Option #3: Original Music
Now you're thinking
in the right direction. When you hire a composer to write original
music for your project:
The music is exclusive. You can negotiate
an agreement with the composer that will give you ownership of
the copyright to the music - or at least an exclusive license
to use it - assuring that the used car dealership down the street
will not have the right to promote itself using your theme song
(unless you give them permission to do so, of course).
- The music is more likely to fit your vision
for your project. The music is created specifically for your project's
needs, and you can work with the composer to make adjustments until
- The music will hit the key dramatic points of
your film, because it will be written in perfect synchronization
with your editing. The music will be adjusted to the timing and
pace of your story, not vice versa.
- For longer projects, important musical themes
can be developed over the course of the film, which then can return
at key moments - giving your film a greater sense of structure and
unity and strengthening the overall story.
- The composer will be responsible for most of
the difficult details of preparing the music for your film. While
you will have the final say regarding music, you can spend more
of your time and effort in other areas of the production.
All of these factors will help improve the quality
of your production. However, you need to be careful in selecting your
composer. There are a lot of people working in the business who actually
know very little about music or the subtleties of scoring for film.
Many of these people get by because of a keen sense of salesmanship
or an investment in showy equipment that can make cool, professional-sounding noises, but they bring very little that will be of real value to your project.
Best Option: Hire Thomas
C. Baggaley to create original music for your production
Thomas C. Baggaley Music
4117 Montego Drive
Saratoga Springs, UT 84045