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Working as a Film Composer: The Art and Business of Composing for Film, TV and Games

Bill Brown

Working As A Film Composer is an inside look at what it is like working in the industry today. It's a journey through the career defining moments of an award-winning Hollywood composer with insightful perspectives from industry professionals and action steps and advice from some of today's top composers including: Hans Zimmer, Christopher Lennertz, Terence Blanchard, Geoff Zanelli, Steve Mazzaro, Kurt Farquhar, Tina Guo, Austin Wintory and more.

This book provides a comprehensive guide to the world of composing for film and media, with behind the scenes insights into getting started, demystifying and organizing the creative process, building successful relationships, mastering the business, optimizing your social media, understanding how management really works, using intuition and intentionality, and finding overall balance through teamwork. It's a unique look inside the process with career-defining stories, advice and action steps from the author and a wide range of top composers working today in the continually evolving world of TV, Films and Games. 'Working As a Film Composer' offers a deeper understanding of composing for media, with valuable resources to help create and sustain a successful career in the industry today.


"This book is a required reading for anyone serious about professionally scoring for film, TV, and video games. Bill Brown has pulled back the curtain on the art form of film and video game scoring in a way no other book has. It's a true insider's look at the craft and business of media scoring, and Bill is extremely generous to share that with us. This book is also chock full of actionable steps readers can immediately apply to their music and careers. It's far more than a technical manual on how to compose for the screen. Rather, Bill works his own personal journey of success into each chapter, which aspiring composers can model. Film, TV, and video games are competitive industries, and Bill lights the path for the reader."

Sean McMahon, Chair, Film Scoring Berklee College of Music


"I was privileged to have had the opportunity to read 'Working As A Film Composer' and I must say, it's a treasure trove of wisdom, knowledge, and inspiring stories. This is a must-have for every composer!"

Rachel A R Shaw, composer

Book Details

  • Publisher: Softwood Books
  • Publish Date: Jul 16th, 2024
  • Pages: 144
  • Language: English
  • Edition: undefined - undefined
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 0.31in - 0.47lb
  • EAN: 9798218400804
  • Categories: Instruction & Study - CompositionIndividual Composer & MusicianPrinted Music - Musicals, Film & TV

About the Author

Brown, Bill: - Award-winning composer Bill Brown is best known for scoring all nine seasons of the hit CBS series 'CSI: NY', composing thescore for the epic sci-fi series 'Dominion', as well as writing and producing music for games including 'Wolfenstein', 'Lineage II', 'Captain America: Super Soldier', 'Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six', and many more. He also composed the start up, shut down, andtour music for Windows XP, as well as music for commercials and theme parks early in his career. His scores for film include 'The Devil's Tomb', with Cuba Gooding Jr., 'Desiree', starring Ron Perlman, the action thriller 'Infamous', and the emotional wardrama 'Mending the Line'. Accolades for his music include PCXL Magazine's Best Music Award for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, Nine BMI awards, and the Music4Games Editor's Choice Award. His scores have also received nominations from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), The Game Audio Network Guild, and more.In 2018, Bill released 'Dreamstate', a personal album project that combines his passion for analog synths, piano, andlive orchestra (www.dreamstateproject.com). In 2019, Bill conducted a 110-piece orchestra performing his music from Lineage 2 live in concert.Bill resides in Los Angeles and is represented by Randy Gerston at Fortress Talent Management.

Praise for this book

"This book is a required reading for anyone serious about professionally scoring for film, TV, and video games. Bill Brown has pulled back the curtain on the art form of film and video game scoring in a way no other book has. It's a true insider's look at the craft and business of media scoring, and Bill is extremely generous to share that with us. This book is also chock full of actionable steps readers can immediately apply to their music and careers. It's far more than a technical manual on how to compose for the screen. Rather, Bill works his own personal journey of success into each chapter, which aspiring composers can model. Film, TV, and video games are competitive industries, and Bill lights the path for the reader."

Sean McMahon, Chair, Film Scoring Berklee College of Music


"I was privileged to have had the opportunity to read 'Working As A Film Composer' and I must say, it's a treasure trove of wisdom, knowledge, and inspiring stories. This is a must-have for every composer!"

Rachel A R Shaw, composer