How Not To Make A Music Video

making a movieSo yesterday I put together this crazy little music video for a song from a music project I’m involved in called Cambodia Highball.  “I Told You I Was Broken” is a cool, dark little number that is nothing like anything else so far that we’ve recorded.  I wanted to put something together to help promote it and put it in some weird, little light.  A music video would be cool, right?  Well, yes.  It would especially be cool if I knew what I was doing.  I don’t.

I love all aspects of music.  I love the writing process.  I really love the recording process.  That’s where you can be as creative as you want.  Embellish to your hearts desire.  Mixing is so much fun as that’s where a lot of the artistry of making the song do its thing is involved.  Too much of something and the song is weighted down.  Too little and your not giving the song its full potential.  It’s a balancing act.  You need to have a really strong internal editor working in that head of yours if you’re going to be an effective engineer and mixer of your own songs.  Proper or improper mixing can make or break a track.  And mastering?  Well I’m still working on that one.  I’ve done it sporadically throughout my tenure as a recording musician.  I’m just now really delving into it, as before I’d have others help me out in that department.  This new song is the first time I’ve stepped out on my own in regards to the mastering.  Again, a good or bad mastering job can make or break a track.  As well as the actual creating and building of a song, I love the layout.  The artwork, the song sequencing,…you know, how the piece is presented.  That’s half of it right there.  I’ve heard some amazing records that the artwork almost killed for me.  So how it looks is a very important aspect.  There is one more thing in the presentation of music, and that’s the music video.  Growing up in the early 80s MTV was something I was in awe of.  Seeing videos of my favorite songs only added to my love of the tune.  It became part of the overall musical package.  There were some stinkers, for sure.  But there were also some really amazing videos.  So as I started writing and recording seriously the idea of someday making my own video was planted.  I’ve done several over the last few years.  All are amateur and rough-around-the-edges.  I don’t have equipment;  editing software, cameras, etc.  I generally use home video and mess with it.  Or I use public domain film.  I’m not a filmmaker, so that’s what I do.

Well, for this latest video adventure I wanted a specific look.  I wanted the look of the 60s and 70s.  Old ads and grainy 70s film.  I also wanted to be able to edit the footage instead of just putting chunks of film one after another.  Did I succeed?  Ehh.  Probably not.  But out of all the videos I’ve created for my music, this one is the most cohesive.  I might be on the road to something here.  Maybe even a self-shot video at some point.  Now that I’ve figured out how to edit, albeit roughly, with the generic movie maker software on my computer who knows?

Anyways, here’s how not to make a music video.  Enjoy!

Btw, all footage used is public domain.  So don’t try suing me, dancing popcorn!

12 Replies to “How Not To Make A Music Video”

  1. Dude! That tune is freakin’ awesome! I love the groove, def has that QOTSA/Low desert sound meets something else that I can’t put my finger on quite yet. It doesn’t matter though because I could ride on that groove for days. The video is pretty sweet to, the video compliments the music. Nice work!


  2. How NOT to? You are a modest modest man. With respect to music videos, I have mastered the only definitive way to not make a video: don’t actually make it. You created a thing and that is always better than not creating a thing. Whether this thing is any good or not is a separate discussion that I am not ready to pass judgment on because I got so distracted by the coolness of the song itself. I tried to watch the video. I really did, but I found myself closing my eyes just to listen. So, your video didn’t exceed your song … which, in this case, says great things.


  3. 1. Consider praise heaped upon you.
    2. Please take notice that I have today been retained by Mr D. Popcorn to act in his video rights interests. You wil be hearing from us shortly.


    1. Sometimes those are the best laughs….the ones only you get.

      My upside-down dancing popcorn got the desired response. You won’t find anything this entertaining at church, but let me know if you do.


What do you think? Let me know

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.