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All the tips and inside knowledge from yeas of working in the industry are packed into this book, and going forward I will be sure to note of all them in here. This book is a must for anyone in the music industry or anyone looking into recording music. Do yourself a favor and purchase it now. The price tag is underpriced for the insider knowledge you will gain, money you will save, and the respect you will gain from those in the industry.
This is an intelligent, timely and well structured book — A MUST FOR ALL FILM COMPOSERS!
Its versatility of tone, structure, and content lends the book to multiple uses—the classroom, private music studios, professionals wanting to stay current in a changing field, amateurs who have always dreamed of scoring a film but have no prior experience—yet despite the book’s broad accessibility to a wide range of readers, Borum maintains a high level of professionalism throughout the text, offering perspectives that can benefit established composers and musicians without ever assuming a tone that excludes the general reader.
Guerrilla Film Scoring is, in short, the most comprehensive and applicable guide to film scoring I have come across to date. It is refreshing, engaging, and fills a crucial void in the existing literature.
The book is beautifully designed. Once one starts to read it, it is hard to put down. I can see from all the wonderful reviews that this book will be used and appreciated not only in Universities and Music Schools, but also for those musicians who are currently fully working and producing as well as novices such as myself who are just entering this world.
His insights aren’t limited to film scoring either. As a recording artist and producer in Boston, Massachusetts, I have personally found this book to be spot-on for professional music creation in general. While some elements are of course exclusive to film scoring, much of it is applicable to anyone already involved with or considering a career in any part of the music industry.
The author’s style is conversational and direct, making it a joy to read. With comments from professionals inserted throughout, it feels more like watching a documentary than reading a text book.
What makes Guerrilla Film Scoring so unique is that the comments and advice are presented like a “choose your own adventure.” Everyone who contributed to this book found different types of success in sometimes vastly different ways. The book really seems to champion the philosophy of forging your own path and gives a lot of very useful information and ideas on how the reader can do just that.
Accurate, realistic, entertaining, and empowering, Guerrilla Film Scoring is a fantastic guide through this dangerous jungle we call “the music industry”.
As a Berklee graduate and former film composer professional, I honestly wish someone had handed me this book before I ventured out to LA–there are decades of wisdom from many professionals crammed into 250 pages. Film scoring is a true art, but one without a rule book with how to survive in the industry. Life as a composer involves not only artistic and musical talent, but also the business aspect of active, continuous networking as well as being prepared on all fronts. This very practical guidebook offers a how-to survive in the industry, with practical tips on how get started and build a foundation for a professional career. I particularly enjoyed reading all the quotes and perspectives from A-list professionals scattered throughout the chapters–getting real advice from those who have been there is priceless.
Guerilla Film Scoring presents a truly realistic view on how industry actually runs and how the emerging film composer can function with continually decreasing budgets and ever-increasing expectations…this is no other book that I am aware of of its kind. Whether you come from a traditional university music program, or are self-taught, I highly recommend that anyone venturing out on this career path indulge themselves in a copy of this book. I believe that every comprehensive film scoring program should have this book as required reading in order to prepare future professionals.
If you have even an inkling that you would like to score film or media, or are just curious about the realities of that world, please give this book your undivided attention.
This text is distinguished from others in part by a critical element: the thorough understanding it conveys of the tremendous discrepancy between the current nature of the industry from the romanticized “golden age” of film scoring, which is still widely perceived as the reality. The book immediately clarifies the fact that the game has totally changed for composers of this medium even within the past decade. With this as the backdrop, the following text carefully guides the reader through the necessary components of the building of a career as a film composer in modern times, touching on everything from organization, time management, and the actual composing, to the intricacies of technology, collaboration, and of finding work.
Another supremely distinguishing aspect of the book is the inclusion of content derived from a plethora of currently successful film composers. Unlike other books I’ve read that simply display the result of an interview, here the interviews are carefully interspersed throughout the chapters in a manner that directly supports the content of the pertinent chapter. In this way, one finds that nearly every point made in the text is immediately supported by the experiences of contemporary professionals.
Despite covering many topics that may have been considered subjective in nature, there is perhaps not one single sentence in the book that I would disagree with. For composers at any stage of their career, this book is an invaluable resource and should be considered necessary.
After spending the last 30 years writing for advertising, film, TV and production music, I’ve gone from orchestrating at the kitchen table, to owning a 5 studio complex and a team of composers, engineers, and support staff, back to working from home and outsourcing to some fantastic talent. So “Guerrilla Film Scoring” is the right book for this moment in time.
For anybody even thinking about doing music for film, television, games, advertising, library / production music, long form or short form, this book is the starting point and way beyond. I LOVED the incredibly relevant quotes from contemporary industry professionals, but the detail and depth is astounding. Don’t go scoring without it! — Beamo, Dec 22, 2015
Like so many other things in modern life information, music, and news became fragmented field for many. No longer is it the one big film, or the big break in TV. The new reality is many little splinnters of success at a a time. Although there are still big composers in charge of a successful picture, even their process became compartmentalized and streamlined with a list of ghostwriters. It is the little pitfalls and the little steps in a team that will get you there.
Jeremy captures the soul of the modern process of film scoring better than anyone. I would strongly recommend this book. It’s not only very informative but entertaining. — Alexander B., December 23, 2015
I’m working in this business for over 20 years and I can tell you that the author Jeremy Borum knows what he is talking about. He doesn’t sell you a dream like a school that wants you to spend your parent’s hard earned money on o a four year program, or any hardware company that wants to convince you that your career depends on the purchase of gear xyz. Instead, Jeremy tells you how it really is, the reality of being a film composer, working in this ever changing business. In addition, the content of the book is underlined by many valuable quotes and video testimonials from various composers and “players” working in this field.
Guerrilla Film Scoring provides a complete picture of all the considerations around a film composer and the business he is working in. Everything from the personal commitment to the business side, with valuable technical information about the process, you can find it in this book with very well laid out chapters and which are easy to read.
If you are a new aspiring student who is thinking of getting into this field, you will have a much better understanding what you are getting into once you are done reading this book. Even if you are already working as a film composer, you might find the valuable tips and information helpful to improve yourself in every aspect of your “job”.
Yes, film composing is a job, a tough job and you shouldn’t be surprised that Jeremy uses examples where he even compares some aspects of the film composer job to a mechanic. So prepare yourself by getting a reality check on on film composing by reading this book about film scoring, which can be a truly amazing and fulfilling “job”.
I’m part of the game industry for 13 years and during this period I’ve been struggling to find source materials that could help me improve my process and workflow and after I found this book, my final conclusion was: Why? Why wasn’t this book released before???
Seriously, all the tips and teachings present on this books are such a must read for all the composers and sound designers or any audio professional out there, no matter if you’re a internship or a super senior professional.
I find myself delighted with this book, specially with the chapter about time management which, nowadays, it’s a must-have-skill. And for last, being able to check the workflow and process from industry legends is such a joy.
My final verdict is: This book is an incredible piece of art and such a great source of knowledge in so many levels. In the end, denying it’s existence, is denying the opportunity to become a better professional.
Congratulations to the writer!
A comprehensive introduction to the industry of film as it stands today with tons of useful commentary from professionals within it. — Travis, May 17, 2015
I would advise you to read a book called Guerrilla Film Scoring By Jeremy Borum. It’s a fantastic book that really gives you great advice from all different perspectives.
The book is truly amazing! Thank you for taking the time to write a book to help us fellow composer ease to a brutal industry!
I am a composer that did things the untraditional way by one deciding it would be a fun thing to do and never turned back. So I have no training, no teachers, and no schooling. I started looking for some material on the subject and came across this book. The thing that really stood out for me was the practical advice for TODAYS composers. The industry has changed so much just in the last 10 years and I thought that advice that pertained to the industry now was the best advice. Best part about the book… It’s doesn’t sit around and BS things and beat around the bush. It gets straight into the nitty gritty of the industry and that is why Guerrilla Film Scoring is fantastic!
I’ve told every composer I know about your book! Thanks again!
Guerrilla Film Scoring is very on-the-pulse, and I’ve experienced some of the ‘scenarios’ happening to me when I work on TV shows in the UK. I’ve always had a do-it-yourself and work-hard attitude to what I do, and the book has some super relevant stuff and some very sound advice. Furthermore, nobody has dared to talk about the way things have changed and are changing and it’s a reality check for hopefuls starting out in the industry. It demystifies it all and tells it like it is, thank you! I’ll sure be looking out for more Guerrilla books from you! — Mathieu Karsenti, September 18, 2015
This book is awesome. My wife bought it for me for Christmas. So, technically, I’m not supposed to have read any of it, but I couldn’t help it and read it all. — TJ Wilkins, December 9, 2015
Jeremy has written a book that is so needed in today’s film scoring arena. He is a brilliant musician, composer, orchestrator and arranger. He has worked with some of the best composers in the world. If you are new to this business this book is a must for your library. As a working film composer I can say that Jeremy has hit the nail on the head about how to survive & thrive in this industry. He is also a very nice man. So, want to get in the film biz? Buy this book to learn how it works and how to succeed. — David S, August 21, 2015
This book is packed with practical wisdom and sage advice for the aspiring or early-career film composer. Writing with an approachable and enjoyable tone, Jeremy navigates the landscape of film scoring as it exists TODAY where so many other books read as love letters to a bygone era. The many composer interviews add a lot and the book provides a great practical template for composing and producing scores in the current filmmaking landscape. Highly recommended. — Ric Zimmerman, August 21, 2015
This book fills the gap between the study of music and a career in music, between the talented hobbyist and the successful professional. It picks up where traditional music education stops and gives practical steps to turn a passion into a viable career. Highly recommended! — Thomas J. Adair, April 24, 2015
I absolutely loved this book and studied it for a whole semester. His language and the way he put things together was so entertaining and very informative. I strongly suggest this book to all composers and really whoever that wants to know about this business! — Maryam Mirbagheri, August 24, 2015
Good news, this book has the practical advice and guidance for foraging a music career in general and a film scoring career in particular. Everyone pursuing thoughts of a life composing music for film should read this book. — Charles T Johnson, August 31, 2015
A serious and comprehensive guidebook and roadmap for anyone who wants to be involved in today’s film scoring community. Obviously this was written by someone who knows what he is talking about. — Fanzone on August 23, 2015
Jeremy has written a timely, much-needed, on-point instruction manual for 21st century composers working in Film or TV.
It is not enough to just compose, today composers must be: entrepreneurs, businessmen, producers, studio owners, engineers, contractors, payroll, orchestrators, librarians, publicists, gearheads, distributors, players, conductors, music licensers, team builders, acousticians, editors, mixers, and masterers.
Throughout the course of reading this book, I found myself dealing with many of these issues professionally. I felt more informed and better able to handle myself. This book applies to anyone in music as we all know composers and those who fill these roles on their team, handling the myriad of increasingly technical and financial challenges inherent in the evolution of film/TV scoring.
It is all addressed here, as well as creating your own forward moving career, offering advice on working relationships and becoming the director’s one stop shop.
I will refer often to this book for my own contracts and recording, and fully endorse it for students, composers, and musicians.
Anyone currently involved in commercial music in any form will understand immediately the need for this book. Jeremy Borum is a man for this moment. He writes not as one looking on from the sidelines, but rather as someone deeply involved in the business of creating and delivering music to its audience. As such he delivers the insiders view of todays changing music market, and not just speaking from his own experience, but also drawing on the experience of many of the most acclaimed composers in modern music. Their combined voices leave no doubt as to the authenticity and soundness of his message.
This book is readily ingested and will hold the interest of anyone who is currently navigating their way through the changing mordern musical landscape. Jeremy pulls no punches and paints no false pictures. What he does is to offer sound, indespensible advice to anyone interested in succeeding in this modern music market. This book is not only for composers scoring films, but for anyone trying to make sense of the myriad changes in todays music industry.
Guerilla Film Scoring gives in-depth perspectives from a group of professional film composers on the upsides and downsides of the film scoring business. It covers the transition of much of the business from live scoring to midi scoring, and the time pressures and financial issues composers face in today’s business. There is valuable information on how film composers view writing music to film creatively, how to work with filmmakers effectively, on the high production standards expected for initial presentation of new musical ideas, and on building working relationships with filmmakers. There is useful information about music licensing production libraries, how creating production music for these libraries provides an additional area of income for composers, and how the use of licensed tracks from these libraries relates to film scoring. Guerilla Film Scoring gives aspiring film composers a direct window into preparing for today’s film music business. — David Stern, August 22, 2015
I knew this book was going to be great after just a couple of pages. It is filled with crucial information for anybody new that is trying to get into the business of writing music for media. For more seasoned composers it is a great way to revaluate what one has been doing wrong or right and to see that others are going through very similar experiences. It’s also worth mentioning that the book is written in a very intelligent yet highly accessible language.
I wish I read this book years a go.In short- it’s a must-read. Jeremy- keep on writing books. You have done an amazing job with this one.
Jeremy Borum’s premiere publication demonstrates that he has his finger on the pulse of the musical world. His practical as well as insightful advice is beneficial for the aspiring artist as well as the seasoned artist who may still be entrenched in archaic practices. A thorough explanation of how the music industry landscape serves as backdrop while providing changed guidelines for how to stay abreast of the transitions while retaining one’s creativity and optimal artistry. This enjoyable read is not only accessible but maintains an upbeat tone throughout! — Rose Borunda, August 24, 2015
Guerrilla Film Scoring by Jeremy Borum is a very thorough study into the challenges and expectations of the modern day film scorer. Especially interesting are the quotes from composers in the field discussing the issues Jeremy is describing. A wonderful book for anyone interested in going into the field. Jeremy has come a long way. I know, I was his first piano teacher back in Torrance, CA. — Helen Smoot, M.A in Piano Performance UCSB, September 19, 2015
Jeremy Borum’s book gives an insightful and candid assessment of the changing film scoring industry. He makes a compelling argument for the need to adapt to a new landscape of movie production, learn new survival skills as a film composer.
He offers plenty of valuable, practical advice. I enjoyed the fresh, honest look this book presents and found its recommendations very valuable to today’s film composer.
This should be mandatory reading for all composers. This is a kind of practical education that you can’t get from music school, and usually can only get from a mentor directly. Guerrilla Film Scoring is full of real-life insider knowledge from people who are in the trenches of the music industry every day. The author is honest about the difficulties of the industry and yet optimistic throughout. Awesome book!
I purchased this book for my son, a high school senior, who is interested in a career in music/sound production and scoring. It is a great way to open that world and its possibilities to him. This book is a way for those of us not already in the business to glean some information about it. Fascinating read! — Ai-Lin Grison, August 25, 2015
Anybody who reads this should be well prepared to enter the film composer fray. It’s not a book about film music aesthetics, but about the professional environment in 2015. Most importantly, it’s engaging and well-written. If you’re looking to get into the business this is a great place to start. — C M A Bazzoli, October 3, 2015
So helpful and practical! Enjoyable to read and really useful tips on how to score films in the current environment!! — Jam Music, October 18, 2015
Really amazing book that gives what many other film scoring books don’t, a good insight into what it is like to be a film composer at the beginning of one’s career. — M. Hung, June 19, 2015
Jeremy Borum is brilliant and innovative.
Guerrilla Film Scoring is the guidebook that provides the tools necessary on how to get started in the industry, and brings light into the techniques involved in film scoring, and also makes it a lot of fun.
For anyone interested in scoring for commercials, films, or trailers, this book is for you, and it is also makes film scoring fun, whether you are a beginner or an expert.
You can score any type of genre for backgrounds in commercials and film trailers as well. Early Music, Baroque, Rock, Electronic, Classical, Romantic, Jazz, Pop, Hip-Hop, Dance, etc…. you name it. This book is filled with ideas to make it as fun as possible.
Enjoy the read, and don’t forget to have fun.
The info in this book was very educational and informative. It covers many topics within the industry. The many videos that have been included of film composers sharing their ideas add a great touch to ones learning experience. — Vivian Paiano, Aug. 22 2015
I am an opera singer, cellist and pianist. I have been aware of Jeremy’s extraordinary talents for some five years now. But this book, Guerrilla Film Scoring, is a profound combination of his remarkable knowledge of music. The articulate way Jeremy explains how to go about creating a score from beginning to end – is so valuable to our new and upcoming composers. Yet, I believe it can be equally useful to our present and successful film scoring composers. His knowledge of how to approach independent film scoring, is invaluable. Especially the short cuts he has created himself and is able to share. It is fascinating reading, even for those of us who do not compose. We can better understand the process in total – particularly when singing on a track for film. Jeremy is so clear in his experience and advice, I think every musician would benefit from reading this fascinating book. How lucky we all are to have his generosity of words and thoughts. Bravo Jeremy!! — Mara Baygulova – mezzo-soprano, Sept 4, 2015
OMG! There is an enormous gap between the STUDY of music and a CAREER in music, and there are very few professional resources for people in the first decade of their music careers. Sooooooo….Guerrilla Film Scoring is a MUST HAVE. This book shows how to put down roots, survive, and thrive in a very unpredictable industry. It is bleeding-edge current, full of amazing insights, and there’s truly nothing else like it out there. The documentary is fantastic too. Highly recommended! I just wish I would have had this book at the beginning of my career!!! — Antonia Serrell-Watts, Sept 21, 2015
This is without a doubt one of the best books you can read and study as a composer. very informative, fun and true! strongly recommended. — Anonymous, Oct 12, 2015