Online Master's Degree Course

Professional Film Scoring Skills 1: Collaboration and Communication

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Course Code: OCOMP-577

Now Enrolling for Sept 30 Term Start

Level 5 - Degree Only

Level 5

This course focuses on maximizing the composer’s relationship with a director or producer. We’ll explore different collaboration and communication styles, as well as how to manage the process of a collaboration from being hired through the final delivery. You will work with student filmmakers to gain experience collaborating directly with a client and managing a working relationship. Business skills for film composers are also covered, focusing on contracts and rights, and working within a budget.

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By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Present a director with suitable demos
  • Revise and rewrite themes for a director
  • Present cues to a director and receive and interpret feedback in a positive spirit
  • Anticipate the steps of being hired to score a studio picture
  • Develop strategies for how to aesthetically and stylistically approach a film
  • Negotiate fees and contracts
  • Interview and take a meeting successfully
  • Navigate power struggles between producers and directors
  • Make effective use of a budget for a package deal
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General Course Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to access the course environment and participate in live chats. Please make sure to also check the Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements section above, and ensure your computer meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for all software needed for your course. 

Mac Users

PC Users

All Users

  • Latest version of  Google Chrome
  • Zoom meeting software (available in the course when joining your first chat)
  • Webcam
  • Speakers or headphones
  • External or internal Microphone
  • Broadband Internet connection





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This course has reached capacity for this term. Many of our other courses remain open. Please call our academic advisors at 1-866-BERKLEE (U.S.) or +1-617-747-2146 (Int'l) to learn more.