Daily Film scoring bits

Welcome to the Daily Film Scoring Bits. On this page I post on a more or less daily basis little tips, tricks and advices about film scoring in general but also more specific topics like orchestration, composition, working relationships, business advices etc.

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Being Prepared for Outsourcing Work

At certain points, for example when a project becomes just too big to be pulled off only by yourself in the time given, you will not get around outsourcing certain parts of the work to someone else. Usually things like score/part preparation…

Score Bindings in Recording Sessions

When you’re preparing score sheet material for a recording session by yourself, avoid ring binding. Especially plastic ring bindings create a lot of noise which multiplies especially on string sections when 7 or 8 desks turn pages at the…

Melodic Build-Ups

Building towards a climax requires also your melody to increase tension which is not only possible by “going higher and higher”. When analyzing melodic structures that build towards a climax, usually several characteristics of the melody…

Make No Excuses

Make no excuses. Acting professional involves sometimes swallowing bad working conditions. Nobody cares whether you just couldn’t get the five mins score done in one day or whether your cat has been sick or if your computer crashed…

Demo Mock-Ups

The media world nowadays doesn’t work anymore without detailed mock-ups (aka sample produced demos) of cues. The times when composers just presented their ideas on the piano and the directors trusted them that it will sound…

Composition Speed

Many composers are concerned about their output rate and feel intimidated by hearing that composer x wrote the score for feature film y in just a few weeks or something like that. However this whole issue shouldn’t be bothering you…

Musical Hits on Cuts

Try to avoid placing hit points or musical accents/downbeats on cuts except for moments where it is meant to be like that (e.g. trailers/spoofs). In general, you should rather try to disguise cuts with your music rather than making them…

Dealing with Piracy of Your Music

Music piracy or illegal use of your music is something that every composer needs to struggle with these days. As soon as you publish something, there is a chance that somebody uses it without your permission and without paying you…

String Divisi Part 2

As a follow-up on my post about string divisi from two weeks ago, here a few more things to consider: 6.) Four-part triadic homophone harmony in violins, especially in the higher register is best divided in the way that the first violins…

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