: Bob Gillen's Blog
: Film Composer Thomas VanOosting
Film music exists to support and enhance the story. By creating emotion or underscoring action, music pulls the viewer into a far more satisfying experience of story. Historically, music did this for silent film long before actors’ voices were heard.
We reached San Francisco-based film music composer Thomas VanOosting, who brings to the table (keyboard?) 10 plus years of experience composing for features, documentaries and animated shorts. His most recent work includes co-writing the score for PBS’s Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency, and the upcoming Columbine documentary 13 Families.
SUPPORTING THE STORY
When asked how he creates music to support story, VanOosting said, “First of all, I try not to over think it. As much as I can, I try to rely on my first instinct when I look at a film clip.”
VanOosting believes that whatever he’s feeling initially when he views a scene, there's a good chance that someone else is going to feel the same. When the scene is good he works at augmenting that feeling. When the scene isn't quite working, he’ll try and alter the feeling to some degree with his music. READ MORE...