Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the general workflow and review process for working with a composer, part of Introduction to Music in Film and Video.
- After the spotting session the composer gets to work…on writing the music for the film.…Different composers work in different ways.…Some prefer to write the score out on paper…by writing notes by hand.…Others prefer working in various music composition…softwares, and others prefer a hybrid approach going…back and forth between the two.…Above all, it's important that the composer establish…the styles of the musical landscape of the film.…And then figure out how each cue is gonna function…within that world.…
As each cue is written, it's important to remember…that no cue exists in a vacuum.…Each cue has something that comes before it and after it,…whether it's another cue or silence.…So, the composer is always assessing the impact of each cue…and the impact of silence as well as the balance…between the two.…As composers work, they often begin on a broad scale…and then gradually bring it in to a more specific arena.…That is, they first establish the key themes and melodies…and then later work to sync it to picture.…
- Understanding the impact of music on tone, emotion, subtext, rhythm, style, and theme
- Setting the music plan
- Working with preexisting music: public domain, Creative Commons, and production library music
- Working with a composer