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Danny Elfman Teaches Music For Film

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Teaches Music for Film

From The Simpsons theme to the soundtracks of Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Danny Elfman’s compositions are original, memorable, and exuberantly weird. Now the Oingo Boingo founder and four-time Oscar nominee shares his unconventional (and uncensored) creative process. Step into Danny’s studio and learn his techniques for evoking emotion and elevating a story through music.


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1. Introduction
2. Beginnings
3. Starting Your Score: The Spotting Session
4. Storytelling Through Music
5. Themes and Melodies
6. Real Time Listening: A Simple Plan
7. Instrumentation
8. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
9. Workflow
10. Creating Your Template
11. Insecurity and Instincts
12. Writing Feature Scores
13. Changing Your Approach: Milk
14. Chasing a Moving Edit
15. The Devil's in the Detail
16. Real Time Listening: The Unknown Known
17. On Failure
18. Working With Directors
19. Crossing the Line
20. Advice to New Composers
21. Closing

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Danny Elfman

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