The Unifiying Idea for the Score
This is what I wrote today on my Composition Journal, where I am writing about my work scoring a feature animated film.
I am currently working on the musical themes for the film, looking for inspiration everywhere and jotting down a ton of ideas.
As I do this work I always refer to a concept for the score, which I have clarified in my mind using a few words:
And just a few minutes ago another one hit me as being very important to get the right mood: story-telling.
These words help me clarify the general concept, or metaphor, that will unify all the music in the score, regardless of the mood the music has to express in any given cue.
[Read the rest of the post here.]
Directors should certainly think of expressing more than just the details of a film to the composer. Not just the scene by scene, cue by cue breakdown to where the music goes.
Getting a sense of the overall mood, or metaphor, or unifying idea behind the film, that is of supreme importance, and if possible, that should be discussed first, before the specifics.
Understanding the whole before discussing the parts.
And as you see in my Journal post, a few, meaningful words will go a long way! It doesn’t need to be a long description, in fact, it shouldn’t be.
Enjoy the summer!