How To Get Free Music Video Locations

by Jamal Jag Johnson

Most music video directors like to spend at least 60% to 85% of their production budget to try and impress their clients when they could have saved 60% to 85% of their budget and still got the same, if not better results in final output of their music videos.

Think about this. If your production budget to do a music video is $2000.00 and you spend 85% of your budget, you end up with $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. In fact, if you put in 40 hours in one week to do a music video at that rate, your getting paid under minimum wage. Not a good.

What you should keep in mind is this, and this is proven. Spending a higher budget is not always the answer to making a great music video. I’ve had music videos where I have only spent 10% of the budget, put up against music videos that used 50% of their budget and have won in the categories of concept, editing and overall final product every single time.

Here’s just one tip that will help you keep more of the production budget in your pocket.

Obtaining 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.

I have shot music videos at High Schools, hotel resorts, hospitals, churches, clubs, and many other locations people would not dream of getting for free. It’s really as simple as asking. Here’s what you want to do.

I have never been told no or paid for any locations and I have shot well over 50 music videos and counting. Keep this production tip in mind and you will keep more money in your pocket as well as impress the client.

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.

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