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How to Score Your Own Film

Whether you are just getting into filmmaking or a seasoned professional, you may have asked how do I create a more customized score for my film?

In this video, I walk you through how you can use my free pack of pads and sound design to create a more customized score for your film projects.



Locate your impact points throughout the film first. Decide what cuts you want to emphasize and place sounds like sonic booms or impact hits.


Use rises and swells to lead up to your booms and hits.


Pick several songs or pads in the same key or use a pitch shifter to put them all in the same key. Try moving between them making them longer or shorter based on your cuts. Fade in and fade out of the sound or make hard starts and stops with the cuts for more impact.


Don’t be afraid to be creative. Use effects, try things in reverse, drop the pitch as low as it can go, and have fun.


Stephen Keech is an American producer and film composer based in Nashville, TN. He has been professionally writing and performing music since 2006 when he began his career singing for the band Haste the Day. After years of touring internationally, Stephen settled down in Nashville where he expanded on his passion by producing records and composing original music for film and TV. Stephen has worked with clients such as Mazda, Express, Tractor Supply, Eureka, and Spotify, as well as creating original scores for award winning documentaries such as Revolution Picture's Remand and The Bears on Pine Ridge. Stephen strives to create meaningful and interesting compositions that complement the visual and narrative context of each piece, while invoking an appropriate emotional response.

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