Finding the Right Tempo for a Cue

Finding the Right Tempo for a Cue Getting the tempo of a scene right is one of the most essential parts of film scoring. Even the best music can be a disaster when it drags a scene or pushes it too hard. Often there are only few objective indicators to find a tempo...

Communicating With a Client

Communicating With a Client Don’t expect your director to have enough musical knowledge to be able to communicate in musical terms. Find a way to make communication with him/her clear when presenting your concept or ideas. A good way is to talk in emotions like “It...

Scoring Intensity

Scoring Intensity It might be very tricky sometimes to find the right level of “musical intensity” on a cue. With inexperienced composers you sometimes get the feeling that the music is too distracting and active (e.g. on dialogue sequences) or too weak on more active...

Musical Entrances in Films

Musical Entrances in Films There should always be a noticeable reason why a film cue enters at a specific point, which usually is a cue that is being given by the movie itself. This could be a movement, a scene change, a cut, a line that is being said, a meaningful...