Scoring the Score is the first scholarly examination of the orchestrator’s role in the contemporary film industry. Orchestrators are crucial to the production of a film’s score, yet they have not received significant consideration in film-music research. This book sheds light on this often-overlooked yet vital profession. It considers the key processes of orchestrating and arranging and how they relate, musical and filmic training, the wide-ranging responsibilities of the orchestrator on a film-scoring project, issues related to working practices, the impact of technology, and the differences between the UK and US production processes as they affect orchestrators.
Drawing on interviews with American and British orchestrators and composers, Scoring the Score aims to expose this often hidden profession through a rigorous examination of the creative process and working practices, and analysis of the skills, training and background common to orchestrators. It will appeal to scholars, students, and practitioners of film music.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Interviews and Interviewees
Chapter 2: Orchestrating and Arranging
Chapter 3: Becoming an Orchestrator
Chapter 4: The Impact of Technology
Chapter 5: Involvement in a Film-Scoring Project
Chapter 6: Working Practices
Chapter 7: Local Differences in a Global Industry
Chapter 8: The Role of the Orchestrator in the Contemporary Film Industry
Appendix A: Outline Interview Schedules
Appendix B: Interviewee Details
Appendix C: Information on Software Packages
©2017, 220 pages