This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply music composition skills and create music that synchronises with sequences in screen productions. It applies to individuals who write music for varied purposes, such as to create mood, reinforce genre or historical period, and complement action sequences, to meet tight timelines. Composers work closely with producers, directors, sound recordists and post-production personnel.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - interpret screen music briefs and film shot lists; - document plans for screen composition projects; - generate ideas and compose music for different screen productions; - discuss compositional requirements and work collaboratively with relevant personnel, and; - evaluate composition process and own role. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - outline the range of personnel with whom a composer is likely to consult when working on screen compositions; - explain key compositional considerations when creating music for screen productions; - explain production values for selected screen music briefs; - explain hardware and software tools/packages and other resources for composing music; - describe copyright, royalty and licensing issues relevant to writing music for screen productions, and; - describe issues and challenges that typically arise in the context of composing theme and incidental music for screen productions, and outline ways to resolve them.

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