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Unit information: Film Scoring in 2015/16

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Unit name Film Scoring
Unit code MUSIM0023
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Kiszko
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The unit builds upon the technical skills and media experience established in the first semester to consider larger forms, dramatic scenarios and the feature film. This is a practice-led unit, taught by a guest tutor professionally active in the industry. Sessions consider responses to narrative techniques, genre, acting, larger-scale compositional architecture, orchestration and sound synthesis. The unit includes an introduction to the media-music business world, including issues such as making a pitch, working to a budget, and approaches to self-promotion in the industry.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this unit will enable you to:

  • use appropriate terminology to discuss visual, structural and narrative aspects of film
  • analyse real films and excerpts, ‘spot’ effectively, and create suitable musical concepts that complement the film at multiple scales
  • use the orchestral palette effectively
  • create a ‘pitch’, analyse the brief, and discuss your ideas with directors and producers
  • understand ‘business’ activities such project administration, rights, and marketing; and begin to apply your knowledge

Teaching Information

1 x 3 hr lecture per week

Assessment Information

4 x 25% Project

Reading and References

Recommended or required reading / viewing / listening will be identified in class, with key materials provided. A useful reference book is: Bruce Block The Visual Story: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media (Focal Press, 2007). You will find an extensive list of reading and other materials in the unit booklet for MUSIM0020, Critical Analysis of Media Music.