How To Make An Effective Music Video On A Small Budget

Big stars usually spend a lot of money on video production, but everyone knows that there are actually ways of shooting amazing music spots on a very low budget. All you need is a camera and a bit of imagination. It’s not a rare instance that a novice in the music world makes an awesome video on a small budget which becomes famous all over the world. That’s why we’re giving you the artists who’ve done an amazing job with some unique and awesome videos. Some of them have actually become huge stars.


“Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living)” – Eels

Eels is probably the most honest musician ever. At the beginning of the video, he actually admits he has spent all of his money on the album. So, his budget for shooting a video is close to nothing. Anyway, Eels wants and needs a video. That’s why he takes the camera and points it right at his face. He starts singing the song and dancing all over his house. In one moment, his dog joins him and becomes a sort of a back vocal. Altogether, it’s an interesting and sincere video which will definitely catch your attention and bring a smile to your face.


“That’s Not Me” – Skepta

Skepta is the author of maybe the cheapest ever award winning music video. He actually made it on a budget of just £80. His music video is raw but powerful and it goes well with his rap style. The retro look of the video will probably attract people who miss the 90s rap. Special effects in the video are very funny because most of them look like those you get on the free apps. Nevertheless, it’s a cool video that proves you don’t need a lot of cash to make an awesome story.


“Dog Days Are Over” – Florence + The Machine

This is another cheap but nice video which was shot in a park. Everything on the spot is kind of bizarre, but has some strange logic. It’s definitely a winning combination together with the music playing behind. The costumes are simple but pretty and the scenery couldn’t have cost more than a few hundred pounds altogether. We love the end result, oh to be someone jogging or walking their dog when they were shooting this!


“Praise You” – Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim made „Praise You“ video on a budget of around £800. And most of it went on food for everyone involved in the filming. This video was shot in a public place and without a real scenario. You can actually see the confused faces of the people watching the show. The video presents a group of people dancing on the street. They don’t have any costumes so the people watching them were probably thinking they are just some youngsters fooling around! There are no special effects but everything is so real and sincere and you can simply see the emotions.


“We’re Going to Be Friends” – The White Stripes 

The White Stripes made this video from one shot and without any particular effects. Jack White is sitting on the sofa singing to Meg while she’s asleep. Although there’s almost no action and everything is so simple, the video is still amazing. It’s emotional and sincere and it emphasises the music and the lyrics. Everything together sends a strong message and you simply can’t stop watching the video. The White Stripes have a history of simple but powerful videos but this one is definitely the winner when it comes to spreading the energy.

So that’s our top videos made on a small budget! Whats your favourite? And have you done any videos on minimal budget? Let us know in the comments below 🙂

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Cass, Ree & Helen
{In The Making Team}