5 (quick) tips for making music for animationFilmsThe Craft
Here they are. If you feel they are really concise, it’s because they are. Luigi wrote them so each could fit – snugly – in a single tweet.
Tip 1 – Metronome for Timing
Animators: Use metronome instead of stopwatch to time the moves. Tempo and number of beats can be used to compose music in sync to movement.
Tip 2 – Talking about Music
Animators: Describe your music to the composer in terms of emotion and timing. Avoid music terms, which will limit the composer’s creativity.
Tip 3 – Music or Animation First?
Music is most often composed in post-production but it can be very interesting to get the music done first and then animate in sync to it.
Tip 4 – BPM for Rhythmic Animation
Animation is often done at 24 fps. When making rhythmic moves, simplify sound sync by choosing a tempo that fits: (24/# frames) x 60 = bpm.
Tip 5 – Original Music
Why use the same music as everyone else? Collaborate with a musician and work together to make an animation that looks AND sounds unique.
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