Composing Music for Film [Jack Smalley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Film composer Smalley offers discussion and examples for the. You better know basic music theory and composing before taking on this book– i am on my second read through it. Dense with techniques and Jack Smalley’s. Title, Composing Music for Film. Author, Jack Smalley. Edition, 3, illustrated. Publisher, Independent Publisher, ISBN,

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For the intermediate it will fill in some blanks and show a different way of approaching problems you may already have solutions for. AshermusicSmalleey 1, I think continual study of the craft of writing is essential nusic is why I’m eventually going to be dusting off the books again and restarting my EIS lessons next year as well when time permits.

One note to all, though he is known to be a great orchestrator this book contains very little about the subject. Frederick RussDec 31, The book is really a tool chest of how to deal with the music in scoring.

Smalley’s “Composing for Film”-Short Review

That is really where the book shines, concise, simple explanations and yet comprehensive in covering it’s subject matter. ComposerDudeJan 1, ThonexJan 1, Mike GreeneDec 29, Having the vocabulary to recreate and expand upon approaches is a key help so I’m looking forward to checking out Jack Smalley’s new book as a further leg up to help out when nack in crunch time. Thanks Craig and rJames for the reviews.


He explains also how he goes about choosing emotional material being a love theme or a villian theme etc. Indeed Tor Smalley’s book discusses several ‘geometric shapes’ to craft melody lines appropriate to given moods. Thank you Jay – I certainly appreciate your voice of experience.

Composing Music For Film – Jack Smalley – About the Book

While books like “On the Track” are far more thorough on things like budget considerations and dealing with directors etc, “Composing for film” is more about the mechanics and tools of scoring to picture. First, where is Batz to edit my writing when I need him!

Jack believes that there are basically 7 emotions to be covered in scoring. AshermusicDec 31, Does this book cover basics like that?

There are really no planned assignments though. I will not make a comment on the price page ratio issue. He shows some ways to get there. JaapDec 30, fillm The scale you refer to is a mjor scale with a raised 4th or lydian mode btw. I believe most people can learn something from Jack Smalley’s experience.


I am judging the book on it’s own merit, price excluded. Ignore Threads by Nobita. Nick BatzdorfDec 31, The organizing of “writing a cue” section makes it look quick and easy and is laid out in an almost follow the dots fashion.

Composing Music for Film

Ifor one, can’t put a price on this kind of invaluable information. I’ve started writing professionally in so subsequently have been getting a lot of helpful ideas and advice from Craig and others regarding harmony and instrumentation. Extrapolate some “things that work”, not for paint-by-numbers, but as a crystal-starting seed, especially when deadlines loom and inspiration is on its coffee break.

Not to be content smalldy a “bag o’ tricks”, but to have in one’s musical arsenal some useful generalizations about musical form. Mike, that would be Lydian – the fourth of the seven Greek modes, i.

I have now had Jack Smalley’s book for a bit under 2 weeks and have been through the book. I just bought Smalley’s book based on Craig’s recommendation.