Your Master Class For The World of Film Music

Licensing, composers, music supervisors – music is one of the most confusing, challenging, and expensive parts of filmmaking. The Film Music Master Class helps you navigate all of it.

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Music is an essential part of almost every film project, whether it’s score or soundtrack, original or copyrighted, pre-recorded or re-recorded. You need to think about music from day one.

Essential Vocabulary

Diegetic and non-diegetic sound? Synchronization rights and Master Use rights? Songwriting vs Publishing rights? Get an understanding of the basic terminology.

Film music vocabulary
Helpful Resources

Links to curated articles and videos, plus documents and templates that give you a deep understanding of the content to prepare for your next project.

Film music resources
Real-World Examples

Watch and listen to the various ways directors use music (and lack thereof) to help enhance the overall stories and worlds they build into their films.

Film music real-world examples
Industry Tips

Get useful film music advice on why you should be wary of step licenses, consider hiring indie musicians & consider starting a music publishing company.

Film music industry tips

Overview of the Course

This course includes 80 minutes of content across 9 sections along with downloadable documents and templates. 

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  • Covering key vocabulary
  • Choosing the best music for your project
  • Differentiating the types of music rights
  • Avoiding temp-itis

Acquiring Rights to Songs

  • Finding song owners
  • Preparing your request
  • Negotiating deals
  • Exploring cheaper alternatives

Composing New Music

  • Deciding on the best composer for your project
  • Drawing up the composer agreement
  • The composing process
  • Determining rights & royalties

Additional Topics

  • Defining the responsibilities of a music supervisor 
  • Determining if you need a music supervisor
  • Releasing your score on digital platforms
  • A comprehensive course summary

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Frequently Asked Questions
What is this course about?

This course covers all the essentials of understanding how music can be used in filmmaking. It’s broken up into 9 sections: (1) Introduction, (2) Key Vocabulary, (3) Choosing Music, (4) Acquiring the Rights, (5) the Composer Agreement, (6) Composing the Score, (7) The Music Supervisor, (8) Releasing the Score, (9) Wrap Up.

Who is this course for?

This course is for filmmakers, producers, writers, directors, and really anyone seeking to learn more about the music process with regards to filmmaking.

How does the course work?

The class is organized into 9 videos, each with additional content such as links and downloads.

All videos are live at all times. We suggest watching the videos in order, but you may work at your own pace.

What do I get?

The course includes roughly 80 minutes of on-demand video lessons, as well as useful supplemental content such as links to useful articles and downloadable documents.

Who is the instructor?

Stu Pollard has 20+ years of experience in the indie film space. In that time, he has worked with many composers, musicians & rights-holders across dozens of projects. He has negotiated deals with big-name artists; hired local bands to create an all-original soundtrack; and also worked one-on-one with composers to create original scores.

Is this a live class?

No, this class consists of on-demand videos and resources all available online. For a class that includes weekly meetings with the professor, check out the “Group” option of our other LunacyU course, “Indie Film Financing”.

When can I start the class?

You’ll have access to the course content (videos and downloads) to consume at your own pace.

Does this course contain legal advice?

No, this contains general legal information that should not be considered advice. It is strongly suggested that you consult with a certified lawyer when dealing with rights, royalties, contracts and more. The instructor is not a lawyer.

How long will I have access to the course content?

You’ll have access to the course content for a full year after purchase.

I have more questions. Is there someone I can talk to?

Of course! Please send any queries to our Contact Form.