Film Scoring - Techniques For The Modern Composer
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Film Scoring - Techniques For The Modern Composer

Master the Art of Composing For Film and Learn To Find Gigs Doing It
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4.2 (84 ratings)
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Created by Jason Allen
Last updated 1/2017
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Includes:
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Get started building a portfolio of work to show their film composition talents
  • Score a feature film using a variety of techniques
  • Understand the process of writing music for film
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Requirements
  • Students will benefit from some background in music theory. The Music Theory Comprehensive curriculum (available on Udemy) isn't required, but is recommended.
  • Students should have some background in writing music, even if just thumbing around on a piano or guitar.
Description

In this course, we will learn the essential techniques used in writing music for film. Through a series of analysis' of well-known film scenes from your favorite movies we will learn what makes a great cue, and then apply those techniques by writing our own. I'll be showing you some of my own projects for film and television throughout the class, and walk you through my process when composing music for a film project.

By the end of this course, students will understand the tools, lingo, and techniques used in the film composing world and will be ready to dive in to their own projects. I'll walk you through how to get started on your first project by using freely available movies that need a score. 

Throughout my career, I've worked with major American orchestras, film studios, and video game designers. I'm also a PhD in music composition and a university professor (of music composition). 

Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I'm taking those classes to Udemy in an online format in order to reach more students, and give them the joy of Music Theory.

I'm planning on making several "sections" of this class, and this is Part 1. As the class grows, we will go deeper and deeper into my techniques. 

In this class, we will cover:

  • Tools of the trade
  • Finding the emotional response
  • Music Theory and Genre
  • Using Modes in Film Scores
  • Finding the Message
  • Learning from Temp Cues
  • "Spotting" the film
  • Working with industry budgets
  • Diegetic music and nondiegetic music
  • Score and Source
  • The Ostinato
  • Working with silent films
  • Setting up a session
  • Marking hits
  • Scoring the opening credits
  • Motive and Lietmotif
  • Working with Lietmotifs
  • Working with rhythm in cues
  • POV
  • Finding and analyzing POV scenes
  • Composing using POV
  • Any much, much, more! 

And of course, once you sign up for this "section" of the class, future sections will come to you at steep discounts! Over half off for all future sections!

You will not have another opportunity to learn Film Scoring in a more comprehensive way than this. Start here.

Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top200 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

He currently as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for classes by Dr. Jason Allen:

  • "Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way at being proficient. What are you wait for!"
  • "Amazing - Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I'm so happy! Learnt loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!"
  • "I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me."
  • "I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!"
  • "I've watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!"
  • "Clear and Informative - Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!"
  • "Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section, and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn't aware of."
  • "The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all means without giving what you don't want to know."
Who is the target audience?
  • Students interested in exploring film scoring
  • Students looking to expand their musical interests to composing
  • Students interested in music software
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Curriculum For This Course
44 Lectures
04:00:44
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Welcome & Overview
4 Lectures 20:45
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Emotion and Music Theory
5 Lectures 24:38

Music Theory and Genre
04:38

Using Modes in Film Music
04:17

Finding the Message of the Film
03:24

Threnody for the Care Bears
09:30
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The Process
3 Lectures 16:39

Spotting the Film
05:12

Budgets
04:52
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Diegetic Music and Non Diegetic Music
5 Lectures 22:32
Diegetic and Non Diegetic Music
03:25


Source Music Elements
03:54

When the Score and Source Collide
03:09

Analysis: Battlestar Galactica
06:08
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The Ostinato
12 Lectures 01:13:48
Analysis: Captain America
06:21

Analysis: Requiem for a Dream
07:34


Working with Silent Films
04:15

Setting Up a Session
04:18

Composing with Ostinatos
12:19

Building on Ostinatos with More Elements
05:23

Marking Hits
02:46

Finishing Up Our Intro
15:02

A Quick Analysis So Far
10:19

[DOWNLOAD] MuseScore (Notation) File
00:06

Working with Notation
01:11
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Motive and Leitmotif
7 Lectures 44:45

Analysis: Star Wars
06:02

The Opera Connection
06:42

Locating Lietmotifs
03:03

Composing Lietmotifs
11:15

Adding Rhythm
09:08

Our Long Cue So Far
03:51
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Point of View (POV)
4 Lectures 30:39

Finding and Analyzing POV Scenes
06:17

Scoring a POV Scene
15:04

Analysis of our POV Scene
05:23
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Wrap Up
4 Lectures 06:59
Split in 2
02:05

Coming in Part 2!
02:11

Thanks for Watching!
02:12

Bonus Lecture: Discount Offers & Mailing List
00:31
About the Instructor
Jason Allen
4.6 Average rating
6,269 Reviews
36,274 Students
63 Courses
Ph.D / Ableton Certified Trainer

J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.

J. Anthony Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. He is a co-founder and owner of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis. Recently, Allen founded Hackademica – an innovative net-label for new music.

J. has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way.

If you run into him on the street, he prefers to be addressed as J. (as in, Jay.)