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Making Zero Budget Music Videos – 6th Floor Panoramic Theater – Room 6042

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Some musicians will spend enormous resources to create a music video. Is that always necessary? Many will opt for the alternative approach and attempt a “Low Budget” music video, but what exactly does “Low Budget” that mean?  When you look into events such as the Berlin Music Video Festival, their category for “Low Budget” limits you to 5,000 EUROS ($5,400 USD approx.). For most independent musicians, $5K is an enormous amount of money to spend on some footage that will hopefully generate interest in your music. So, can interesting music videos be created with for “virtually” zero dollars and a little video editing time? Yes.

There will be a presentation of past music video projects, a short slide presentation,  followed by a question and answer session, and a discussion on music video promotion and how best for independent artists to make use of it.

This will be presented by Lou Black. Lou Black is a Peruvian born, Washington DC based singer/songwriter/producer/video artist/statistician who has created numerous “Zero Budget Music Videos” for himself and for musician friends.  As a singer/songwriter, Lou is best known for his popular 2004 song “Searching for a Land of Love,” a song that continues to be his most streamed song on Spotify, a song that was also featured on Artomatic’s 2007 Music Compilation CD.

“This will be a presentation of various music videos that I created from the start of the pandemic and to the present time.  If being isolated during the pandemic taught me anything, then it was the fact that one seldom needs to spend time or money to go on location to shoot original video footage in support of a music video project. No need for special lighting, multiple cameras, actors, or much of a script for that matter. There is plenty of video footage available for free, and few sources requiring minor fees. In addition, free video editing software is available. The exact popularity (measured by views) of one video over another can be subject to a number of factors, some which are out of one’s control.  In the end, it is best to focus on the video art itself, the imagery used, the editing, your time constraints, and not to worry about massive viewership. One is primarily creating art for the fans.”
-Lou Black


April 6
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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6th Floor – Panoramic Theater – 6042
2100 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037 United States


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