4 Writing Tips For SCORING Film and TV PlacementsWriting Tips for Scoring Film and TV PlacementsMany of the traditional in...
1) Pay Attention To What’s WorkingWow. This one couldn’t be more obvious. But it’s worth stating over and over again. See ...
3) Write Songs With Universal LyricsEveryone always harps on universal lyrics and many think that universal means VAGUE or...
Remember, it’s ALL about communication.                                   Now go and try these out for yourself, and be su...
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4 Writing Tips For SCORING Film and TV Placements

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4 Writing Tips For SCORING Film and TV Placements

  1. 1. 4 Writing Tips For SCORING Film and TV PlacementsWriting Tips for Scoring Film and TV PlacementsMany of the traditional income streams for Songwriters and Independent artists have changedalong with an evolving New Music Industry landscape.Today, one of the most substantial and DESIRED income streams is in the licensing andplacement of an Artist/Songwriters music in Film, Television, Advertising, and Video Games.These opportunities bring front-end licensing payouts, which can be LARGE, as well as anyback-end royalties.The other glaringly significant benefit is that of the relationship established with the receivingcompany or publisher, not to mention the credibility of building a reputation through placementsand credits in the real world.But how do you know if YOUR music, a sure-fire SMASH destined for radio play andblockbuster success, is appropriate for Film and TV Placement?Well today we are going to delve into some songwriting tips and optimization concepts to helpyou take what you have, or, use what you ALREADY know-to write new songs or rewriteexisting ones which give yourself a better chance at scoring a sweet placement and handsomepaycheck for your hard work.Today, we’ll cover 4 Key Writing Tips For SCORING Film and TV Placements: 1/4
  2. 2. 1) Pay Attention To What’s WorkingWow. This one couldn’t be more obvious. But it’s worth stating over and over again. See oneof the GREAT things about the Music Industry is that ALL the information is freely available tolisten to and study.It is a good idea for you to REALLY understand what is being used out there, and WHY. Itwon’t take long until you have an intuitive grasp for which stuff might work for whichopportunity. Once you get to this level, you will be leaps and bounds ahead of those whohaphazardly submit any-ol-song to any-ol-opportunity, just HOPING that maybe something willhit.Exercise:Choose one-to-three prime-time DRAMA Television shows to study for several episodes, oreven for a whole season. Place a pillow case, or maybe a bed-sheet if you have aBIG-SCREEN over the TV so you cannot see, but still can hear. Watch, or LISTEN, with anotepad and pencil. Try to describe both the MUSIC, and the scene that the music is placed in.Try to be AS descriptive as you can, using as much vivid imagery and emotional detail aspossible.2) Label and Tag Your Songs WellWhether one of your songs is selected from a Music Production Library, a hand-selected by areferring 3rd party, or shopped through a song-plugger service or music publisher; Be SMARTand label your songs with the person who’ll be “flipping through the pile” in mind.As Robin Frederick says – by suggesting a character, situation, or action in your title you canmake your song a natural for film and tv placement.Obviously, “Track 3? is a no-go, but for example, Hot Summer Night, is a title that would give amusic supervisor or director a good frame of reference of what the theme of the song is aboutvery easily.Exercise:While watching/listening to your selected TV shows try to sum up the action, charactersinvolved, or the situation. Also, try to name the emotions felt during a scene, in descriptivewords. 2/4
  3. 3. 3) Write Songs With Universal LyricsEveryone always harps on universal lyrics and many think that universal means VAGUE orCLICHE. It does not.Universal lyrics mean that MOST people can relate to it in some way. It’s about expressing anddescribing the EMOTION underneath a specific afternoon you and your girlfriend spent at thefair on madison avenue while eating cotton candy and talking about your favorite books…Universal lyrics = Explaining the feelings of a fantastic day and using non-specific imagery andemotion. Which everyone can relate to.It’s simply a matter of getting to the heart of a specific experience or story that you are trying totell, and telling it so that others can receive the emotional message you are trying to express.Exercise:Take a song that you’ve written that was both personal and overly specific. Identify theunderlying “theme,” and drill down into the emotional message. Rewrite that song with moreuniversal lyrics so that you are focused on translating a feeling or common experience bycommunicating the “universal aspects” which underlie the specific elements used in the song.4) Express One Clear EmotionYour music should convey an emotional statement or deliver a vibe that translates to a feeling,atmosphere, or mood.Using major and minor chords can directly impact the mood of the song. Use this to support andenhance the message and emotion you are delivering so that it is cohesive.If you are purposefully trying to “break the rules” i.e create an defiant contrast to cheerful lyricsby creating a dark or sullen musical atmosphere, or vice versa, then only do that once you knowenough to consciously do it. Until then, try to make everything work together using all theelements of your craft to express ONE cohesive emotional message or communication.Exercise:For the next song you write, whether you create the chord progression OR the lyric first…Consciously be aware of, and describe IN WORDS, how the music supports the emotionalmessage of the song. 3/4
  4. 4. Remember, it’s ALL about communication. Now go and try these out for yourself, and be sure to tell me what you found, didn’t find… Worked, didn’t work. Let me know if this was helpful or not! Is there any other tips and ideas you’d like to add or expand on? Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter And for god’s sake, if you haven’t signed up yet, it’s FREE and you become a PART OF THE CLUB, so go and DO IT ALREADY! Be Brilliant, Jamie 4/4Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)

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