Film Jobs
Film Music Vocabulary
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100

This is the person who writes original music for a film. John Williams is a famous one.

What is a composer?

100

We're not at a ballgame, but this is the name for the original music composed and recorded for a film.

What is the score?

100

A film scene that is very exciting would probably contain music with these kind of dynamics.

What is loud?

200
Action! The person who controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects. Cut, that's a wrap.

What is a director?

200

This type of film music is music that already existed that was chosen to be in the film.

What is Soundtrack?

200

A calm scene in a film would probably have a slow this music term.

What is tempo?

300

This is the music job for the person who leads the orchestra.

What is the conductor?

300

This is the term for music the director or editor has added to the film to show the composer what a scene should sound like.

What is a Temp Track?

300

One complete piece of music is called this.

What is a cue?

400

This is the person who is in charge of cutting and assembling the footage shot for a film.

What is the film editor?

400

The process of choosing when in a film there should or shouldn't be music.

What is spotting?

400

This term, based on elements of early cartoons, is used to describe music that directly matches movement in the film.

What is Mickey Mousing?

500

This is the person who takes the original music for a film, and writes it out for all the musicians.

What is the orchestrator?

500

This type of music can be heard by the audience and the characters in a film.

What is Source Music?

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