Composing

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Hannah Woolmer
Managing workload

Hi I'm new to this site so not sure if this has already been covered. But I would like to start a discussion on managing workload. I feel films are like buses, you've been hired for a number of projects but are waiting for them to reach your end of post production then 4 come at once. How does everyone on here manage their workload?

Jonathan Price

Danny Elfman compares post-production schedules to ships on the ocean: at the beginning of the year they're all set where they're supposed to be, then as the year goes on they drift and run into each...

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Joanna Karselis

Sometimes long hours are needed, but they should definitely be the exception, not the rule, otherwise you'll burn yourself out. The more experienced I'm getting, the more I'm realising that I'm most c...

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Joel Irwin

When I was young :) back in 1970, there was a relatively obscure rock song called "Sympathy" by "Rare Bird". Made it as high as #27 in the UK (it was a UK group) and never charted in the U.S. (Back in...

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Hannah Woolmer

Thanks for responses. Has anyone ever asked for an extension on deadline for tardy films? By this I mean continue to compose the film that was sent on time but ask for an extension on the ones that di...

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Joanna Karselis

Maybe I've just got lucky, but so far, if the director has been running behind schedule on sending me stuff, they've always suggested moving the ultimate deadline backwards a little. However, from rea...

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Hannah Woolmer
International payments via PayPal

Hi me again with all the questions

Joel Irwin
Imax Audio Track

This was a post I made last night on FB. If you have or intend to score an IMAX film, this could be an interesting conversation for you. My question concerns the audio track of IMAX films. My observation last night may pertain to: (a) that particular IMAX theater sound system, or (b) the audio track...

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Joanna Karselis
James Newton Howard- BAFTA GURU

Some very interesting insights from one of the masters.

http://guru.bafta.org/james-newton-howard-on-composing?fbclid=IwAR3vYOyA......

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James Newton Howard | On Composing
James Newton Howard | On Composing
James Newton Howard reflects on how composing for Pretty Woman changed his career and making sure he takes time off in between writing music for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Linwood Bell

Thanks for that, Joanna!

Juhani Nurmi

JNH is one of my big film composer heros, cheers for this!

Allen Lynch

Thanks for sharing!

Michael Joseph DeRosa
Was tchaikovsky the original film score composer?

WAS TCHAIKOVSKY THE ORIGINAL FILM SCORE COMPOSER?

Before there was film, there was programmatic music. Tchaikovsky’s ballets and operas have a clear visual content to follow, but not his beloved fantasy overtures such as Romeo and Juliet, and the 1812 Overture. Clearly he had a visual content that he...

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Michael Joseph DeRosa

I agree Linwood, music is a gift meant to be shared, and it is one of my life’s greatest joys. I highly recommend getting Note Performer. They let you use two copies and it’s only a little over $100,...

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Linwood Bell

My son's name is Ryan, as well. I saw it was on sale this month for $78. Maybe today I pull the plug!! There's so much stuff I want to get and I've already got too much. Here the Silvestri clips I was...

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Linwood Bell

Joel's music I was already hip to from being a member for a while, ...but I just listened to Michael, Joanna, and Dillon. Wow! You are all so great. Wonderful music. Bravo!! So nice to have you here.

Michael Joseph DeRosa

Thank you for the compliments Linwood, but you are quite accomplished, yourself. I had always dreamed of writing jingles, but never found my way into the field. I was chatting on the phone with the he...

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Linwood Bell

Yes Sir, if the pencil is in your hand it's all serious music.

Ed Hartman
Upcoming Film Festivals on the East Coast

I will be attending the Myrtle Beach Film Festival April 23, (Myrtle Beach, SC) and the American Asian Latino Film Festival (NYC) May 16 in support of the film, "As the Earth Turns", and 1938 unreleased silent film I scored and co-produced. If any composers are in the area, please let me know!. My w...

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Joel Irwin
Features To Shorts

This was an interesting situation that happened to me last week and so I bring up for composers as well. It turns out, that I paid the entry fee for one of the (currently) two films I will be scoring for the upcoming 168 film festival in LA at the end of Aug (which sort of makes me a 'co-producer')....

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Brian Alan DeLaney

I've done a feature, and I am working on three more right now. But I enjoy working on shorts. I feel like they are a completely different puzzle to solve. And I feel going into the future I wouldn't a...

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Julian Montgomery
Scoring a Scene...A Case Study

After composing the music for Cause Unknown Season 2 I thought it would be interesting to share a little of my approach to composing a cue for one of the scenes. I thought it might be interesting to those looking to pursue film composing as well as a way of possibly getting some feedback from other...

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Scoring a Scene...A Case Study
Scoring a Scene...A Case Study
I recently composed music for a film series called Cause Unknown Season 2. I was also the composer for the first season of this series. Cause Unknown is created by Jay Pickens who is a Washington D.C.…
Yon Max-Aaron

I honestly have no words to describe how thankful I am that you shared this!

Julian Montgomery

Hey Yon Max-Aaron I'm glad you found it of value.

Linwood Bell

Thanks for the share, Julian. That was nice! Hope you're doing well and keeping busy!

Janet Baindu Lagah-Bona
Summer Internships

Hello you all! I am a college student with Music Performance as my major. I desire to Composition, songwriting as a career. I am looking for Composing Internships and it is definitely a challenge to find for me. Let me know if you have heard of music opportunities to do in the summer like internships down below! Thank You so much!

Allen Lynch

Welcome Janet!

Janet Baindu Lagah-Bona

Thank You so much!

Joel Irwin

Just Northern Virginia or are you willing to travel? 'down below' meaning AU?

Janet Baindu Lagah-Bona

Northern Virginia for now :D

Florin Şumălan
Composer Mike Hall
Mike Hall film composer
Mike Hall film composer
I have over 25 years experience in sound design, composing, producing, engineering and mastering music for a vast variety of musical styles. I have worked in many forms of media that include audio cds…
Joel Irwin

The people who come here are primarily composers and music people like Mike. My experience here has been to promote discussion of artistic and business topics related to music creation for films. This...

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Florin Şumălan

I don't know. I thought that you could share things like this. Maybe some people are interested. Anyway, maybe I should look better on what I can share and what I can't.

Joel Irwin

you can certainly share here but since many/most of us are composers and musicians, it could be a good idea to pick say a track and analyze it a bit and let us know, for example, what you think makes...

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Florin Şumălan
Peter Hamer

I think that he has songs that are worth listening. You can find more on his Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QRCOFkvSdQ&list=PLnmiA9lwcRtKCyunpByxYE......

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