For us we have no budget! Our first videos were just slideshows made using Picassa.
Here's an example: http://youtu.be/tS4JqVCyhuo
Then we found someone to make a video for us for $5 on the site www.fiverr.com
We made our latest video ourselves using a great iPad app called Animation HD
It looks like this: http://youtu.be/OLGfgy-W6wU
How did you get yours done? Looks like it was a green screen done in studio? Was it expensive?
We too make videos on a small budget. We bought an inexpensive Flip-like camera and a green screen, our biggest expenses. Then we learned Final Cut Express (now FC Pro7) and do all our own shooting and editing. Other than that, our only expenses are costumes, props and paying kid actors, dancers and singers. The other adult characters are our friends!
Here are our videos in the order we made them. You can see the progression from still images to animation to live action :
This is my very first music video, using still images.
My 99 Neighbors - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjSopnggSlM
This is my first (and only so far!) animation. We paid a college student to do this.
Really Bad Day - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0EZVP2OJes
This was our very first "live action" video, for my husband/accompanist Stephen Fricker
Twelve Days - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuutFpiOoAU
This is my first live-action music video combined with stills.
The Power of One - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtvXxxQl59Y
This is my first fully live-action music video.
Home Again - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-18DeQEF7c
And this is my latest but it's an old TV show we were hosts for, "Tell Me A Story":
The Abacus - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKpT1k8L_8c
If anyone wants to call me about any of this, I'd be happy to talk and help! (631) 549-2332 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I LOVE MAKING MUSIC VIDEOS! It's the most fun I've ever had!!!
I love that idea! Your own green screen. I'm going to look into that.
We bought a very large (10' x 12') muslin green screen on Amazon that cost about $35, but the banner stand we hang it on was over $125 (but we also use it to hang our show's banner on while performing, so it does double duty). I know you can get smaller screens for less, and a friend bought bright green poster board for pennies and it worked well.
Caveat--the fabric screen has to be wrinkle- and shadow-free when you film or it will be hard to get rid of in editing. Lighting is crucial!!!!! Also storage becomes an issue with a large screen. We bought a 6' PVC pipe and roll ours.
Thanks for the advice.
We bought some cheap flannel sheets from Bed, Bath and Beyond and pinned 'em up to the walls. They have to be pinned tightly, no wrinkles. But they seemed to do the trick as a homemade green screen. Plus, when you're done, you have comfy bedsheets.
Patricia....that 12 days of Christmas video is brilliant and hilarious!!! I love the yoga guy and the cowboy guy.
I do a lot of my videos in iMovie and I edit them myself. I did one stop-motion video that was fun to make and a friend helped me with. I've done a couple fan-submitted videos, where fans submit pictures and video...those are fun and fairly easy to edit. All on my YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/frescapesca
Thanks Laura. All the characters on the video are my husband--and he's a character! He has many different looks, no?
I'd love to venture into stop-motion animation but it looks like a LOT of work. Meanwhile, I'm going to experiment with combining live action with stop-motion to see how that works.