Seminar in Composition for Motion Pictures and Television

Required for students in the Composition for Visual Media specialization only. Practical experience in composing for commercial movies. Difference between underscore and source music and discussion of surrealistic effect when they merge, as in MTV, dream sequences, or montages. Study of three principal areas of filmmaking — preproduction, production (shooting), and postproduction. Examples from classic movies and discussion of their scores. Composition of actual cues for acoustic instruments coordinated to picture to be term project. Separate cues involve dialogue, melodrama, comedy, chase, memory montage, and tension.