Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding and managing scope of work, part of Producing Music for Advertisements.
If there's one thing that ends up getting most composers in trouble when something…goes wrong, it's the scope of work or lack thereof.…What is a scope of work you ask? A scope of work is a basic outline of what…the job is, how much you'll be paid, approval of that job or work, and when the…work is due along with any other legal verbage relating to ownership of the…masters and/or publishing. Sometimes this is bundled into a larger contract.…Sometimes it's separate. But if executed correctly by both parties,…it can save you a lot of hassle and arguments down the road.…
The main thing a scope of work document or contract tends to have is a description of…the work that you'll be doing. With any creative project it is imperative…that you explicitly define what it is that you're actually providing for the client…in writing. Get very specific, for example are you…composing one minute of music or two minutes?…Or is there a range? Will you also be recording the voice over…or adding additional sound design and having to mix the entire project?…
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