Filmmakers Global Network ::
Community Spotlight with David Collins
Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer, and Arranger
My music focuses on contrast, color, and texture.
I am currently working on an instrumental album to be released November 5th under my name. The songs are a reflection of Memphis and the relationship between civilization and nature. Things like flowers growing between cracks in the sidewalk.
Aside from that I also have a Patreon page where I upload a lot of music. Currently, I am collecting videos of light and shadows to put with some avant-garde music based on the same idea. You can find my Patreon by going to Patreon.com/DavidCollins.
Process for Scoring a Project:
I really hope to get more experience on this in the near future, but the couple films I’ve done have been vastly different. I think for me the key is to capture first impressions and then go back to tweak them. This might be playing a scratch track with guitar or humming melodies in a mic and making commentary.
Challenge & Solution:
I recently entered the Indie Film Music Contest and rescored Poulette’s Chair. The short film has a couple of parts that look like the rhythms in the music should match the rhythms on the screen. To get the placing right I recorded with a click and broke the piece into two songs.
I played guitar in the house band last year for an indie film called, Space Submarine Commander. There’s a scene where the ship has a rough landing. I figured out that if I tap the strings with a slide in my right hand while moving over and away from the pickups, there’s a very messed up sounding pitch thing that happens but you can still play cohesive (enough) sounding chords in your left hand.
3 Film Scoring Tips:
Look for and notice what it is about the music in films with a really good score. I think for me they are creating a cohesive sound, setting a mood, using color.
- Creating a cohesive sound. This could be using similar instrumentation, using themes, or a similar style.
- Setting a mood. Interpret the aesthetic and enhance it.
- Using color. Pretty broad, but paying attention to light, emotions, contrast of scenes.