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Debbie Wiseman describes the process that she adopts when composing music for a film. She explains how she creates melodies to represent different characters within a film and how this melody can be transformed as a film progresses. She continues to emphasise the importance of melody when writing a film score.
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19 May 1999

Classroom Ideas

Students could compose music to represent an animal or character. They could create an initial theme and then develop it portray different moods or situations. This could lead to performances for the rest of the class who must guess the character and mood. Students might then discuss common clichés used in music, for example, minor tonality to represent sadness, loud dynamics to represent anger, and high pitch to represent youth.

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