November 8, 2014

Ever wanted to know what goes into making a music video? This week we’re going through the process, from coming up with an idea to the final touches in post production.


So this summer I shot a music video for my friend Alicia Catling, and I thought i’d do an episode about the process! I’ve included as many general points about music videos and making films in general, so there should be something for everyone!


If you haven’t seen it yet, I’d recommend that you watch the music video first (since the episode has spoilers!)

cameraCanon T3i Body cameraCanon T3i (600D) Body
lensTamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC lensTamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC 
batteryLanparte Portable Battery  Lanparte Portable Batterybattery
vfKamerar QV-1 Viewfinder vf Kamerar QV-1 Viewfinder
filter ND Filter  ND Filterfilter
tripodLibec TH-650DV Tripod tripodLibec TH-650DV Tripod
c-standKupo C-Stand Kit cstandKupo C-Stand
lightstand3x Lightweight Light Stand lightstand
3x Lightweight Light Stand
sandbagPack of 4 Sandbags sandbag 
4 x Sandbags
reflector5-in-1 Reflector (43″) reflector5-in-1 Reflector (43″)
swivelManfrotto Swivel Head swivel 
Manfrotto Swivel Head

need some inspiration?

Simon Cade

Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.

  • Inch-High

    Nice tips. Did you shoot ML raw for this video?

  • Hannah Bradley

    very nice, detailed video shoot, i like how u made your own inserts/effects and they worked really well. i don’t have a lot of experience with cameras i am interested in making/shooting my own projects and i’m looking to purchase a camera, which camera would u suggest i buy. (i have a budget of £120). thanks

  • Timo Czajka

    What Rig do you have? I cant find it in your Buy List..?