By Kelly Mahan Jaramillo, Oct. 26th 2007
Yesterday, Tomas’s web page got blitzed – someone was checking out many categories of music. This happens, but often there is no follow up e-mail if the person is interested. Hey, if they are not, they are not, and if they are trying to copy what he writes, good luck with that. His writing is so intricate that most of the time HE cannot re-create it.
But today we got an e-mail wanting Tomas to score a full feature length film. The person sent us still photographs, and it looks gorgeous. He spent $20,000 on what looks to be a very good movie. What did he forget to budget out?
If one goes back to the previous posts concerning budget, you can read about the issue with writing a film score for free. Honestly, even if we were rolling in dough, it would do such a disservice to upcoming filmmakers and composers to write a score for free.
Independent filmmakers have to learn how to budget for post production to get the best quality score. If a filmmaker has sunk his whole psyche into his story, does he really want a young hungry student composer to do the music for free, rather than a seasoned professional who will match the quality the filmmaker has put into his production?
DIRECTORS! Stop cutting corners in post. YOU are the ones who will suffer. YOUR FILM will suffer. After all of your hard work, is that what you want? At the end of the game, too many filmmakers sell themselves short with this “free” or “deferred” nonsense.
An average score can kill what could be a brilliant film. You do not have to offer Tomas an enormous amount of money, he does this because he loves to write. But you do have to show that you understand the importance of music in a film. Please have the courtesy to budget out a sum of money to present to the composer of your choice. Otherwise, you are insulting the whole craft of filmmaking.
Please do not approach Tomas Hradcky offering “free” of “deferred” payment, when you have paid other people. You will get turned down.
There are exceptions, these will be covered in the next post.