Introduction to Film Scoring Torrington High School Music Technology

What is Film Scoring

Is original music written specifically to accompany a film.

How does Music impact a Film?

Music can be used to create the perfect atmosphere in a particular film scene, by setting the right tone and mood for the plot moment.

Soundtracks vs Original Score

The film shows you what is going on…..but the music tells you what to feel. – Bernard Herman, composer for Alfred Hitchcock

Common Instrumentation in Film Scoring


Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone.The use of these instruments can represent the same as string instruments...But remember there are always exceptions!


Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium & TubaThe use of Brass can represent - Power, Strength & CourageBut remember there are always exceptions!


Violin, Viola, Cello & Bass The use of Strings can represent: Sorrow, Passion, Reflection & Remorse But remember there are always exceptions!


Drums of all kinds, Drum Set, Mallet Percussion and more. The use of Percussion is used to accent action scenes, war scenes, etc......But remember there are always exceptions!


Guitars, Keyboards, etc Anything is possible with electronics ........But remember there are always exceptions!


Musical Elements that produce tension

1. Repetition – of almost anything

2. Jagged Articulations

3. Dramatic Devices

4. Increased Volume

5. Wide Intervals – especially ascending

6. Non- Chord Tones

7. Dissonant Harmony

8. Ascending Lines

9. Extreme Register of Instruments

10. Alternating Directions

11. Emphasis on Passing Tones


Created with images by Larisa Birta - "String quartet in Oradea" • Denise Jans - "Found a few old 8mm filmroll of disney animation in the attic and decided to photograph it."