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...

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...

Practice Working With Limitations

Practice Working With Limitations As a learning orchestrator and composer you should practice a lot to work with limitations, especially if you want to eventually work with real musicians. While it is great to know how to write for a huge orchestra with all...

Working Around Songs and Source Music

Working Around Songs and Source Music Many movies nowadays don’t only contain score music but also songs that are usually not written by the score composer but licensed. Also, the places where they are used in the movie are usually already fixed before the composer...