IFMTV-UT 1009 | 4 units | Instructor: Brane Živković
No prerequisites required.
Throughout the course students will study film music and scoring techniques from the perspective of Oscar-winning Italian composers Nino Rota (The Godfather, Amarcord, 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita) and Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight, The Mission, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Days of Heaven) while learning about the process of creating film scores through analysis of music in contemporary award-winning Italian films. Students will learn about the specifics of the composer's duties and responsibilities, and develop necessary skills for the creative use of music and sound in films and media.
Assignments include analyzing music cues (score and source); music as sound, and sound as music; hit points; writing a screenplay for a skit and performing it either live or creating a movie as your response to the idea of film music aesthetics; and perspective of moments of shifting emphasis. While knowledge of music or familiarity with any stage of filmmaking process is not required for work on assignments and exercises, those class activities will provide opportunities for students to display their writing skills and incorporate passion and talents in areas such as but not limited to music, photography, and acting as part of course work. Students will also take a trip to Siena for a tour of world-renown Accademia Musicale Chigiana, its Palace, and Museum of Musical Instruments.