About This CourseBeginner
In this course, we will learn the essential techniques used in writing music for film. Through a series of analysis of well-known film scenes from your favorite movies we will learn what makes a great cue, and then apply those techniques by writing our own. I’ll be showing you some of my own projects for film and television throughout the class, and walk you through my process when composing music for a film project.
By the end of this course, students will understand the tools, lingo, and techniques used in the film composing world and will be ready to dive in to their own projects. I’ll walk you through how to get started on your first project by using freely available movies that need a score.
Throughout my career, I’ve worked with major American orchestras, film studios, and video game designers. I’m also a PhD in music composition and a university professor (of music composition).
Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation’s Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I’m taking those classes online in order to reach more students, and give them the joy of Music Theory.
I’m planning on making several “sections” of this class, and this is Part 1. As the class grows, we will go deeper and deeper into my techniques.
In this class, we will cover:
- Tools of the trade
- Finding the emotional response
- Music Theory and Genre
- Using Modes in Film Scores
- Finding the Message
- Learning from Temp Cues
- “Spotting” the film
- Working with industry budgets
- Diegetic music and nondiegetic music
- Score and Source
- The Ostinato
- Working with silent films
- Setting up a session
- Marking hits
- Scoring the opening credits
- Motive and Leitmotif
- Working with Leitmotifs
- Working with rhythm in cues
- Finding and analyzing POV scenes
- Composing using POV
- Any much, much, more!
What are the requirements?
- Students will benefit from some background in music theory. The Music Theory Comprehensive curriculum isn’t required, but is recommended.
- Students should have some background in writing music, even if just thumbing around on a piano or guitar.
What am I going to get from this course?
- Get started building a portfolio of work to show their film composition talents
- Score a feature film using a variety of techniques
- Understand the process of writing music for film
Who is the target audience?
- Students interested in exploring film scoring
- Students looking to expand their musical interests to composing
- Students interested in music software
Our Promise to You
By the end of this course, you will have learned modern film scoring techniques.
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Tools Of The Trade And A Look At One Of My Projects
What I’ve Found In Other Film Scoring Classes
A Note About Examples In This Class
Finding The Right Emotional Response
Music Theory And Genre
Using Modes In Film Music
Finding The Message Of The Film
Threnody For The Care Bears
Learning From Temp Cues
Diegetic And Non Diegetic Music
Score And Source Example: JAWS (1975)
Source Music Elements
When The Score And Source Collide
Analysis: Battlestar Galactica
Analysis: Captain America
Analysis: Requiem For A Dream
Working With Silent Films
Setting Up A Session
Composing With Ostinatos
Building On Ostinatos With More Elements
Finishing Up Our Intro
A Quick Analysis So Far
[DOWNLOAD] MuseScore (Notation) File
Working With Notation
Motive And Leitmotif
Analysis: Star Wars
The Opera Connection
Our Long Cue So Far
What Is POV?
Finding And Analyzing POV Scenes
Scoring A POV Scene
Analysis Of Our POV Scene
Split In Two
Coming In Part 2!