Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Strategies for managing projects with extended revisions, part of Producing Music for Advertisements.
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One of the biggest obstacles most commercial composers run into is an…over-extended revision process. For one reason or another, no matter how…many rounds of revisions you make, the client still isn't happy with the work and…you end up in what seems like a never-ending cycle of notes and revisions…that extends towards Infinity. Well each situation is different, and…ultimately it is your job to navigate your own professional relationships.…Generally you can sum up the rationale behind extended revisions into a few categories.…
Communication problems, too many cooks in the kitchen.…And issues beyond your control, issues beyond the music.…So, here are some things that I tried to address when dealing with a seemingly…unlimited revision process. One of the biggest obstacles during the…revision process is a lack of communication or to be more specific lack…of communication between the lead decision makes and the composer.…If at all possible it is extremely important that you are communicating…directly with the people who are making the decisions.…
Note: While the composition of the music for this course takes place in Pro Tools, a majority of the content will be about the creative process and translates to almost any DAW.
- Reviewing the creative brief
- Working with temp music
- Choosing an appropriate tempo
- Marking keyframes
- Creating a theme
- Breaking down client feedback
- Implementing revisions
- Printing the music for delivery
- Understanding basic music licensing and publishing principles