Hans Zimmer – Teaches Film Scoring

Hans Zimmer – Teaches Film Scoring

31 VIDEO LESSONS
From collaborating to scoring, Hans Zimmer teaches you how to tell a story with music in 31 exclusive video lessons.

LESSON PLAN

  • 01
  • Introduction
  • Meet your new instructor, the Academy Award-winning composer of over 150+ films spanning multiple genres.
  • 02
  • Themes
  • Hans has created some of the most memorable themes in film. Learn how he creates a theme, and how simplicity is his best tool to maintain a theme.
  • 03
  • Story
  • Discover how Hans approaches writing to story and his number one rule for film composers.
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  • 04
  • Directors: Part 1
  • Learn how Hans works with directors, including what he needs to learn from the director in order to start writing – sometimes even before the film is shot.
  • 05
  • Directors: Part 2
  • Learn how to effectively have a conversation with the director throughout the film process.
  • 06
  • Directors: Part 3
  • Hans continues his discussion on what makes a great director and what makes a great relationship between composer and director.
  • 07
  • Sound Palettes
  • Hans is known for creating unique sound palettes. Learn how and why he does it, and how to do it on your own.
  • 08
  • Creating with Synths
  • Hans is known for his use of synths. Hans discusses how he uses synths, as he creates a song from his starter patch for us.
  • 09
  • Scoring to Picture
  • Hans discusses how to score to different types of scenes, as well as recognizing when a scene doesn’t need a score.
  • 10
  • Scoring Under Dialogue
  • Learn how Hans approaches the relationship between music and dialogue, and how music can be dialogue too.
  • 11
  • Tempo
  • Your editor is your drummer. Learn how to recognize the tempo to a scene and edit to it.
  • 12
  • Tempo: Sherlock Holmes Scene
  • Hans continues his tempo discussion with how he scored an extremely well-edited scene from Sherlock Holmes.
  • 13
  • Music Diary: Sherlock Holmes
  • Hans creates music diaries to each film to help him along. Learn how and why he does it as he walks through his diary for Sherlock Holmes.
  • 14
  • Character
  • Learn how Hans gets to know his characters in order to create memorable themes for them.
  • 15
  • Character Theme: Batman
  • What makes Batman’s theme in The Dark Knight Trilogy so recognizable? Learn how he developed the theme by thinking about the story and character.
  • 16
  • Character Theme: The Joker
  • Hans fell in love with the Joker, and created a haunting tune from just one vibrating note. Watch as he discusses how the story and character’s impact on the story helps create the theme.
  • 17
  • Character Theme: Jack Sparrow
  • “Pirates were the rock-n’-rollers of the middle ages.” Hans breaks down how he created Jack Sparrow’s theme by finding the tone for the movie first.
  • 18
  • Case Study: Frost/Nixon
  • For Frost/Nixon, Hans had to score to a dialogue-heavy film. Learn his approach to creating a minimal but beautiful score.
  • 19
  • Case Study: The Dark Knight
  • Learn how Hans accentuated the tension in the already-tense boat scene from The Dark Knight.
  • 20
  • Working With Musicians
  • Learn how to find and write for the best musicians and instruments for your score.
  • 21
  • Working With Musicians: The Orchestra – Part 1
  • Hans discusses the important of earning your musicians’ respect and how to effectively communicate with them.
  • 22
  • Working With Musicians: The Orchestra – Part 2
  • Hear from Hans on how he makes sure he’s getting the best performance he can while recording an orchestra.
  • 23
  • Feedback & Revisions
  • Not every score is perfect on the first try. Learn how Hans asks for feedback on his scores and how he approaches rewrites when it’s not quite working.
  • 24
  • Audience Feedback
  • The true test – learn how Hans approaches showing a score to an audience and how he determines if it’s working or not.
  • 25
  • Writing Tips: Part 1
  • Hans gives you the tips and tricks he’s learned over the years on how to approach writing music.
  • 26
  • Writing Tips: Part 2
  • Hans provides insights into how to make sure you aren’t limiting your creativity when writing.
  • 27
  • Hans’ Journey
  • Learn how Hans fell in love with storytelling and switched his career from a “radio star” to film composer.
  • 28
  • Learning by Listening
  • Hans discusses the importance of learning how to listen and dissect music when it works and doesn’t work.
  • 29
  • Life of a Composer: Part 1
  • All artists struggle with the challenges that come with pursuing a life in the arts. Hear Hans’ advice on how to never give up and never compromise your voice.
  • 30
  • Life of a Composer: Part 2
  • Hans continues his discussion on an artist’s life, telling you why he was inspired to pursue the life of a composer in the first place.
  • 31
  • Closing
  • Listen to Hans’ final words as he closes out his MasterClass and as you move forward in your career.

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