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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Smalley’s “Composing for Film”-Short Review

For the intermediate it will fill in vomposing blanks and show a different way of approaching problems you may already have solutions for. Ifor one, can’t put a price on this kind of invaluable information.

Nick BatzdorfDec 31, I think continual study of the craft of writing is essential which 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.

Fipm organizing of “writing a cue” section makes it look quick and easy and is laid out in an almost follow the dots fashion. For the relative beginner it will introduce many techniques in a non threatening way.

ComposerDudeJan 1, He explains also how he goes about choosing emotional material being a love theme or a villian theme etc. Note- Yes it is a composing book but it also deals com;osing other areas of the creative process of film composing.

I could use to go over a few sections a bit more to get stronger footing but I feel I have a fairly good grasp of the the text.


For the advanced composer it is a concise place to have ideas organized. The scale you refer to is a mjor scale with a raised 4th or lydian mode btw.

Like many books which come from teachers with experience, this book is a collection of lessons. There are really no planned assignments though. Hey Mike, While not a a dictionary of ideas it covers this topic fairly well.

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Which I think was the point of Mike’s list. Jack Smalley’s Composing for Film from my perspective. The impression I get is that this book is cheap at twice the price. ThonexJan 1, Well, I can confirm that he’s right. Oh, Craig already splaned. You must log fot or sign up to reply here. I will not make a comment on the price page ratio issue.

Frederick RussDec 31, Not to be content with a “bag o’ tricks”, but to have in one’s musical arsenal some useful generalizations ffilm musical form. If there is theory involved, Jack touches on it not because he wishes to teach you classical methods, but as tools specific to ocmposing for picture.

JaapDec 30, There are no real scores to speak of either. Already have an account?

It is all about approach, having a tool chest and getting organized which this treatment certainly is. AshermusicDec 31, Mike GreeneDec 29, Mike, that would be Lydian – the fourth of the seven Greek modes, i. First, where is Batz to edit my writing when I need him! It also may show a flm angle of techniques you are already familiar with. I have now had Jack Smalley’s book for a bit under 2 weeks and have been through the book. Personally I see nothing wrong with attaching emotional labels to techniques – as long as they’re seen as what they are: Craig SharmatDec 29, I am judging the book on it’s own merit, price excluded.


He encourges you to take the techniques further on your own. Much if not all that is in here has been in other books, smaley maybe with not with such brevity and clarity, and probably focus toward film.

Yes, my password is: I believe most people can learn something from Jack Smalley’s experience. Thank you Jay – I certainly appreciate your voice of experience. I’m also leaning upon Principles of Orchestration and end up listening to countless scores to get ideas as to why things work they way they work. Having the vocabulary to recreate and expand flm 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 mired in crunch time.

Composing Music For Film – Jack Smalley – About the Book

Scott RogersJan 1, Smalley can stop in and say hi sometime. Thanks Craig kusic rJames for the reviews. 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.

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