Chapter 23



When you make your movie, you will want a composer to create an original score (background and incidental music) that is specific to your plot and theme, and that works in concert with your visuals. A great score can signal danger (think about the Jaws theme), pull you in to the pace of a different way of life (Witness), sweep you away to a bygone era (Gone with the Wind), or pull you in to the warmth or chilliness of a story (The Social Network).

Music can make or break your film, but the choice of a composer is often left until late in the process, and composers are often at the end of the line where expenditures are concerned. First-time filmmakers often want to wait and see who and what the film can afford, yet ...

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