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How to film and edit a music video effectively when on a low budget

The biggest tip that any filmmaker can use when making a music video is to ensure that for each scene setup, angle and shot that is taken they film the entire song from start to finish. This will make for a much easier and faster editing process. Also during filming make sure that the singer performs for every second of the song, including instrumentals. So their body language is constantly performing to the camera, even when they are not singing, as these are equally important shots to fill space within the video.

When it comes to the editing it is best to pic out the 5/6 strongest singing shots and put them in the video first, once you have sync the first shot it is really easy to copy and paste the shot and extend it to the next part of the song for a fast edit. Then you can fill in simple movement shots in between to make the video more detailed and exciting.

Usually we aim for the first 1minute of the video to be the most important as that sets the tone for the entire video and also gets people interested and eager to watch more. Once the style and tone is set in the first one minute then the rest of the video should easily fall into place. If you are aiming for a video that is very in sync with the song tempo and the lyrics then this will be a much more detailed edit, one big tip is to try and not let words finish half way through, in other words chopping shots in the middle of a word or phrase, as it can be confusing to the viewer.

Also adding movement shots or posing shots can help with creating a moving style video that works with music up-tempo, without the need of special effects, sharp and fast shots work well. If the video is more slow, then blending footage from one shot to the next helps create a slow feel for the video. You can also slow some shots down to capture the essence of a slow song.

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How to Script/plan shots for a music video

If you are working on a really low budget music video, you best option is to keep the ideas simple. So when you are making your plan for your video it is best to write a list of all the shots you would like to film. For example if you are filming on a red backdrop with a girl, it might be an idea to follow through all these shots:

-       Head shot, singing

-       Half body shot, singing

-       Half body shot, no singing, posing

-       Full body shot, singing

-       Full body shot, not singing, posing, playing with props

-       Close shots of detail on costumes, jewelry or accessories

This is a basic structure that should be followed for every scene set-up, change of backdrop or change of costume.

However of you have a detailed script, each scene will need various angular planned shots to fulfill the feel of the script. For example, if you are filming a couple at a table, then you will require 3 main shots:

-       shot from behind female head, pointing at male

-       shot from behind male head, pointing at female

-       wide shot of both people and table

This can be easily achieved if you have 3 cameras and a great location. However if you are only working with one camera, and a simple studio backdrop, then you will have to think about the following issues:

-       When moving the props and camera, setup must be the same at every angle

-       When moving lighting around, it must look the same on every angle

-       When moving the camera for each shot, it must have the same setting to enable continuity.

-       It is impossible to film at 3 different angles, with a simple studio paper backdrop, at the same time, other wise your cameras will see the studio, the lights and the camera man, so the table props and actors must be moved each time to accommodate the new angle.

The main tip when planning you video shoot is to write everything down and have a list next to you during filming. This will mean that every planned shot will get taken and nothing will be forgotten.