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Documentary Film and the Music Composer with Nainita Desai
Episode 12817th April 2020 • The Documentary Life • The Documentary Life
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When it comes to documentary film - and really film, in general - one of the forgotten heroes is often the film's music composer. And yet, it's often the music that truly elevates a film from good to greatness, making the storyline and all of its visuals just a bit more rich, complex, and emotional.

In today's episode I'll take a look at 5 Considerations for Music for Your Doc.

This will be followed by a deep dive discussion with world-renowned film composer, Nainita Desai, the multi-award winning and internationally recognized composer of 2019 Academy Award nominee, For Sama.


Topics Discussed

  • five considerations for music for your documentary
  • how a background in both sound and film brought Nainita Desai to composing for film
  • how she immerses herself in the material of a doc project that she will be scoring
  • best practices for the doc director to approach their working relationship with a music composer

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