Independent film and music? What a great combination!
Independent filmmakers have a hard job - that includes tasks such as scouting locations for shoots, auditioning, casting actors to portray characters on-screen, screenplay writing, and in most cases also editing. Another part of that job requires finding the right musical score that helps to push your story forward - creating a strong sense of emotions from the audience. Music is a very important part of the entirety of a film. This can also be one of the most difficult pieces when putting a film together - since most music out there is copyrighted, and you have to actually pay to have it utilized within films. Most times, the licensing fees far exceed a filmmakers worst case scenario. One of the best things you can do as an independent filmmaker is to collaborate with a full-on musician - particularly one who creates his or her own music, and here are a few reasons why.
Everything Within Your Film Will Be Completely Original
Collaborating with an independent musician on your film will aid you in completing not only a totally original movie, but also an original musical score. You won’t have to be concerned about infringing on any copyright laws - because the music will be specifically created just for your film. Depending on the musician(s) you work with, you probably will be able to help them along during the creation process, giving them ideas for what sort of scenes you will require music in, and what sort of feelings you hope to draw from each. This can lead to not only helping each other out - but possibly the start of a great partnership for future collaborations.
Resources Already Exist For Licensing Original Music Online
If you have trouble locating an independent musician you can collaborate with... don’t fret. There are plenty of other opportunities via the web that you can utilize to find or create an original score - that will still give an indie artist some exposure. Music licensing is a huge debate and topic among independent filmmakers, and there are countless tutorials and references available on the subject throughout the online world. Music licensing, however, is a great way to work with indie musicians from a distance. When you are licensing songs for a project, you will find a great musical score for your movie that has never been used anywhere else, and you can obtain the rights to it. While it may feel less organic, working with a music licensing agency is a great way to collaborate with independent, original musicians to achieve that perfect sound.
Indie Music Artists Tend To Cost Less
Filmmaking is an expensive hobby or career choice; in most cases, independent filmmakers do not budget well and end up having to scrap a production because they run out of money. This can be really devastating for people who have great vision - and want to make their movie-making dream a reality. Being smart about finances should be a huge part of the production basics when it comes to creating a film. One of the first things you should do is create a plan that includes the budget, as well as a plan that goes over budget - which basically means... plan on things costing more than you think they do. There are many ways that you can help to lessen costs throughout filmmaking the process if you put in the work. Utilizing an independent musician for your project is a great way to help both yourself, and another artist out when it comes to the financial aspects. Licensing original music usually ends up costing less than if you tried to pay royalties or copyrights to well-known songs - or music that is already in use. Though it may not be as quite as polished, you will be able to afford it within your budget - in addition to having the ability to aid the musician in copyrighting it. Ultimately, they'll get paid more down the road when others want to utilize it. Hopefully.
There Will Be Creative Differences, But In A Good Way
Filmmakers tend to have a specific vision in mind when setting out to bring a screenplay to reality. This can be hindered at times by narrow-minded ideas, especially if you have a certain goal in mind for a scene or two. It is always a great idea to look towards and lean on others for feedback and support, especially if your original idea is not developing the way you had hoped. Shooting scenes can sometimes prove that maybe the writing isn’t where you want it, or that you need to adjust some settings. When you collaborate with indie musicians, you get another perspective or interpretation that you can rely on to help convey what you’re hoping to achieve. When you open up the door to work closely with another creative, it can really help to gain a new insight you may not have considered, or even find a mistake you didn’t see before.
Overall, collaborating together helps with outreach. Social media is a great tool that many in the entertainment industry utilize. When you work with other independent musicians, they will usually be sure to include your film as part of their work repertoire - and this can lead to a much broader and wider reach. Followers of the musician(s) will view your filmmaking endeavors in order to hear their favorite artist, and it leads to more exposure for you as a filmmaker. When creating movies and working with other original creatives, there are many benefits that you can reap the rewards of, including staying within your film’s budget and gaining some new perspectives to help make your film even better.
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