Film Scoring for Beginners

An In-depth course that covers the basics of the art, craft, philosophy, business, relationships, process, practice, and problem-solving of film scoring. 
1 - Welcome and About This Course
10 mins
Film Scoring Definitions and Fundamentals
2 - The Role of Music in Film
6 mins
3 - The Vocabulary of Film Music
8 mins
4 - The Film Composer
9 mins
5 - Tips for Diversifying your Musical Output
2 mins
6 - Working With The Director
10 mins
7 - Tips for Working with Inexperienced Directors
3 mins
8 - The Other Team Members
6 mins
Career and Business Matters
9 - Career Goals and Dreams
7 mins
10 - Developing Your Career Goals
9 mins
11 - Essential Tools for the Beginning Film Composer
3 mins
12 - When You Get The Call: Rates, Interest, and Availability
11 mins
13 - Thoughts about Contracts and Agreements
Score Pre-Production
14 - Developing the Score: Breaking Down the Film
9 mins
15 - Developing The Score: Finding "The Sound"
7 mins
16 - Developing the Score: Crafting Themes and Association
15 mins
17 - The Power of Musical Placement in Film
9 mins
18 - The Spotting Session
11 mins
FCA Cue Sheet Template.xlsx
11.6 KB
SCREENWRITERS CUESHEET for FCA.jpg
732 KB
19 - Scheduling the Workload
5 mins
20 - File Management: Receiving, Importing, & Sync
12 mins
Principles of Placement in Action: The Screenwriters
21 - Breaking Down a Scene from "The Screenwriters"
27 mins
Scoring To Picture
22 - Home and Away: Principles of Musical Tension and Resolution
6 mins
23 - Getting Inspiration, Originality, and Ideas
9 mins
24 - Micky Mousing, Hit Points, and Shift Points
8 mins
25 - Structure and Arc in the Cue
9 mins
26 - Finding the Rhythm and Tempo of the Scene
4 mins
27 - Emotional Point of View
6 mins
28 - Key Choices, Modes, and Modulation
12 mins
29 - Fitting Music Around Dialogue and FX
7 mins
30 - Using World/Ethnic Instruments
3 mins
31 - Scoring Cue Entrances and Exits
6 mins
32 - How to Create Effective Underscore
29 mins
33 - How to Score an Action or Chase Scene
44 mins
34 - How to Score a Funny Scene
39 mins
35 - How to Score a Romantic or Tender Scene
50 mins
36 - Scoring the Big, Iconic Music Moments
5 mins
37 - Common Film Scoring Problems and Solutions
6 mins
Benjamin Botkin Scores a Scene from "Charade"
38 - Re-scoring Charade Part 1: Planning
21 mins
39 - Re-scoring Charade Part 2: Composing
57 mins
40 - Re-scoring Charade Part 3: Timing and Finishing
(1h 39m 52s)
Screenwriters Scoring Assignment Video and Notes.zip
40.6 MB
Charade Re-scored (Finished Scene)
3 mins
Charade Rescored MIDI and VIDEO.zip
31.6 MB
Finishing Up
41 - Finishing Up: File Delivery and Final Steps
6 mins
42 - Thank You (And What's Next)!
2 mins
Course Completion Feedback Survey
Complete Course Audio
Film Scoring for Beginners COURSE AUDIO.zip
656 MB
Additional Resources
Resource List for Further Learning
Video Resources for Film Scoring Practice
Great Scores and Scenes to Study
Screenwriters Brainstorming Scene NOMUSIC.zip
35.6 MB