Composing

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Cee Whirx
The Music of Deer Guardians

Hey, Stage musicians! I am collaborating with two songwriters to create songs for my upcoming movie project, "Ryder & The Deer Guardians". Lisa Bloom, a seasoned film composer, and Mary Garrison, a lyricist inspired by the works of Disney.

Kristin Holloway
Communicating with Composers: Best Practices for Getting the Score You Want

Hi Everyone,

We have a fabulous webinar called: Communicating with Composers: Best Practices for Getting the Score You Want

It begins on Thursday May 26th, 2022 at 1pm PT.

In this Stage 32 exclusive webinar, you’ll learn the ins and outs of film composing and all the roles it entails, how to find your...

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Kevin M. Kraft
Introducing Myself

Hi! I'm Kevin M. Kraft. I have been involved in different aspects of filmmaking. But over the past few years, I have found a new passion in motion picture scoring. I wrote the scores for a few short films my family-owned production company did and very much enjoyed doing so. We are currently working...

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Kevin M. Kraft

This was some of my early work, but I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Kevin M. Kraft

You're a composer too?

Joanna Karselis

It turned out really nicely, congratulations! Yes, I am indeed a composer too.

Kevin M. Kraft

What are you working on currently, if I may ask?

Joanna Karselis

Me? I'm just waiting for the final mix of a horror feature I've been on, which might get a limited UK cinema run but will probably go straight to Amazon Prime, and I'm starting work on an epic fantasy...

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Joel Irwin
Collaboration With Another Composer

I have been participating in a song writing contest sponsored by the Society Of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) which is one of the professional organizations for professionals in film, TV and theater. After four days, the lyricist I was paired with had to leave because of her final exam load (she is...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Composers - where do YOU find inspiration?

I was just having a lovely chat in the Cinematography Lounge about finding inspiration by going to the theatre, where the lighting setups can be truly inspirational for filmmakers. But it occurred to me - how does that work for those working in sound, especially the composers?

Share your insights and resources below!

Joel Irwin

inspiration - listen listen listen to ALL Genres (not just soundtracks). I am particularly interested in pop music between 1910 and 1955. I have arranged quite a few of them either electronically or f...

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Joel Irwin
Infringement

Sometimes when I compose a melody, it becomes very obvious that I 'borrowed' it from somewhere else.  Most the time I have no idea if the melody infringes anything else among the universe of billions if not trillions of songs.  Practically speaking, until that time when the music generates revenue a...

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Kerry Kennard

Hi Joel,

I would check with a music Attorney- they’ll be more subjective than what the music sounds like. Granted, it needs to be listened to.

What state are you in ? There’s Erin Jacobson in CA - LA ar...

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Joanna Karselis

Very interesting, Joel. I hadn't thought of those three tips for checking so thanks for sharing them. Another one would be to post in one of the many composer forums on FB (with permission) and see if...

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Joel Irwin

Karry - this is not a question of legality but rather I wanted people's thoughts about the process they go through to collect information on whether the song is too similar to another.

Joanna - have you gone the 'paid' route to do a deeper search. I have not (so far).

Joanna Karselis

Joel Irwin no, not yet. If there was even a fraction of doubt on a major project though, I would instantly pay for a deep analysis/search. It might be costly but it'd be worth it.

Federico Gasparini
Showreel Update

Hi guys,

I recently updated my showreel with some works from this year, I kept it shorter this time hoping it will be more "effective ". I'd like to know what you think of it. Enjoy and have a nice day!

Kerry Kennard

I might have the chase scene more near the front for more energy, though it does go well where it’s at.

Federico Gasparini

Thanks @Kerry Kennard

Daniel Latteo
Working in advance on my film score-- creating music for presentation pitch!!

Here, hard at work with my super team of composers-- Francesco Marzola and Fiamma Velo!!

Trying to get some work in advance on my film score, already from script stage.

We are also preparing something special for my soon to come presentation pitches- a sort of secret weapon... Or should I say "secre...

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Sakura "Suki" Jimenez
Koto Music

Hello, brilliant composers.

I play a Japanese zither instrument called the koto. My koto teacher and I have performed duos together at a few events that highlight Japanese culture and arts. Here is a link to our latest performance:

My AMAZING koto teacher, Saeko Kujiraoka...

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Joel Irwin

These instruments from Japan have very interesting and unique sounds. I once created a piece performed live on a Gu Zheng. I am not sure if it a similar instrument or the same under a different name....

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Karen "Kay" Ross

This was so enjoyable - thank you so much for sharing! What kinds of films do you feel this instrument would be good for?

Sakura "Suki" Jimenez

Hi, Joel Irwin - You're correct. The Japanese koto was derived from the Chinese Guzheng. Thank you for sharing the performance! Except for her solo, unfortunately, I couldn't hear the Guzheng very wel...

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Joel Irwin

Yup - that's common when an acoustic instrumentalist plays in a jazz ensemble without its own amp/amplification. If this had been a commercial performance, there would have been one or two mics placed...

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Joanna Karselis
Red flags?

Sometimes as composers, we can sometimes be so fixated on getting work that we can put ourselves in uncomfortable working situations and collaborations because we want a job- any job! But it's always worth thinking about the people/person you'll be working with, and checking this will be a safe envi...

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Joel Irwin

Not so different as what happened to me in Aug of 2015 - the only time voluntarily worked off a crew. This would have been my first feature. There were a couple of flags:

1. It was a multi segment film...

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Joanna Karselis

Definitely some parallels there Joel. Good for you for putting your foot down, that feature sounds like it would have been a really toxic environment. Interesting that we both encountered difficulties...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Oooooohhh, you're talking about the "level up" phase of being a professional creative. I don't have experience with that as a composer, but I TOTALLY get being a bit more selective with your projects...

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Joanna Karselis

Ooh I've never heard that phrase before Kay! That's interesting, didn't realise it had a proper name or was a stage of being a professional creative. Totally agree, learning to say no (and to realise...

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Danny Lee Jones
Freelance Composer and Performing Artist for film: Danny Jones

I am a fourth generation composer/ singer/recording artist. I have worked on more than twenty five films thus far. I have also sang on many faith based and family film soundtracks. I am relocating to Nashville, Tn. the first week of June 2022. I would love to be part of your next film project! I am...

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Joel Irwin

You are here within peers (other composers). Try one of the other lounges including introduce yourself. While you are here, are there any nuggets of your experience you want to share with the rest of...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Welcome to the community, and congrats on your move to Nashville!

Uchenna Okoye
Music Composition License

Hi! I'm working with a few artists to compose some songs and I would love to work with an Entertainment Lawyer to ensure the contract is fair (royalties, sync license and more). Please reach out if you're interested in working together!

Thank you!

Uchenna

Karen "Kay" Ross

Congrats on the gig, Uchenna Okoye! You can look up Stage 32 members by occupation here: https://www.stage32.com/people...

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