Film Music and Emotional Extremes

Film Music and Emotional Extremes Scenes and situations that are emotionally hardly bearable (major characters dieing, catastrophic plot twists, portrayal of gruesome psychic or physical violence, fatal decisions etc.) need special attention from the musical side. The...

Melodic Target Notes

Melodic Target Notes Melodic target notes of a phrase should be avoided for as long as possible before reaching that target. For example, if your melodic phrase has a target note of a c, you should try to not use that c (if possible also in no other octave) in the...

Scoring Kissing Scenes

Scoring Kissing Scenes Many inexperienced composers tend to score kiss scenes overly climactic and cheesy which almost always feels like a bad caricature of the whole scene. There are only few kiss scenes in movies nowadays that need the big orchestral sweep or that...

Musical Silence

Musical Silence Musical silence can be one of the most powerful “scoring” devices you can use. It works especially well in scenes where you want the viewer to be pulled into the reality of that scene, especially if it is a very intense scene. Leaving out music in...