My First Creative Steps on a Film
Just had my first successful meeting with the director of “The Performance”. Ideas hit the mark and now it’s time to get the actual writing of the cues underway. And I just thought of all the different things I do during those initial days of building a concept for a film score.
- Seeing what’s there in my mind already, always the starting point. I do this multiple times a day after a break, a bit of silence.
- Reacting to the surface elements – my first impulses to the story and the images.
- Foraging & Collecting: my ideas, others, words, thoughts, concepts, anything.
- Finding models – musical and films
- Interpreting…the story, the director’s ideas, my own ideas etc…
- Breaking down the story, understanding it 110%, bringing it down to the essence, for which I often collect key words and sentences
- Figuring out the role of the music in the story, what could it add, how can it help and not just be redundant.
- Juxtaposing – I love that word and it could mean anything. This time I am juxtaposing my three themes.
- Collecting ideas and collecting sounds – as a I build a binder filled with ideas and my DAW template.
- Seeing different angles – digging deeper to make sure
- Finding structure and function in the score so I know what my music should aim to do
- Deciding how many themes and musical ideas I should use for the genre/type of film it is
- Spot the film, looking not only the ins and outs of music but for structure, symmetry, repetition, development, arc
- Spot the film again, once the themes start to form, see where they fit and spot the film again
- Review, rewrite, look at different angles
- Sketch, mockups, improvise, be open, let it happen, think it through
- Over-thinking is good – it is like asking a question…and you need questions in order to find answers
- Take frequent breaks – nothing set in stone. Go with the flow to retain high amounts of focus.
- Don’t get excited about any one idea until the next day
- Play with the image, play away from the image
There is no one order I can put these things in, you need to flow with the process, so I wrote them down, things I do and things I tell myself as working. I didn’t go into very big detail, but it’s important that things that guide you should never bind you either, and if you are too strict in your descriptions of steps you take it may backfire.
So over the years I got to know what works for me and have a pretty good handle on my process at this point which allows me to flow with the demands of the picture and achieve a good momentum and reach my best ideas.
Now back to work!
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