Making A Music Video doesn’t have to be Just a Dream !
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For many independent artists, a music video is either a finishing touch to an album or it is used as a marketing tool or both.
Creating a big-budget music video just isn’t possible for many artists starting out.
If you don’t have a record contract or a major label backing, that doesn’t mean putting out a music video is out of the question.
If you’re unsure about how to release a quality music video as an independent artist, make sure to plan your budget and see what’s available within reason.
While most DIY music videos can range anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000, smaller budgets are absolutely possible to work with if you use the following tips.
“How much do you charge for a music video”?
Our Music Video Budgets start at $995 to 3,500 on average.
We’ve shot some around the $8K mark as well.
It really depends how complex you want your music video to be.
Various factors including but not limited to, number of production crew, cast, extras, location/venue set construction, craft services,
hair/makeup, set security, medic, insurance etc.
Editing your music video is $20 an hour.
Average time to edit a video is 10-15 hours. Again, some special effects or other factors could alter editing time.
Consider the following when you are wanting a quote for a music video.
• HD camera – This should be one of your top priorities.
• Viewers have come to expect high-quality videos, which includes high-definition. If there’s one thing to not skimp on, this would be it.
• Lighting – This doesn’t have to be expensive.
There are some fantastic ways to utilize natural light, but if the mood of your music video is a bit more-eerie than you’d find in daylight, having special lighting is a must.
• Sound – You’ll also need to decide if this is a live video or if you’re playing to your recording.
If you’re playing to a recording, the sound will be as good as your mastered track. If this is a live music video, you’ll need to either invest in or borrow quality recording gear.
If you want to step it up you can invest in the
$1500-$3500 range and get more elaborate.
Add a drone, add some extras, add some GoPro views or add a few more locations etc.
Big budget music videos can range anywhere from
$60,000-$700,000 and up and your set will look a little more like this:
Here are some music videos we have produced in the past.
Some were mid-level budgets and some were low budget.
And finally here is one more example of a
LOW BUDGET video that was produced by another company. This was shot one location, one camera, no editing involved, and ONE take.
It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
This video required very little post-production work.
The talent did not require an expensive elaborate setup or budget.
If planned out right you can make a fantastic and effective video without hiring an expensive production team.
Take a look.