Composing movie soundtracks – or film scoring – has always been a hugely popular topic with students and teachers alike, but there are always questions around where to find movies, what to do if there is a soundtrack already, which software to use and how to approach the topic with students. I answer those questions and more in this episode of the Music Tech Teacher podcast.
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Resources and links mentioned
Music software options
- For the most flexibility: any digital audio workstation that has a video import feature (such as GarageBand on Mac, Mixcraft, Logic, Pro Tools etc)
- For simple projects: GarageBand app on iPads, Soundtrap or Soundation on Chromebooks
Movie editing software (a few examples – there are many others!)
- Entry level: iMovie or Windows Movie Maker
- Online software: WeVideo
- Screencasting software: Screenflow or Camtasia
- Advanced options: Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro
Where to find movies for film scoring
- The Internet Archive – head to the moving images section
- Music Tech Resource Bank inside the Midnight Music Community (MMC) has short videos that are already edited (for members of the MMC – you can join here if you’re not already a member)
- BBC Wallace and Gromit movies and other resources (from a film scoring competition they ran a while back)
Where to find sound effects
- Check the loop library of your music software
- Record your own
- Consider editing a sound effect you already have
- Search online (last resort!) – try the Orange Free Sounds or Freesound.org
Where to find music you can legally download
More useful links!
- I have a Pinterest board titled Film Scoring Resources which has lots more useful links.
- Live Film Scoring with Elementary Students – Halloween Activity
- Free and Legal Movies To Use For Your Film Scoring Projects
- An Intro To Film Scoring: Same Scene 5 Ways
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