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...

Off-Screen Speakers in Movies

Off-Screen Speakers in Movies Consider that the understandability of dialogue or monologue gets worse when the speaker is not seen on screen. A big portion of understanding spoken word comes from watching the mouth of the speaking person so if that is missing, it gets...

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...