Arts & Entertainment
Lesson time 02:08 min
Meet your new instructor: four-time Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman. He gives an overview of the class and welcomes you to his surreal and macabre world.
[THEME MUSIC PLAYING] [MUSIC PLAYING] DANNY ELFMAN: To students that are tuning into this MasterClass, welcome to my studio. If you're a student of film music, I'm talking to you to try to show you, how do you get through a project? How do you approach a project? How do you deal with it when you have it? How do you work towards things? How do you know when you have a good idea or a bad idea? And I'm going to tell you, from my perspective, how I do these things. As a composer, I have a lot of gear. I'm going to introduce you to my acoustic instruments. We're going to talk about instrumentation. We're going to talk about orchestration. We're going to talk about melody. We're going to talk about what makes a classical film score and what makes a minimalist contemporary film score and why they both work. I call this "music out of chaos," and it's for a reason. I plan nothing. There is no right way-- there is no wrong way to approach a composition. All you have is different point of views. I want to let you know what my observations are and, mostly, what my experiences have been. I'm Danny Elfman, and this is my MasterClass.
From The Simpsons theme to the soundtracks of Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Danny Elfman’s compositions are original, memorable, and exuberantly weird. Now the Oingo Boingo founder and four-time Oscar nominee shares his unconventional (and uncensored) creative process. Step into Danny’s studio and learn his techniques for evoking emotion and elevating a story through music.
It was very informative and inspiring! I defenitley will be coming back to this Masterclass often to find things that I didn't keep the first time.
Really liked. As I am a composer, I missed a bit of more technical stuff, team inside work, etc.
it was absolutely perfect. Danny balanced perfectly between teaching technical things, creativity knowledge and personal experience. I fill that I will want to come back many times to this class to re-watch some of those lessons.
Im film director, and this masterclass approach to be able to deal with composers and their world ! love it !