From Score to Screen Sequencers, Scores, and Second Thoughts - The New Film Scoring Process

ISBN-10: 0825673089

ISBN-13: 9780825673085

Edition: 2004

Authors: Sonny Kompanek

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Scoring for film has changed dramatically over the past twenty years. With the advent of MIDI, sequencers and low-cost recording gear, just about any composer anywhere can score a feature film. So, what's stopping you from composing for film? Book jacket.
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Music Sales Corporation
Publication date: 9/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 172
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Sonny Kompanek has orchestrated more than 60 major feature films (including The Rookie, Conspiracy Theory, Hudsucker Proxy, It Could Happen To You, Rob Roy, and Barton Fink), TV productions (including Sex & the City, Nero Wolfe, Witness to the Mob, and South Pacific), and artist arrangements for Wynton Marsalis, Wyclef Jean, Boyz II Men, Soul Asylum, and Victor Borge. Kompanek has taught at various music schools, including Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and currently New York University. He lives and works in New York City.

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Foreword
Introduction
The Cast
The Composer
The Orchestrator
The Conductor
The Musicians
The Director
The Music Editor
The Mixer
The Contractor
The Music Copyist
The Studio Executives
Getting Started
Meeting People in the Business
Success Stories
Networking on the Net
Promotional Demos
What To Do With Your Demo
Agents
Composition
Trust Your Instincts
Listen to the Silence
Themes
Harmonic Language
Writer's Block
Musical Baggage
How Much to Write
Less is Better
Sequencer Short-Comings
To Click or Not to Click
Orchestrators
"Mr. Mockup"
From Midi to Live Orchestra
The Midi Orchestra
Choosing Your Midi Orchestra
Why Midi Files Look So Strange
Quantizing
Import Filtering
Tapping-in Beats
Too Many Tracks?
Standard Midi File Format
Midi Can Do the "Impossible"
What Midi Cannot Do
Orchestration
Color
Picking the Band
Using Your Sequencer at the Session
Unusual Instruments
Slurs and String Bowings
Clefs and Transposing Instruments
Printed Scores
Modulations
Tempo Changes
Synth Pitfalls
Big Sound, Small Band
Conducting
Know the Film
Communicating With the Director
Planning the Recording Order
About Batons
Prepare the Orchestra Before Playing
Headsets
Prepare the Percussion
Player Lists
Mistakes Along the Way
A Problem in the Booth
Fix It
It Doesn't Work
Changes at the Recording Session
The Music Sounds Too Big
Thinning the Orchestra
The Music Sounds Too Small
Quickly Fixing Wrong Notes
Correcting Balance By Overdubbing
Dialog
Use Rhythm Section for Quick Changes
Fixing Difficult Ensemble Rhythms
Fixing Sync Points With the Film
Fixes After the Session
Contemporary Techniques as Coloristic Effects
Fixing the Film
Recording
Choosing the Right Mixer
Where to Record
The Studio Assistants
Recording Order of Cues
Percussion
Overdubbing
Vocals and Solo Instruments
Synth Pre-records
Score and Parts
Basics
Printing the Score
Chord Symbols
Transposed vs. Concert Scores
Meter and Key Signatures
Accidentals
Proofing Parts
PDF Scores
Copies of Scores for the Session
Percussion Parts
Bowings and Slurs
Changing Instruments
Harp
Practice
Film Schools
Animation
Friends in the Business
Features With No Music
Smpte Timecode
Digitizing Video
Making Your Own Digital Video
Editing Pre-Existing Feature Films for Scoring
Study
Recording Session as a Learning Experience
Things to Test at a Recording Session
What To Do If You Have No Access to Big Sessions
Studying Film Scores
Tension and Motion
Other Elements
Analyze an Entire Film Score
Film Scoring Study Programs
Business
What to Charge
Clients
Package Deals
Contracts
The Musician's Union
Credits
Final Notes
Ask Questions in Advance
Assume Nothing
Do Not Cut Corners
Be Concise and Focused
Have Opinions
Take Your Time
Be Calm and Courteous
Be Prepared for Rejection
Keep Moving
It's All Good
Resources
Film / Music Schools
Professional Societies and Organizations
Suggested Scores to Study
Suggested Reading
Web Sites
Glossary
Index
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