Guys, I have a question, which is something I'm really interested for your view on.
With the introduction of top-quality VSTs in the past 5 years or so, what is the most accepted process for scoring for Feature Films these days, once the Composer/Director have watched rough cuts and decided the route they are going to pursue.
This is what I have in my head currently...
If a Director is happy to feature VST instruments in his film then I'm guessing the process is fairly simple. That you are able to compose temp tracks to various scenes, and then polish them out yourself once the Director is happy with them. Composers may prefer to have them professionally mixed but essentially most of the work is done in your studio through your keyboards.
Now, here's the bit I'm interested about.
With Directors who have it in their budget to hire a real life orchestra, how does that then work with your process..
1) Would you do some rough temp tracks on VST, and once approved, orchestrate those cues for whatever instrumentation you required before submitting them to the ensemble/orchestra with timings etc.
2) If you are using an orchestrator, what material do they require from you. Can they fully write up an orchestral score just from piano temp tracks with notation? Or would they need more?
3) When recording with a real life orchestra, is it yourself and the Conductor's responsibility to ensure that it matches up to the footage? How can you manage this, and what happens if scenes are altered by the production team?
I know that this is a lot of information, and I understand I am at the risk of sounding like a complete and utter n00b. But I am really interested to hear your thoughts on this. As I'm sure that at least some of you have worked on large film projects, and with the quality of VSTs now, I'm hearing of more and more composers using these in films, often coupled with elements of live orchestras.
Cheers for your time, and feel free to throw in any other points you think may be useful.