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

Joel Irwin
Silence Is Golden

As a composer, one of the things I have learned to 'go by' is that I score when there is no dialog and selectively score under dialog (often based on the 'wishes' of the filmmaker/director or based on the outcome of the spotting session).  But I have rarely if ever seen a part of a scene where there...

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Sai Natarajan
HZ Masterclass

So, who here's signed up for Hans Zimmer's masterclass?

Joanna Karselis

He spoke about his preferred keys to write in during the first lesson- very insightful comments that had me wondering about my own choice of keys later in the afternoon! He's also given examples about ...

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Joel Irwin

Sounds promising. I have found two major considerations when choosing a key. First has to do with mainly scoring for live performance. While highly trained and seasoned professionals can play pretty m...

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Andrew Piland

I'm enjoying it so far

Sai Natarajan

Indeed. The next video's a long time coming though :P

Vikki Flawith

I am! We've had 6 'lessons' so far as part of 'early access' and the rest will come when the course opens, I think. I enjoyed watching the videos, I think Hans is very open about his process. When he...

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Brandi Thomas
Danny Elfman on Film Scores, 'Simpsons,' and Working With Tim Burton

The interview is from 2015, but still a good read. Enjoy!: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/danny-elfman-on-film-scores-simp......

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Danny Elfman on 'The Simpsons,' 'Batman' and Tim Burton
Danny Elfman on 'The Simpsons,' 'Batman' and Tim Burton
Ranked on a scale from 1 to 10, the trending score reflects the number of users reading a story in real time. The way film composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman tells it, his whole ca…
Brandi Thomas

Glad you enjoyed it, Steven!

Joanna Karselis

Really interesting read, thanks for sharing!

Brandi Thomas

Awesome! Glad you guys like it. Joanna, what did you find interesting about it?

Joanna Karselis

Well, I'd read a little about his journey into film music before, but hearing more details about how he got into the scene was insightful. His attitude interested me the most though; I think I'll be a...

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Brandi Thomas

Hey Joanna! Sorry for the late reply here. I had to re-read the part where he said he didn't know/understand why Tim Burton wanted to work with him. In my head I was like, "BECAUSE YOU'RE DANNY ELFMAN!"

Eric Richards
Contests for Composers?

Does anyone know of any contents for composers--either for film scoring or music composition? There are many for filmmakers but I was wondering if there are any special places for composers that Google wouldn't necessarily reveal.

Vladislav Nogin

Hello Eric. You may find some contests or festivals here: http://www.composerssite.com/

Joel Irwin

Many of the competitions have include awards for scoring. Some of them I may question the criteria but an award is an award. The most popular competition in these parts is the "48 Hour Film Project"....

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Eric Richards

Than you Vlandislav and Joel for your replies! I will look into what you have posted.

Jake R. Sanderson
Top Five Favorite Composers

Who are your TOP FIVE favorite composers scoring for films? Mine are as follows: 1. Philip Glass (While not exclusively a film composer, he has composed some of my favorite soundtracks) 2. James Horner 3. Alexandre Desplat 4. Joe Hisaishi 5. Thomas Newman

Vanar Jaddou

No Hans Zimmer on your list Jake?

Mark Gosney
  1. Jerry Goldsmith 2. John Williams 3. Elmer Bernstein 4. James Horner 5. John Berry
Joanna Karselis

1) Bernard Herrmann 2) Thomas Newman 3) Hans Zimmer 4) John Williams 5) Alan Silvestri

Brandi Thomas

1.) Michael Giacchino 2.) James Horner 3.) John Williams 4.) Hans Zimmer 5.) Danny Elfman

Sai Natarajan

I don't really have a top five list, since I equally enjoy different composer styles - but I'll do my best. John Powell is one of my favourites, but lately I've been listening to and transcribing a lot...

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Rosalind Winton
Lyricist

If anyone needs a lyricist to write a lyric for a theme song for a film, I would be very interested. I've been writing lyrics for over 30 years, enjoying lovely achievements such as hearing my songs performed live on stage, I've won an Outstanding award at the Chichester music festival for a song an...

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My Music
My Music
Details of everything happening with my music, plus information on writing poetry and songs for people who want to perform at an event.
Joel Irwin

While it is always challenging to 'generalize' anything in the entertainment business, getting sung music placed in a film generally comes in two ways - (1) most often, a previously published track is...

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Serafin Soto

I love some word play! Good luck Rosalind. :)

Marisa Torre
HIDDEN FIGURES Soundtrack

♫ Oops he did it again ♫ Pharrell Williams' RUNNIN https://youtu.be/g_G68MBda_s sounds alot like Stevie Wonder's MASTER BLASTER https://youtu.be/V4n27JuJhXc

Lucia Cascioli
What makes a great horror movie soundtrack? Via BBC
What makes a great horror movie soundtrack?
What makes a great horror movie soundtrack?
Horror movies and music have forged an unholy alliance over many decades - even before cinema's demons and scream queens actually had their own voices. The modern horror soundtrack can be traced back…
Joel Irwin

When someone asks for an example of horror music, I refer them to one of the most unlikely places. A soundtrack composed by the late & great Elmer Bernstein (credited as "Scary music by"_ and narrated...

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Jim Rieder

Sound design has crossed the bridge to scoring now. As I work as a composer, I find my clients are really looking more toward sound design elements in their film scores and vice versa. Got to have a large arsenal of sound design tools as well as instrument libraries for mockups.

Aron Future

I find horror music easy to compose. When it comes to soundrack music it's my fav to compose.

Brandi Thomas
Goals for 2017

Hey everyone! What are your goals for 2017?

J. Poteet

Finish documentary, get feature production underway, contribute anything I can to my film community

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Aray- To get your pilot off the ground you need a plane(could not resist the pun)!

Aray Brown

lol you're right about that

Aron Future

Hi Same has any other year. Get more work. Other than that, losing weight and getting fit. Lol

James A. Goins

Score 2 films. Finish CD for next years GRAMMY submission and do my best to score each film it's endeavoring to be.

Joel Irwin
Diatonic, Unresolved End (Or Is It)?

It has been quiet here lately so I will rely on my current 'work' to get fellow composers 'thinking'. I have found / judge that many composers before they scored film were in the world of 'diatonics'. Perhaps coming from non-contemporary classical, pop/country, or even perhaps church/gospel. While i...

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Serafin Soto

Hi Joel. This is mind shattering, I read this 6 times and counting. I believe I understand this more than I do not.

Joel Irwin

Serafin - There are many courses and opportunities to learn about the business of film scoring and even to listen and review scores, perhaps even analyze them in general as was done here recently with...

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Serafin Soto

Thanks for your help and study sheet Joel. Your writing is very stimulating easy to process btw. I only scored a single 2 min short, that's it. I'm convinced I'm tone deaf. Though I feel sound immense...

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Joel Irwin
Feedback Outside Of Music

As composers, we are nearly the last set of eyes and ears of the film before its done - especially if we score an indie film or low budget film where there may be only 1 or 2 people other than you working on/looking at the film in post production. So what do you do if you see a 'problem'. Do you sta...

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Brandi Thomas

I always speak up, I just make sure to think about how my message is going to be received. I pay extra attention to phrasing to make sure there is no way that what I say can be perceived as malicious...

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Jim Rieder
Another scam from Nigeria

Well, it's a new year. However, that doesn't stop the phony bookings on website email inquiries. Here's another one; Name Dobet Gnahore Email dobetgnahore@hotmail.com Describe your session needs Hello , This is Dobet Gnahore musical group. Just now we go through your website and willing to make our...

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