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Music is as much of a performer in a scene as the actor or the camera.  It’s movements, tone, and intensity help shape the emotion of the moment.  But, like any performance, the right performance can bring added life to the scene, but too much can overwhelm the moment, pulling the audience out of the story.  In this module, you will learn how to balance music's role in a movie against the other dramatic elements, tips and techniques for creating a compelling score that supports the emotion of the movie, and how to avoid overscoring.


  • 28:25 video that takes you through the process of creating emotion through music
  • Illustrated companion guide


  • How to balance the emotional impact of music with the actors' performance
  • How to avoid the pitfalls of overscoring the movie
  • How to factor the role of music into the movie when working on set
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