EMVA: Our 7 tips for your low budget music video.

Embarking on the journey of creating a music video on a shoestring budget can be both exhilarating and daunting. You've got the perfect track, a stellar concept, but the prospect of bringing it to life on a limited budget might be holding you back. Fear not! We're here to guide you through the process with a set of practical tips. Have you ever wondered how emerging artists with minimal resources manage to produce visually stunning music videos? The truth is, if others have successfully navigated this terrain, there's no reason why you can't embark on this creative endeavor yourself.

The notion of a low-budget music video has evolved from being an exception to the norm in the contemporary music landscape. Even globally renowned artists have recognized the potential and charm of crafting compelling visuals on a budget. So, let go of any hesitations and dive into the world of DIY music video production – it's not just a cost-effective choice, but also an avenue for.


1. Creative Use of Locations.

Seek out public places such as parks, streets, or unusual buildings that you can use as a backdrop for your video clip. The creativity in choosing locations can significantly reduce production costs.


2. Use smartphone or a simple mirrorless camera

If you have a limited budget, you can opt for independent production. There are many affordable cameras on the market today with excellent features, such as the Canon EOS M200, and so on. Or try using your phone. Nowadays, movies shot on phones are even screened in theaters. Don't forget the gimbal. Our festival also has a competitive category for the best mobile phone music video. Chcek our categories here.


(Best Mobile Phone Video of Season 2)


3. Utilize Natural Light

Whenever possible, shoot during daylight hours. Natural light can create impressive effects while eliminating the need for expensive lights and additional equipment.


4. Focus on a Simple Style

Choose a simple but stylish design. A minimalist approach can be effective and helps direct the viewer's attention to the content of the video itself.

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 ASA 808 feat. DAEDE – Love No Matter What / Winner of season 6. 


5. Engage Local Artists.

If you're looking for actors, collaborate with local acting groups or art schools. This can provide an opportunity for young talented actors while keeping costs to a minimum.


(Best Low Budget video of season 9)


6. Use Free Stock Footage.

There are many websites that provide free video footage that you can incorporate into your video clip, enhancing its content.


7. Experiment with Perspective.

Changes in perspective can visually enrich the video clip. Try different angles and camera shots to add dynamics to the scenes.


So what are you going to do? We will look forward to your video. :)