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How important are titles?

Post by NealF » Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:08 pm

I'm starting to create some tension cues in advance.

At this point I'm titling them, tension 1, tension 2, etc. Is this okay for the Music Sups? Or is it better to have things like, Man on the Run, Look over your shoulder?

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Re: How important are titles?

Post by funsongs » Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:30 pm

Check the TAXI TV archives for the episode that addressed that, is my suggestion.
The simple answer is: very.
I'm not exactly sure - but I think it was about 6 months ago.
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Re: How important are titles?

Post by Len911 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:01 pm

It's been mentioned over and over many times never to label anything like tension 1 or tension 2. It's unprofessional.

It's been rumored that people who title their songs in that way also do their children and pets, child 1, child 2, dog 1, cat 1. :P

And then some tend to go overboard, Princess Mary, Lord Jim :lol:
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Re: How important are titles?

Post by NealF » Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:13 pm

How did you know? My kids are kid 1, kid 2.

Not very personal, but there's never any confusion. :)

Thanks funsongs. I'll look for the episode.

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Re: How important are titles?

Post by Casey H » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:20 pm

NealF wrote:How did you know? My kids are kid 1, kid 2.

Not very personal, but there's never any confusion. :)

Thanks funsongs. I'll look for the episode.
Just don't call your wife "Wife 1"... That could be bad for your health. :P

Seriously, titles are VERY important. Always come up with a name that does something to describe the track, what type of scene it would fit, etc.

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Re: How important are titles?

Post by VanderBoegh » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:48 pm

It's already been said by the fellas, but I'll reiterate just because it's so important: NEVER EVER EVER title your cues "Tension 1", "Dramedy 5", "Hip Hop Beat 12", etc. No matter how good the music is, those titles just scream "amateur hour", and a lot of libraries won't want to take a chance on you due to the perceived amount of hand-holding it takes to get a newbie up to snuff.

So, even if you ARE a newbie. Trick 'em with a good title. Every time. And don't settle for cliche's either.... Titles like "Scat in my Skivvs" is much better than "Nervous Wreck" because it's original (don't take that one though.... I'm calling dibs!)

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Re: How important are titles?

Post by funsongs » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:59 pm

VanderBoegh wrote:Titles like "Scat in my Skivvs" is much better than "Nervous Wreck" because it's original (don't take that one though.... I'm calling dibs!)
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Re: How important are titles?

Post by markhimley » Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:02 pm

To add on what everyone else is saying - just imagine if YOU were the sup getting all the forwards. Going down the list, you're probably not going to listen to them in order. Are you more likely to listen to something titled "Tension cue #1" or "In the Midst of Danger". Not saying that is the best title, I just came up with it for this example - but I think you get the point - it is far better than just numbering your cues. Titles are super important!

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Re: How important are titles?

Post by NealF » Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:55 am

All good advice.

Especially about not calling my wife "wife 1".

So now it's just a bit of a challenge to come up with names that aren't cliche. There must be hundreds of cues with the same titles by now.

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Re: How important are titles?

Post by funsongs » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:36 am

NealF wrote:All good advice.
So now it's just a bit of a challenge to come up with names that aren't cliche. There must be hundreds of cues with the same titles by now.
Certainly duplicate titles are gonna happen sometimes; maybe often. However, the point is that you (I think) want your title to
1) entice the listener/client to WANT to listen; and
2) it ought to best describe the emotion/mood/vibe you're trying to express - especially if it's aimed at a client's listing.

Just a suggestion - you might even 'borrow' some of their descriptive words about their search to get them to want to listen to your music.
I do this for songs, since I don't write instrument cues.
It all begins with the title; it's your first chance to make a good first impression.

Hope that helps.
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