Access ‘Video 5a and 5b – Composing for film’ interviews with Me-Lee Hay and then discuss and respond to the following questions.
short melodies or rhythms that can be used in many ways
- Thematic development/melodic theme
using a melody or theme in many ways or contexts, such as changing the tempo and changing the instrument
a musical sentence or idea
a list of the instruments playing in a piece
- Cue (film music)
a piece of music to play during a film scene
- Montage scene/incidental conversations
several short film scenes cut and pasted back-to-back; one continuous piece of music is often used to smooth the cuts
- Story arc
the structure of a storyline, including the climax
digital audio workstation; computer software for recording and/or editing music and sounds
- Time code
indicates the exact time location in a piece of music or film
included free in the software
stringed instruments producing notes with a bow made from horsehair and wood
- Fine cut
version of a film in between rough cut and the final, locked edit; incorporates some music and sound effects as well as some careful editing of visuals and frames
- Locked edit
version of a film once the visuals have been finalised, ready for sound
music that supports a melody or main tune
- Acoustic instruments
any instrument played without electricity or amplification
try-outs for a position in the cast or crew of the film
chords or countermelody that support a melody
- Score (film score)
original music used in a film
- Soft synth
sounds produced in digital music software
draft using sample materials
musical notes and symbols written on a staff consisting of 5 parallel lines
- Score in Pro Tools
musical notation view feature in Pro Tools audio editing software
- Midi roll (piano roll)
digital input of musical notes, not requiring traditional notation
- Sampled (a magpie)
recording a sound in order to edit it
software feature that cuts out a small selection of audio frequencies
- Equalisation (EQ)
adjust the volume of different frequencies to create a purer sound
- Time stretch
make music fit the timing of a scene
- Found sound
a recording of nature or non-musical sound (for example a lawn mower)
- Rough cut
version of a film before the final, locked edit; incorporates some music and sound effects as well as some careful editing of visuals and frames
re-configure music to allow for changes in film edit (for example changes made from rough cut to fine cut)
sketches of scenes (to be animated or drawn)
musical noises and/or environmental sounds without rigid structure or detailed planning
a list of musical pieces used in a film; some tracks might be composed especially for the film (the score)
- Temp music
a musical track chosen by the director or producer as backing music for a film scene, to act as a guide for the composer to create music of a similar mood
- What is a melodic theme?
- What is a motif in music?
- Describe the theme and variations approach to film scoring.
- What is the purpose and function of music in a film?
- How does music assist the flow of a montage scene?
- List 3 DAWs (digital audio workstations) commonly used to compose film music.
- What are soft synths?
- How does consideration of a budget affect the approach to film music composition?
- How did Me-Lee Hay use a radio harp in an unusual way?
- Give an example of how smart phones might be used to sample sounds.
- Why is it worth saving and filing every sound experiment and recording that you have made, even the ones you’re unhappy with?
- At what stage of the film production process does a composer commonly start their work on a short film?
- What is the meaning of re-conform?
- What is the process for composing music for an animation?
- When discussing ideas for a score with a film director, what type of language should the composer use?
- True or false: composers work in isolation when working on film music.