If you were to listen to some of the soundtracks by Sergio Torres-Letelier, you might not believe the same composer wrote all of them. From horror to family drama Sergio covers a wide range of genres, yet manages to maintain a sound that is uniquely his. Find out more about Sergio’s sources of inspiration, creative process, and ongoing projects.
I remember listening to Howard Shore’s soundtracks for The Game, Seven, and Silence of the Lambs – similar genre of film, same composer, but it sounds like a different composer… different type of music, different orchestration, and different psychological use of music.
When I read the screenplay, I mark it with colors – a color for danger, a color for love, etc. This tells me the main concept of the film. I also like being involved in the early stages, so I can be a part of the creative team, and help decide what the music will be like later in the production process.
You’re not a musician – you’re a film person studying music. Every gig, work, experience, will come from the film industry, so you better know film. Know the process, structure, techniques, and the business. Understand the language of film so that your music feels organic.
Take a music business course, read a book, talk to people in your industry, so that you have that mindset. I would also recommend getting an internship in your field, so you can experience the day-to-day reality.