10 Cool Music Video Ideas to Bring to Your Next Shoot
You’ve got an amazing concept for a music video. The musicians and crew are ready to go. But before you start shooting, check out these 10 creative music video ideas to take your production to the next level.
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Plus, when you book a Peerspace venue, you can utilize the handy Concierge service. This team can source any extras you need while shooting your music video, from catering to A/V equipment and more, and deliver it to you at the venue. When you leave those types of logistics to someone else, it allowed you to focus on what really matters: creating incredible art that your audience can’t get enough of!
Now, back to the topic at hand: incredible music video ideas you’re sure to love!
1. Shoot during golden hour
Lighting is critical for any type of shoot, especially when it comes to a music video. If you are shooting any exterior shots for your music video, shoot during golden hour. “Golden hour” is a photography term that refers to the time right after sunrise and before sunset.
On an overcast day, you will be able to capture amazing, warm tones. The light is nearly perfectly diffused at these times, and your lighting will feel warm and rich. You might even capture some lens flare in camera. Let the sun do the work for you, and your project will be golden.
2. Make your light move with the music
If you are shooting your musicians playing their songs in an interior environment, a cool and affordable lighting idea requires a fishing net and exposed lightbulbs. Hang the net over the area in which the band will be playing, then hang exposed lightbulbs through the net. Attach a rope to one side of the net and, when the band plays, have a production assistant or another member of your crew pull on the rope to the music. One of the neatest music video ideas, this will create a cool camera effect.
3. Record your footage at different speeds
Music videos tend to break traditional filmmaking rules in a variety of ways. For one of the best music video ideas for a more modern style, try recording your footage at variable speeds. For example, slow-motion can create a dramatic effect. Remember that if your musician is singing along, you will need the song’s speed to match this footage.
Slow down the playback for them to lip-sync as you shoot the shot. Speeding up your footage is another cool and easy way to add a sense of urgency and drama to your music video. Playing with different speeds allows a bit of artistic flair to shine through the resulting video.
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4. Craft the slow reveal
Another excellent music video idea is the slow reveal. Set up a tight shot that focuses on your singer’s face. As they sing, slowly pull out of the tight close-up with the idea that you are revealing something unexpected to the viewer. Perhaps it appeared the singer was alone, but they are, in fact with the band at a live show. Maybe your singer is singing behind a photo background, and, as the camera pulls out, you reveal that they are actually outside in a desolate location. The slow reveal can add a lot of drama and a dash of surprise to your music video that will make it super memorable to your audience.
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5. Create a one-shot video
While this technique can be a challenge to shoot, the one-shot music video is a cool way to impress your viewers. This requires some expert shooting and a polished performance from your singer and musicians. The great thing about the one-shot music video is that it requires only one camera and one location. You will be moving backward with the camera, so have a production assistant or a friend help guide you as you move.
The singer should be singing while looking directly into the camera. You don’t even need to move to create an amazing one-shot video — you can shoot the entire one-shot with a tripod. The effect of having your musician look directly into the camera for the duration of the song can be profound.
6. Shoot on a green screen
While locations are key to a great music video, sometimes you need to create a space that doesn’t necessarily exist in real life. Shoot your video or parts of your video against a green screen. You can key out the background in post-production and take your viewer to magical, unknown worlds. What’s great about this concept is that it’s one of those music video ideas that ensure versatility. It can work with any genre of music, from metal to country to pop.
Peerspace has tons of green screen studios that you rent for your music video. Here are a few of our favorites:
- This pre-lit soundproof green screen studio in Burbank with space for 20 people
- This lounge studio with light designs and a green screen in Chicago for 15 guests
- This Midtown green screen and white cyc stages in Manhattan with room for 40 people
- This video studio with green screen and noise insulation in Dallas for 25 guests
7. Add stop-motion animation
Stop-motion is an old-school animation technique and a great way to create some “video magic.” Be mindful that it is labor-intensive, though. Shoot stills of your musicians performing. In fact, shoot plenty of stills. This will give you an old-school flip-book effect when you assemble the photos in post. Though a classic shooting style, it can create modern video marvels. Plus, it’s an affordable way to make your video stand out.
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8. Use a drone as a thrilling and modern music video idea
If you have access to a drone operator — or if you are one yourself — consider shooting part of your video with a drone. This could be establishing shots, B-roll, or the performance itself. There has been a real saturation of drone footage in documentaries and features and for a good reason. It creates an amazing effect that makes the viewer feel like they’re part of the action. It’s also a cool way to show the performers in a more thrilling, action-film style. And if your video is being filmed at a gorgeous Peerspace location, all the better!
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9. Let the musicians shoot the video themselves
If the band is on tour, in the studio, or goofing off backstage, have them shoot videos of the action on their phones. Make sure to have them shoot horizontal video instead of vertical video. Use this footage to cut between your live performance or construct your entire video out of it. Either way, this is an affordable and creative way to give your viewers a look into the lives of their favorite musicians.
You can even turn it into an interactive contest of sorts. Reach out to fans on social media and ask them to submit videos they took at the group’s concerts. After all, you know they’re always filming during their concerts! You’ll have tons of extra footage to sort through, but there could be serious diamonds in the rough.
10. Produce your video with animation in mind
One of our favorite music video ideas is to add elements of animation to your video. Plenty of amazing music videos integrate animated elements in post-production. But, like with all good productions, you need to plan for this before you shoot. You don’t need to shoot on a green screen to integrate animated effects over your video. Think about how you can integrate the popular “scribble effect” into your video. Plan out your animated elements and compose your shots with post-production in mind. This can elevate your final video.
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Bonus: Book a multi-set studio to wow your audience
You don’t need a billionaire’s budget to pull off over-the-top music video ideas. With Peerspace, you can book one space for one price and enjoy multiple themed rooms! Multi-set studios are popping up on Peerspace in major cities across North America, namely Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas. For one low cost, you book a studio for a few hours and take advantage of the studio’s multiple themed sets that translate to internet gold. The versatility is unquestionable here since you can shoot tons of film across different backdrops. Plan ahead to create a cohesive story with your music video or figure it all out in post-production after.
Need a few examples of the types of sets we’re talking about? Our favorites include:
- This multiple-set warehouse production studio in Atlanta (pictured above)
- This multiple music video film sets with LED wall in Los Angeles
- These creative multipurpose production sets in Dallas
- These custom designed sets in Chicago
And more! If you don’t live near these cities, simply check out what Peerspace has on offer in a city near you and let your creativity run wild.
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Be it a performance-based video, a narrative video, or a video with heavy animation, keep these 10 cool music video ideas in your production toolbox. They are sure to take your production to the next level. And when you need a stunning setting to shoot the video in your city of choice, browse the selection of bookable venues on Peerspace.
We are home to thousands of one-of-a-kind venues in cities across the globe. Since we have countless venues in every conceivable style, be it chic, grungy, farmhouse, sleek, industrial, urban, or eclectic, you’ll find the perfect space for your image and sound. Each venue has its own listing that includes high-def photos, detailed descriptions, reviews from past creatives like yourself, and clear pricing. And since you can rent by the hour and not the day, you don’t have to worry about steep production costs. Plus, the Concierge service is always on hand to ensure you have everything you need to make the shoot a success.
Between your music and concept, these music video ideas, and a killer Peerspace venue, you’ll have serious magic on your hands.