FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“If music is, arguably, the most artificial aspect of filmmaking,
it stands to reason it is also the most susceptible to misuse and abuse.” - R. Bellis
"Work For Hire"
In the United States, there are two categories for workers; Employee and Independent Contractor. Both hold benefits which, either by design or happenstance, protect workers by creating a degree of equality when negotiating with those on the other side of the table. Recent events have illuminated the fact that film and television composers inhabit a third category, where the rules are not clear and the future is uncertain. More
"The Film Composer: Artist, Artisan or Machine Operator?"
If the current composing community was comprised solely of a handful of veteran composers, downward adjustments in the price of a film score—either due to the economy or because the composer just wanted to work on a particular low-budget project—would be made based on a reduction of their standard price. However, with so many of the available composers being of “emerging” status or those just starting to build their career, and without an established price or the representation (agent or attorney) to engage in negotiations, the price too often becomes whatever seems to represent a “competitive edge”. Unfortunately, that price has the potential to become an industry norm and consequently be perceived as representation of the actual value or worth of music for that particular category of media. More
"The Creative Process"
There are few if any “constants” in our world. The only one Iʼm sure about is evolution. Change. This, then, may be the epitome of an oxymoronic phrase: “The only constant is change.”This personal wisdom (if indeed it is either personal or wisdom) comes to me at sixty-three years of age. Many things are falling away at this age, but retrospect and derivative knowledge are the offsets. No young person, unless he or she is clairvoyant, can claim this perspective. More
"Why Media Composers And Lyricists Should Embrace Affiliation With The Teamsters"
Employment = Money
The employer is offering to give an employee money. The negotiation centers around whether or not the potential employee is willing to do the things required in order to accept that money. This negotiation is uneven from its very inception. The potential employee is obviously not currently employed or he/she would not be looking for employment. This gives the significant advantage to the employer. More
"The Re-Sophistication of Our Profession"
When stores or online shopping sites offer something at a “sale” price they always show the “regular” price for comparison. If there is no comparative regular price then the shopper perceives the value or worth of the item to be the price shown. If the current composing community was comprised solely of a limited number of veteran composers, adjustments in the price of a film score — either due to the economy or because the composer just wanted to do a particular low-budget project—would be made based on a
reduction of their regular price. More