Our very own Barbara J Weber, composer and sound designer of Alienated, wrote a great article in the widely popular Jamsphere Magazine. Check it out after the jump:
I was the composer and sound designer for ALIENATED, a film about a man who sees a UFO and has trouble telling his skeptical wife. Their relationship erupts into a spiral of problems – all against the backdrop of a possible nationwide alien abduction. The film won 13 festival awards including one for Best Score, and ended up being picked up for distribution by Gravitas Ventures, and is currently in select theaters and on VOD.
Both new and experienced composers will find that times have changed since the old days of scoring and delivering film scores. Previous film scoring relied heavily on using conventional orchestral instruments and they were largely thematic. Today’s film music enhances more the overall environment and emotion of the scene rather than creating a symphonic version of the dialogue and actions. Modern composers need to be able to create music that can stand on its own independently and also music that only makes sense within the context of the film.
Here are some pointers for new composers on creating an effective score and how to deliver it:
1) Spotting Session- If it is not possible to meet with either the director or the producer in person it may be good to suggest a Skype session if you are located at a distance. However, I have worked successfully with directors whom I have never met before. As long as the director’s notes are clear and/or a temp track is supplied, an experienced composer should be able to take off from there. I have found that the stronger the director, the better the entire film is and Alienated was a great example of strength in leadership via Brian Ackley our director whose vision was extremely clear on what he wanted.
2) Having the proper equipment & knowledge to create unconventional sounds- In addition to being a sound musician the composer must be proficient in using his or her studio equipment, software, etc. Additionally, whatever software program they work in (Pro tools, Logic,DP) they must know how to convert these files into various formats and to adapt to a list of software programs. An experienced composer will be able to create unconventional and convincingly captivating sounds by combining the oddest of foley with other foley and/or instrumental ingredients thereby creating almost a new instrument of sound.
Read the rest of the article HERE.
Alienated is available on VOD now.