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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Not to be content with a “bag o’ tricks”, but to have in one’s musical arsenal some useful generalizations about musical form. He shows some ways to get there. Well, I can confirm that he’s right. Jack Smalley’s Composing for Film from my perspective.

Composing Music For Film – Jack Smalley – About the Book

Thanks for the review, Craig! You must log in or sign up to reply here. Ignore Threads by Nobita. Craig SharmatDec 29, Extrapolate some jaci that work”, not for paint-by-numbers, but as a crystal-starting seed, especially when deadlines loom and inspiration is on its coffee break.

Smalley’s “Composing for Film”-Short Review

For the intermediate it will fill in some blanks and show filk different way of approaching problems you may already have solutions for. ThonexJan 1, Mike GreeneDec 29, It is all about approach, having a tool chest and getting organized which this treatment certainly is. It also may show a different angle of techniques you are already familiar salley. Personally I see nothing wrong with attaching emotional labels to techniques – as long as they’re seen as what they are: Oh, Craig already splaned.


First, where is Batz to edit my writing when I need him! Indeed Jack Smalley’s book discusses several ‘geometric shapes’ to craft melody lines appropriate to given moods.

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 further leg up to help out when mired in crunch time. The impression I get is that this book is cheap at twice the price. Ifor one, can’t put a price on this kind of invaluable information. Thanks for this review. I have now had Jack Smalley’s book for a bit under 2 weeks and have been through the book. 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.

Kaan Guner likes this. Log in or Sign up. While books like “On the Track” are far more thorough on things like budget considerations and dealing with directors etc, “Composing for film” is more about the mechanics and tools of scoring to picture.


For the relative beginner it will introduce many techniques in a non threatening way. Nick BatzdorfDec 31, One note to all, though he is known to be a great orchestrator this book contains very little about the subject. Smalley can stop in and say hi sometime. jacj

Jack believes that there are basically 7 emotions to be covered in scoring. Yes, my password is: I’m also leaning upon Principles of Orchestration and end up listening to countless scores to get ideas as to why things work they way they work.

Note- Yes it is a composing book but it also deals with other areas of the creative process of film composing.