1 Garage, 7 SETS, 7 Videos

Awhile back in 2009/12 when I used to shoot music videos…I started to notice the budgets getting lower and lower

Even if the budgets were ok, I noticed that the locations we were hiring made £1,500 for them to just open the door …as you did all the hard work, lighting, filming etc

So before my final run with them, I worked out that if I planned it right…I could probably get some fairly high quality looking set locations out of my garage

I mainly used my garage as storage, so I thought I may as well try and make something out of it.

When bands don’t have much money for videos & you need to make money but stay creative…I’ll share with you how I managed to shoot 7 Different Music Videos with 7 different looks out of 1 small Garage.

Here is the list of music videos below

They were still decorated to match the mood of the artist, but no set build

Matt Lonsdale – Chemistry

The Valiant – Home Of The Grave

(involves use of projector on a garage wall)


Great Scott – Eyes Open

(party vibe with balloons)


Next video I used Lots & lots of flour, took forever to do and was very messy….wont do it again haha


Ocean Red – Measures


Then after these shoots, I thought…how can I continue to shoot in the garage but create even more looks ….so people don’t think its just shot in the same garage.

Til this day I don’t think I told anyone I shot most of my music videos in my garage haha

SOooo…. let the set building begin!

I went to B&Q, bought some flooring, plasterboard, wallpaper, fixtures and started to plan the sets.

Because I knew I couldn’t afford to build a set for every band, I had to think of a way that I can decorate it over and over, that wouldn’t cost me too much and still make profit.

Kinda like a house, you can make it new again just by a few adjustments

The tricky part was, one of the walls had to be built in front of the garage door…which then meant I couldn’t get in and out of the garage, let alone a band full of people and gear haha

in the picture below, you can see what I mean about the door

door walls

So I got hold of a builder, we talked about the best way we could build a wall on the existing walls…but being able to remove and attach it over and over again

I suggested we build a wall on a slider type of bracket, he came up with the idea of a latch so the wall can swing away inside the garage so we could open the garage door.

Then once everyone was back in, after a break, lunch etc the wall could swing back into place when the garage door is shut

So it basically acted as a big door.

Then for different sets for different bands…I basically built other walls to change the look, different wall paper, lighting fixtures etc

Bands at first thought the price for the shoot was pricy

but finding a location with similar looks was almost double just for the location…not including the price of me to shoot, direct and edit

If I didn’t do this… due to budgets being low. I’d end up shooting another video in another big open field

nothing wrong with that, but as you know…it gets boring

So this was still the cheapest way to have a set type video within budget

Here are the looks, videos and some info:

One of the first ones came about after I saw a house in the woods. I couldn’t get access to the house…

so I created what I thought it would look like inside, and built it in my garage for the music video.

Also, always good to ask your Dad for help too, good bonding…just make sure you have Bacon Sandwiches and coffee for him, haha

wall2roompastedoor wallsdad

My Betty also helped out and did an awesome job on the stencil, for the chalk scene


Here is the video for that look:

Pavilions – Science & Gods

2nd set I built was a lot of black sheets over the walls


As you can see in the pics, I didn’t have a lot of room to work with with all these videos

so do plenty of tests shots before bands arrive, lens checks, angels etc

Here is the video:

Avagrace – Reading Pictures


The last set was based around lightbulbs:


As you can see I left the sheets up to have a nice black fall off

Here is the video:

Aurora – Easily Broken


Hopefully anyone who shoots music videos, this might help them out…creating different looks with not much of a budget.

My Gear!

My Main Camera (Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4.6K) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00WIXRZAU/?tag=wwwdanieljohn-21

B Camera (Panasonic GH5)  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MT7AK63/?tag=wwwdanieljohn-21

C Camera (Sony A6500) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M2WAE29/?tag=wwwdanieljohn-21

Favorite Lens (Sigma art 18-35mm 1.8) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00DBL0NLQ/?tag=wwwdanieljohn-21

2nd Favorite Lens (Sigma art 50mm 1.4) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00JPL7CK6/?tag=wwwdanieljohn-21

Gimbal (Beholder/Ikan MS1) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01IT5SIOW/?tag=wwwdanieljohn-21

Lav Mic Kit (Sennheiser EW100 G3) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0007IOYF2/?tag=wwwdanieljohn-21

Boom Mic (Sennheiser MKH 416) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00030679K/?tag=wwwdanieljohn-21

Camera Slider (Kessler Crane Stealth) – http://cvp.com/index.php?t=product/kessler_crane_kes0127

Tripod (Sachtler ACEL) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D22QDIQ/?tag=wwwdanieljohn-21

Lighting (Rayzr 300B) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N7P7YDC/?tag=wwwdanieljohn-21

Lighting (F&V LED K4000B) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AEVSFGQ/?tag=wwwdanieljohn-21

Filters (Formatt Hi-tech IRND) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LMXY4LA/?tag=wwwdanieljohn-21

Storage / Hardrives (G-Technology)  – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01E48VX2C/?tag=wwwdanieljohn-21

Editing Software (Adobe Premiere Pro CC) – https://www.adobe.com/uk/products/premiere.html?promoid=KLXLV

My Computer (Apple iMac 27inch 2010) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01NAP90BK/?tag=wwwdanieljohn-21

LUTS – https://sellfy.com/DanielPetersdop

Music – https://sellfy.com/DanielPetersdop