Music Videos - The Industry
Posted 06 June 2005 - 11:24 AM
Posted 06 June 2005 - 12:26 PM
I'm a student and know very little about the industry. I did meet a music video director at a festival once. I think he and his crew were making the rounds and handing out business cards and making contacts. He was (imho) not a very good director, all 40 of the videos he had made since his graduation from Duke University three years prior didn't seem inventive or well executed, from a storytelling perspective, but he had a superb crew that made his videos look like a million bucks.
So, I guess the answer is graduate from a first class private university and head over to L.A. when you're finished. Be a go-getter and make sure to have a top shelf crew to support you. If wanting to work on crew, then maybe just be "in the know" with folks in the area who make film/video projects and get involved with them... maybe they'll have a music video project come up and you'll be the person they turn to. I've worked on two hi-def music videos shot on the Varicam up in Indianapolis where I used to live and all because of just knowing the people who were making the videos. They weren't cash cows, but they were fun ways to get my feet wet. Hope this helps.
Posted 06 June 2005 - 03:25 PM
> maybe just be "in the know" with folks
Posted 06 June 2005 - 05:47 PM
Do you want to be a grip? Or an AD? Or perhaps a cinematographer?
All those crew positions (including PA jobs) are obtained
Almost exactly the same way they are in any other aspect of the film industry.
You apply they look at your resume or reel and they hire you...
Sometimes if you're lucky you get recommended.
Of course you've got to schmooze a bit but what job doesn't require that?
However to be a Music Video Director is a little different.
Brain's idea is close...it involves lots and lots of schmoozing.
The best way to become a Music Video Director is to shoot videos...
You have to be a bit inventive when you start...
Good videos make the rounds and other music people see them...
And then someone gets back to you and tells you they like the video you did
And then that's when you kiss ass...and try to land another video...
It helps to be in involved in the music industry...be hip go to the parties...
Meet any and every music promoter be known...be friends with bands and artist...
Because no unknown Music Video Director gets hire to do a good big job...
You have to work hard on your image and how people percieve you...
But the most important thing is to shoot videos...you have to shoot lots of videos
And make sure they get seen cause that's you're major business card...
And when you work with someone recognizable make sure everyone knows...
Because it helps when people know you did so & so videos
Everyone knows that the music industry is very fickle
You have to constantly be on people's mind to continue to keep working...
So even if you make a crappy video show it...it
And you wanna know the funny thing about music videos...
It's sometimes the wrost work you do that gets you noticed...
So if you want to Direct Music Videos--go out there and get into the big parties
Then tell then you're the hottest music video director.
Posted 06 June 2005 - 11:00 PM
Posted 07 June 2005 - 12:32 AM
go to : www.mvwire.com
its a great site for the industry
Posted 07 June 2005 - 10:05 AM
You don't have to OWN a camera to do music videos.
If for whatever reason you MUST own a camera here are a couple of thoughts:
1) Since music videos are shot MOS, a less expensive camera can be used. Lots of stuff is being "dumped" on eBay because of the so-called digital revolution.
2) Have you thought about pooling your resources with a couple of other people that are trying to start shooting and buying a camera? This can fly because chances are nobody is going to be shooting everyday and cameras that sit in closets don't do anybody any good.
Posted 07 June 2005 - 12:49 PM
just an idea. there's a few other sites like this with start-up musicians/bands who would love to get a video going... if you wanna get yourself known, and get your feet wet, this might be the easiest way to go... and give you something to send out on DVD/CD to other video producers to show them what you can do...