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As a composer, your relationship with a director is among the most important professional relationships you’ll have on a film project. Once you’ve earned a director’s trust, you...

Nov 8, 2019

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Temp music is ubiquitous throughout the world of filmmaking, a useful tool to help composers and directors get on the same page. But what exactly is temp music?—and why do some ...

Nov 1, 2019

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Most composers get by with a little help from their friends. Here’s a breakdown of the jobs of a Hollywood composer and their two most important hires—the orchestrator and music...

Nov 1, 2019

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Historically, the vast majority of film composers were classically trained musicians who wrote and conducted their own music, but in the last few decades, self-taught composers ...

Oct 31, 2019

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A full orchestra may be a luxury your production can’t afford. In that case, you may be limited to a small ensemble or strictly synthetic music production. Synths and samples of...

Oct 31, 2019

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For more than 30 years, Danny Elfman has established himself as one of the most versatile and accomplished film composers in the Hollywood industry. He’s been nominated for four...

Oct 31, 2019

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Film composer Danny Elfman has the rare distinction of being one of the most respected names in both filmmaking and the music industry. He has written some of the most memorable...

Oct 31, 2019

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Music for film is produced to meet an immovable deadline. Failure to meet that deadline is simply not an option—regardless of how much (or how little) inspiration is flowing. In...

Oct 31, 2019

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One of the most challenging aspects of a film composer’s job is communicating with the director. Their job is to get the filmmaker to discuss their feelings about their movie an...

Oct 31, 2019

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