May 5, 2014

Creating Cinematic Music with Neumann Films for 'The Beacon'

Video thumbnail for youtube video Creating Cinematic Music for Your Film - No Film SchoolWhile there are plenty of services out there that aim to give you quality music at an affordable price, sometimes the right piece just isn't out there for the video project you're working on. Creating your own music has been getting easier and easier over the last decade, and if you don't necessarily have a background in music, knowing what certain sounds and samples can do for a specific piece can be extremely helpful. Luke Neumann of Neumann Films has been working on a sci-fi film called The Beacon that benefits from custom cinematic music, and he takes us through his process in the video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR5_w7K2orE

There are more and more resources every day going over not just how music and sound design are created, but why one technique might be used over another and how that will affect the way an audience experiences the piece. The video above is just a small part of a longer BTS video which contains over an hour of material that Luke has put together detailing the entire filmmaking process of the first episode -- from pre-production all the way through post-production. You can see a table of contents of that material here:

Here is a sneak peek of that BTS video, which you can buy here for $10:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3MG93Rj83g

And the first episode in The Beacon series:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4gJLXzIXak

Link: Creating The Beacon -- Episode I -- Neumann Films

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Thanks Joe. To follow up, it is a lot easier to compose your own music now. If you have spent time editing in something like Premiere Pro or FCP, those skills actually transfer to music. The software is the biggest hurdle but once you get past that it's really quite simple. As far as samples, they are getting better and better and even the cheap ones now sound really good.

My personal favorites are here:

http://8dio.com/
http://www.soundsonline.com/
http://www.projectsam.com/Home

May 5, 2014 at 11:16PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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For some reason, the music just felt a tiny bit off. Probably just me. But absolutely beautiful!

May 5, 2014 at 11:49PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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You mean the timing of the video? I can't seem to get audio coming out of Pro Tools for screen share so I had to go back and record stuff separately.

May 5, 2014 at 11:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Insane amount of work Luke, well done on, well, all of it, not just about the camera!

May 6, 2014 at 12:45AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Thanks man! Appreciate it!

May 6, 2014 at 12:48AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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This looks excellent. Having watched some of the tutorials that you've put up on youtube in the past I can only imagine how informative this one will be. Excited to check it out.

May 6, 2014 at 1:20AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Can wait to buy this and watch on the weekend! along with a 6 pack of lager!! (maybe 12 pack)...

May 6, 2014 at 1:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Dane

With how much I tend to ramble I would just go with a fifth of Jack. :)

May 6, 2014 at 1:30AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Haha, that too. The way i see it is, watch it once blind then watch it once sober! I get twice the value!

May 6, 2014 at 4:40AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Dane

Looks cool. Bought!

May 6, 2014 at 1:30AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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The scifi rifle/weapon is too lightweight to be credible :)

May 6, 2014 at 8:28AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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name987

You've used eeapons from this world??? ;)

May 6, 2014 at 9:01AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Dang phone.

My point being, you think a society that has figured out interstellar travel hasn't found a way to make light weapons using completely different compounds than we have to make ours? It's not that big of a jump for the imagination.

If WE are capable of this, well you get my point:

http://inhabitat.com/scientists-develop-worlds-lightest-metal-100x-light...

May 6, 2014 at 9:33AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Yes i get your point fully.
I'll try to adapt, but it's hard....

I feel that this problem is similar to "sound fx in space"

May 6, 2014 at 10:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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name987

stop nit-picking

May 6, 2014 at 3:13PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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J

Well.done Luke! It's cool to see what can be done on a small budget by knowledgeable
Artists. Keep up the good work!

May 6, 2014 at 8:51AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Tay Mack

Luke - you may also like Garritan Personal Orchestra. I particularly like their strings.

May 6, 2014 at 10:19AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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ronn

Fantastic work Luke. The piece of music you broke down for the video is also superb, very inspiring to see such high level work is so achievable. Well done.

May 6, 2014 at 1:37PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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andy

love the ambition and scope luke

NOT easy going for epic scale and sci fi. not easy at all. ill even go on record as claiming it to be the most difficult genre possible. its easy to sit here and critique but ill refrain until watching the entire production.

I do have a serious question. Are you or your staff avid readers? Greg Bear, Benford, Brin, Iain M Banks, Gibson, Neal Asher, Dan Simmons, David Zindell, Richard Morgan, Alastair Reynolds etc? Any literary influence in your plot and story?

May 6, 2014 at 3:29PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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greg pattwrson

I don't read many novels but I do a lot of research and enjoy digging into ideas for a story. There isn't much literary influence in the story at all actually, the characters have been used in other works before but we are taking a totally different angle with the source material. Any of those authors you highly suggest?

May 9, 2014 at 12:36PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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oh man those vfx are awesome what software did u use?

May 7, 2014 at 5:03PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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sebastian roland

Yes ,Garritan is Nice. You must also try Rewiring Reason through Pro-Tools. It is a Rack of every Synth/Plug/Etc you could possibly want. Perfect for this type of Work. I got into it Years ago through the free Demo ,which in and of itself is super.

May 9, 2014 at 9:55AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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