Audio streaming services are at an all-time high, and even at that, music videos still play an optimal role in music promotion. Whether you decide to promote your music on YouTube or Instagram, your video quality is just as important as your audio quality. There’s no better way to gain recognition as an upcoming artist than having a music video with your face on it.

Music video

With that pointed out, let’s focus on how you can independently prepare for a music video shoot.

1. Outline your concept

Making an independent music video is quite similar to making an independent movie. Since you’re not attached to a mainstream production company, your resources would likely be smaller than that of a traditional studio. So, ensure you create a video concept in proportion to the available resources. And if you intend to make the video concept by yourself, make sure you have it reviewed by a director of photography so they can help determine its attainability.

2. Study successful music videos

Sometimes replicating the style of the best or most streamed music videos can be all you need. Other times, they could serve as inspiration to help you create a unique concept. Before you settle on a style, you should study successful music videos.

If you decide to replicate a particular concept, do well to make tweaks that would set you apart. Making a replica of another music video could leave you susceptible to unfair comparisons from your target audience.

3. Find the right location

Locations are special gems. Getting the ones that fit into your storyline might not be easy, but they’d add life to your video content when you find them. Also, multiple locations don’t necessarily make music videos any better. If one location gets the job done, stick to it. Besides, there are creative ways to use one location for multiple shoots without creating a heavy dent in your budget.

4. Prepare a storyboard

A storyboard contains the arrangement of your scenes and shot sequence so you don’t deviate or lose track of the plot. It also helps you maintain your shot types and camera angles. Your storyboard is like the first draft of your music video. You can make all the necessary edits on the storyboard before you begin shooting.

5. Get a film crew

A film crew comprises men behind the cameras, lights, and shades. Their job is to study your storyboard, choose the needed filming equipment, and help make a shooting schedule.

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