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Film Scoring, Part 1: Techniques For The Modern Composer

Master the Art of Composing For Film and Learn To Find Gigs Doing It!
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What you are going to learn

Master the Art of Composing For Film and Learn To Find Gigs Doing It!

In this course, we will learn the essential techniques used in writing music for film. Through a series of analysis' of well-known film scenes from your favorite movies we will learn what makes a great cue, and then apply those techniques by writing our own. I'll be showing you some of my own projects for film and television throughout the class, and walk you through my process when composing music for a film project.
Here is a list of some of the topics we will cover:
  • Tools of the trade
  • Finding the emotional response
  • Music Theory and Genre
  • Using Modes in Film Scores
  • Finding the Message
  • Learning from Temp Cues
  • "Spotting" the film
  • Working with industry budgets
  • Diegetic music and nondiegetic music
  • Score and Source
  • The Ostinato
  • Working with silent films
  • Setting up a session
  • Marking hits
  • Scoring the opening credits
  • Motive and Lietmotif
  • Working with Lietmotifs
  • Working with rhythm in cues
  • POV
  • Finding and analyzing POV scenes
  • Composing using POV
  • Any much, much, more! 

Dr. J. Anthony Allen

Music PhD, Producer, Composer, Instructor, Professor, Author, & Ableton Certified Trainer. 
Dr. Allen is a professional musician, top-rated online instructor, and university professor. In 2017 the Star Tribune featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. He currently teaches at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, Slam Academy, and Punkademic Courses.

Course reviews

Jay explains each and every term of Film Scoring in detail, so that even a beginner may understand everything. So, if you already know a bit about composing for visual media and audio production, this might start off as boring for you, but I suggest that you still watch it because all the terms are explained really well. It really helps to improve your vocabulary regarding film scoring and its professional terminology.
- Siddhant Varma
Very good match. Learning the film score terminology that I was not familiar is very helpful. I've actually done some scoring recently by just going on gut instinct. I like to think of this course as adding tricks and techniques to my tool kit which will help the creative process.
- Louis Tucci