Anticipating Hit Points

Anticipating Hit Points One of the most overlooked things by learning composers is the difference between a hit point that can be anticipated by the audience and one that can’t. Unfortunately, these issues are not discussed a lot in literature on film scoring but are...

Musical Logic of Hit Points

Musical Logic of Hit Points Whenever you score a sequence that includes hit-points that need to sync up with the video, many inexperienced film composers go the way of superimposing orchestral effects on top of the music in order to accent the hit points they need to...

Musical Humor

Musical Humor There is a very thin line between funny scoring and silly scoring. Inexperienced composers tend to overwrite funny scenes by composing silly music. Not every character who has a clumsy side needs to have a score that points its finger at that. Usually,...

“Bridgeing” Hit Points

“Bridgeing” Hit Points When you need to score a scene that has several important points you need to hit and highlight, it is a quite effective way to first create a proper tempo map for the entire scene. So before you write a note, you should have the cue...

Musical Hits on Cuts

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 even more...