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One of the most important collaborations on a movie happens between the director and the composer.  The composer adds the final performance - the music - to the narrative tapestry, and understanding how that tapestry should be woven is why the director/composer relationship is so important. In this module, you're going to experience the entire process of scoring a movie, from the initial meeting with the composer to the very end when you're making the final tweaks to the music.  Improve your communication with the composer, get the best score for your movie, and craft the best emotional ride for the audience.


  • 47:33 video that walks you through, step-by-step the process of scoring a movie with a composer
  • Illustrated companion guide


  • How to find a qualified composer
  • How to manage the first spotting session
  • Learn how to find the right palette
  • The director/composer dynamic- learn how to convey your vision even if you don't know music
  • Go inside the composer's process
  • Learn how to manage changes to the score once it's finished
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