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Inventory of Tools & Strengths

Will and Brooke Blair

Modern Film Composing

Will and Brooke Blair

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3. Inventory of Tools & Strengths

Lesson Info

Inventory of Tools & Strengths

We're going to jump into some tools I think I think one thing we would like to consider ourselves we're composers but I think we like to consider self this craftsman that are part of a larger collaborative process rather than, you know, hired guns just to throw music on in the end we like to be part of the bigger team in thinking of sort of across craftsman mentality we like to think yeah, the toolbox that we have different musical experiences in different ideas that we can pull on different projects. So these are things to think about um that work for us that we continue to try to sharpen and improve upon to think about your skills as a composer or is the director is a set of tools? Um I think for musicians carries about getting the film composition one of the challenges is feeling like you have to play everything you have to be a jack of all trades instrumental wise, I think I didn't find a primary instrument and how you do it differently sort of how you do it your own way um is the ...

best place to get started a piano player should focus on, bring in piano music and into the world of film in their own way I think you need a little more I think there needs to be a complementary instrument some sort oftentimes you need more than one tone toe work with being proficient on to general instruments is a great way to get started. Um text strengths this is important brooke and I worked on a film called blue ruined about wei scored the film almost two and half years ago that it was a condensed schedule kind of a whirlwind five six stay long days long days to get ready for a festival deadline we have worked with the director jeremy sunday before we've known him for quite a while very open conversation between the two of us at the end of the process we asked him what do you think? How did it turn out? We were looking for feedback on our prize so we could improve and we were expecting maybe compositional notes, musical ideas and feedbacks but that he was very pleased with the first thing he said was you need to be quicker with tech with the computer with with the programs were using it is a you know, deadline intensive part of the process and um that was immediately something we knew we had to improve upon. So that became a focus for us. Um marketing strengths ultimately you're working for yourself you are having to, you know, pitch what you do and if not find paid work just fine jobs to work on um this is creating a concise email this is feeling comfortable going into a cocktail party and talking about something that you're interested in this is networking. Um, again, a lot of us have these sort of innate strength already unique experiences, and again, this is, in a general sense, unique musical experiences that you've grown up working with that are that are unique to you inherent to you, but also unique emotional experiences. Um, that will help you develop your own musical voice. We'll get to that a little later, but the idea behind behind experiences is again think about music in terms of emotion, that's what you're doing, you're supporting emotional experiences, every film somehow relates back to a primary emotion or or a primary experience, whether that's loss or love trauma drama, you know, triumph or tragedy, that's those are things that in some ways, we've all experienced, so identify all these things that you already have, and I think, you know, between brooke and myself, we don't have all of these, but we have a lot of these in between all of us here, yeah, yeah, I wasn't sure moving forward, and we're going to touch on all these or not. So I asked us before you go to the next fight, but for the tech strings in the film that you were just talking about, I mean, how did you guys work on developing that, you know, like tryingto, uh, make that faster, you know, for the filmmaker that you're collaborating with you, how did you develop those text rings? Totally. I think that literally is the very next line. Okay, okay, um, a lot of just continuing to teach yourself.

Class Description

A film’s score is so much more than background music. It creates a mood, shapes the story, and influences the way viewers interpret the action. In Modern Film Composing, Will and Brooke Blair ("The Blair Brothers") will examine the art and illuminate the science of scoring moving media.

You can hear The Blair Brothers’ work in award-winning features (from indie films to Disney), documentaries, commercials, and television shows. 

In this class, they’ll share their expertise and help you:

  • Find the style and tone of music that best suits your film 
  • Create dynamic musical elements that fall within your budget 
  • Improve your collaboration with composers
During the class, Will and Brooke will also score two CreativeLive student films – one prepared in advance and one scored live on air – to lend an artistic insider's view to the film scoring process and results. The Blair Brothers will also discuss their professional trajectory and how they maintain careers as composers. 

Composing music for a film can be an intimidating process for both filmmakers and composers, in this class you’ll learn practical strategies for approaching your project and producing a final product that fits your artistic intention.

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Will and Brooke Blair - Home Studio Gear Guide.pdf

-UNTITLED- Film - Audio

GREEN ROOM Score Proposal.pdf

Wll and Brooke Blair -RESURRECTO- Pro Tools

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