Working on your first music video?  Filmaker Randy Huckabone of Rochester, NY offers these suggestions to help you end up with something that you’ll be proud to present to everyone from booking agents to close friends…. who we all know can be your worst critics.


Tip 1 – Keep it simple. If you watch music videos today, they aren’t complicated. They are primarily to connect the face of the musician (s) to the audience so when they see them, it increases the ‘wow’ factor.

Tip 2 – Give them less. An audience wants to see the musician(s) in action, ye, but you want to tease them a bit by throwing in another theme. Examples: A couple being romantic, vandals, action sequences like skate boarders or people on a beach, a person running around in a mask, a dog, anything else that takes the focus off the band for a few seconds here and there.

Tip 3 – It must look expensive. Dolly and job shot’s always increase the value. Lighting is important for interiors. Morning light. Magic hour.

Tip 4 – Make sure the song is catchy, relevant and is a clear representation of what the band is.

Tip 5 – Don’t be afraid to break the mold. Originality goes a long way. Be different.


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And, if you are looking to do a live concert video, here’s how one filmaker handled that task with a Journey tribute band.

Originally posted 2013-10-16 23:50:21.