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...

Hook Lines in Film Scoring

Hook Lines in Film Scoring The concept of a “hook-line” – as it is called in the pop world – is to create one or several elements that stick in the memory of the listener and create something that is easily remembered and recognized once it appears again. As opposed...

Rhythmic Offset of Key Motifs

Rhythmic Offset of Key Motifs In order to keep a composition interesting, try to rhythmically offset your motif now and then. If you’re melodic idea is based on a motivic idea being placed on every downbeat of a bar, try moving that motif to a different rhythmical...

Dialogue Scoring

Dialogue Scoring Avoid anything that draws too much attention on itself when you’re scoring dialogue. This applies especially for instrumental solos but also for uncommon playing techniques or strange registers. Dialogue score usually needs to be as un-obtrusive as...