If you’re still learning the ins and outs of film scoring – or just need some quick inspiration – try looking at the work of film composers who have come before you as a template. Film scoring is never truly easy, but you can help yourself out by basing some of your composition on existing music. This post will outline some ideas for implementing this, depending on what you need.
The composing process is different for every film composer. When you’re in the studio, staring at the screen, how do you make your first move? How to you begin to put notes down on paper (real or virtual)? It doesn’t have to be scary. In this post I walk through how I approach the beginning of the actual film composing process – or, what I call sketching.
Depending on your background, film composing terms can seem like a foreign language. Even if you have a strong musical background, you’ll encounter unfamiliar jargon that is unique to scoring a picture. Learn these 17 common terms so you can talk the talk on your next project.
The film composer / film director collaboration can make or break a project. It can also make or break your future success with a career in composing. Know what to expect and have ways to approach the creative process. You can put these tips into action right away for a better composing experience, and ultimately a better soundtrack.
The key is to think of the director as a creative ally, not an obstruction.
In the end, you are both working towards the same goal: to make the best film possible.
If you’re just starting out as a film composer, you may be intimidated by the sheer number of options available for setting up your studio workstation, and the price tag involved. Studio gear costs can seem like a huge hurdle to composers who are just starting out.
However, you can build out your studio rig with professional gear no matter your budget – even if that budget is $0!
Read on for options available to you at different DIY price points.
How does a concept like efficiency tie in to composing music for a film? Writing music is a creative pursuit, and for most composers, the more time they can spend in that creative zone, the better the final product will be.
Being efficient in this context means maximizing your time in the creative stages of the project, and minimizing your time on things like logistics and technical issues. Having a well-designed music composing workflow is the key.
If you would ask most film composers, they would probably say they got into this career because they loved music – not because they wanted to get rich. And in general, that’s probably the best reason to get into any career. Being passionate about what you do makes “work” feel less like work.
But if you’re trying to make a living off of composing film scores, one of your first questions is, “is it even possible?” What is a typical film composer salary? Like many industries, there is a huge range of possibilities. Read on to see how much composers get paid for working on different types of projects.