There is an enormous gap between a good education in music and a self-sufficient career in music. The Guerrilla Film Scoring book, documentary, and articles are Jeremy Borum’s way of filling that gap for younger composers.

As the movie and music industries have changed, film scoring has become an overwhelmingly independent process. Film composers have more responsibilities than ever before, and they must fulfill them with smaller budgets and shorter schedules. As a result, composers are increasingly becoming armies of one.

In Guerrilla Film Scoring: Practical Advice from Hollywood Composers, Jeremy Borum provides valuable guidance on how to make a good film score both quickly and inexpensively. This handbook encompasses the entire film scoring process including education, preparation, writing and recording a score, editing, mixing and mastering, finding work, career development, and sample contracts. Offering strategic tools and techniques, this insider’s guide draws on the expertise from a number of prominent composers in movies, television, and video gaming, including Stewart Copeland, Bruce Broughton, and Jack Wall.

A straightforward do-it-yourself manual, this book will help composers at all levels create the best-sounding scores quickly and cost effectively—without jeopardizing their art. With access to rare and extremely useful input from the best in the business, Guerrilla Film Scoring will benefit not only students but also professionals looking to update their game.

Guerrilla Film Scoring is also a 90-minute Amazon documentary for university film scoring professors or for those who would rather watch videos. It’s divided into 10-minute topical segments to facilitate classroom discussions and non-linear viewing, and it’s free to Amazon Prime members.

Sheet Music: The Map To Your Score

May 1, 2017

Originally published Spring 2017 in The Score, the quarterly journal of The Society of Composers & Lyricists, by Designing Music Now, and by Scoring Notes. Not every score will need to be written down as sheet music before it’s...

Scoring The Next Gig

June 1, 2016

Originally published Summer 2016 in The Score, the quarterly journal of The Society of Composers & Lyricists, ASCAP We Create Music blog, and Designing Music Now. There are no guarantees in any culture in the world that art is...

Writing On Demand

January 25, 2016

Originally published Winter 2016 by ASCAP We Create Music and by Designing Music Now. Get Over Yourself If you are afflicted with the idea that a working composer or songwriter can also be a pure artist, the best thing you can do is...

Team Building in an Indie World

December 4, 2015

Originally published Winter 2015 in The Score, the quarterly journal of The Society of Composers & Lyricists, by Designing Music Now. What is the fastest way to become a better composer? It’s probably to stop doing everything...

Musicians: Networking The Right Way

March 21, 2015

The Ultimate Question: The question “How do I find work?” is one that can baffle even the most successful artists. The music industry has become extremely diverse and the work is spread out extremely widely, so Guerrilla tactics are...

A Question Of Balance

March 1, 2011

We are not slaves, nor indentured servants, nor debtors. We owe the music industry nothing. Why, then, does it ask for everything? Unlike the majority of professions, the music industry routinely has a habit of following us home. And...