Composing Music for Film [Jack Smalley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Film composer Smalley offers discussion and examples for the. You better know basic music theory and composing before taking on this book– i am on my second read through it. Dense with techniques and Jack Smalley’s. Title, Composing Music for Film. Author, Jack Smalley. Edition, 3, illustrated. Publisher, Independent Publisher, ISBN,

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Smalley’s “Composing for Film”-Short Review

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If there is theory involved, Jack touches on it not because he wishes to teach you classical methods, but as tools specific to scoring for picture. I will not make a comment on the price page ratio issue.

The scale you refer to is a mjor scale with a raised 4th or lydian mode btw. Hey Mike, While not a a dictionary of ideas it covers this topic fairly well. Thanks for this review.

Personally I see nothing wrong with attaching emotional labels to techniques – as long as they’re seen as what they are: For the intermediate it will fill in some blanks and show a different way of approaching problems you may already have solutions for.

There are no real scores to speak of either. There are really no planned assignments though. I believe most people can learn something from Jack Smalley’s experience. For the relative beginner it will introduce many techniques in a non threatening way. Craig SharmatDec 29, He explains also how he goes about choosing emotional material being a love theme or a villian theme composung. That is really where the book shines, concise, simple explanations and yet comprehensive in covering it’s subject matter.


Like many books which come from teachers with experience, this book is a collection of lessons. Does this book cover basics like that? Thus you get like a “greatest hits” versions of each technique, not a comprehensive treatment with assignments.

The book comes smaalley a different place in that it suggests 3 basic themes as examples through the whole book and proceeds to show you how to exploit them. Note- Yes it is a composing book but it also deals with other areas of the creative process smallsy film composing. For the advanced composer it is a concise place to have ideas organized. ComposerDudeJan 1, Yes, my password is: The organizing of “writing a cue” section makes it look quick and easy and is laid out in an almost follow the dots fashion.

Much if not all that is in here has been in other books, but maybe with not with such brevity and clarity, and probably focus toward film.

Mike GreeneDec 29, Jay, if I may gratuitiously add to your list Oh, Craig already splaned. I’ve smalleg writing professionally in so subsequently have been getting a salley of helpful ideas and advice from Craig and others regarding harmony and instrumentation.

Ifor one, can’t put a price on this kind of invaluable information. He encourges you to take the techniques further on your own. Nick BatzdorfDec 31, The impression I get is that this book is cheap at twice the price.


I have now had Jack Smalley’s book for a bit under 2 weeks and have been through the book. I just bought Smalley’s book based on Craig’s recommendation.

Composing Music for Film

Having the vocabulary to recreate and expand upon approaches is a key help so I’m looking forward to checking out Jack Smalley’s new book as a further leg up to help out when mired in crunch time. Ignore Threads by Nobita. AshermusicDec 31, And none of this is intended to argue with Jay: Extrapolate some “things that work”, not for paint-by-numbers, but as a crystal-starting seed, especially when deadlines loom snalley inspiration is on its coffee break.

Scott RogersJan 1, ThonexJan 1, I am judging the book on it’s own merit, price excluded. Thanks for the review, Craig! It also may show a different angle of techniques you are already familiar with. While books like “On the Track” are far more thorough on things like budget considerations and dealing with directors etc, “Composing for film” is more about the mechanics and tools of scoring to picture.

Not to be content with a “bag o’ tricks”, but to have in one’s musical arsenal some useful generalizations about musical smallye.