HOW TO MAKE A GOOD SPOTTING SESSION

 

SPOTTING SESSION:

Probably the most crucial step in the film scoring process is the Spotting Session.

A director shouldn´t be looking for a music composer for his film. Instead he should be looking for someone that can help to tell the story in the best possible way throughout the music.

Film Scoring is NOT about creating beautiful music that suits the film but functional music that can keep the story surviving throughout the whole film.

 

THE COMMON LANGUAGE BETWEEN DIRECTOR AND A COMPOSER.

 

I´m very used to hear directors saying things like ¨I don´t know anything about music. How I am going to find a way to communicate with a composer?¨

Even though is true that if the director knows some musical terms, that can help in the communication with the composer, the truth is that a director should communicate with the composer in story telling terms. I mean, instead of telling the composer what instruments to use, what key, etc, the focus should be in making the composer understand things like what is the story really about, how the story progress and what are the most important elements in the story. In the same way, the composer instead of talking with the director in musical terms, should advice the director how can the music cooperate to help the film needs.