Composing

Discuss, share content, offer tips and advice on hardware, software, style, strategies, process, work-flow and the business of scoring a film, video or theater production

Julian Montgomery
Video Slave 3

I'm just getting setup with Video Slave 3 (I really don't like that name). Right now I'm using the network MIDI send/receive built into my Macs to sync the video. I'm also pulling the dialogue on to a track in my DAW so no audio is coming out of Video Slave 3. Was curious if that's similar to how ot...

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Julian Montgomery

Hey John Zachary I'll hit you up sometime today.

John Zachary

Hey how are you Whats been UP lately.

John Zachary

Looking forward to working with Balikoowa and Joseph for the full feature of The Sojouner, which is in now in the planning Stages. THANKS STAGE 32 This is a great platform to connect with others who love to Create.

Kerry Kennard

Dorico Pro 2 and higher has Video now, so one can write music with the video clip.

Logic X also has (insert) Video, which works pretty good.

Think the features in Dorico's Video engine are pretty nice....

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John Zachary

Hi julian what's up.

Alessandro Machi
Being Dumbed Down by Smart Phones?

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The difference between writing or posting from an actual, real keyboard, versus a Smart Phone... When on a real keyboard one can review one's work and fix mistakes. My theory is Smart Phone texting promotes brevity to the point where one accepts less in terms of thinking and writing. Gently hammeri...

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Amanda Toney

Really interesting way to look at things Alessandro Machi and I laughed out loud when you said you could go on and on BECAUSE you are on a keyboard, but I feel the same way about the written word vs....

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Joel Irwin

Same can be said for synthesizer VSTs or instrument samples - don't they dumb down live musicians?

Mackenzie Kristjon

Pretty funny. You are right. I actually have brought a great deal of brevity to my verbal interchanges because I know you eventually get to the point of the ellipsis and "expand comment" as above. The...

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Alessandro Machi

Joel Irwin, your question is definitely out of my pay grade.

Kerry Kennard

There's definitely more screen space on a computer, freeing your eyes to do better music / thinking, in my opinion. an Ipad might be better, though still the ideas with a keyboard and music notation,...

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John Zachary
First Job as a Composer.

Looking forward to working with Balikoowa and Joseph as Music Composer for the full feature of The Sojouner, which is in now in the planning Stages. THANKS STAGE 32 This is a great platform to connect with others who love to Create.

Mara Cracaleanu
Short film soundtrack

Hi guys, anyone here who can help me with some music? I’m currently writing a script for a short film, a drama about 2 close friends, about death, grief and that feeling when you lose someone. I get very inspired by all sorts of songs when I’m writing something, it helps me a lot. Can you help me please? Thank you so much! :)

Mara Cracaleanu

Hey Rachel Walker! :)

Edwin Abraham

Hi Mara, what about some Indian Music in it ?

Ali Alyousuf

Hello Mara, did you find a composer to help you? If not, or your looking for a composer for another project, kindly visit my Youtube channel, you might like my music :) screenshot added.

Michael Williams

Contact Allan Phillips - does some great stuff.

Kenneth M Sutton

Hi Mara, I have a song I think you'd love. It's titled "Now It's Goodbye", contact me if you like.

Christopher Birk
Music Composing for Exposure

One of the biggest problems I often face with my productions is music. I always end up searching for non-copyrighted existing music everywhere and sometimes I find what I need and sometimes it's sub-par to say the least. But that's unfortunately one of the things that's often difficult, or impossibl...

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Andre Fratto

I think it probably, or hopefully, gets to the point for most composers where it's just no longer possible to work for free. When you're starting out, it's probably important to say yes to almost anyt...

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Joel Irwin

It really has a lot to do with the 'community and the life situation that the crew member is in. As one looks outside the major communities such as LA and NY or even the smaller communities such as At...

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Andrew M Edwards

An equitable professional barter is always acceptable. I've scored projects in exchange for a director cutting my reel together, or setting up my website, or directing a music video for me. As long as...

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Chris Joye

I have a rate. Like many professions and people existing, I have bills to pay. However, I understand the low budget film predicament. I have worked on a number of projects for free. Some I've never wa...

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Kenneth M Sutton

I do music, because, that's what God gave me to do, along with a whole host of other blessings. upfront, backend or free it all works out the same for me. I have over 400+ songs written and am getting...

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Chris Joye
Stage 32 at Seattle Film Summit

Always good to hear RB and Amanda from Stage 32 at the Seattle Film Summit, talking about how to work in social media (not just passive use). Make it a job!

Chris Joye
Composer's and RAIDs

Do any composers use RAID systems to run your sample libraries? Changing things up and saw some RAIDs on Black Friday with SSDs.. Expensive, but I already have a few SSDs, so if I can get an empty RAID bay, it could be beneficial.

What do you run it in? RAID 0 or RAID 1? I feel like the back/redundan...

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Joel Irwin

Many years ago I used to run RAID. But the odds of losing 'static' data such as samples is extremely low and I don't create many files a day which the software backs up on a regular basis. So the bott...

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Jonathan Price

I don't use a RAID system myself. Between my use of...

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Chris Joye
Justin Hurwitz/Spitfire Audio interview

Spitfire Audio has started a cool neat Composer "magazine" on their site. Check it out, with their first interview being Justin Hurwitz. As always, the quality is top notch from Spitfire!

https://composer.spitfireaudio.com/en/articles/oscar-winning-scores-with......

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Vladislav Savvateev

Hi Chris, great stuff! Thanks for sharing!

Joel Irwin
Composing Location

Been quiet here so I'll bring up a topic not discussed here as far as I can tell AND there is no right answer.  It's about where do you do your scoring specifically.  Most of us have a 'business' where we operate out of somewhere.

My mentor has a storefront in a strip center.  He pays rent, for examp...

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Joanna Karselis

... I was going to post about acoustics and mixing, but Jonathan has beaten me to it and been far more informative than I could ever aspire to be! Exactly what he said, the acoustics are a problem for...

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Joel Irwin

Thanks Jonathan for the very informative information. But perhaps you would be interested in commenting on the original topic of using a home studio versus paying for a location somewhere else? Do you...

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Shawn Speake

My bases or places I stay are always home offices/studios. I prep the room to do whatever I want, wherever I’m staying. I would never ask permission or pay for another building. Acoustics are extremel...

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Jonathan Price

As for the Abbey Road plug-in, I only recently tried it out. I had just moved and was in the middle of scoring a zombie feature. My new space wasn't treated yet and I was faced with sending preliminar...

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Shawn Speake

Good stuff, Jonathan Price!

Balikoowa Joshua
I need a song!

Hello guys! I am living in Uganda but working as a director for Hollywood prayer network, the Uganda chapter. I am an author and screenwriter. I have written a short film " The sojourner" and finished producing it just yesterday. We are now starting to edit it but I am looking for anybody who can co...

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John Zachary

Would love to talk About what you need Jzac1961@gmail.com

Just posted...Have a great week everyone!
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Joel Irwin
Friends and Aquaintences

Looking for work in any industry is brutal - especially cold calling.  Regardless of our 'specialty' in the film biz, the competition is intense.  So we network and make friends both actual and virtual.  Potential collaborators such as filmmakers and directors, know who we are and hopefully have see...

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Ray Archie

Guillaume Longhi - It might also be interesting for us to try to get involved earlier in the project. A composer could be very helpful to define the look/feel and sonic identity of a project very earl...

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Rachel Walker

Sometimes movies are made to the sound track which really brings a lot of life to the experience...music is important:-)!

Jonathan Price

Here are my two cents. First cent: if somebody says your production could be improved, work on improving it. A trick I use is to convince myself somebody else composed/produced my track and listen wit...

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Vladislav Savvateev

Let me add another 'list of reasons', sir. Some possible reasons you've got the gigs:

1. You are truly a talent.

2. Maybe you are a wise man and you dive deep in your work and that is why your soundtrac...

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Brian Alan DeLaney

Ray Archie I actually love getting the scripts during pre-production. It allows me to get a feel for themes and such that I want to use on the project. Unfortunately this isn't always possible, either...

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