When you shoot video if you are not into the shot, it can show. You need to be 100% present and into it, it shows.
- Make more time to do the shots. We needed at least 2-3 more hours, but we were able to get all the shots within the time frame allotted. It was a rushed shoot, but I was able to do some self-video shots the next day to add to what we had.
- Make sure that you have everyone prepare. This means simple things like making sure that you know what style of hair, makeup, clothing, props for everyone to bring and that they are presented how they want to be within the video.
- When I do video shoots for clients, I am more prepared and plan with contracts, story boards, team etc.. When I shoot for myself I’m less planned and that’s something that I need to change. I need to treat myself like my own client.