From Silence to Sound: Composing Music for Film, Documentaries and Commercials

Jonathan Haidle

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18 Videos (1h 40m)
    • Welcome!

      2:43
    • Class Project

      2:50
    • Overview of composing for moving picture

      3:26
    • Documentary: Jumper

      7:23
    • Initial Work on Jumper

      9:26
    • Narrative: Simba

      7:26
    • Initial Work on Simba

      6:22
    • Director Revisions: Jumper

      4:28
    • Director Revisions: Simba

      3:31
    • Alternative Revisions: Simba

      12:19
    • Commercial: Deer

      6:37
    • Commercial: Mannequin

      3:43
    • Initial Work on Deer

      9:27
    • Initial Work on Mannequin

      8:15
    • Director Revisions: Deer

      4:05
    • Alternative Revisions: Deer

      3:00
    • Director Revisions: Mannequin

      4:06
    • Final Thoughts

      1:08
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About This Class

Are you a composer that’s always been curious about scoring music for film, documentaries or commercials?   

This class takes you through the fundamental elements for scoring music to moving picture. At the end of this class, you’ll have working strategies to:

  • Outline/layout your rough draft so the music fits
  • Determine the right tempo/meter
  • Make important decisions about how to approach composing for your video
  • Successfully communicate with the director
  • Respond to a reference track

[Note: this class doesn’t cover any music theory, or audio recording topics.]

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Very well structured course. Be informed that it assumes you are comfortable with some DAW and also you know how to compose music according the mood (joyful, anticipating, etc). But it clearly teaches you how to approach the composition and work with the director with multiple iterations, etc.
I had been trying to get tips on writing music for a game I'm developing, and although there are no games used as examples here, the tips and techniques demonstrated in this class taught me a lot about how different elements of a piece can influence the overall vibe of what is happening. The teacher also provides a list of key things to pay attention to when you are composing for a certain event/situation that is extremely useful. In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this class to ANYONE who is interested in writing music, whether it is to tie into a cinematic piece or to be played on the radio.
Great class! Sometimes doing something new can be too daunting to begin such as composing for film, but Jonathan really helps break down the steps in a clear way. Can't wait for more classes!

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