Music Video Production for Beginners: From Script to Screen

A course by David J East
Director and Photographer . London, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2021
, Director and Photographer

Discover how to create a high-end music video on a budget and learn the basics of editing on Adobe Premiere for professional-looking results

  • 89% positive reviews (44)
  • 1169 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Discover how to create a high-end music video on a budget and learn the basics of editing on Adobe Premiere for professional-looking results



  • 89% positive reviews (44)
  • 1169 students
  • 15 lessons (1h 58m)
  • 11 additional resources (2 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever


Making a music video is about creating the visual language of a song that communicates a band or artist’s identity. They are an opportunity to tell a story while connecting emotionally with the audience. In this course, director and photographer David J East teaches you how to create visually striking music videos from scratch with little to no budget.

Delve into the world of music video production by learning how to develop, film, and edit quality video clips. Discover all there is to know about scriptwriting, location scouting, directing, and the post-production process.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The Essentials of Preparation
  • U3
    U3. The Aspects of Production
  • U4
    U4. Video Post-production
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet David J East, film director, photographer, and your teacher for this course. David shares his creative journey from film school in South Africa to making music videos for artists like Melanie C and Foals. Hear about the film and photography icons that have inspired his work.

Start the pre-production phase by going through the materials needed for this course. Learn how to approach a film project by understanding what the client wants and how to best apply your ideas to the music video. Discover how to create a storytelling concept featuring a protagonist, a storyline, a message and the feeling you want to convey.

Learn how to write a script (known as a treatment) for your video that communicates the different elements of the story. Then, see how to build a strong team to manage each aspect of the filming process. Explore the importance of location scouting and how to choose the right set. David shows you how to make a shot list and how to get the most out of your film shoot by working with natural light and directing your actors.

Lights, camera, action! After filming your music video, dive into the post-production phase. David walks you through the editing process using Adobe Premiere. Learn how to use the software’s digital tools to import, edit, and correct the color of your footage. Discover how to make a trailer and select the best stills to promote and share your music video with the world.

What is this course's project?

Create a professional-looking music video and edit it on Adobe Premiere.

Who is this online course for?

This course is great for aspiring filmmakers who want to learn the basics of creating a music video, or musicians who want to learn how to make one of their own.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is necessary.

To take this course, you need a notepad for ideas, a camera for filming (it can be a smartphone with good resolution), access to PowerPoint and Excel (or similar software), and Adobe Premiere Pro or similar video editing software (iMovie works, too).


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David J East

A course by David J East

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Director and Photographer

David J East is a British director and photographer raised in South Africa. After studying cinematography in Cape Town, he went on to pursue his career in directing short films, music videos, and commercials throughout Europe and the US. The aim of his work is to convey the visual language of a story, song, or product.

Throughout his career, he has filmed commercials for Mercedes, Jaguar, Cristiano Ronaldo’s CR7 Denim clothing line, Bose, and Guinness. David directed music videos for Foals, Melanie C, Charlotte OC, Gengahr, The Japanese House, Jelani Blackman, Sam Sure, and Thor Rixon. He has also directed his own short films like Down Days and Exert.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    The Essentials of Preparation

    • Materials
    • Approaching a Project
    • Creative Ideas and Concepts
    • The Basics of Simple Storytelling
  • U3

    The Aspects of Production

    • Creating a Treatment and Writing the Script 1
    • Creating a Treatment and Writing the Script 2
    • Finding a Good Team
    • Location Scouting and Recce
    • Shot Listing
    • Filming
  • U4

    Video Post-production

    • Editing Your Footage 1
    • Editing Your Footage 2
    • Sharing Your Work
  • FP

    Final project

    • Music Video Production for Beginners: From Script to Screen

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Music Video Production for Beginners: From Script to Screen. Photography, and Video course by David J East

Music Video Production for Beginners: From Script to Screen

A course by David J East
Director and Photographer . London, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2021
  • 89% positive reviews (44)
  • 1169 students