Will Van De Crommert produces Hollywood-quality film scores in a humble basement studio at Saint John’s University. We talk about composing for film, his portfolio for USC Film School, and how to produce an endorphin-releasing pop tune.
We also discuss “spotting” films to plan where music should go. One of the trickiest things for a new film composer is deciding when the music should simply create a mood and when the music should do a bit of “Mickey-mousing,” which refers to composing obvious musical cues to fit the visuals.
Here’s a score Will composed that we talk about in the episode. Will took the original trailer for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria and produced his own soundtrack.
- Richard Davis – Complete Guide to Film Scoring
- Soundworks Collection (Behind the Scenes of Film Sound)
- Macklemore – “Thrift Shop” (Positive, non-empty message in a Top 40 tune)
- Research on minor keys in Top 40 songs