Adding Odd Bars for Hit Points

Adding Odd Bars for Hit Points It is a common and well known way to hit hit-points that don’t lay on the downbeat of a bar by inserting one odd meter bar in order to make it fit, however it is also a quite common problem that learning film composers place that odd bar...

Rhythmical Surprises

Rhythmical Surprises Some actions in a movie are supposed to have a surprise or even shocking effect to the audience. This does not only apply for obvious jump scares in the horror/thriller genre but also in pretty much any other genre. If you hit such a moment...

Musical Entrances in Films

Musical Entrances in Films There should always be a noticeable reason why a film cue enters at a specific point, which usually is a cue that is being given by the movie itself. This could be a movement, a scene change, a cut, a line that is being said, a meaningful...

Hit Point Intensity

Hit Point Intensity The intensity of hitting an action or a certain moment in a music cue is a quite delicate matter. Inexperienced composers tend to over-accent such moments most of the time. Minor actions sound like highly dramatic moments and even while the mood of...

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...