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Ten Tips


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ten tips for making a student music video

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Ten Tips

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