Scoring for Film

$190.00

4 weeks

Date TBA.

Interested in this course? Send us a message to info@iafalive.com and we will include you on the pre-registration list.

Scoring for Film

$190.00

4 weeks

Date TBA.

Interested in this course? Send us a message to info@iafalive.com and we will include you on the pre-registration list.

Scoring for Film

$190.00

4 weeks

Date TBA.

Interested in this course? Send us a message to info@iafalive.com and we will include you on the pre-registration list.

Study practices in film scoring and learn how to create the score for a dramatic scene.

Scores are a powerful element in our cinematic experience, helping to set tone, mood and informing the narrative. In this course, study film score practices and learn how to create score on a digital audio workstation – DAW.

Identify elements of score including themes, instrumentation and emotional/narrative purposes. Spot a scene and make a spreadsheet for music cues. Understand the role of the composer in working with a director. Learn basic mixing and create a score for a scene.

Each week students can participate in a 1-hour LIVE class and interact directly with the instructor and other classmates. You can access recorded files of the classes and supporting materials at any time and study at your own convenience. After each class, you work on theoretical and practical exercises and receive feedback from the instructor. At the end of the course, you will have developed your own project.

*Image above: EMA opening for Depeche Mode at Toronto's Air Canada Center. Credit: Mini's Memories; courtesy of EMA. 

Instructor

Erika M. Anderson

Erika M. Anderson is a producer, songwriter and composer who releases music under her initials EMA. She has released multiple albums to international critical acclaim and toured extensively across the US and Europe, including dates with Depeche Mode, Throbbing Gristle and Low. Her songs have been featured on prime time television, Italian art films and Adult Swim animations. She has created the music score for the Italian film Mi Chiedo Quando Ti Mancherò, directed by Francesco Fei, which is premiering at the 2019 Rome International Film ...

Instructor

Erika M. Anderson

Erika M. Anderson is a producer, songwriter and composer who releases music under her initials EMA. She has released multiple albums to international critical acclaim and toured extensively across the US and Europe, including dates with Depeche Mode, Throbbing Gristle and Low. Her songs have been featured on prime time television, Italian art films and Adult Swim animations. She has created the music score for the Italian film Mi Chiedo Quando Ti Mancherò, directed by Francesco Fei, which is premiering at the 2019 Rome International Film Festival. In 2015 she scored the full-length film #Horror, which starred Chloe Sevigny and was distributed through IFC Midnight. She has also scored theatrical works with performances at the Barbican Centre in London and PS1 MoMA in New York. For several years she hosted a radio show on RedBull Radio called Mystery Language, a staff favorite, which was a monthly deep dive across multiple genres and topics. In 2018 she was handpicked to be a studio mentor at the last ever RedBull Music Academy in Berlin. Read article about Erika M. Anderson's work.

Instructor

Erika M. Anderson

Erika M. Anderson is a producer, songwriter and composer who releases music under her initials EMA. She has released multiple albums to international critical acclaim and toured extensively across the US and Europe, including dates with Depeche Mode, Throbbing Gristle and Low. Her songs have been featured on prime time television, Italian art films and Adult Swim animations. She has created the music score for the Italian film Mi Chiedo Quando Ti Mancherò, directed by Francesco Fei, which is premiering at the 2019 Rome International Film Festival. In 2015 she scored the full-length film #Horror, which starred Chloe Sevigny and was distributed through IFC Midnight. She has also scored theatrical works with performances at the Barbican Centre in London and PS1 MoMA in New York. For several years she hosted a radio show on RedBull Radio called Mystery Language, a staff favorite, which was a monthly deep dive across multiple genres and topics. In 2018 she was handpicked to be a studio mentor at the last ever RedBull Music Academy in Berlin. Read article about Erika M. Anderson's work.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Introduction to elements of a film score, including instrumentation, themes and stings.

    • The role of music in film
    • Explore how music can create tension, romance, comedic relief, or a feeling of epic adventure
    • Explore famous musical themes and identify their purpose
  • Week 2

    Spotting a scene.

    • Using a spreadsheet and timecode to make a musical plan for a scene
    • Making notes of the emotional or narrative objective of the music
    • Role of composer in working with a director
  • Week 3

    Working with a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

    • Importing music and video files into a DAW and how to indicate the musical cues
    • Learning how to cut and place clips
    • Basic mixing
  • Week 4

    Theme – Reviewing and critiquing student composition work

    • Does the score match the cue sheet?
    • Was the music successful in creating tension, comedy, romance, etc?

How our classes work

Our online courses are handled inside Blackboard, one of the most advanced LMS platforms for online education. Blackboard integrates its platform with a tool called Collaborate. Collaborate is a virtual classroom where students and instructor can interact using a camera and a microphone.

You will watch the instructor speak live and will be able to ask questions and interact using your own video and audio feed. The instructor can also set up dedicated group activities, dividing the class in smaller groups to assign discussions, much like in an actual classroom.

All live classes are recorded, so if you miss the class on the scheduled time don’t worry. You can access the recorded file at any time during the course.

Inside the platform you will find all the contents of your course: the class script, workbook, exercises, assignments and supporting materials that will enrich your learning experience.

We take a hands-on approach to learning, so you will work on practical assignments and receive personalized feedback from the instructor.

Technology requirements

MAC

Computer Operating System: Windows 10

Desktop Browser: Google Chrome (latest update)

Computer Speed and Processor: At least 8GB. (*if you are using a video software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, a dedicated video card may be required depending on your computer configuration.)

Download and Upload Speed: at least 10MB for upload, and at least 5MB for download.

PC

Computer Operating System: Windows 10

Desktop Browser: Google Chrome (latest update)

Computer Speed and Processor: At least 8GB. (*if you are using a video software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, a dedicated video card may be required depending on your computer configuration.)

Download and Upload Speed: at least 10MB for upload, and at least 5MB for download.

This will cover much of the standard household computers, tablets and smartphones.

Additional Information

If you miss the real-time, LIVE class, you can access the recorded version of the class, as well as supporting materials, any time during the course.

Class size limited to 24 students.

Instructor’s location: Portland, OR

Language: English.

Certificate issued by IAFA upon completion of the course.

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