This is one music industry career that often gets overlooked in film/ TV music production.
Making music for film and TV is quite different from other forms of music production because it is specifically designed to complement another form of ART (Visual media)
Music in film serves several functions ranging from shaping emotional responses, to creating a rhythm to scenes and segments, right down to commenting on the action.
Now before we get to the money making part and process, we need to address this super pressing issue.
PLEASE ! PLEASE ! PLEAAAAASE!
A lot of people have made a conscious decision not Â to watch Nollywood movies, not only because of the obvious poor storyline but excruciating painful choice of music, pitch, tone, lyrics and the fact that, way before you finish the first scene, you already know the entire storyline from the background music.
I mean! give me something to look forward to please!!!
We have all at one point experienced this but let me refresh your memory.
Aki and pawpaw na boy
Aki na black
Paw paw na yellow
Them be bad children
They just try to kill their papa
Their mama don already die
PLEASE ENLIGHTEN ME ON WHY I STILL HAVE TO SIT THROUGH THE MOVIE?
please! please! please
You need to understand that Music for film / TV doesn't only cover composition of songs, for people who are pretty talented in that area. It also involves recording , mixing , production etc. so for other music heads who can't compose music, don't fret, you can easily opt for recording , mixing and producing the music.
TIP: I thought about it and figured out that music for film, largely doesn't even have to have lyrics in them ( I mean, it is cool if you have words to throw in ) but you could as well go for instrumentals. pure, solid , mind-blowing instrumentals.Â
Example: Sleeping at Last ( check them out) have at least 2 minutes of just pure instrumentals playing way before the lyrics are thrown in for most of their songs and most of the time, I sit through a movie for how well composed the instrumentals are. There was a film I was pretty obsessed with, because one of the tracks " Saturn" was so good that I had to keep going back and I didn't even really care for the film (Although it was a good movie bruh)
You also need to learn how to switch your sounds up. It doesn't have to be contemporal African Sounds all the time. Try pop, Jazz, R n B , classical music and even rock.
* it gives you an edge.
GET TO THE MONEY PART ALREADY!!!
Lol hold on.
This part literally had me shaking in my boots and right now, I am going to study how to score films.
So I read on the streets of internet that...
Wait for it...
- oh god. I am technically hyperventilating.
I read on the streets of internet that you could make (drum rolls) 15,000 - 60,000 dollars as a music composer or music publisher.
There's also a range that covers 20,000- 40,000 dollars depending on the music budget for the movie and if the film's gross profit is high.
You're probably calling me crazy and saying no film studio will pay that amount of money for one movie. But that's exactly why you should perfect your craft and get contracts from Major film studios, so that they can pay that amount, if your work deserves it.
So to the creatives in the up and coming sphere, I don't think you should wait on that label to sign you anymore, or to get that recognition you obviously deserve.
Sell the damn songs and make some money.
Side gig 103, call / write to producers, directors, have them listen to your music and infuse it into their movies or compose more music tailored to the script.
- Also make sure they add your name to the post credit scene, because you've done a good job!
- News flash : No exposure this year, we are getting paid.
- Except it is value exchange in our dear Dunnie's voice
PS: if you have links or a link to these side gigs, please share it with the community.