Here is our new music video of “Amazing Grace.” In our last post we discussed how we had originally arranged it for orchestra, reduced it into 7 clarinet parts, and made a recording of it.
Now we’re going to discuss the process of making a music video.
After we were finished recording the music track (click here to read about how we did that) we called up Dane Christensen, our awesome videographer, to schedule a filming appointment. He ended up not being able to make any appointments work as he now lives in California. So we called up Tanner Nielson, Dane’s buddy, and made an appointment with him. He is awesome as well!
We decided to head up to a mountain trail in Layton, Utah – a location that Tanner suggested – and we brought:
- Bb Clarinet (my new professional model – yayyy!)
- Bass Clarinet (cheap model which I bought new in January of 2014 – it cost me $1,700, and while it’s not the ideal instrument, it was cheaper than these amazing Buffet models.)
- Baby in carseat/blankets/diaper bag
- iphones and/or portable bluetooth speakers
It’s important to have the speakers. Even if you can perform your music perfectly in the filming setting (say you have a piano and all the instruments you need) you’re not going to film the actual music. If you did, you would not get the best studio recording sound that you would want in your music video. You should first make the music just how you want it in the recording studio and then mime/play along with it in the filming. In the end, the audio from the filming will be deleted and replaced with the audio from your studio recording.
We went out to a trail and I turned on the track to play along with. (Play along with the exact same track you’ll be using in the final audio/video mix – if you don’t, then your words and notes won’t line up properly.)
We filmed me on my little clarinet in one location. I played along with the track (which was playing from my iPhone in my back pocket). I then did the same thing with my bass clarinet and we repeated the process in a few other locations on the mountain trail.
While I played the clarinet, Kacee was feeding our baby girl. After twenty or so minutes, I took the baby and burped her while Tanner filmed Kacee singing. We then got some shots done together while the baby lay in her carseat as close to us as possible and as far away from the spiders and dirt as possible.
In the end we got some drone shots and Tanner almost crashed his drone into the trees. Pretty funny story when told by someone other than myself. Ha… 🙂 No really, still pretty awesome and funny. 🙂
So then in the end Tanner took all the footage back to his house and then lined up the best footage with the awesome master track which we had prerecorded. This is facilitated by the fact that we were playing/singing along with that track.
And that’s how we got this beautiful video! Thanks Tanner and Clive!!!!
Here’s a demo of the orchestral version: