Sunday, September 23, 2007

Nuts-and-Bolts for Film Pre-Production Package, Music Primers Essays from Michael Hanrahan












http://www.geocities.com/stokastika1/musicprimer1.pdf
http://www.geocities.com/stokastika1/musicprimer2.pdf

Above are the images and pdfs of two "music primers" that Michael Hanrahan provided us towards the end of class. Lots of fine print, I'd say. Basically, you need lots of money to apply mass-produced, well-known music to your film. But, thankfully, before ending up in Blue Horizons, I beat my head against the wall to learn about the basics of inventing and recording and mixing-mastering music. In a desperate rush, I created my own music for my rock crab film. At first, at the Blue Horizons screening, the notion of creating my own music was not recognized. I was the only student in the class who composed his/her own score for their film. But later on, as time chugs along, creating my own music has SAVED a LOT of HASSLE. Maria de Oca was on the phone and emailing people in France for days trying to get rights to use certain music in her movie. I was able to tell Michael in a quick email that I received approval to film whatever I showed. I wrote the script. I composed and played my own music. Bam. Simplicity. It will be also very easy to enter film festivals as well. Before Maria left for Spain, she told me that she is determined to learn how to create her own music, simply so she doesn't have to deal with the hassle she has already gone through!

I was really proud, the last time when my film was shown in a meeting, Dr. Ron Rice (communications professor), was there, and when we shook hands, he smiled and laughed at my movie, and his first compliment was about my music! That really means a lot to me. Can't wait to tell California Sound Studios!

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