Artistically Ambitous Film Scoring

While ambitous film scoring is definitely something that can be very attractive and thought provoking, especially young composers tend to push this a little too far in their search to reinvent the wheel. The essential difference between writing for film and writing for the concert stage is that your music needs to “work” in a certain way in the movie, while on the concert stage this is not the most important thing (or where ambiguosity is desired).

Therefore you need to make sure that your musical choices actually resonate with your audience which means you need to go musical paths that are essentially established already. It is great to try and give them a new spin but writing film music for the sake of being innovative and just because it works for you or a small circle of other people is nothing that will generally work in the medium of film unless you’re working for experimental films where audience expectations are set accordingly.


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