Your film scoring exercise using a real scene
- Compose and perform two musical cues (pieces of the film score) for this scene:
- Load the edited version of the scene into your music program.
- The music can start two seconds before the beginning of the scene. This creates continuity between scenes.
A sample spotting session
- Instructions from the director or the producer of the TV series
- Here is a typical list you might get for scoring this scene.
- Remember, for this assignment, you only have to do two musical cues.
- Timecode 01:00:00:00 to 01:00:21:00
- 1. Narrative music - the two people are asleep and it is now almost morning.
- With your music, you must explain that it is morning and these two are sleeping (or that all is peaceful.)
- Timecode 01:00:21:00 to 01:00:36:00
- 2. Narrative music - the woman is surprised and even horrified.
- With your music, you must create the feeling of fear and surprise.
- Timecode 01:00:36:00 to 01:00:39:00
- 3. Faint background music or absolutely no music - Perhaps add the emotion of astonishment when she asks, "When did the house fall down?"
- Timecode 01:00:39:00 to 01:00:46:00
- 4. Narrative music - the man looks around in wonderment.
- Your music must express is amazement or maybe his sinister delight at this amazing situation.
- Timecode 01:00:46:00 to 01:00:51:00
- 5. Faint background music or absolutely no music - Perhaps add the emotion of surprise when the man replies, "It must have been between the first time and..."
- Timecode 01:00:51:00 to 01:01:06:00
- 6. Narrative music - Explain to the audience what the man and the young woman did last night to cause the house to fall down.
- I think it is called "Sex!"
- Your music must explain what kind of sex would cause a house to fall down. (If you are under 18 years old, do not do this part of the assignments. You are not supposed to know about things like this.)
- Timecode 01:01:06:00 to 01:01:07:00
- 7. Background music or no music - Perhaps add the emotion of surprise, horror, joy, or disgust when the young woman says, "Oh."
- Your music (or just one musical note) must explain how she feels.
- Timecode 01:01:07:00 to 01:01:15:00
- 8. Foreground music - Drown her expletive with music when the young woman says, "Oh my Gosh!".
- Your music must express her anguish and at the same time, hide the fact she used bad words.
- Note: The ending music can continue to 01:01:20:00 (which is into the next scene.)
- This creates continuity between the scenes.
Hide her words!
- Here is the exception to the rule.
- The rule
- Previously, you learned that you never use foreground music (loud music) when there is dialog.
- The exception to the rule can be to hide mistakes
- When you do not want the audience to hear the words of the actor, you can cover the words with loud music. The audience will still hear the words but because of the loud music, the audience will not understand the words or pay attention to the words.
- Please cover her words
- That is needed here. You must add music to prevent the audience from thinking about the words of the young woman. She was supposed to say, "Oh my Gosh!". She said something different.