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Blackbox Studio Time Saving Tips

Are you looking to create a music video in the near future? Are you wondering how to stretch that budget to create the best video?

There are some tips that you may want to consider when it comes to creating the greatest visuals for your music.

Do what matters to efficiently maximize your studio time.

1. Give the Studio Your Music at Least 2 Weeks in Advance

Different studios will tell what they need in order to have an effortless production session. The times in which they need materials may vary.

Giving ample time for the studio to review the music allows for the studio to do any pre-production so that your session runs smoothly.

If you have a certain idea in mind, collaborate with the studio so that they can incorporate your vision

2. Pre-production

Don’t neglect going into your session with a plan. A little pre-planning goes a long way in order to stay focused and have a successful session.

Any documents that you could provide the studio with in terms of pre-production will help your session be streamlined 

If there is a video that you are inspired by, share it. Examples of the overall tone will help to create the best effect.

In addition if you have your own team other helpful documents could include a video treatment, shotlist, storyboards, and a lighting plot.

The video treatment should include a synopsis of what the treatment is about, moodboards to establish color palette and tone, and general shot expectations.

A shot list is particularly helpful for the videographer and has details about the technical aspects of the shots. 

Storyboards are a visual representation of your shot list. They help tell the narrative of your story and are important to establish how the scene is depicted.

The lighting plot is useful for the Lighting Designer to set the stage.

3. Know Your Budget

Set realistic expectations for your budget and keep track of your expenses. Be mindful of all the costs upfront.

The last thing you want is to keep adding to the video and end up with a product that is outside what you can afford.

Don’t go into a studio expecting an award-winning production at a low budget. However, studios are willing to work with you to get as close as possible to your vision while remaining within your budget.

4. Show Up On Time 

Time is money and there’s nothing worse than wasting it.

If you are running late, the whole production will be behind schedule, taking time out of our session.

Think about how long it will take you to get to the studio and take into consideration traffic or delays. Be ready when you get there.

5. Be Well Rehearsed

In an ideal world you will be well rested, hydrated, and ready to perform at your peak. This includes knowing everything there is to know about your song.

Realistically, no matter how prepared you are, there are still bound to be mistakes. This is why you want there to be as few mistakes as possible. 

The more mistakes that are made, the longer the session will take. 

The song should be practiced over and over again to maximize the efficiency of your studio time.

6. Be Prepared with All Your Gear

Create a checklist of all the necessities that you will need to bring with you. There’s no guarantee that the studio will have everything you need.

Check your equipment to make sure that everything is in working order.

Confirm that you have everything you need for your performance ready to go so that there are no surprises.

7. Put Someone in Charge of Time Management

Time can easily get away from you if you aren’t careful. Stick to time limits.

If you did the pre-planning phase, you should be aware of how long each scene will take.

Having someone reliable who can keep you on task and on schedule would be beneficial to helping your production move along at the appropriate pace.

8. Choose the Right Studio

Do research to find out which studio is right for you.

Determine the studio’s capabilities. You may need a bigger space or are after a particular look. Establish the look and feel of the video and figure out if these things are in alignment with the studio.

Create a working relationship with the team. Consider if you vibe well with the staff and they meet your expectations.

Looking for the best studio? Check out our studio, Wreck’d Productions, for your next music video.

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