The Process of Film Scoring – Richard Davis

Complete Guide to Film Scoring

Complete Guide to Film Scoring

A while back, I read Complete Guide to Film Scoring: The Art and Business of Writing Music for Movies and TV by Richard Davis. Its a great book and definitely well worth the read. Here is the synopsis of the book:

“If you’ve ever wondered how to write music for film or television, The Complete Guide to Film Scoring is a necessary resource. This guide will take you through the film-making process, preparing and recording a score, the history of the field, and the business side of film scoring including contracts, fees, publishing, royalties, and copyrights.

Learn from the career experiences of 19 film-scoring professionals in interviews with composers such as Michael Kamen (Mr. Holland’s Opus, Brazil), Alf Clausen (The Simpsons, Naked Gun), Alan Silvestri (Forrest Gump, Contact), Mark Snow (X-Files, Millennium) and Elmer Bernstein (To Kill a Mockingbird, Airplane, Rainmaker).”

Anyway, I recently found this video series by Richard Davis on youtube which is very interesting. Topics he covers include:

– the basic process and timelines in films
– midi mock-ups
– temp tracks
– the need for the composer to be not just a musician, but a filmmaker as well.

Its well worth a look at if you are a composer or director :)


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Emmett Cooke is an Irish composer for film, tv and video games. His music has been used around the world by high profile companies including Sony Playstation, Ralph Lauren, ABC, CBS, NBC, Lockheed Martin and many more.

  • Ryan

    Hey emmett do you know where I can purchase this series or something similar to watch?

    • Emmett Cooke

      Hey Ryan,

      I’ve updated the videos now – it seems they were taken down from another channel. Let me know what you think :)


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