Film Scoring Courses
Introduction to Film Scoring for Non-Majors
Investigation of the aesthetic relationship between film and music. Discussion of the many functions of film music with analysis of its most effective application to dramatic situations. Exploration of career opportunities in film and television music. This course is suitable for students not intending to major in film scoring.
Mixing the Film Score
This course is a study of multitrack mixdown in a digital audio workstation environment, specifically for the needs of modern film and television scoring in a project studio. Balance and context of a mix are explored, and special consideration is given to genre-appropriate sound. In addition to aesthetic and technical concerns, people skills and delivery to specifications (including stem mixes and session interchange between DAWs) are emphasized. Mix material will be drawn from the student's own film scoring projects from other courses, and/or film scoring sessions from other composers.
Scoring Silent Films
This class will compose and produce a complete score for a feature length film of the silent era. The final composed score will receive a full studio recording, and be performed live with the film in a performance at a local theater in the final weeks of the term. The students will each score, arrange, orchestrate and conduct the music for a reel (12-15 minutes) of the film, using thematic material provided by, and under the guidance of, the instructor. The recording of the final score will be dubbed to the film and will become an available, and archived, item for further distribution or broadcast, in a Berklee-based series of silent film scores (The Berklee Silent Film Score series). Admission to the class is highly limited, and interested students must submit examples of their work for consideration for acceptance into the class.
Orchestral Mock-Up Production
In parallel with a student's development as a modern composer, arranger, and orchestrator, this course will develop his/her skills in emulating a live orchestra through effective use of software technologies. These skill areas include performance techniques (tracking), editing, automation (real-time and edited), mixing, production, and the creation of work templates.
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