Music video production cost breakdown
Music video production costs in London can vary widely, influenced by a multitude of factors including the complexity of the concept, location fees, the caliber of the production team, and post-production requirements. Prices can range from a few thousand pounds for a simple, performance-based video to tens or even hundreds of thousands for videos requiring elaborate sets, visual effects, and a large crew. Here's a breakdown of key factors to consider:
How much does a music video cost?
Understanding video production tiers
  • Simple Performance Videos: Starting from £1,500 to £5,000, ideal for new artists or those on a tight budget.
  • Moderate Complexity: Featuring multiple locations, professional dancers, or modest special effects, prices can range from £5,000 to £20,000.
  • High-End Productions: For projects demanding custom sets, extensive visual effects, and a large cast and crew, costs can escalate to £20,000 and beyond.
The journey of music video production begins with conceptualization. This creative brainstorming phase involves close collaboration between the artist, directors, and production team to craft a visual narrative that complements the song's themes, mood, and artistic vision. Whether it's a simple performance video, a complex narrative, or a visually driven piece, the concept serves as the blueprint for the production process.
Pre-Production: Laying the Groundwork
The creative team, including the artist, director, and producers, brainstorm to define the music video's narrative, theme, and visual style. This collaborative process results in a clear creative vision that guides the entire project. Visualizing the concept through storyboards helps in planning shot sequences, framing, and transitions, providing a visual script for the production team.
Role Description Rates
Director Oversees the video's creative direction, concept development, and visual storytelling. £500 - £2,000+
Producer Manages logistics, budgeting, scheduling, and coordination of the project. £400 - £1,500+
Cinematographer/Director of Photography (DoP) Plans the visual look of the video, including camera angles, lighting, and shot composition. £450 - £1,500+
Art Director Develops the visual style and oversees set design, props, and wardrobe. £350 - £1,200+
Location Manager Scouts and secures shooting locations, handles permits and logistics. £250 - £800+
Casting Director Organizes casting calls and selects actors, dancers, or models. £300 - £1,000+
Storyboard Artist Creates visual storyboards to outline the sequence of shots. £200 - £600+
Total The approximate total price of the pre-production stage, based on all the components listed in the form £2650 - £8600+
Production: Bringing the vision to life
The production stage of a music video is where the conceptual ideas and plans come to life through the act of filming. This crucial phase involves a series of orchestrated steps and the collaboration of a dedicated team, each with specific roles and responsibilities, to capture the footage necessary for the final video.
Role Description Rate (per day)
Director Creative lead, guides video direction. £500 - £5,000
Producer Manages budget, schedule, coordination. £450 - £3,000
Cinematographer (DoP) Visual storytelling, camera work. £450 - £2,500
Camera Operator Captures the footage, operates cameras. £250 - £800
Gaffer Chief lighting technician, lighting management. £250 - £600
Key Grip Manages camera support, lighting equipment. £200 - £500
Best Boy Grip and Electric Supports lighting, rigging. £150 - £350
Production Designer Designs video's visual environment. £250 - £2,000
Art Director Assists in visual style, manages set design. £200 - £800
Wardrobe Stylist Designs costumes, manages wardrobe. £200 - £700
Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Manages on-camera aesthetics. £150 - £500
Choreographer Designs and instructs dance routines. £250 - £1,000
Production Assistants (PAs) Supports various production tasks. £70 - £120
Behind-the-Scenes (BTS) Crew Documents production process. £200 - £600
Total The approximate total price of the production stage, based on all the components listed in the form. £3500 - £18500+
Post-production: Finalising the masterpiece
The post-production stage is where the captured footage is transformed into the final music video, a process that involves editing, visual effects, color grading, and sound design. This phase is critical in shaping the narrative, pace, and overall aesthetic of the video, ensuring it aligns with the initial vision and resonates with the audience.
Role Description Rates (per day)
Video Editor Assembles footage, aligns with music, edits pacing and transitions. £200 - £1,000
Colorist Enhances visual tone and color consistency. £250 - £700
Visual Effects (VFX) Artist Adds digital enhancements or CGI. £300 - £1,000
Motion Graphics Designer Creates animated graphics and titles. £250 - £600
Sound Editor/Designer Manages audio post-production, sound effects, and mixing. £200 - £600
Composer/Music Producer Creates original music or scores. £500 - £800
We Stream: Your partner in music video production

At We Stream, we understand the unique power of music videos to tell stories, evoke emotions, and connect artists with their audiences. Our dedicated teams of professionals, each specializing in different aspects of production, are committed to providing the best visual material tailored to each social media platform’s nuances. Whether crafting a visually stunning piece for YouTube or a captivating snippet for Instagram, We Stream knows how to navigate the rhythms of music video production, ensuring artists can share their vision with the world in the most impactful way.

Tips for your music video production

1. Conceptual creativity:

  • Push boundaries with unique concepts and abstract storytelling.
  • Embed symbolism and subtext to add depth and resonance to your narrative.

2. Efficient production:

  • Clearly communicate your artistic vision, expectations, and budget constraints to the production team from the outset.
  • Trust the expertise of the production company while remaining open to collaborative input and ideas.
  • Set a realistic budget for your music video production and allocate resources wisely.
  • Prioritise key elements such as location, cinematography, and post-production to maximise impact.

3. Visual aesthetics:

  • Stay true to your artistic identity and convey authenticity in your performance and storytelling.
  • Connect with your audience on a personal level by sharing genuine emotions and experiences.

4. Strategic promotion:

  • Develop a strategic plan for promoting your music video across digital platforms and social media.
  • Utilise teaser trailers, behind-the-scenes footage, and interactive content to engage your audience and build anticipation.
We Stream brings a fresh, innovative approach to music video production. Our team of creative professionals is adept at transforming your musical vision into a compelling visual story. With an eye for detail and a passion for storytelling, we ensure that each music video is not just seen but felt, creating an emotional resonance with the audience that lasts.

Leveraging the latest in video production technology, We Stream offers superior quality visuals that set your music video apart. From high-definition cameras to advanced editing suites and visual effects software, our technological arsenal is at the forefront of the industry. This commitment to quality means your music video will stand the test of time and technology, captivating audiences today and tomorrow.
Understanding that each artist and project is unique, We Stream offers customized production solutions tailored to your specific needs and creative goals. Whether you're an emerging artist on a tight budget or an established musician looking for an extravagant production, we work closely with you to create a package that fits your requirements without compromising on quality or creative integrity.
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