LORAA WHITE: MY JOURNEY

It has been a long road to get Budget Music Videos off the ground and making profits and Loraa White the compnay director has been there for every step. In the below video Loraa tells her story from before Budget Music Videos and beyond and her journey to get the compnay going. There have been many ups and downs and tribulations and Loraa’s story is quite unique. Have a watch and enjoy!

Written by Gareth Greenfield.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2019 RECAP

2019 was the most amazing year to date at BMV. From the successes and the downfalls we managed to launch a new website and produce hundreds of music videos at the same time. We are very proud at the content we have created and the people we have worked with. Check out the video below for a summary and examples of the challenges we have had.

Written by Loraa White

PODCAST #1 : INTRODUCTION TO BUDGET MUSIC VIDEOS!

Hey Guys!

Here at Budget Music Videos we have decided to start our very own Podcast. With tips, ideas, trials and tribulations. In this first podcast, we just want to introduce ourselves, who we are and what we do and what the podcast is all about. We hope you enjoy our fun antics and random humour!

Chat soon!

Loraa

WORKING WITH AFRICAN MUSICIANS!

Working with African Musicians!

Social Integration is a big thing here at Budget Music Videos. We have worked with multiple different artist from different backgrounds, nationalities and all sorts of genres. Although we are based in the UK, our staff are from various ethnic cultivations including India, Canada and Mauritius.
Not only do we work with these artists we are able to understand and execute their visions and we have created great relationships with them, be it afrobeat artists from African or home-grown urban artist from UK to pop stars from eastern Europe we have worked with them all. www.budgetmusicvideo.co.uk
One ethnic group that have stuck with us and also grown over the years are Africans.  Back in 2014 our CEO met Nigerian producer Moe Musa at a networking event. Following this event, we went on to work with a manifold of African artists and produced videos such as, Patoranking ft Tiwa Savage – Girlie O Remix, Ommy Dimpoz – Ndangushima and also worked with the likes of Davido and kida Kudz.
After this conjunction with Moe Musa we experienced an influx of African artists wanting to avail of our services. Of recent we have worked for Gospel artists as well as Afrobeat artists and we are enjoying services this market. Check out one of our most recent videos from an African Artist:

Author: LUKEY

HOW TO KEEP A BUDGET LOW FOR A MUSIC VIDEO

Keeping a budget low for any music video can be difficult. At Budget Music videos (budgetmusicvideo.co.uk) we are experienced at gathering low cost resources for music videos. There are a lot of expenses to think about whether you are considering a small simple video or a more creative video. The main questions to be asked are, what’s the best idea to represent the music? Where should we shoot the video? Should we use, extras/actors/models/dancers? Who is the best team to film and edit the video? Costumes/Hair/Make-up? Props? And many more…..

We have managed to generate lots of ideas to save money when planning your low budget music video. When you are coming up with an idea for a music video, sometimes it can be easy to get very literal with the music, and generate lots of ideas that would be difficult to capture. Sometimes the best way to capture the music is the simplest and your fan base will appreciate it more. For example Azealia Banks – 212. This was a very simple video that went viral and goes to show you that less sometimes is more.

Deciding whether to shoot within a studio or location can affect your costs. Obviously shooting on location will be cheaper; however other factors you should consider is the whether or not you will be able to capture good shots without lighting when on location. One idea we have used are battery operated LED lights, these are cheap and can be bought on EBay. They can be hand held or attached to your camera. These lights are great for close up shots.

If you decide to hire a studio, you will find that the further outside the city, the cheaper the studio cost. However don’t forget to factor in all the travel costs for yourself and all your team. Sometimes the most expensive studio works out the same either way. When hiring a studio check if lights, backdrops etc are included as this can play a huge part on your costs and a lot of studios included them now, to keep fees low. This will also be one less thing to think about.  Also, if you plan your video shoot well and organize timing etc, you can limit the amount of time needed in the studio, therefore cutting down cost.

If you require extras/actors/models/dancers for your video, the first place to look is your friends and family. They always love to get involved and will be happy to do it for free. If you have no luck there, you can put up a free ad on Starnow, however unpaid ads don’t get the best responses. If you offer to pay expenses, you may get a better response as there are lots of people out there trying to build upon their experience and show reels. Always remember less is more. for a low budget music video only one model and one dancers should be enough to create the scenes required for your video.

Costumes are an essential part of your video; they create the image, the brand and set you apart from other artists. Source your ideas online and try and re-create them from cheap high street stores and EBay. You can find anything on EBay, any prop or accessory. You don’t necessarily need to have several costume changes within your video; one very powerful costume is sufficed on a low budget.

Hair and Makeup is more for the females, yet needs to be well thought through, if you can budget for a makeup artist, great, as it needs to be flawless for your video, it also needs to be more creative than your normal make-up. Look online for ideas that can be easily generated by yourself or someone else and do a practice run before hand. This goes the same with the hair styling. Remember only one hair style and one makeup look is enough when making a low budget music video, as long as its powerful and creative.

The most important part of your music video is the filming and editing team. Here at budgetmusicvideo.co.uk we are able to do this in house therefore keeping the costs low. A good camera, good lighting and a good editor are essential and shouldn’t be passed aside, but should be carefully considered even on a low budget!

Overall being organised, having a thorough plan and good resources that have been well researched should make for a professional music video on a low budget! https://www.budgetmusicvideo.co.uk / info@budgetmusicvideo.co.uk

HOW TO GENERATE LOW BUDGET IDEAS FOR A MUSIC VIDEO

If you are an unsigned artist and are trying to make the right impression on a low budget, here are Budget Music Videos our best piece of advice is ‘Keep it Simple’. Sometimes trying to do too much can start to look tacky and cheap and its better to have quantity over quality. When you are planning a music video for the first time is can be very exciting and you will want to represent every lyric within the song, which can become long winded and over the top. As long as you can capture the main message about the song, that is the most important part of a music video, for example, love, hate, dance, drama etc. At the end of the day the song is the critical part and the music video is just used to compliment it, 9 times out of 10 most people wont see your video, although it is the most powerful form of marketing online.

If you are starting out and only want to show off your music, keep it small and simple. After you have built some experience about making music videos, then you can elaborate and experiment.

Generating a good low budget idea for a music video can come from the simplest thing, like a good prop, good lighting, or use of sexy dancer. When analyzing your song, think about how you want people to feel when they watch it. If it’s a dance song, you want them to dance, so dancers in your video would work. If it’s a love song, some actors playing out a love scene would work. Just remember less is always more.

The basics of a music video should first of all start with the idea, and then follow through with a minimum of 5 different scenes. Plan at least 5 scenes, so if one doesn’t work, you still have other to use. For example, in a dance song video you may plan the following:

1. Shot of singer with flashing lights
2. Shot of dancer with flashing lights
3. Shot of singer and dancer together
4. Shot of singer is throne while drinking champagne
5. Shot of singer, singing on a retro TV

Obviously this is just a basic idea, when you break each scene down, you will have a variety of shots for each scene including: angled shots, full length shots, close up shots, object/prop shots, CLOTHING/accessories shots, singing shots, no singing shots etc. This is good guideline to follow. This will also make more than enough footage for a simple low budget music video.

Think about simple props that you would use everyday that will cost you nothing and create a great scene. E.g. flowers from your garden, grapes and fruit, champagne/wine glasses, candles, sheets, lipstick, mirrors etc.

Sometimes just using the props that are available and using your initiative during filming can work, for example when on location, props like street lights, flowers, cars, brick walls etc. If you are in the studio there are always ample props available that maybe you hadn’t thought about during the planning stage, for example chairs, stereos, magazines, other areas etc.

HOW TO DO EFFECTIVE VIDEO LIGHTING ON A BUDGET!

When making a music video, whether on location or within a studio, lighting is a vital part and should always be considered carefully when planning the music video and the budget. Here at budget music videos, we have managed to gather a variety of simple lighting that is both effective and creates the right effects. As our low budget music videos are normally quite small, we keep everything small. First of all, if we are using a studio, the studio we use come inclusive of lights, for example soft boxes and UV lights. This helps when keeping the budget low. We find unless we are doing something specific these are all the lights we need. However if we are being really creative on a budget, we try to think outside the box. For example, for a coloured light effect or a spotlight effect, we have used basic small 9 LED lights purchased from EBay, attach them to tripods, and cover them with coloured gels to create different colours. This is a simple lighting trick that would cost no more than £15 per light. Another creative coloured light we have used to create flashing lights or solid lights are an ambient mood lighting strips that are normally used behind TV’s or under counters. These can be bought for approx. £25 for two and can flash and change to the beat of the music as well.

If you only want a white light on a budget, a simple LED light is best, and you can get different gels to soften them and create different colour schemes. These are the most cost effective on a budget.

If however, you are on location, the use of natural light is a science and can be very difficult to master. If you are planning to use the natural light, be sure your subject is pointed away from the sun, as this can be too bright on most occasions and make sure the exposure is set appropriately on your camera. If all you need is a small amount of light to show up a face, a small LED light on top of your camera should be suffice. These are cheap on EBay and can come battery powered, which is perfect for on location. There are a variety of sizes you can buy, from 9 LED to 120 LED lights ranging from £10 to £65. When searching on EBay type LED video lights and this should brig up sufficient results.

MANY USES OF A MUSIC VIDEO!

A Music Video is not just a medium that can be used to promote a new song but it can also be used for other promotional and helpful purposes. Looking at a Music Video as a form, it is a short film that tells a story that pulls in the viewers or uses elements that make the story or visuals stand out to capture attention. A Music Video can also be used to promote awareness of a serious issue such as an illness or domestic problems like domestic violence.

These are the best alternative uses for a Music Video as with the right storyline and perfect visuals they can convey the message perfectly. Highlighting awareness through this medium can be beneficial especially for an issue like domestic violence as the storyline can convey the characters feelings and emotions especially with the right song. Don’t be doubtful about this, audiences love a good story and if you convey that the right way then people will sit up and take notice. We here at Budget Music Videos have worked on videos that highlight such issues, such examples include a video we did for Chuka Royalty that explored the problems of domestic violence and we were able to use as an opportunity for great camera angles and use of dramatic space and of course through the music to show the emotions of both characters within the scenario. We feel delighted that we can use our craft to expose the problems within society.

As i said before Music Video’s can have more uses than just showcasing the latest song but can highlight serious issues within society.

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