Making Music Videos 101

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Even though MTV may have shifted into reality tv programming, music videos are still here and very popular, due to the availability of online content and resources and bolder ideas than ever. They’re also still a path to get a foot in the door as a commercial or narrative director. But how do you break in, and what’s the best way to approach making one? In this half day seminar from Craft Ed. and IFC Center, we’ll hear from musicians and music video production experts sharing tips, tricks, and examples. Ticket price also includes morning coffee and a free drink at a post-seminar happy hour!

9:30AM-10:30AM   Finding Your Collaborators

How do you know if your aesthetic is right for the band or their song? Is there someone you admire that you want to reach out to? We’ll have a conversation about how to find your perfect match as an artist on both sides of the camera.

10:35AM-11:35AM   Production Essentials

We’ll get into the nitty gritty of everything from finding a location, to budgeting, to insurance. Where do you begin? How many days should you expect to shoot? Should you work with live animals? We’ll answer these questions and more.

11:40AM-12:40PM   Distribution

Now that you’ve made your video, how do you get it out in the world? If you’re not working with one of the Billboard top artists, how do you let anyone know about your work? We’ll discuss online best practices and other tricks and techniques, including social media.

12:45PM-1:30PM   Networking Happy Hour

Join fellow audience members and panelists to chat about what you’ve learned and enjoy a complimentary beverage on us!


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  • Running Time 240 minutes
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  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

IFC Center does not generally provide advisories about subject matter or potentially triggering content in films, as sensitivities vary from person to person. In addition to the synopses, trailers and other links on our website, further information about content and age-appropriateness for specific films can be found on Common Sense Media, IMDb and as well as through general internet searches.