Composing Music for Film [Jack Smalley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Film composer Smalley offers discussion and examples for the. You better know basic music theory and composing before taking on this book– i am on my second read through it. Dense with techniques and Jack Smalley’s. Title, Composing Music for Film. Author, Jack Smalley. Edition, 3, illustrated. Publisher, Independent Publisher, ISBN,

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Jack Smalley’s Composing for Film from my perspective. Mike GreeneDec 29, Personally I see nothing wrong with attaching emotional labels to techniques – as long as they’re seen as what they are: There are really no planned assignments though.

He encourges you to take the techniques further on your own. That is really where the book shines, concise, simple explanations and yet comprehensive in covering it’s subject matter. The impression I get is that this book is cheap at twice the price.

Thanks for this review.

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Indeed Jack Smalley’s book discusses several ‘geometric shapes’ to craft melody lines appropriate to given moods. Fkr believe most people can learn something from Jack Smalley’s experience. I’ve started writing professionally in so subsequently have been getting a lot of helpful ideas and advice from Craig and others regarding harmony and instrumentation.

For the advanced composer it is a concise place to have ideas organized. Does this book cover basics like that?


It also may show a different angle of techniques you are already familiar with. You misic log in or sign up to reply here. If there is theory involved, Jack touches on it not because he wishes to teach you classical methods, but as tools specific to scoring for picture. The organizing of “writing a cue” section makes it look quick and easy and is laid out in an almost follow the dots fashion.

It also means that what sometimes seems like a complicated subject, such as polytonality, serialism etc, are actually eased down so a novice can grasp most of the concepts. Hey Mike, While not a a dictionary of ideas it covers this topic fairly well. It is all about approach, having a tool chest and getting organized which this treatment certainly is. Kaan Guner likes this. Which I think was the point of Mike’s list.

I just bought Smalley’s book based on Craig’s recommendation. I smallfy not make a comment on the price page ratio issue.

Composing Music for Film

Having the vocabulary to recreate and expand upon approaches is a key help so I’m looking forward to checking out Jack Smalley’s new book as a jac, leg up to help out when mired in crunch time.

Jack believes that there are basically 7 emotions to be covered in scoring. Note- Yes it is a composing book but it also deals with other areas of the creative process of film composing.

First, where is Batz to edit my writing when I need him! Frederick RussDec 31, Oh, Craig already splaned. Mike, that would be Lydian – the fourth of the seven Greek modes, i. For the relative beginner it will introduce many techniques in a non threatening way. Thus you get like a “greatest hits” versions of each technique, not a comprehensive treatment with assignments.


The musical examples are basically simple to get the point across, and most people will not be fr by them.

I have now had Jack Smalley’s book for a bit under 2 weeks and have been through the book. I think continual study of the craft of writing is essential which is why I’m smaley going to be dusting off the books again and restarting my EIS lessons next year as well when time permits. ThonexJan 1, He shows some ways to get there.

Smalley’s “Composing for Film”-Short Review

Craig SharmatDec 29, CokposingDec 31, Much if not all that is in here has been in other books, but maybe with not with such brevity and clarity, and probably focus toward film. Jay, if I may gratuitiously add to your list Was just about to consider buying this book and this helps a lot! No, create an account now.