Composing Career Bootcamp

🎬 Stop Scoring to Picture

⭐️ highlights 🎬 scoring Jun 20, 2023

Here’s a tip that’ll change the way you score scenes forever.

When starting off composing for media, many composers start by matching on-screen emotions 1:1.

If a character is angry, they think:

“What does angry music sound like?”

But here’s what separates the good film composers from the great:

To be truly impactful for an audience, music needs to speak beyond what we see on-screen. ðŸ”Ž

Is that character really angry?


Are they lonely, betrayed, disappointed, bitter, tired, or even heartbroken?

By aiming to capture a character’s unspoken thoughts and feelings, we speak to their psyche.

That enables our audience to relate to them far deeper than if we mirrored their surface-level emotions.


Next time you’re scoring to picture, ask yourself these questions:

  • "What can music offer to the scene that isn't already there?"\
  • "What's the character really thinking or feeling?"
  • "How does this moment in time relate to the character's long-term hopes, dreams, or fears?"

Explore how music can speak to these points, and you’ll INSTANTLY notice a difference in how your compositions work to picture.

Look beyond the screen, and let your music speak to the unspoken. 🎹

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