Every artist needs a secret weapon, and for award-winning composer H. Scott Salinas, it’s versatility. That, and a one-dollar piece of tubing from Home Depot (more on that later).
Salinas, who studied at Princeton University and Berklee College of Music, was the youngest Grand Prize Winner of Turner Classic Movies’ Young Film Composers Competition in 2002. Since, he’s scored music for feature and documentary films (City of Ghosts, Just Friends, Cartel Land, The Ivory Game), television shows (The Newsroom, Murder in the First), video games (Spider-Man 3, The Matrix: Path of Neo), and advertising campaigns (Coca-Cola, McDonalds). He has been distinguished with awards from Cannes Lion, Clio, BMI, and recently, the Jerry Goldsmith Awards.
We caught up with Scott and talked about how to create music that complements a plot without overwhelming it, why empathy figures into composing, how the characters in a story can shape the score, and when you should and shouldn’t judge the music you’re creating…
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