When it comes to the soundtrack of a film, there are several ways filmmakers approach it. Some plan the music while they write and start budgeting at the same time. An ideal way to work. But what is the most common way of starting to work on music, and is there any secret recipe?
We were curious about this. So we went out there and asked filmmakers in different forums how they usually handle music. When do they start to plan the score and start considering source music: during the script phase or any other time?
The response about their approaches were quite different but one stuck out the most: "Music is one of the last things, so it often gets what is left. Both little money, and of course what little time is left - 'We can give you 3 days to do the score.'"
This really struck a chord with us. We were nodding and thinking: Yes, this is unfortunately a very common situation. We have all been there and done that. Whether as a composer, producer or director. So how can we avoid this and when is the best time to implement music in the story, plan and budget it?
We sat down with Corinna, our CSO and talked about her experiences when she was working as production manager and music supervisor. Corinna Poeszus is an experienced executive with over 30 years of experience in music, digital media, film production, advertising and TV-entertainment. She was the general manager of Universal Music Publishing Production Music and senior director of sales and licensing in the BMG Group. So when it comes to film music, there is no one more experienced than her. She shared some precious stories we can all learn from, with insights and examples of how and when to plan film music. So keep on reading and learn how you can avoid these nightmare scenarios around film music and get inspired.