Scene Change Transition Cues

Scene Change Transition Cues Music can help a lot to smoothen rough transitions between scenes. Particularly scene transitions that change location and time can often feel very rough. Having music cues over such scene changes that deliberately de-emphasize the...

Quasi-Authentic References

Quasi-Authentic References Particularly with geographic references in film music, there often is a glaring difference between the music that is traditionally being played at that location and the music the general (western) audience THINKS is being played at that...

Scoring Big Hit Points First

Scoring Big Hit Points First When you need to score a scene that has one or even several big moments you need to hit and highlight, it is a quite effective way to lay out your sketch the way that you score or at least sketch these important moments first one by one...

Rhythmical “Engines”

Rhythmical “Engines” Particularly in action and adventure scenes, the scoring usually relies heavily on pushing rhythms and lots of rhythmical activity. If you do not want to fall back to using percussion all the way through or even a drum kit in such sequences, you...

Red Herrings

Red Herrings Another very common way of scoring certain moments in movies are so-called “Red Herrings”. This principle is used for instance in tension scenes where you musically build up to something that DOESN’T happen. A classical scenario would be a woman walking...

Main Title Sequences

Main Title Sequences Main title sequences have become quite rare these days but when you have the chance to score one, use it effectively. On a main title, you can set the overall mood of the score and the movie, you can introduce your thematic material and therefore...