This fully updated and complete guide takes you inside the world of creating music for film, television, and—unique to this third edition—video games. Industry expert Jeff Rona addresses a wide range of topics including musical aesthetics, cutting-edge technology and techniques, and current business aspects.
It is packed with interviews with the most influential film, television, and video game composers, along with music editors, music supervisors, agents, contractors and studio executives. Packed with insider’s tips, the book also advises on how to nurture positive relationships within your creative team and business contacts.
Includes interviews with John Williams, Carter Burwell, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, Mark Isham, Basil Poledouris, Ludwig Göransson, Marc Shaiman, John Powell, Wendy and Lisa, Joseph Trapanese, and Michael Giacchino. The book addresses:
The Creative Process
For the aspiring film, TV or video game composer, this book is a veritable cornucopia of useful information for pursuing scoring to picture as a career.
Jeff Rona is an accomplished and award-winning contemporary composer for film, TV, and video games, as well as a recording artist and producer. He has scored dozens of film and television projects with legendary filmmakers including Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Wong Kar-wai, Robert Altman, Steven Soderbergh, Mark Pellington, Stephen Hopkins, Jonathan Demme, Frank Darabont, and many others. Rona's music appears in numerous Oscar, Peabody, BAFTA, and Emmy award-winning projects, in addition to countless film festival honors around the world. He is a recipient of several ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards and the Hollywood Music in Media Award.
Acknowledgments and Thank Yous
Foreword by Peter Golub
Introduction to the Third Edition
SECTION ONE • YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS
Chapter One • The Music
Chapter Two • Music For Episodic Television
Chapter Three • Developing A Personal Musical Style
Chapter Four • Music In Play: Scoring Games
SECTION TWO • TECHNOLOGY
Chapter Five • Setting Up A Studio
Chapter Six • The Written Note
Chapter Seven • Score Recording And Mixing
SECTION THREE • CAREER
Chapter Eight •Beginning A Career
Chapter Nine • Challenges
Chapter Ten • Making A Living
About the Author
The Reel World is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in making film music. It's one of a kind.
As timely and useful a book on the subject as I've seen.
A must for anyone considering a career in film music. Informative and entertaining, it contains nuts-and bolts as well as big-picture thinking.
The Reel World is simple and optimistic, designed to encourage and enlighten—never dogmatic. Jeff Rona’s techniques and information champion newer composers so they too can bring their musical magic to our storytelling.
Exceptionally wide-ranging and insightful, Jeff Rona covers every aspect of the craft in a straightforward and highly readable style. While the book is marvelously detailed, it does not overwhelm but flows with a sense of calmness. I definitely recommend this as a reference for both those starting out or those experienced in the world of the scoring composer.
7/14/22, Choice: This book was featured in a roundup of forthcoming books in “Performing Arts & Mass Media.”
10/26/2023, ASCAP: Ran a promo for The Reel World: Scoring for Pictures, Television, and Video Games, Third Edition.