MUSIC & FILM PROJECT 

The Film & TV/Streaming Series Industry in New York City is booming.  All that content needs music.  Budgeted productions want distinctive original music - not downloads from libraries everyone uses.

MOST LOCAL

COMPOSER-MUSICIANS

HAVE NEVER HAD THEIR MUSIC

PUT TO A FILM  

(Not even a low/no budget short film)

Musicians depend on local jobs (i.e. teaching lessons, weddings, playing in bars and clubs, music at churches, etc.) that often grow out of word-of-mouth marketing.  These jobs can be here and there, and not give Musicians opportunity to fully express their creativity.

It's easy now to self-produce a recording of your own Music, but it's not easy to get it widely heard or to make $ from it.  When Musicians think of Film they don't see it as a new opportunity.    Mostly they see it as a very daunting and mysterious world, with no clear starting place.

MUSIC & FILM PROJECT 

 

Composer-Musicians can sign up on our Artists Resource Directory for the opportunity to work with a Team from the Challenge as the Teams produce their short films.

In addition to offering a consultation, Musicians agree  to offer one-time use (keeping all other rights) of one of their songs for use in the Team's short film.  It can be a song from the Musician's catalog of already published songs or music composed specially for the short film.    

Even if a Musician is not chosen by a Team, their music will be showcased on this site for Filmmakers looking independently  for Music.

In addition our site Q & A Blog will feature discussions about Music and Film and links to other resources. 

 

COMPOSER-MUSICIANS

DIRECTORY

(CAUTION:  WORK-IN-PROGRESS)

1.

JAZZ,  CLASSICAL, EXPERIMENTAL,

TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTS 

Piotr (Peter) Nowotnik

Samples

2.

JAZZ,  FOLK, EXPERIMENTAL

Jonah Udall - Samples

 

MUSIC & FILM

(UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE)

The videos and article below use scenes from famous Films to blow your mind with how Music can shape and increase the power of the visual !

1)   'How Film Scores Play With Our Brains' (11 min)

 

2) 'Seven Ways to Use Music to Create Mood and Meaning Onscreen' (Article w/links to Film clips)

3)  In 'How Music Can Change a Film(3 min)a boat scene from 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' is shown with its original Music -- then backed by (3) different types of Music.  Witness how each type of music completely changes the mood / meaning of the scene!

PUTTING MUSIC TO FILM

 Exercise 

 

If you want to try yourself to use Music to transform Film, simply take a (1) minute clip of something you shot -- it can be family, a performance, anything you were looking at -- then set it to at least (2) very different types of Music! 

 

One really startling thing you might learn is that Music you never liked listening to in everyday life, you now enjoy matching that Music to Film!   

 

Start noticing soundtrack Music as you watch Films / Series -- especially the opening and closing title sequences. Remember even a (4) minute short film might use two or more types of music (if the visuals and story justify it).

WHERE  ONLINE  TO  FIND 

    FREE  MUSIC!  

(or for a few $s)

All you have to do is put in the search bar 'free music for videos' and info about numerous sites will come up.

 

Here is one Filmmaker's approach  'How To Find Music For Your Films'  (4 min)

 

Interested in the technical of how to  match Music -- beat to frame - to Film?    

'How To Use Music In A Film' (13 min)

 

In the video the Filmmaker uses a silent (1) minute short film he created (with clips of shots from various locations) to demonstrate how he selects and lays Music to help create a story for his contrasting visuals.