Last night, I wrote a score to a short film. I’m almost 100% happy with it. This never happens!
It’s cool, being able to tell that I’m getting better at music. There are little clues. My sense of pitch is getting better. If I hear a note that I want to use in my head and go to play it on the keyboard, I’ll play the correct note on the first try about 95% of the time. Same with chords: if I can hear the next chord in my head, I can usually just know what chord it is, whereas before I would have to play chords on the piano until I found the one I was thinking of. And tempos! I can usually hear a tempo in my head and guess within 5 bpm what tempo it is. AND I’m getting better at scoring to picture, matching my timings up with what happens on screen. I’m not just writing background music, I’m writing a score.
I’m also becoming more creative, using harmonies and time signatures and instruments that are maybe unexpected. I try to do something new every time I compose (unlike some people. HANS). And I never thought I’d be the type to, I don’t know, put violins really high in their ranges, or use many woodwinds, because I used to hate the sound of both, but now I do both all the time. I guess I’m learning to appreciate more instruments? IDK, pretty sure I’ll always hate bagpipes.
I’m still not nearly as good as I’d like to be. I have a long way to go. But this feeling that I’m getting better, it lets me know that I’m not wasting my time. And I’ve even had people tell me that I’m getting better, so I’m not delusional!
I’m starting to score my first feature film, and it’s by an actual professional! Dude was the producer of a film that won Best Narrative Feature at Sundance in 2009, and sold some short films he directed to a cable channel that plays short films. So, this project is legit, at least more legit than anything I’ve worked on. Knock on wood, but I think this will be great for my career (even more than Jelly Babies, because I’ll be damned if Joe ever does anything to help my success other than being a nice name to drop).
The future looks bright, and I am excited! :D