January 16, 2015 at 4:10PM

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Are No/Lo Budget Music Videos Worth The Time?

I'm a guy that recently has spent more time filming things and experimenting with more professional video gear, etc.

I shot a music video for a guy, without using ANY money at all. We were limited on time.(the video below was shot/thought up with about 3-4 hrs of time. Tops.

We were at a friends apt complex and used the roof. We walked hollywood blvd. for a couple hours.

Really minimal. I was sick at the time and couldn't speak either.

Do you guys think that a No budget music video (first attempt at directing/editing.. is worth the time? Music isn't my kinda style. Guy was interested in putting out video and with no money coming in or prep time, this was very shoot from the hip.

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HERE IS THE VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/99072597

January 16, 2015 at 4:11PM

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Gary Ewing
Short Film Screenwriter, Photographer, Director.
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Every second you spend composing a shot or shooting is better than every second you are not.
My freebies I try something different so the shoot isnt totally wasted, little things like lens whacking or something I havent done with the equipment I have. I sometimes have to end up doing the same old thing, in which case I wrap that shit up quick so I can move onto another project thats a bit more cavalier.

January 17, 2015 at 6:03AM

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Chris Hackett
Director, Director of Photography, Writer
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Your first line is pretty much how I see it. That was spot on. As long as I am out there doing it. Whether it is of great magnitude or not, it will come to help shape the future projects. I tend to want to over analyze shots and take my time. With this, I couldn't do it. Just, no time. I like your outlook on the free shoots you do. Thanks for all that Chris. Much appreciated.

January 17, 2015 at 8:14AM

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Gary Ewing
Short Film Screenwriter, Photographer, Director.
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Every time you film, you gain experience, which is never lost.

Your video is very nice, often nicer than many "known" stuff in that genre. You're lucky to live in LA, many artists would have flown out there to film those shots. Working without a budget you did a really good job, got good shots.

I only work on freebees with people that get me something back in return or whose network I can use to get more exposure and publicity. Which is very rare.

January 18, 2015 at 6:14AM

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gandulf charpentier
director of pornography
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Thank you. I appreciate that.

I wish he had a reliable network to view it and see the potential if I were to be given finances to work with.

Though all I could have asked for was the experience and I couldn't agree with you more on that.

I appreciate the feedbakc so much Gandulf.

January 18, 2015 at 10:20AM, Edited January 18, 10:20AM

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Gary Ewing
Short Film Screenwriter, Photographer, Director.
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Every short film,music video interview is experience. I started the same way, I needed a music video for one of my track, could not afford it so i tried the DIY route. Then I went to seminars to gain some knowledge,watch countless online tutorials and videos and five years on im making features with no budget or little. If its your passion and dream then you will pullout all the stops to follow it. It dosnt matter if you have zero budget, get some friends to act and do a short movie and go out and do it. Yes its worth it, go for it.

January 18, 2015 at 6:36AM

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steve call
Writer, Director, Cameraman, Producer, Editor.
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Steve,

That is wonderful to hear! Glad to see you doing it!
You are very right. I have the passion for it. I'm working on getting a project up and running, though this one, for me, is going all in. So I'll take my time on that one. In the meantime, I am always shooting. Just to view it and react. Seeing that I am just starting out. I still get the energetic feeling (cannot be described) when you shoot something from a particular angle and view it, that feeling of accomplishment and pride. I can't wait to experience it more. Thanks a bunch for the good kind words.

January 18, 2015 at 10:40AM

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Gary Ewing
Short Film Screenwriter, Photographer, Director.
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Depends, I shoot a ton of music videos (in different capacities), but that's the specialty Im working towards.
Obviously shooting more is good. But advancing my career/image is equally important to me.
I work on music video projects 3 ways. Either full rate (usually on a budget), Expenses covered (I make that clear that is what they're payer for) if its a project I want to do or there are good connections I get out of it, or Free if its a project I really want to do (I usually produce the whole thing and use the artist as a guinea pig for something I want to try or do).
I think free projects are worth it if you're getting something valuable for yourself out of it and make it clear that your doing it as a favor to not undervalue yourself. That ont help you in the long run.

January 19, 2015 at 8:36AM

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Josh Wilkinson
Music Video Director/DP
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Gary, I liked the video! Keep shooting them! After all, each video you make turns into a promotion of your own Gary Ewing brand.

Below for example are my #3, #4, and #5 ever videos that above all were good educational experiences:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A13215TtpNk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZNWaU7jVVo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LWzJ4WFgcs

February 2, 2015 at 5:28PM

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Alex Zakrividoroga
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