Film & TV Reference Books
Complete Guide to Film Scoring
Richard Davis. Berklee Press, 2nd edition. (2010)
Essential for anyone interested in the business, process and procedures of writing music for film or television, this book teaches the Berklee approach to the art, covering topics such as: preparing and recording a score, contracts and fees, publishing, royalties, copyrights and much more. Features interviews with 21 top film-scoring professionals, including Michael Kamen, Alf Clausen, Alan Silvestri, Marc Shaiman, Mark Snow, Harry Gregson-Williams and Elmer Bernstein. Now updated with info on today's latest technology, and invaluable insights into finding work in the industry.
Written by ASCAP Board member and Emmy Award-winning composer Richard Bellis, The Emerging Film Composer speaks to the following issues and more: Why do filmmakers like the music they like? What makes them comfortable or uncomfortable when it comes time to put music in their film? how can you make them want to like your cues? how do you"court the muse" on a deadline? How much are you worth, and can you live on that? How can you increase your efficiency in the studio or at your writing desk? How can you get your next job while working on the current one?
Musician's Business & Legal Guide
Mark Halloran. Prentice Hall; 4th edition. (2007).
Definitive in scope and written specifically for musicians by respected legal and business experts in the music industry, this text covers nearly all of the confusing business and legal situations musicians find themselves in on the way to and through a professional career. It focuses on issues as they are actually practiced - with clause-by-clause commentaries on most all the major music industry contracts.
The Reel World: Scoring For Pictures
Jeff Rona. Hal Leonard Corporation; 2nd edition (2009)
This updated how-to guide takes you inside the world of creating music for film and television. Packed with case studies and insider's tips, The Reel World - 2nd Edition lets you learn by example how to ensure musical aesthetics, use the most effective technology and techniques, understand the business side of things, and nurture positive relationships with music editors, directors, producers, recording engineers, musicians, and music executives. The author uses his real-world experience working as a composer in television and film to show you what it takes to do the job, how it's done, and how you can do it, too. If you want to work as a composer, scoring for film, television and other visual media, The Reel World - 2nd Edition is just the guide you've been looking for to help you get started in this fascinating and rewarding industry.