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How to Compose Music for Film

This article is aimed music composers and producers wanting to create content for moving images such as: video games, silent films, animation movies, feature films, documentaries, fictions, film for kids, artistic movies (museums, contests), TV series...

Steps

  1. Immerse Yourself.Start by watching the film once, to discover the story, then watch it again, and you start seeing different things, and getting into the rhythm of the film, the video editing, other details, the climax (a bit like a symphony).
  2. Live the product.Have it play in the background while you're doing other things (working on the computer, doing emails etc). Your brain will still get used to it more, it's far more efficient than we think.
  3. Watch it without sound.Play it again now and mute the sound completely: another dimension will be revealed. It may talk to you more than with the sound actually. You will get to see more details as well, or notice other things, if it's very still, or very fast. The style of filming and video editing will stand out more. Your brain will not be distracted by the sound (and our ears are far more sensitive than our eyes), so it frees some space for your mind to focus on the images.
  4. Select the instruments / select the atmosphere.The instruments are chosen depending on the atmosphere. It might be instruments you've never used before. At this point, the video will dictate to you what it needs, hopefully.
  5. Stick to the rhythm of the video editing.The video editing may be fast, slow, make sure you understand the "beat" of the film. It may vary a lot on  the rhythm, and speed, kept changing throughout the video, and it's important to adapt to it.
  6. Stick to the story, to what's happening on each frame.
  7. Stick to the feeling of the film.Composing music for film is about emotion. Make sure you really understand the emotion the producer is trying to emulate and stick to it. This emotion may vary from one second to another. There are hundreds of emotion people go through everyday, so make sure your music invokes the right feeling - and make sure it succeeds to emulate that feeling (even if you listen to without listening to the images).
  8. Do not ask Feedback.Feedback is a double edge sword. If you're really into your creation process, somebody's feedback might be helpful or not. You have to be confident enough to know exactly where you're going in terms of intention and emotion, even though you don't really have a clue what instruments will take you there. You can choose to compose surrounded by people, or really remotely. Both can be helpful.
  9. Immerse yourself.Let the film take over. Like an actor suddenly becomes his role, and lives, breathes, eats, sleeps and talks like his character. The images will inspire you to do the rest.

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    How do I get the words to write?
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    You draw inspiration from something that pertains to you or something you're interested in. It can be tough though, but all the best things come in time.
    Thanks!
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    How can I work out the chord progressions of the piece?
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    Work out the melody first. The melody is the most expressive part of music, as it is the main voice in telling the story. The melody should come to you in some form (rhythm, pitch, harmony, etc.) when you know what you're trying to say. Once you have the melody (or at least a part of it), you can work out chord progressions that fit that melody nicely. Getting started is the hardest bit; once you have one element of the music, the rest will come naturally.
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    How do I edit a video?
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    Thanks!
  • Question
    How can I compose music for film?
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    Follow the instructions listed in the article above.
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  • Question
    What is the best software for composing music?
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    You can use GarageBand and Pro Tools to put it all together. Both programs allow you to print sheet music.
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  • Remember: the music is not for you, it's for the moving image it tries to emulate. Your tastes and favourite music may have nothing to do with what's needed but let the images take you: you'll surprise yourself.

Warnings

  • Remember: the music is not for you, it's for the moving image it tries to emulate. Your tastes and favourite music may have nothing to do with what's needed but let the images take you.





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