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Hans Zimmer

Lesson time 03:44 min

Meet your new instructor, the Academy Award-winning composer of over 150+ films spanning multiple genres.

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From collaborating to scoring, Hans Zimmer teaches you how to tell a story with music in 31 exclusive video lessons.
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I'm going to try to put as much into words as I possibly can here. And I'm already on slightly thin ice here with language, because I grew up speaking German, and here I am trying to do this in English. And really, some of it, to be really clear and to be really precise, I have to go and point you at a piece of music, and just shut up and make you listen to it. Because that is my language. That's my form of communicating. So I apologize if I do my normal, which is just go around the houses, not stay on point. But it's all-- this is how I work. It's gathering thoughts. It's gathering momentum. It's gathering ideas. And sometimes, you start over here, and just so you know you have to end over here. Nothing is ever a straight line. And then the only straight line that I can offer you is when you listen to the music. You know, I'm not even saying it's good music or bad music, or any of that stuff. I'm not talking about this. But there is a fairly-- I managed to arrive at a clear thought in the music. And as you can tell from what I speak, it might have been a bit of a struggle to get there. So this is my MasterClass. And the reason I'm doing it is because-- partly because I feel incredibly lucky that I got to a point where somebody would actually ask me to do a MasterClass. And partly I'm doing it to show you what I've done and encourage you not to do it, to do your versions of it. Because I think-- look, if there's one thing I learned, it's constantly moving. I'm supposed to constantly be moving. And you know, the other thing I need is I need to have the next great composer, like at my heels already. I want to hear what the next great ideas are, and it's not-- I don't need it to be mine. But this has been a really interesting journey so far. This has been a worthwhile journey. And I just sort of want to reassure you that however much people discourage you, however hard it gets, at the end of the day, it's worth it. If you feel compelled to write film music, then do it. Hello. I'm Hans Zimmer, and this is my MasterClass.


Tell a story with music

Hans Zimmer didn’t see a film until he was 12 years old. Since then, he’s scored over 150 films, including Inception, The Lion King, and The Dark Knight. In his MasterClass, the self-taught Academy Award-winner teaches how he creates sounds from nothing, composes compelling character themes, and scores a movie before ever seeing it. By the end, you’ll have everything you need to start film scoring.



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Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Learned a lot about the industry. Got inspired. Couldn't ask for much more. Except some specific scoring and orquestrating advice would be much apreciated if you ever decide to make a part two.

All these classes are wonderful, so interesting how they break everything down so the layperson could understand.

Thanks Hans Zimmer and Masterclass for this beautiful experience!

Hans Zimmer is a giant in the film music making industry. It's a joy and privilege to hear and learn from him.


Comments

Antonia T.

Wonderful introduction. Thanks! Very excited with this masterclass. Hans' music is amazing. I loved that he said that he wants to show us what he does and then to encourage us NOT to do it (but to do our own music). Fantastic.

Ali Rıza B.

In this tutorial, Hans Zimmer seems to be ready to reveal the secrets of all that he did. Actually, we can say that he shares his legacy with many people. I am sure that this educational filmmaker, which will accompany me in many subjects, is very valuable for anyone who wants to become a movie composer. And since I am trying to learn English, I take notes, examine and translate all that is said. And I share what I wrote among those who want to translate from English into another language. INTRODUCTION Teaches Film Scoring I'm going to try to put as much into words as I possibly can here. And I'm already on slightly thin ice here wirh language, because I grew up speaking German, and here I am trying to do this in English. And really, some of it, to be really clear and to be really precise, I have to go and point you at a piece of music, and just shut up and make you listen to it. Because that is my language. That's my form of communicating. So I apologize if I do my normal, which is just go around the houses, not stay on point. But it's all-- this is how I work. It's gathering thoughts. It's gathering momentum. It's gathering ideas. And sometimes, you start over here, and just so you know you have to end over here. Nothing is ever a straight line. And then the only straight line that I can offer you is when you listen to the music. You know, I'm not even saying it's good music or bad music, or any of that stuff. I'm not talking about this. But there is a fairly I managed to arrive at a clear thought in the music. And as you can tell from what I speak, it might have been a bit of a struggle to get there. So this is my MasterClass. And the reason I'm doing it is because partly beacuse o feel incredibly lucky that I got a point where somebody would actually ask me to do a MasterClass. And partly I'm doing it to show you what I've done and encourage you not to do it, to do your versions of it. Because I think-- look, if there's one thing I learned, it's constantly moving. I'm supposed to constantly be moving. And you know, the other thing I need is I need to have the next great composer, like at my heels already. I want to hear what the next great ideas are, and it's not-- I don't need it to be mine. But this has been a really interesting journey so far. This has been a worthwhile joruney. And I just sort of want to reassure you that however much people discourage you, however hard it gets, at the end of the day, it's worh it. If you feel compelled to write film music, then do it. Hello. I'm Hans Zimmer, and this is my MasterClass.

Lieve V.

I'm not very good at foreign languages at all. It is difficult for me to understand the videos from the first time in English. That is why I will have to watch each video several times :-) (I type this text in Google Translate) I admire Hans Zimmer how he, as a German-speaking man, can express himself so well in English. I think it is a wonder that music is an universal language! The power of Hans Zimmer's music extends across national borders, communities of faith, young and old, rich and poor, ... His music touches my heart. Thanks for the MasterClass! I'm going to enjoy it a lot!

Rocky S.

I really enjoyed the lesson. I'm a keyboardist and composer so diving into his brain has been fascinating.

A fellow student

I'm not a composer by any means, but I teach music and I love to play. The whole process is fascinating!

Mary S.

Looking forward to this MasterClass with Hans Zimmer. He is such an amazing composer. I have taken MasterClass film making classes with Jodie Foster, Ken Burns, and Ron Howard and am wanting to gain a different perspective on another aspect of film making. This will be another way to add new knowledge to my life.

Cinematic

I am not sure but did the lessons change? Were original scores & footage added? Decided to start over at lesson 1 :).

Stephan B.

Hi! A great MasterClass. As musician for many years now it gives me a lot of inspiration...here a work of mine having some (not all, yet :) ) points of Hans in mind: https://soundcloud.com/seamphony/heroic-church Thanks Hans for this great MasterClass! Greez from Spain Stephan

Amar B.

Already love it! His words have something inside them, that English he speaks has something inside it. Thanks Hans for doing this for us!

Kevin L.

Heart warming! I'm not scoring for film right now but for musical theater, so a lot of this applies. I also compose "precious classical music" (heh-heh). I am interested in how Hans Z draws the listener into the film without distracting them from the visuals with music per se.