Main Themes And Motifs

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Learn how to use Themes and Motifs to make a masterful cohesive score.


One of the most important skills in the craft of Film Scoring, is the ability to make an entire score sound cohesive, unified, and coherent throughout every cue, for sometimes hours of music (think “Lord of the Rings” by Howard Shore). In this course, you’ll discover what it is that makes that possible, and how you can incorporate concepts of using Main Themes, Unifying Themes, and Motifs to create a Master Plan “Road Map”. And, in turn, how to identify and extract core elements to create the entire full length unified tapestry of your own large format scores.

I highly recommend this course! It is profound. How can you write 90-120 minutes of music in a month on a deadline? Knowing how to develop motivically is an important part of the equation. What I found most illuminating were…the compositional processes the great film composers use. I got the score to Batman after [taking this course] and many of the things [taught] were totally evident in the score – things I never [noticed or] heard before. This [knowledge puts everything] in a whole new light. Frankly the course cost is a great bargain!Richard K.



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Includes 1-year Access to the Premium Mentorship Course Discussion Group, where you will be able to discuss the subjects in this course, ask questions, be Mentored on the course topic, listen and interact with other enrolled course members and alumni, collaborate on relevant projects and assignments, and search the entire forum archive history for “Creating Main Themes and Motifs”.
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About Evan Evans

Film Composer of over 60 Feature Films, Specialist on the Art & Craft of Film Music, Founder of The Composer Collective a media scoring firm with over 3000 global composers, Creator of CuePop™ the world's first fully automated online Music Library, and son of legendary Jazz Pianist Bill Evans.

Evans studied with Jerry Goldsmith, Joey Rand (Music Editor, "Titanic"), Steven Scott Smalley (Orchestrator, "Batman","Conan The Barbarian"), Marco Beltrami, Don Ray, Clare Fischer, Elmer Bernstein, and Lalo Schifrin.

He has worked for and trained under iconic Film Composers Danny Elfman, Jeff Rona, David Newman, Jerry Goldsmith, Lalo Schifrin, and Basil Poledouris.


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    Creating Main Themes and MotifsFor those of you like me who have a desire to get into film scoring, I highly recommend this course as it’s just as much about getting you into the right frame of mind to tackle film composing as it is a discussion of themes and motifs. It’s not long, but if you really listen to what Evan has to say, it is profound. How can you write 90-120 minutes of music in a month without using motivic construction to both add dramatic content and provide a method for composing a lot of tightly integrated music on a deadline? Knowing how to develop motivically is an important part of the equation. That may have been intuitively obvious to me, but not perhaps how to do it in a way that emphasizes the drama and not necessarily just melody.

    What I found most illuminating were Evan’s examples, especially the scrolling score of some of his music to the film (The Poker Club) that I watched over and over again trying to figure out the subtle things he did – very small changes getting big dramatic results - with some very interesting orchestration. Note that this course is not going to teach you how to compose (not many can). It is meant to teach you how to think and I believe will set you into the right mindset to be more attuned to the compositional processes the great film composers use. You will get out of it what you put into it (i.e. go do some studying after the course). For example, I got the score to Batman afterwards and many of the things Evan brings out were totally evident in the score - things I never heard before. This put the score in a whole new light and I may not have seen it had I not gone through this material – which should not end after the course as you also have a great resource here where you can come back to get more input through group discussion and mentorship (so frankly the course cost is a great bargain).

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