Music Editing: Process to Practice—Bridging the Varied Perspectives in Filmmaking and Storytelling 2016 Music and the Moving Image Conference Keynote Address
Abstract

While the technical aspects of music editing and filmmaking continue to evolve, the fundamental nature of storytelling remains the same. Ideally, the role of the music editor exists at an intersection between the composer, director, and picture editor, where important creative decisions are made. The music editor initiates the first foray into a film's musical aesthetics—creating a temp score that breathes new life into the film and serves as a guide track for the composer. When the composer arrives, the music editor facilitates smooth communication and translation between composer and director and ensures the realization of the score. Lastly, the music editor serves as the composer's advocate in all stages of production and chaperones the music from cradle to grave. This privileged position allows the music editor to better explore how to tell the story through music and bring the evolving vision of the film into tighter focus.


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