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Film Scoring 101 [In-Person]

Starts November 6

1 session: Saturday, November 6, 9am-12pm

Learn how the art of film scoring advances the story cohesiveness between dialogue, observed behavior, sound design, and music, resulting in an enhanced viewer experience.

Directors have a story to tell, and an effective film score can help them to tell that story by supporting dialogue, observed behavior, and sound design by way of musical cues throughout the story. These cues can add an emotional cohesiveness to the story, foreshadow events, emphasize important moments, reinforce a character or location through theme (leitmotif) assignment, and establish environments (set the stage). Being a non-verbal partner in telling the story process, music can subtly enhance an actor’s performance as well, including the delivery of lines, pacing, and even voice inflection by way of choices in melody, chord, tempo, and instrument selection.

In addition to the above, our discussion will include:

  • Frequency Sharing (20 Hz – 20,000 Hz)
  • Why Music is the Last Story Telling Element to be Added to a Film
  • Spotting Sessions with In and Out Points (including audio ring out)
  • Desired Emotion(s) in a Scene – the class will come up with their favorite list
  • Tempo Map Building
  • Film Scoring Examples from Academy Award Winners for Best Score
  • Temp (temporary) Music
  • Selecting Your Band

This workshop has been developed for both filmmakers and film score composers of all levels.

NOTE: this in-person course will be held at FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. In order to participate, participants (students and instructors) will be required to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination at the start of the workshop and wear masks at all times inside the FilmNorth facility. We thank you for helping keep FilmNorth and our community safe! Be advised that this course may switch to online should Covid circumstances warrant it.

Tuition: $85 regular | $60 member | $40 low-income

Recommended Viewing: SCORE – A Film Music Documentary (2016) by Matt Schrader

Clinton Clark is an Emmy award-winning composer and studio musician with professional experience in film scoring and custom music beds for nationally touring planetarium projects, such as “Voyager the Cosmic Nomad” and “Where Time Began.” This award-winning work includes underscores for AT&T, American Express, McDonald’s, Iowa Tourism, Prairie Meadows Race Track, Anderson Erickson Dairy and Iowa Department of Economic Development. In 2020 he won an Emmy award for the project “My Patch of Sky,” recognized by the Television Academy in the category of Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Programming.

Over the years, Clint has performed with a number of recording artists such as Chuck Berry, Dennis Coffey, and Mike Waggoner from The Bops. His musical training has primarily been classical and jazz.

“Piano on the Net,” another award-winning project by Clint, has been featured on NBC Nightly News (June 1998) and on CNN (October 1997). “Piano on the Net” teaches piano and music lessons online at pianonanny.com for free to everyone and was selected as one of the top 50 websites on the Internet in the August 1997 issue of WebMaster (now CIO) magazine. “Piano on the Net” is the original free online piano and music lesson course established in February of 1994.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.




November 6, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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1 session: Saturday, November 6, 9am-12pm