Posts made in September, 2011


The worst problem most composers suffer from is the tight schedule on their projects. Many composers sleep not more than 5 hours per night when there is crunch time which of course doesn’t allow to write the most creative music. The main problem often lies in the fact, that originally the time frame for the music might be set quite comfortably but due to the natural delay of most departments before the music (as music is quite...

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Even when you are best friends and the project seems too small to bother, you should always set up a contract with your film composer. This does not only protect the composer but also yourself as director/producer and just saves so much potential headache and argument. The form of the contract is of course very dependant on the country of the production company and as soon as it gets to a slightly bigger project you should have a...

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Before you budget for the music, you should be aware that a music budget always consists of two to three factors. The first is the composition fee, the second the costs that are necessary to produce the score music and the third are the licensing fees. I’ll split up these figures here to create an understandable transparency.   1. Composition fee First of all: there are thousands of composers out there who work for free and...

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There often is a misunderstanding about what is part of the film composer’s job and what isn’t which often leads to irritation and arguments and can also torpedo the whole financing concept of a movie if the composer’s job was defined wrong in the calculation. A film composer usually is hired to write all  original dramatic music for your movie. Any scene that has “score music” is part of what the...

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It happens quite often that inexperienced directors want to add music to their movie simply because they like it. For example they try to hire one of their favorite rock bands for their drama just because they think it is cool music that would be cool to have in their movie. However, often this music doesn’t serve the dramatic purpose of the movie. You as a director might be happy if you hear your favorite music in your movie...

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