Music videos are crucial to the success of a single. Like a magpie, we love things that are bright and shiny. Sure there are plenty of great music videos that have graced our screens over the ages, but there have also been some pretty shit ones. You may be in a band about to embark on filming your first clip, unsure of how to go about it. Don’t sweat it kid, here’s a handy list that gives a few simple, yet crucial examples of what you should do, and what you absolutely should not do in your music video. It’s the essential Dos and Don’ts for music videos!
There are great music clips and there are some stinking turds as well. Here are some simple rules to follow just in case you’re not sure what your next move should be.
DO have weaponised chilli flakes
DON’T stalk a blind woman
DO have the elderly dance
DON’T have the elderly dance
DO have super cute animals
DON’T have Fiona Apple death stare you whilst trying to sing the song
DO have puppets perform the song
DON’T use lyric videos
DO have kickass cameos
DON’T nauseatingly cram every celebrity you know into one video
DO have rope
DON’T have David Hasselhoff. Or DO have David Hasselhoff, we’re not totally sure.