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  • 1. Make your own music video Ten steps, ten tips
  • 2. Step 0: limber up
    • do some exercises with ‘found footage’
    • learn to lipsynch with old student footage
    • do a karaoke multi-angle version of a track for fun
    • re-make an existing video frame by frame
  • 3. Step 1: choose a track
    • Ideally provided by teacher as part of a selection
    • Can be a mistake to go for well-known artist/your favourite artist
    • MySpace as a good source of material
    • Make it short !
  • 4. Step 2: write a treatment
    • Pitch for the material with a strong and simple idea
    • Have a clear concept which is workable !
    • Be realistic in your plan
  • 5. Step 3: Plan for everything
    • Storyboard- you can always shoot extra
    • Plan people, places, props, costumes
    • Get everyone’s mobile numbers
    • Aim to shoot it early, not up against deadline
    • Make sure your performers have rehearsed and know the words
  • 6. Step 4: set up a blog
    • Use it to link to ideas
    • Videos that influence you (YouTube)
    • research the genre in detail!
    • Photos that give you ideas
    • Take recce shots on location and post them
    • Do an animatic of your storyboard
    • Put up all your ideas as an e-scrapbook
  • 7. Step 5: know your equipment
    • Do test shots to try out effects
    • Check any quirks of the camera
    • Make sure you have tripod (and ‘shoe’)
    • Is the tape loaded ?
    • Do you know the edit program? -experiment before the main thing
    • Have you got the CD and player?
  • 8. Step 6: the shoot
    • Shoot the performance at least three times with different set-ups
    • Make sure you have plenty of cutaways
    • Experiment with extra angles and lighting changes
    • Don’t forget: lots of close-ups !
    • Enthuse your performers- they must give it plenty!
    • Shoot more than you think you will need
  • 9. Step 7: capture your footage
    • Label everything you capture
    • Organise it so its easy to find
    • Don’t capture stuff you don’t need
    • Break it into manageable chunks
  • 10. Step 8: the edit
    • Synch up performances first
    • Get the whole picture rather than tiny detail
    • Cut and cut again
    • Aim for a dynamic piece of work
    • Do any effects work last
    • Upload a rough cut to your blog and get feedback
  • 11. Step 9: screening
    • Hopefully you will have the chance for a big-screen premiere
    • Get feedback wherever you can
    • Upload it to your blog via YouTube
    • Get the artist to look at it and give you feedback
  • 12. Step 10: analysis
    • Unlike the real world, you’ll have to produce an evaluation
    • Take advice about what is needed in your evaluation
    • Make use of your blog
  • 13. Make your own music video Ten steps, ten tips