This course is for high school students and first year college students.
The ideal student
The wrong student
Frequently changing moods
Movies have lots of edits. You will be amazed.
In a scripted television drama, there is one edit every three seconds. The longest edit is six seconds.
Motion pictures for the younger generation have one edit every 1.5 seconds.
Therefore, the MOOD changes every three seconds to six seconds.
And that means the mood of your music must change every three to six seconds.
Therefore, you only have time for musical sound effects, not real music.
Songs are useless
A song has only ONE (1) mood. Therefore, songs are useless for a scene with dialog.
You only use songs for montages, titles, credits, love scenes and car chases. Never for scenes with dialog -- which is the only scenes in this course.
Use Midi, not DAW
For this course, you need a MIDI setup which will sync to digital video (QuickTime or WAV) such as GarageBand.
If you play lots of real musical instruments, you can use a DAW such as GarageBand. But this is only for advanced users. Most people should use MIDI with software instruments.
And you should have the sounds of a symphony orchestra (starting with a nice violin trill).
GarageBand with Jam Pack:Symphony Orchestra is more than enough. You don't need anything more!!!!
Your instructor recommends Apple's GarageBand with Jam Pack Symphony Orchestra for beginners. It is reasonably simple yet surprisingly powerful... once you find the hidden features.
There is no programs for Linux that will do film scoring with software instruments in sync with QuickTime, WAV, or OGG movies.
With Ubuntu Linux, you can try Rosegarden to make the midi files. Then use TiMidity++ (a command line application) to change midis to oggs, and Audacity for some final effects (mostly amplifying and adjusting the envelope). Not easy!
Update (2021): MuseScore offers the possibility to export directly your score in many audio file formats.
It's not about you!
This course is not about you or your music. This is not a place to show how great you are.
This course explains what the director/producer of the motion picture needs.
You learn to create the music that they want, not the music you want.
About this course
The secret of film scoring
Preparing the viewer emotionally
The disks are on loan
Start with the basics
You begin here - The theory
The theory of film scoring
Note: We do not use acoustic loops in this class.
How to score a scene
For instructions on how to set up GarageBand to do film scoring, go to How to score with GarageBand.
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