Learn the Intricacies of Film Scoring & Composing in This Free Day-Long Workshop

Blue Ruin Score by The Blair Brothers
We know that music is incredibly powerful, and that it can mean the difference between a good film and a great one. So let's dive into the nitty gritty of film scoring with two titans of the industry, and learn how to do it right.

In recent years, brothers Brooke and Will Blair have scored everything from award-winning indie films and documentaries to television shows and commercials. Most recently, their incredibly atmospheric and haunting score for the 2014 indie smash hit Blue Ruin landed them on several awards lists and propelled them into the industry spotlight.

On Wednesday, May 20th, the Blair brothers will be teaching a day-long CreativeLive course detailing their creative approach to scoring anything and everything from scratch. Here's a brief trailer for the course.

And a taste of the score from Blue Ruin. Warning, once this score gets into your bloodstream, it stays there for awhile, just haunting you. It's that evocative.

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So what all is happening in this course, you might ask? Well, the Blair brothers will not only walk everybody through their professional trajectories and share some insights into the industry, but they'll also be scoring two user-submitted short films. One will be scored beforehand, and the other will be scored live, on the air, from scratch. Needless to say, it will be a crash course and deep dive into the creative process of two of the industry's finest composers. Here are the learning outcomes that you guys can expect to take away from the course:

Blair Brothers Film Scoring

  • Find the style and tone of music that best suits your film 
  • Create dynamic musical elements that fall within your budget 
  • Improve your collaboration with composers

This course isn't just meant for individuals interested in scoring films themselves, but also directors and producers and anybody involved in the filmmaking process who could benefit from knowing more about how scores are made. It's the kind of course that can help directors communicate more effectively with whoever is scoring their film, and it's the kind of course that can help low-budget filmmakers who can't afford a dedicated composer create musical elements on their own that are suited to the emotional tone of their films.

This course will be airing live (and for free) on Wednesday morning over at CreativeLive, so if you're interested in learning more about the scoring process, head on over and register    

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The website says May 20th, which is a Wednesday. Your article says Tuesday, just a heads up.

May 17, 2015 at 7:54PM


Thanks Deric! Got that all corrected.

May 17, 2015 at 8:24PM, Edited May 17, 8:24PM

Rob Hardy
Founder of Filmmaker Freedom

I loved Blue Ruin. I work most of the day Wednesday, but I'm going to see if I can find some spare time to catch a bit of this if I can. I always have a hard time expressing to composers what I want for my films.

May 18, 2015 at 4:56PM

Nick Brown