How to Make a Music Video on a Low Budget

by | Apr 4, 2023 | Artist Resources, Music Production

Tight on budget but need to get your music video done? – No problem!

With new advancements in computer and video technology, creating beginner music videos is now simpler than before.

The procedure of capturing a music video, just like every artistic endeavor, can be satisfying, disappointing, enjoyable, tempting, tiring, and exciting – quite often all at the same time.

Only your fantasy and expenditure limit the possibilities for music videos.

Remember, whether you have the budget or not, the fundamentals of creating a music video remain the same.

The idea here is to do most of the work so that we can save money.

Now, let’s get started.

Steps to Make a Music Video on a Low Budget

Step 1: Determine your budget.

Yes, we know we’re talking about a low budget. But how much is your low?

Excellent music videos do not need to be costly or complicated to be effective. The most creative and unforgettable music videos in history have been created on a modest budget.

But be realistic, especially if you’ll have to hire cameras, cameramen, and a technical team.

So, set your budget.

Step 2: Maintain a notebook.

Nothing posh, virtual, or costly is required. You need something to help you organize your ideas, write notes, and draw images. Carry it with you during the filming process. Ideas can strike while you least suspect them.

Wondering why not just take notes on your phone?

Some ideas might be visual. So there is a need to sketch really fast sometimes. If you can do that on your phone, good for you.

Step 3: Speak with the musician or their group. (If it’s not your own music)

They might also have suggestions for how their video should appear.

A few of those ideas will be good. Some may even be excellent. There is no restriction to what you’re able to do on a low budget if you have a sea of ideas floating around.

But keep in mind it is your responsibility to choose which of the artists’ concepts to integrate into your video. Maintain a realistic perspective; understand which suggestions are viable, which are impractical, and which are simply bad.

Step 4: Listen to the song before making any decisions.

The first time, don’t do anything but listen -then listen to it several times more.

Listen to it with the artist or members of the band. Even if you already know the song.

Notice how it makes you feel. Does it make you want to dance, cry, laugh, or go to the bar? Or does it make you feel odd combinations of emotions? Take notes on your reactions.

Step 5: Locations should be scouted.

Before you begin shooting, you must decide where you’d like to shoot. Since we’re working on a tight budget, traveling to a remote place or constructing a custom set may be a complete no-no.

But again, this is where you need to consult your budget. If the travel or custom builds fit into your budget, then go ahead.

Step 6: Produce a storyboard.

A storyboard serves as one of the most efficient video instruments you can use. Storyboards are shot-by-shot drawings of a video that are used to guide the action of the video.

Creating a storyboard is very important because it will save you a ton of time.

Step 7: Find your team.

Putting together a team after completing the above steps makes life much easier.

A production firm will charge you less knowing that you have the story and the storyboard nailed. Also, to minimize costs, try to limit the number of characters. If you have to, then include friends and family. Many people would be happy to be in a music video.

Step 8: Refine your concepts.

Brainstorm ideas for your video after you’ve determined the emotional component of the song. Consult with members of your technical team during this process; they’ll know what’s simple to film and what’s not so simple.


Once you agree on the concept, you and the team can then go ahead and shoot the video. We hope this post helps you make your music video on a low budget.

If you have other low-budget music video tips, we’d love to read them in the comments section below.