Creative Filmmaking: Crafting Your Vision for Music Videos

Isaiah Seret, Film / Video / Commercial Director

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11 Videos (37m)
    • Introduction

    • What is a Treatment?

    • Introducing Your Vision

    • Finding Inspiration

    • Script and Story

    • Building the "World"

    • Locations, Talent, Pacing

    • Production Elements

    • Image Research

    • Layout and Design

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

So you wanna make music videos – but where do you start? How do you get your vision down on paper and present it to the world?

Join celebrated filmmaker and director Isaiah Seret for an immersive 35-minute crash course in creating a cinematic music video treatment.

Isaiah draws on his experience directing videos for MGMT, Devendra Banhart, CULTS, and Raphael Saadiq (to name a few), as well as commercials for Dewar’s, Adidas, Adobe and even a Super Bowl spot, walking you through his process for selling his video concepts through to a band or record label.

Key lessons include:

  • introducing your vision
  • building the "world" and crafting a story
  • various production elements 
  • image research
  • layout and design

Perfect for aspiring filmmakers, directors, editors, cinematographers or anyone who wants to take their film and video skills to the next level, you’ll walk away from this class with a clear vision for yourself, your team, and your client. 

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Isaiah Seret

Film / Video / Commercial Director

Isaiah Seret was born in Kabul, raised in Santa Fe, NM, and spent his twenties traveling across Asia, cutting his teeth as the first assistant director on two films made by Tibetan monks. His unique background informs his diverse portfolio of work, including the D&AD Award-winning “Click, Baby, Click” for Adobe and recent Intuit-Quickbooks Super Bowl 50 spot for Death Wish Coffee shot by Academy™ Award-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda. His short film “Quarantine”, a short prequel to “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” won a 2015 Webby award.

Seret has created commercials for clients including Adidas, Burger King, Comcast XFinity, Adobe, Coca Cola, Jack Daniels, Microsoft, and Bacardi’s Dewar’s Scotch. He began his professional career directing music videos and has worked with MGMT, Devendra Barnhart, Norah Jones, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Raphael Saadiq and Cults, and his work has been honored with MVPAs, UK Music Video Award and British Arrow Awards.

He currently lives in Los Angeles and is represented by Biscuit Filmworks.