Some of today’s most critically acclaimed television shows and movies are filmed on sets and in closed, pre-built locations; to be sure, some of history’s most critically acclaimed television shows and movies have been filmed on sets! But most video production these days aren’t big-budget studio films; they’re YouTube videos and online marketing content. There’s something truly authentic—something irrefutably powerful—about on-location shoots, and this energy is captured by cameras and, in turn, enjoyed by viewers.
Of course, one of the biggest downsides to on-location shoots—one of the only downsides—is the associated cost. While they don’t require the rental for the set or soundstage, filming on-location can still be pricey, and this reputation for expensiveness has led the shooting style to be regarded as intimidating (and not worth exploring) by many rising filmmakers.
By implementing some simple and effective tips, however, media professionals who’re filming on-location can save a substantial amount of cash and complete the process for a fraction of the cost paid by others, all without sacrificing the quality of the produced footage in any way.
Let’s take a look at some straightforward ways to save money on on-location shoots!
Put Food First
For many upcoming filmmakers, on-set food is something of an afterthought; a concern of secondary importance that’s considered only at the last second. While this style of thinking is correct in theory and typically works without issue on traditional sets, it could cause considerable trouble (and cost a significant amount of money) when filming on-location.
The reasoning is simple: food is fuel, and without fuel, actors, camerapersons, make-up artists, and all the other experts that make a set function won’t perform at their best. The resulting mistakes will cost time and money. Furthermore, rushing to retrieve food from an unfamiliar venue in an unknown area doesn’t look particularly professional, and will produce unexpected last-minute fees (ordering in advance is almost always cost effective).
In short, on-location filming is much easier and cheaper when food (including allergy information!) is put first.
Reduce Housing Costs
It might be tempting to book a film crew’s stay in a hotel, but it isn’t always economical. On the contrary, hotels can be absolute “money pits” that eat-up the majority of an on-location work’s budget.
Short-term apartment rentals are affordable and convenient alternatives. They have accommodation options available in almost every area. Planning for an on-location shoot and choosing an apartment instead of a hotel will preserve a project’s budget and assure that the resulting footage is once again excellent.
Have a Plan-B
Most actors and actresses are committed, dedicated, attentive professionals who’re honored to be part of a project they’re passionate about. Like many things in life, though, occasional “bad apples” do appear and will be encountered. These “bad apples” could very quickly be part of one’s on-location project.
As such, to minimize risk, minimize losses, and assure that a project gets finished as scheduled, it’s important for on-location film professionals to have a plan-b. This means that backup actors, actresses, and crew members must be on retainer and able to be called at a moment’s notice should their services be required.
Save Money on Audio
While traditionally seen as a post-production consideration, more and more video productions are employing their sound design throughout the production process, which may or may not necessitate having it picked out before you even start filming. For smaller, DIY productions, hiring a music designer and renting a full foley stage are just not viable options. This is where Music Beats comes in. We have lots of premixed audio, some for free, and all for a very affordable price. We can even help you mix your own sound cheaper than you could find at a ritzy Hollywood sound studio. Audio is half of your video, and you need to make sure that you’re representing your content as professionally as possible.
These tips are sure to help on-location film professionals save as much money as possible and produce fantastic footage. Thanks for reading and good luck!
This instrumental has a great feeling about it. It motivates you to move around and get things done. It makes you want to dance, jump around and have fun. Anyone I have ever played this for liked the way it flowed/sounded. It has nice spacey fx, beatuful piano sounds, nice percussion and undeniable string/synth sound that gives this instrumental the final touch. Its very airy sounding and has a very nice pop instrumental feel to it.
This beat reminds me of a Black Eyed Peas Song or a “Will I Am Instrumental“. I had a lot of fun creating this and sometimes listen to it over and over because it seems to take you to a different planet at times. It almost has a calming effect to it and then the beat drops and switches back to making you happy again. This instrumental definitely has a mixture of emotions about it. I really hope you guys enjoy it.
The instrumental HipPop was ultra fun to create. It uses a mixture of pop, dubstep and hip hop sounds and has a really unique feel to it. Towards the chorus it has a dubstep sort of drop to it that I really love.
This is a great track that could be used in anything from presentation videos and tutorial videos to sports videos, new product introduction type of videos or anything else you can think of.
The main melody reminds me of a Chris Brown song while the dubstep drops remind me of a Skrillex type of feel. This track has tons of energy, drops, rises, fx, build ups and more. If your looking to add energy to your video or have a general track that can fit many purposes, this is the one.
Live Forever is a great mix of deep bass, hi energetic synth sounds and feel good percussion. This instrumental has a very uplifting, inspirational and motivational type of feel to it. I could see this being used for tons of positive projects, growth videos, extremely powerful presentations and more. For some reason this instrumental really connects with me; I probably cried like 15 times making it (I honestly contemplated whether to say that or not but I really connect with my music and wan’t you to see that I am a real person).
Made it was an instrumental that was originally created with clips of Les Brown’s motivational speeches on top of it. Les Brown is a well known motivational speaker that helps entrepreneurs start their own businesses, among other things. He is a great guy and has tons of positive things to say and stories to tell. I wanted to combine his best audio clips with a really motivating beat. The result was “Made It”. I really hope you like this beat. Listen to the version with Les Brown’s audio clips here. You will surely not be disappointed. I really want to help people with my music and one of the only reasons this beat came about.
Motivation is a beat I created right after getting through a depressing time in my life. My relationship (with 4 step-kids), my websites (2 at the time), my businesses (music production and SEO) among other things weren’t really going that well for me. However, I kept pushing through, making the right decisions and slowly but surely things started going in the right direction for me. I became motivated by the fact that I was able to make it through so much and still be able progress in each of those areas where I was lacking. And to do it while trying to provide for 4 kids and my woman wasn’t an easy task!! That wasn’t an easy time but pushed me to become greater and also pushed me to make this instrumental.
Has a nice mixture of pianos chords, hi and low synth sounds, arpeggios, fx, hi hats and more. Very happy go lucky and motivating feel to this instrumental.
Just Feels Good is a happy/laid back type of instrumental that feels like the sunset of a great day on a island beach. Plenty of percussion, guitars and even some dj mixing sounds made it into this instrumental.
Good feeling is a hip hop/r&b type of beat that has an awesome upbeat energy to it. The kick and snare really set it off. There are also some special synth type sounds in there that I really like as well. The arpeggio that plays in the ending chorus and in choruses throughout really take it in more of a positive direction as well. This instrumental reminds me of taking a really nice drive on a sunny day during the weekend. It feels like there is not a care in the world and everything is on the up and up.
Another R&B is a pop and r&b instrumental that uses pianos as the main instrument throughout the beat. The piano melody is backed by strong synth sounds that dominate the track once they become present in the mix. Nice feel good instrumental here that tells its own story. It starts out a little slow with only pianos and synths playing but eventually picks up the energy once the kicks and snare make their way into the mix.
Hold My Hand is a love type of instrumental that feels good and reminds you of that special someone. It makes you want to be close. This is actually one of my Wife’s favorite instrumentals of mine. I made this instrumental back in 2010 or so. This has more of an R&B feel to it but could be used for any type of project that needs happy love music.
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If you are looking for free downloads of romantic instrumental music, MusicBeats.Net is your #1 source! I personally love romantic and R&B style music as it is one of the major inspirations for my instrumental production. All of the instrumentals on this page were produced by me, Efreezee, the owner and operator of MusicBeats.Net.
The only thing I request is that credit me (Efreezee @ MusicBeats.Net) in the piece of work you put create with this instrumental and share this page on social media.
You can download my instrumentals for free as long as you agree not to make money off of them or monetize your videos that they are in, and promise to use them for positive projects only. You can use them for Youtube background music, album, mixtape and more.
Sooo, you’ve got some pretty hot music, and now you want some music placement opportunities on National Cable TV, Commercials, and Film right? Awesome, that’s exactly what I’m about to teach you.
I originally wrote this article Jan 2015, but I am updating it today with new and awesome information! I just recently got a beat placement on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta!!! I was watching the show with my babe, and all of a sudden my beat started playing out of nowhere!! I looked around to make sure it wasn’t my phone or computer glitching or something… it wasnt!!!
I freaked out and said “That’s my beat!!”, “OH MY GOD”, “Thats My Beat!!”.
I could not believe it! I always had a dream of my music playing on a popular show that I actually watch. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I had received numerous placements on VH1’s “Best Week Ever” already,
but this was my beat playing on a MAJOR TV Show that I actually watch. I looked it up and that show is watched by 5.6 million people! I honestly don’t know how much I stand to make from that beat placement yet since it only happened about 1 month and 1 day ago, but who’s counting haha.
Check out the post and video when I realized my beat was playing on VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, I freaked out!!
That was an unforgettable experience that will live with me for a lifetime!
My Name is Erick “Efreezee” Carlson and I am a music producer and composer for Artists, TV and Film, but it hasn’t always been that way though. I only started getting TV placements back in 2014 and it actually blew my mind at how easy it was to get. You will also be surprised at how easy it actually is to get your music placed on TV and Film just by knowing the right information and where to go.
However, keep in mind, I’ve been making music since 2001, it took me over 13 years to get my first TV or Film placement. You are basically getting the benefit of my 15 years of experience all in this one article. Lucky you!! Wish I would of had some kind of help when I slipped, fell, and busted my everything along the way… but, that’s another story, haha, lets get your music placed!
How I Got Started
Back in 2014, I was at a point in my music producer career where I wanted to start making off of my beats, and I was searching everywhere for all kinds of ways to do that. I started out google searching for ways to promote my music. All I found were people wanting to charge me to put my beats on a mix-tape or music companies offering Twitter or Email blasts. They promised to shoot your music out to all of their 1,000’s of music fans. I did some research online and found out that, those blasts really don’t work and only get you so much exposure.
After searching and searching for ways to promote my beats, I finally ended up finding what I never knew I was looking for, it was “Music Publishing & Licensing Companies”.
I found a music licensing company called Broadjam.com, I spent $300 dollars for a year membership to try it out and see if I could get some solid placements on their. They not only let you submit music for TV and Commercials, but also with major artists.
I was actually selected at one point for a placement on a Shakira album, but that was only the first step to getting on the album. Your beat or song still has to make it all the way through 2 more steps before making the final cut. And, not only do you have to pay the $300, but you also have to pay 5 dollars per submission. To make a long story short, I never ended up receiving 1 single placement from Broadjam.com and probably spend around $550 total. I was really discouraged at this point and wasn’t sure whether to sign up with another music licensing company or not.
That was until I got a random call from a lady in New York, claiming she knew how to get my beats placed on TV and Film. I was very susceptible, especially having never talked to this person ever in my life before. Although, she seemed liked she was pretty knowledgeable about the music industry, and was only asking me for $200 for the full list of music licensing companies (I think there were 2). I only had a little bit of money at the time and only felt comfortable giving out $100 dollars until I knew at least one of the companies were legit. So, I paid her the $100 dollars for the information via Paypal and then she told me where to go.
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She said go to “Jingle Punks”, I can still remember her voice saying that, and she said it again “Jingle… Punks…”. Go to JinglePunks.com and click on the, “Submit Music Tab”.
So I went there only to discover that I couldn’t sign up right away, there was a message on the page that said I had to wait 10 more minutes until the submissions were back open. I didn’t know that Jingle Punks team members listen to both of the 2 tracks you submit to them. There is no automatic sign up, they have to email you back and offer you an account after determining your tracks are good enough (high quality, studio recorded, no copyright infringements, all original music).
To make a long story short, I thought it would be much easier then it actually turned out to be but the method I am going to tell you is very simple and straight to the point. You submit your music and you either get accepted or rejected. The woman who actually told me where to go actually charged me $100 dollars for this information, so I am going to be charging you as well, but its not going to cost you a hundred dollars, its merely going to cost you a Facebook like, Google plus 1 or twitter share.
Here are what the shares and splits, licensing and royalty numbers are:
50/50 Split Upfront Sync Fee
SHARES AND SPLITS
50/50 Split Backend Royalties
JP 100% Publishers Share
Artist 100% Writers Share
Read here to discover where to submit your music to get placements on Cable TV, Film and Commercials
Visit their site and click on the button that says “submit music”
They will give you an opportunity to submit 2 tracks. Pick your absolute best music for these submissions, because it is make or break on the first try here. If you don’t make it in on the first run, you will have to wait 6 months in order to submit again. Take your time and pick out your best beats, songs, instrumentals and vocal possible. Go ahead and submit them along with your contact information and wait for Jingle punks to contact you back with their decision. Hopefully they will accept you and you will get an email stating that you can now submit more cue’s for processing. Cues stand for: more songs or instrumentals. Keep in mind that Jingle punks only accepts songs that contain the split mixer channels. Meaning all of the stems of the recording in individual files.
Hello from JinglePunksSend us your demos!
Please head to the Artist’s Dashboard to upload 2 demo’s of your music (please only submit low quality mp3’s).
Once you have submitted your music and they have accepted you, you will need to fill out their license agreements and send them back to them. Its super easy and they let you e-sign them so that you don’t have to print anything out or scan in back in. Everything happens through email and makes the process super simple.
After you fill out the licensing information and all that, they will have you sign individual Schedule A’s for each one of your songs. This is the information the email will look like once you have completed it. The will also send you a copy of the agreement in you email.
“Schedule A Submission Schedule
Each of Licensor and Jingle Punks hereby adopts and incorporates this Submission Schedule into the Jingle Punks Music LLC License Agreement (the ‘Agreement’) by and between the undersigned Licensor and Jingle Punks, and this Submission Schedule is hereby made a part thereof. Licensor hereby represents and warrants that each representation and warranty made by Licensor in the Agreement is true and correct as of this date, including, without limitation, with respect to each Master and Composition submitted to Jingle Punks hereby. This Submission Schedule shall not replace, or be deemed to replace, any other Submission Schedule executed by Licensor in favor of Jingle Punks. Terms used herein and not defined shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Agreement.
Artist Name Track Name Writer Info (Name, Percent, PRO, & CAE)”
After you sign the Schedule A’s, all thats left to do now it wait. As you can see, I submitted this late 2012 and didn’t receive my first music licensing placement until the first quarter in BMI of 2014 and it actually wasn’t even that much money. You will see that it takes multiple placements or very huge ones in order to make really good money of licensing your songs. Here is what my BMI statement looks like for the placements I have received. Click the document to open it up.
I’ve tried using Broadjam.com for a full solid year. I purchased their submission package and everything and farthest I got was getting selected for an album placement with Shakira but nothing every came from it and I wouldn’t suggest going there unless you know for a fact that people get placements there. I spent around $500 and never got one. Jingle punks is a free service and I have never had to pay them a single dime.
I promise, that if you use these steps and you have quality music, you will absolutely be able to get placements in TV and Film and hey if you don’t get accepted, try again in 6 months and don’t stop trying until you get it and it won’t cost you anything but your time. I hope this post helped you, please share it with your other music friends in hopes of getting their music heard or played on live national and international cable tv networks.
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