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How to Make a Music Video + The Business of Music Videos

So you want to make music videos. Want to follow in the footsteps of David Fincher, Mark Romanek and Spike Jonez? It’s not a bad plan at all. Many filmmakers start off in music videos. It’s a great place to get experience, learn the tools and experiment.

I’ve directed a few music videos in my day and have worked in some capacity on hundreds over the years. I wanted to do an episode where I breakdown my process for making a music video. The music video in question is for the band Ozomatli and the stand up comic Gabriel Iglesias aka Fluffy.

Gab and I have done a few projects together over the years, two of which were music videos, Hey It’s Fluffy and Stand Up Revolution.

I had an absolute ball shooting both. Today we will be dissecting Stand Up Revolution, which was for his Comedy Central showGabriel Iglesias Presents: Stand-Up Revolution.” It was a large production for me and I learned a ton.


Check out the final product and the behind the scenes video for Stand Up Revolution.

I breakdown the process of making the music video and discuss the dark side of music videos…the business!

I had an amazing experience working with Gabriel Iglesias and Ozomatli and my discussion on the dark side has nothing to do with them. I wanted to open the eyes of young filmmakers who are just starting out and want to go into making music videos for a living.

Listen to my experience on the “business side” of music videos and then make up your mind. I’m not trying to scare you but filmmakers should know what they are getting into and set expectations accordingly.

If I may quote Terence Howard from one of my favorite flicks Hustle and Flow:

“It’s tough out here for a pimp.”

I hope this teaches a bit about how to make a music video. Take a listen to the podcast and let me know what you think in the comments below.


For fun I also included my Hey Its Fluffy music video. Let me know what you think.

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