A Study in Modern Film Scoring

Jacob Cardwell

For my project, my goal was to study the works and methods of film composers from 1955 through today and apply what I learn through that to study to compose and record music for four contrasting clips that will serve as part of my application portfolio for graduate school applications in film scoring. As part of this project, I entered the Spitfire/HBO competition to score a scene from Westworld. The four clips will be modeled on the methods and styles from several genres of film score, including orchestral, synthesizer-based score, and pop music. In order to do this, I tracked, wrote, and recorded music for clips from The Notebook (2004), Ghost in the Shell (1999), Brick (2005), and a scene provided by HBO from Westworld (2020). The music was recorded and edited in Logic Pro X.




Benjamin Broening