How to Write a Music Video Script

By Dialogue Queen

Music videos have become a staple in the music industry. They show the artist to the world, and the image created in a video helps define them. The creativity, technology and amount of money put into music videos is immense. It's the equivalent to that of a small movie. Here is how to write out a music video script.

Read the song lyrics several times to get a better understanding of what the song is about. This is sure to inspire you. Brainstorm some ideas. Pitch those ideas to your friends, family and coworkers to get their feedback.

Draw a line down the center of a piece of typing paper. Write "audio" at the top of the left column. Write visual at the top of the right column.

In the left column, write either the first line if the singing begins right away or the time elapsed before the singing begins. Write this in the form of seconds.

On the right side, write in the visuals you would like to see in the order you would like to see them. Be as specific as possible in regards to location, time and actions of the cast.

Write special effects or titles you would like seen on the visuals side. For specials effects write SFX: (ex. SFX: slow motion blur of buildings collapsing). For titles, simply write TITLE in all caps followed by a colon, and write the titling you would like to appear on screen.

Draw a horizontal line below the audio and visuals you have just written. Continue on with the next line or phrase of music. Repeat steps 3 and 4. Continue this pattern throughout the entire song. Good luck!

Tip

Write any titles or special effects in a separate line so they stand out. This will make them easily seen by the rest of the crew

Warning

Don't be in a rush. Allow time for creativity to flourish.