In this Instructable I will go over how to make an effective parody of a popular music video! We will be making a Harry Potter version of Forever. Some things I will go over are:
- Writing Lyrics
- Recording the audio
- Filming the video
- Compiling audio and video
This is my first Instructable and I was not planning on making it, so sorry for the lack of pictures. I will do my best!
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Step 1: Writing the Lyrics
The first thing you need to do to make a parody is to pick a song to make the parody of. The song Forever was chosen because it has a very different feeling than Harry Potter, adding to the comedy aspect of the parody.
After choosing a song, the lyrics need to be made. Find a copy of the original song's lyrics and start thinking about how to adapt the new song to the original. Look at the rhymes, syllables, and themes of the original song. Try to take themes from the subject of your parody and apply them to the original song. You want the parody to be similar so that it can be recognized as a parody of the original.
It helps to think of words from Harry Potter when making the Harry Potter parody. Words were replaced with things unique to Harry Potter like snitches, Hogwarts, witches, spells, etc.
Step 2: Recording the Audio
Next, you need to use the lyrics to record the audio of the song. The audio has to be recorded separate from the video to make it the best quality. It is useful to find a instrumental version of the original song and listen to that using earphones as you sing the new verses into the microphone. Import the audio onto a video editing program to add to the video.
Step 3: Filming the Video
The video used in this parody was filmed on a green screen. This is not required, but it helps to add in backgrounds similar to the original music video. In this case, lights were added in, as well as harry potter backgrounds. While filming, listen to the audio that you made in the previous step. Sing along to it as you record. Don't forget to dance and add anything they do in the original video. Once you have your film, import it into the video editing program with the audio track. Take the volume of the video down all the way. You only want to have the audio that you recorded separately. While editing the video, cut it so it fits the audio. Watch it and match the singers lips as close as you can to the audio track. You have now finished your parody! Now is the time you can put in sound effects, backgrounds (if you used a green screen), and any visual effects you might need. This might be easier in an effects program like Adobe After Effects.
Step 4: Share Your Parody With the World!
Share your video on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else you can think of! People love good videos, so make sure you share your work!
Here is the Harry Potter parody we made. Please check it out and Subscribe if you like it!