Film Scoring Courses

Advanced Dramatic Orchestration and Synchronization Techniques

FS-P440

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Clinton
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: FILM majors
Prerequisites: FS-340, FS-341, and COND-217 or COND-351
Department: FILM

This course allows advanced senior film scoring students to move towards mastery in the areas of orchestration and conducting live ensembles to picture. Working with a studio orchestra, assignments allow students extensive experience orchestrating, composing to picture, and recording with an all-live ensemble. Advanced synchronization techniques such as recording to clock and free time recording using punches and streamers will also be thoroughly explored.

Scoring Silent Films

FS-P485

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Alison Plante
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: FILM majors
Prerequisites: Take FS-340, FS-341, and written approval of course chair
Department: FILM

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.

The Language of Film

LHUM-251

Course Chair: Alison Plante
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: FS-221 and LENG-201
Department: FILM

This course provides film scoring majors with an introduction to how film makes visual and narrative meaning through the language of film, which includes camera, frame composition, lighting, production design, acting styles, editing, dialogue, plot, genre, themes, sound, and point of view. Students will learn to read and analyze film from a film studies perspective. Written assignments and in-class activities will reinforce writing, reading, and oral communication skills, with the goal of strengthening students' abilities to communicate with directors.

History of Film Music

MHIS-231

Course Chair: Alison Plante
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: FS-221
Department: FILM

A survey of music in feature-length films from the silent period to the present day. An overview of stylistic scoring approaches that represent the most significant developments in the field. Discussion of works of composers who have contributed extensively to the development of film music, including representatives of newer trends in recent years. Extensive visual examples will be combined with independent aural analysis of a wide range of scores.

Orchestral Mock-Up Production

PW-365

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Alison Plante
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: FILM majors
Electable by: CWPR, FILM, and ELPD majors
Prerequisites: CW-311 (CWPR majors); FS-340, FS-341, and FS-361 (FILM majors); EP-321 (ELPD majors)
Department: FILM

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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