Film Scoring with Public Domain Videos

P1030458Our fabulous music teacher Maggie Hess has been brave enough to start working on a really neat project with me – composing film scores for Public Domain Videos.

Today, Maggie is wearing a button on her shirt which says, “Do one thing every day that scares you” (Eleanor Roosevelt), which sums up how she’s feeling as we embark on this project!

Firstly, she asked the students to go to to choose a video that they wanted to create the background music for. She recommended the cartoons and the silent movies on the site as the best for our purposes.

Students downloaded a video of their choice, then added them to Acid Music Studio 7.
(This is the composition programme we have on the lab PC computers, however you could do exactly the same thing in GarageBand with a Mac.)

From there, they decide on loops and sound effects which will complement their film.

The kids are absolutely loving it. I hope to have some samples to share with you when they are finished.


4 thoughts on “Film Scoring with Public Domain Videos

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    • Wow! Thank you for taking the time to respond.

      Thank you for helping to make public domain videos available so our students can create great things without fear of infringing copyright. It makes our job as educators that much easier.


  2. Great idea for the kids. I wish I would have had that when I was in school. I’ve played in a number of bands and recorded CD’s and jingles over the MANY years (I’m 48) but I’ve always wanted to try my hand at scoring for film. Thanks for the inspiration Maggie Hess and Gary Smith.


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