Film makers are not keen to talk to musicians untill that very last moment where they need music, and then it's in the post-production phase where editors or the cutter actually selects music. So if you want to know important people, make friends with the cutters!
Of course different strokes with different folks, if you get to do the main theme or soundtrack, you may find your piano at a film set in Alaska :-)
Good on you, John!!!...And Jody:-)
Please keep us informed of how IMBd works for you.
And I desperately feel the need to add, if a "composer" is an IMBdPro:
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, listen to Kolstad's advice! It is priceless beyond words!!!!
Kolstad used the term "cutter"/editor!!
Kolstad is SOOOOO RIGHT!!!!!!
If you want to do the "score" for a film, well, that's a whole other animal...Just ask Randy Newman...:-)
If you want to get a snippet or two, or three into a film, follow Kolstad's advice....
I say this as someone who has sat in with cutters/editors on "Indie Films" for 32 hours straight...AFTER they have already spent three nearly sleepless weeks piecing a film together. And ALL they want, after those three sleepless weeks, is to find ONE 30 Second Snippet of a Song for One Single Scene!!
And my experience is with "Indie" Films that will never make a dime...We did it and have NO REGRETS!!!!....:-)
But how do ya think an editor/cutter on a Major Motion Picture might feel at 11:59 p.m. when he/she has a multi-million$$$ film "edit" due the next day with a 30 second song snippet missing?
The pressure isn't on the songwriter/content provider. We already expect that we won't make more than a few pennies.
The pressure is on the editor/cutter...
Oh, dear, I fear I rambled again, didn't I?
GO FOR IT!!!!
But take it seriously:-)