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20 TikiKiti tips on how to make a music videos

Talking to JimmyK at TikiKiti I got an idea on how they look at music. He offers plenty of advice to would-be video producers — mist of these tidbits of advice seem obvious. JimmyK says we’d be surprised at home many are clueless. Considering how many fan-made videos I’ve seen, I don’t think I’d be surprised. JimmyK says one thing about TikiKiti; “It’s all about the music and we’re all about how you visually interpret popular music.”

When looking through these tips it’s easy to see the three categories TikiKiti uses when evaluating a good versus bad video. These are, production quality; technical quality, such as editing; and creativity. All three seem very subjective but TikiKiti has developed some guidelines on how they rate these videos. More on that later. For now, here’s twenty tips on how to make a better music video — arranged, sort of, by the categories mentioned:

  1. Good camera, lighting and production design matters as much in a performance video as in a narrative video.
  2. Start and end your video with the song — no intro, no end credit roll, no bloopers reel.
  3. For a great performance video, don’t just copy the artist — use your talent and your imagination for the performance, the scene design and the camera.
  4. Use multiple sources for a mashup video.  We judge on the quality of your editing, shot selection, appropriateness for the music and overall effect.
  5. To add motion to use shots use a motion stabilization system, skateboard or bike.
  6. Good camerawork and good lighting are important. Include “pools of light” in your sets and shots.
  7. Try to keep the gratuitous twerking to a minimum.
  8. Good camerawork and good lighting are important.  Include camera moves to follow the action.
  9. The more action, the better.  The more movement, the better.  The more cuts, the better.
  10. Give clear credit to the band: song name, album (if any), artist, label and year.
  11. We don’t do promotional videos: a product, a religion, an organization, your friend’s band … even a good cause.
  12. A great mashup video should have a point (what you are trying to say) and a unifying theme.
  13. We don’t do “slice-of-life” videos such as train fanning, vacation or scenery videos.
  14. We don’t do travelog/vacation, dog, cat, Cosplay or anime videos.
  15. No pitch shifting or modification to the music — No dialog or narration during/over the video.
  16. No lyrics videos.
  17. For the most part, we don’t display music videos by unsigned artists.  We exhibit videos of artists interpreting other peoples (usually popular) music.
  18. Don’t use shots of performing in stage or in a dance studio. Drug use, exploitation, putting down or degrading others — seriously, we don’t want to see it.
  19. Have fun, meet cool people, change the world.
  20. Have fun, but take your work seriously.  It’s art.


Find TikiKiti on Twitter, and their YouTube Channel.

The Music Video World of TikiKiti

A new force in the world of music videos has emerged. That force is TikiKiti. TikiKiti loves music videos. But not just any music video — or all music videos. TikiKiti is dedicated to the world of the indie film producer — the fan made music video and the “unofficial” music video. There is a world of people, of all ages, that enjoy making music videos and spend a lot of time making some incredible videos. They are the undiscovered talent, the would-be professional film maker, the college or high school student working on a class project, or the young teen experimenting with their first video.

The TikiKiti YouTube Channel shows an ever-changing page of current video, that is, from today, that have been rated. They use three separate criteria for rating a music video — production quality, creativity, and editing techniques. Although most people will be satisfied just by clicking a thumbs up to show they like a video, the people at TikiKiti spend more time with each video. Of course, this means they filter videos. But, in the world of YouTube where there seem to be millions of videos, some sort of filtering is bound to happen.

All the music videos are of pop music and include these categories: the narrative or story-telling video; the performance video; the mashup; and the K-Pop video.

Here is an example of some of these videos:

The Narrative Video:

The Performance Video:

The Mashup:

and K-Pop:

These are more videos can be seen at the TikiKiti YouTube channel now. You can also find links to all of their Top Picks of the Day on their Twitter Feed