Music Custom-Composed for Your Film or Project
Films, TV, Games, Family Movies, Wedding Videos, Dance Projects, Advertising
Although I won’t be working with you much until post-production, it’s always helpful to understand your working timeline. Timelines are typically pretty unpredictable, but it’s helpful to have a “ball-park” schedule. If you can keep me up-to-date as things move along, I can be sure to set aside time to work exclusively on your project, right when you need it.
How Does It Work?
- The Spotting Session: Once you have reached the point where your project is filmed and edited, contact me for a spotting session. At that session, we will review the parts of the film where you would like music added, and using timecode, I will make note of what you want and where you want it, including any spots of emphasis where you want a musical "hit". You will provide me with a copy your edited video.
- Draft Score: I’ll add music as requested, and then bring it to you for review. At that point, you can choose it as is, or ask for changes, based on your vision for the work.
- Edits: I will edit or re-write as necessary, and provide you with the result. Again, you have the opportunity to ask for revisions or re-writes. We should be close to what you want at this point.
- Finishing up: I’ll provide you with the edited project you gave me with the added music, and separate music files for your convenience for the final mix of dialogue and music with the video.
- Note: Most projects can be completed exchanging files online. Face to face meetings are optional.
- Where you want music and where you don’t want music.
- What genre will you want? (Horror, action, romantic comedy, etc.)
- How big and what type of instrumentation do you want? (1 to a few instruments or full orchestra, or electronic sounds)
- Are there “sound alike” ideas? (e.g., “I’m not sure what to call it, but it should be sort of like the Harry Potter music.”)
How Long Will It Take?
- Typically, I can work very quickly. Up to around 3 to 8 minutes of music per week. So it depends on the length of the film and how many different pieces of music there will be. In many films, there will be either repeated music or musical themes repeated with different instruments or other slight differences - these tend to go very quickly.
What if You Can’t Write What I Want?
- If what you request is outside my areas of expertise or strength, I can refer you to affordable music that is available for licensing, or composers who work in that specialty area.
What Will This Cost?
- The scale recommended by the American Federation of Musicians is a range from 0 (donated time for student or not for profit independent filmmaker) to $2000 for small projects, to $500,000 per large feature film.
- We can negotiate this after discussing the nature and scope of your project.
Will You Do Back-End Agreements?
- Yes. If you wish to suggest a scenario where there is little compensation up front, but a percentage of any income the film generates, we can work that out.
What Experience and Training Do You Have?
I have a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from Mills College, I have had a number of items published, recorded and performed over the years (see Biographical Statement on my webpage). I have ProTools 101 Certification. I also have a Master Certificate in Music Composition for Film and TV from Berklee School of Music, completed in 2016. I have worked on two Indie Shorts so far. One was just completed and entered to compete in several film festivals. You can see my IMDB page at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm8293733/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Where Can I Check Out Samples of Your Work?