October 6, 2010

Making Music Videos

When my boys were 2 and 3 years old, we made a short music video to one of their favorite songs. It was so much fun and turned out so cute that we now make one music video a year. This is our fifth year for the music video tradition. When we listen to music, I am always thinking if it would make a good music video. Picking the song is usually the hardest part. The first video was to "Clap Your Hands" by They Might Be Giants. Video #2 was set to "The Goldfish" by Laurie Berkner. Backyardigans songs make for great videos, and we used "A Pirate Says Arrr" and "I Love Being a Princess" for the next two years. This year's video is to "The Eye of the Tiger."

Some tips for making a great music video:

  • Get the kids involved in the whole process. The kids help me pick the song, plan costumes, and make scenery (if any.) I also talk to them about what they want to do in the video.
  • I make a list of shots I want to get before going out to shoot the video. Depending on their age, you may only have a short window of cooperation.
  • Take LOTS of video. For this last video, I uploaded 40 minutes of video, and edited it down to a 2 and a half minute song.
  • Shoot a variety of shots. Take some up close, some from a distance, and different angles.
I use iMovie to do my editing. I put some video up in the editing window, turn off the video audio and add the song track. Then I can cut the video clips to the right timing in the music.


  1. I LOVE this idea! And just once a year actually sounds do-able. (Although I'll bet my kids would be nagging me for the rest of the 11 months.)

    Great job on these. The baby doing pullups was my favoirte part.

  2. Will you be my mom?! I just found your site and I absolutely love everything on it!