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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Score analysis for music written for "Dead Man's Bluff"
by Bezzerides, Marianthe E., M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 143; 10024094
Abstract (Summary)

The process of writing music for a film involves preliminary discussions between the composer and filmmakers where decisions are made on how to create an effective score that supports the story. This project report explores the composition process of Dead Man’s Bluff, a short film noir story directed by Franklin Guerrero, Jr., produced by Calvin Green, Sandra McCurdy and Matt Carmody. In this project, one musical motive representing the femme fatale character is used to create the framework for the entire score. Variations in the musical motive demonstrate nuances in the mood and tone of various scenes. The process of scoring a film also involves a stage of revisions from the filmmaker’s feedback. Final stages of creating a film score involve mixing on a professional stage where the sound effects, music and dialogue volume levels are adjusted to perfect the overall sound.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bremer, Carolyn
Commitee: Hickman, Roger, La Marca, Perry
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Film studies
Keywords: Composition, Film music, Film noir, Film scoring
Publication Number: 10024094
ISBN: 978-1-339-51679-0
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