Filming the band playing live can provide you with great footage for a video. Filming the band at a gig will mean you'll be able to capture the bands live energy and their interaction with the audience. They are some difficulties, however:
They'll only play the song you've making the video for once so you'll only have one chance of capturing the right footage
The live version may differ considerable from the recorded version so syncing the footage with the track could be problematic
The band's, and particularly the audience's, movements won't be choreographed, so you, or your camera person, won't know where to be to capture the right shots
The lighting and effects may look great to the audience but may not look great to the camera
Your filming may interrupt the bands performance.
Live filming may provide you with some great footage that can be used as part of a video, but if you want live footage to synch to a video, your best bet is to "stage" a live performance. Get the band to play along (or mime) to the track in front of an audience of mates or invited fans. You can then control the lighting, people's movements and get the track played as many times as you need
Choose locations that are private and free. Pick ones that you have ready access to and if possible can get for free or extremely low cost. You don't want to risk shooting the music video without a permit because you can get blackballed from a location and have to pay exorbitant fees.
Keep it simple. A low budget shoot isn't the time for special effects, elaborate sets or lots of props. Ultimately it's about the music, so to save time and money, keep sets and the story idea as simple as possible. But add a bit of flavor to make even the most hackneyed idea seem new and interesting.
Look for the odd shot or the different angle. You want your video to look different even if the theme is unoriginal. The best way to do that is with odd angles and interesting shots.
Shoot the music video outside as much as possible. It costs more money to light interior shots then outside shots. If you shoot during daylight hours than you can use natural light to your advantage.
Make use of lenses, filters and gels. Hype Williams became famous because of his Fish Eye lens that gave images a fish bowl look. Filters and gels also give you the opportunity to play with light and color in your music video.
For live performance
Master Shot The most important thing you can do is knock out the master shot right away. This is essentially a wide shot covering the entire band or group of performers, lip syncing to the entire song. For a band, with your ‘B’ camera focus on a medium shot of the main singer. If necessary, you may want to cut this into a few shots, in case your band gets sweaty or tired towards the end of the song. However, what you ultimately want to achieve here is a wide shot of the band performing the entire song all the way through. If you get this shot, no matter what happens, you can still finish the video.
Musicians are notoriously moody, and unreliable. You are going to be working all day at this….most musicians have never heard of such a thing. So, by knocking out that master shot, you have enough coverage to fill in all the gaps of your story section.
After your master shot is through, you have a wide shot and a shot of the singer all the way through the song. Repeat this again for your guitar player, bass players, drummers, extra singers, or that random guy in rap videos that throws money around. With two cameras, you should be able to get coverage of the entire group with just three set ups. While you are doing the last members, have other members of your crew set up jib arms or cranes if you intend to do those sorts of shots. Once you finish your last shot of group members, you should be able to let the band take a short break while you put the cameras on the jibs.
Do a few cool sweeping shots. Pop the cameras off the jibs, and have the crew start taking them apart. At the same time, go hand held and go nuts. Get in close up on each member of the group, but try to avoid too many shots of the hands of any of the musicians. Your goal here is to get shots that could essentially be put anywhere, so avoid shooting anything that will be obviously out of sync. You don’t have to go through the whole song at this point if people are getting antsy.
Finally, if you have a crowd in the performance, bring them in. The reason you don’t bring the whole crowd in until this part, is if you had them on set the whole time by now they would be bored. Get the crowd in, and have someone enthusiastic pump them up with the megaphone. Get a bunch of cool shots of the crowd going nuts from the angle of the stage.
Your camcorder doesn't have to show us the world from 5 feet, 7 inches just because that's how tall you are. Kneel down and shoot up at a subject, or climb up on a chair or ladder and shoot down. Low-angle shots make things look bigger than life. High-angle shots give the viewer a bird's-eye perspective. Want to shoot more interesting video? Don't shoot everything in your video from eye level.
You can use your camcorder to go places that you can't. Take advantage of that fact as you shoot and you'll give your viewers a unique view of the world. Put your camcorder inside a refrigerator to get a unique shot as a hungry person peers into the fridge, or stick it inside a mailbox to get a new view of a postal carrier making a delivery.
Your shots will look much more appealing if you let parts of the frame fall out of focus. You can do this by boosting shutter speed and opening your iris, or by placing something near the camera as you shoot a distant subject. You can then shift the focus to draw the viewer's attention to different elements appearing in your shot.
You can change the look of a shot by selecting your camera position and using a wide-angle or telephoto lens setting. Shoot a person from a long distance with a telephoto lens and the background will seem closer to the subject. Zoom out to a wide-angle setting and shoot from a close position, and the background will appear to be farther away from the subject.
Frame a subject through a keyhole, in an archway, through a statue or sculpture, in a rear-view mirror or between the spokes of a bicycle. Once you start to look for them, you'll find natural frames all around you. Finally, the best camcorder techniques are usually the ones no one has thought of before, so be creative.
Deviating from main stream culture: use of subcultural extras no repetitive shots the main focus not being on girls liberalisation
Music being a big part of your life wearing “band t-shirts” live performance close up shots of the instruments head banging crowd surfing
Reacting to the dislike of others for your music turning up the music in a local area remarks towards them
Existential pleasures getting drunk sex partying
Ideas to include in the video
Creating a male image
Lack of intimacy towards other members of band
Creating a female image
Physical appearance important
Location ideas The sea
Harsh and vengeful
Place for being alone
Use of light and dark to show emotion
Trees depict a body like figure
Fallen leaves in autumn show change
Somewhere to be alone
Dark however can portray a light of peace
Fire – depicting anger, passion, memories, warmth, evil
Storms – anger, danger, unstoppable
Rain – unhappiness, disappointment, depression
Puddles – softness, a reflection, small parts of life
Pigeons – misunderstood, although common not considered a mainstream part of society
Black and White images – portray emotion and the contrast between the stereotypical view of the evil nature of the music and the true kindness behind the band
Live performance – to show the love for music, focus on the instruments, passion and dedication
An underlying story line – to make the video stand out, spice it up, give it some depth
A mixture of camera shots – close ups on each member, especially vocalist. Long shots in story line, to consider depth.