Today, I want to show you one very cheap and simple concept for making a music video. This is perfect for any up and coming rapper with low budget. We don’t have the luxury to spend money on lavish production sets and video producers, so this is a great alternative.
In order to illustrate the concept, let me give you one of 50 Cent’s videos as an example. 50 had a strategy of saturating the market with videos at one point and they had to be done quickly. This video shows you a concept, which is both quick and easy. Check it out
Where was it shot?
First thing you’ll realize is that the whole video is shot in one room. That’s it, one room. This is the first cost benefit of this concept. No need to rent out fancy places or organize a whole event. No extra expenses.
So, since getting the place is simple, the next thing you have to understand is how the production is being shot. Well, as you can see from this video, 50 Cent was in different locations. One frame he was sitting on the bed, the other frame he was with the girls and so on.
So how you can shoot your own video is pick one spot, then rap your whole song from there. Then pick another spot, rap the whole song from there. Do that 3-4 times, so you have enough material.
After you have that material, all you do is edit it. How do you edit it?
Well, this video doesn’t have any special effects, except for the slow motion effect, but that’s very simple to make. I will show you how to do this in the near future. How was the video edited? If frames changed by the length of each expression, the video would’ve been boring.
You can see that Elf Rivera(video director) put together three different frames for one expression. So, for example 50 starts his bar in one frame, then Elf gives you some slow motion and right at the end of the bar, you can see 50 finishing it from another location. You understand?
You can edit your video in a similar manner. Start with spitting from one place, then show a frame, where you’re spitting from another place-finishing the line. It’s very easy, yet good looking.
Something to notice is that the camera has a slow moving speed. So it’s not just stationary, but it’s either going to the left/right/up/down or zooming in on 50.
So that was the cheap and easy way to shoot your first music video!
- Pick a few spots
- Rap your full verses on each of them
- Pick some slow motion shots
- Mash it all together
Since there is less spots, increase the frame rate change. At least two changes for an expression, otherwise it might get boring.
So what do you think? Have you ever thought about your first music video? How would you shoot it?