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Ways to Get Free Music Video Locations
I hate to see music video directors spend 60% to 85% of their production budget to impress their clients when they could have saved that much of their budget and still got the same, if not better results in the completion of their music video.
If your production budget for a music video is $2000.00 and you spend 85% of your budget, you end up with only $300. If this is good with you, stop reading and keep doing music videos for 7-11 wages. 7 days of hard work shooting and editing a music video is not worth that type of money or your time. If you put in 40 hours in one week to do finish a music video at that rate, you're earning under minimum wage.
What you as a music video director should keep in mind is this, and it's proven. Almost 90% of the time, spending a higher budget is not always the answer to making a hot music video. I've even had music videos where I have only spent 10% of the budget, put up against music videos that have spent 50% of their budget and have won in the categories of concept, editing and overall final product.
Here's just one tip that will help you keep more of the production budget in your pocket.
How To Get Free Locations
This is one area where I see the most money spent on music video productions. Directors like to drop 40 to 50% of the production budget to obtain a great location when the truth is you can get almost all of your locations for free. What's even better is the only thing you have to do is ask.
Once you find the location you want, contact the owner by phone or in person. Inform them that you would like to use their place of business for a music video shoot. Let them know that you have exhausted your budget but you will give their business name a shot in the music video (meaning get a shot where you can see the name of the clothing store as the artists walks inside the main entrance).
Once you find the location you want, find out who the owner is. Once you find this out, you want to inform them that you would like to use their place of business for a music video shoot. Let them know that you have exhausted your budget but you will give their business name a shot in the music video as well as credits (meaning get a shot where you can see the name of the club as the artists walks inside the main entrance).
I have never paid for any locations and I have completed well over 50 music videos and counting. By knowing this budget saving tip, this will allow you to keep more money in your pocket as well as impress the client.
Jag has been shooting music videos for over 10 years. To find out how you can startobtaining free locations for your video shoot, please visit Jag at www.MusicVideoTrainingCenter.com.