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Film Scoring: How to Compose an Orchestral Music Cue

As editors, part of our job is harnessing the power of music to create a wide range of emotions and tones in a cut. After all, sound is 50% of the equation right?

Today, I want to dig into the topic of music from the ground up — that is, starting with how it’s actually created. By gaining a deeper understanding of film scoring, we become stronger, more well-rounded editors able to make better use of our tools.

In the three videos that follow, we’ll be looking at how to compose an orchestral music cue with a talented musician and friend of FEP, Steven Phillips. Even if you don’t plan on creating your own music (I don’t), these videos will still provide a ton of value and insight into the music creation process and how it integrates with our job as editors.

Enjoy the lessons!

Part 1 – Build an Orchestral Music Cue Base

Part 1 of creating a music cue using Action Strings a VST instrument from Native Instruments. This will create the base of the music cue.

Part 2 – Build an Orchestral Music Cue Percussion Arrangement

In Part 2, you’ll see how a composer adds a percussion arrangement Using Native Instruments’ Action Strikes.

Part 3 – Build an Orchestral Music Cue Orchestral Melody

Finally, in Part 3, you’ll watch as we add an orchestral melody using Native Instruments’ Brass Ensemble. This is where the magic happens and the film score really comes to life.

Wrap Up

I hope these videos have given you a bit more insight into how film score is created and how music is structured.

These types of lessons obviously aren’t directly related to video editing, but the supporting skills they teach can be quite valuable. If you’d like to see more training on topics surrounding the world of editing, just let us know in the comments below!

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