Repost from Sonicbids Blog: http://blog.sonicbids.com/4-practical-diy-film-tips-for-musicians
DIY film tips
1. If you have a great resource, use it
Does your aunt have access to a hundred-year-old schoolhouse? Does your neighbor run a dance troupe? There are some times when an available resource is so good that it’s worth developing an entire video concept just to use it. When our director, Dominic Mercurio (also our drummer), told us that he had access to a historic mansion, we knew it would be worth spending the time and money to do it there and do it right.
2. Make it a party!
It’s never hard to find friends to help out with a video. That’s because it’s really fun to make music videos. The trickier part is keeping track of everybody. Maintaining a contact list and keeping everyone up to date with emails is a must. Also, it’s okay to ask your friends to help out for free, but you’re going to want to at least feed them, so you should figure out how you’re going to do that.
3. When you hear it, you see it
Your video should always correspond to the music in one way or another. This might seem obvious, but it’s crazy how many videos don’t. Maybe new visual elements are introduced as new instruments enter the song. Maybe the visuals are edited to the beat. When this is done well, the editor becomes a part of the band and the visuals take the song to the next level. It’s great to learn to edit your own videos. Good musicians tend to be good editors.
4. Don’t be intimidated
It’s easy to think that you’ll never be able to make anything as amazing as your favorite Michel Gondry or Spike Jonze video. After all, their videos had huge budgets, special effects, wardrobes, and big stars. That’s just not true. Today you can get incredible HD footage with a smartphone, and you can easily learn how to edit and process it yourself on a laptop. Never forget the value of a good story. If you come up with a good concept, you should be able to make a great video, with or without a budget. And as far as star power goes, your band already has that, right?