Film Score Composers for Hire: How to Find Music Composers
Have you been working on a project and are now ready to add music? You may have even reached that crucial moment where you are undecided which film composer you should hire. We have put a guide together to ensure you have all the information you need to choose the best film score composer for you.
Why Do You Need A Film Score Composer?
Film score composers are responsible for recording the film music, otherwise known as ‘underscore’. One of the main reasons every filmmaker or music supervisor should hire a film score composer is because you want to be able to have perfect synergy between the images and music. This will only be achieved when there is a close collaboration between a director and composer. Hiring the right film score composer will mean they are able to see exactly what you wish to convey and express through your images. Composers are good at figuring out the emotional music needed for a scene as well as building suspense for the viewer. Film composers will compose a bespoke and exclusive piece which adjusts exactly to your film, producing in the viewer the feeling of perfect synchronicity.
Film Score Composers for Hire
When sourcing a composer for your project, the first thing to consider is the style of music you want accompanying your visuals. This allows you to choose a suitable composer based on their own unique qualities. It’s similar to casting an acting role – an actor’s skills and abilities can completely change the tone of a character and the same applies to the music. The choice of composer affects the style of music which, in turn, colours the mood of the visual. Think about the style of music that fits your narrative – do you want a traditional orchestral underscore along the lines of John Williams (Jurassic Park, Star Wars); something a little more experimental like Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road, Justice League); or maybe you’d prefer an artist-led soundtrack where the music comes from a commercial artist’s perspective rather than a conventional composer – think Daft Punk (Tron: Legacy), Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails (The Social Network), and Grizzle Bear (Blue Valentine).
How much music do you need? Consider whether you’ll require a full bespoke score or a just a select few themes that will repeat occasionally. If your project will make use of licensed commercial music, you may not need as much bespoke music composition. All composers offer something different and you want to make sure you get the perfect fit for your project.
Find Music Composers for Hire
When looking for composers to write bespoke music for film, games, TV shows or adverts, you can either find a bespoke music company or a freelance composer via an agency or website.
A quick internet search returns plenty of composers and most of them are eager to work. The hardest part is narrowing your choices to the most appropriate composer from such a wide selection. It’s a good idea to shortlist a couple of composers and discuss your project in detail with each of them to see if they understand your vision – these discussions are as much for them to decide if they are interested in what you want to achieve as they are for you! This, of course, takes time and can steer you away from the other elements of your workload. Music Gateway’s Composer Agency provides a network of composers all keen to jump on a new project. Our creative team discusses your project details with you and sources the most suitable composer/s speeding up the search process. Once confirmed, you have complete creative control over what they deliver from initial spotting sessions and mock-ups, to the final locked audio/visual underscore.
Commissioning Fees for Composers
Composers are frequently paid on a per-minute basis, for example, if you are working on a professionally developed, large scale video game it could require anywhere from 20 to over 200 minutes of music. Per-minute fees usually range from £500 to £2500 and this may or may not include musician/recording fees. On average the commission fee for composers in the UK is £918.
With that being said, you should be realistic. As a director or music supervisor, you need to set aside a budget but, unfortunately, many productions consider music an afterthought. So, whether you are working on a budget of £500,000 or £500 make sure you set aside some for bespoke music. Music sometimes has a fixed cost and musicians no doubt like to get paid, even if it’s just expenses, and recording engineers will also need to be paid. Even when a composer has their own home studio they will still require money for their materials.
Now You Know How To Find Film Score Composers For Hire
When you have been in touch with a couple of film score composers, let them see your film. Set up a meeting and ask for some samples which they think fit. They will most likely be the first audience to see your film so you will need to have an open conversation and hear their ideas.
Ultimately, you should go with your gut when picking the film score composer, you want to hire. Think about your budget and the type of bespoke music production and solutions you require. Music Gateway is here to help with hiring a film score composer, get in touch today!