Making a Music Video

Create your own Music Video

Objective: In this project, students will explore creating a video with transitions and several different camera angles.  Using a DSLR or a point and shoot camera, you will record a video without sound. Use a tripod when recording in order to not have camera shake.

Step 1

Brainstorming and Researching: Create a storyboard including the camera angles and transitions for a music video based on some concept/theme of your choice. Try to not just copy the original music video concept. Make your own or have a unique twist.  Research music videos that inspire you.  

Camera Angles for this project: 

  1. Worm’s or Bird’s eye
  2. Tilt the camera
  3. Close-up
  4. Zoom from wide to close
  5. Wide angle
  6. Full body
  7. Waist up

Step 2

Gathering video

Students can also use royalty-free sites like to make the video. All video clips that are not original should have the artist’s name, title of video/image, and year. This also goes for music, using music in video, student need to cite the Artist’s Name, Title of the song, and date in the credits. Points will be taken off if not correctly cited.

Example of preparing and creating a music video:

Step 3

Editing your Video

Tutorial for Premiere Pro:

Tutorials for iMovie

Video Overlay and Audio editing
Filters and Color/Exposure editing in iMovie

Students will be graded on: 

  • Originality
  • Craftsmanship
  • Video flow and timing with music

See iMovie and/or Premiere Pro tutorials page for music video techniques practiced in class.

When the video is complete, save as a file and upload to your Youtube channel.  Update your Weebly with video and complete Artist statement below. Also, add to your Weebly below your video link.

Step 4:

Artist Statement

Describe: What is the viewer looking at in the video? Explain the video as if you are telling someone over the phone what you are watching.

Analyze: How are the elements and principles of art being applied to the film?  What angles are being used and why?  How and where did you apply special effects? (Don’t know the elements and principles of art google them or look at my link on the website.)

Interpretation: What is the story or concept of the view?  Explain the plot and characters inside of the video.

Judgment: After viewing the final video, what are your thoughts and feelings about the video? Explain in detail your thoughts about your process and final product.