Jesse Hopkins replied to Les Harper's discussion Rate chart
"A union minimum is just a floor below which you can not fall. And the WGA has deferred pay options for low budget, so you could still work for lower, but wouldn't get ripped off in the end. Composer minimums could allow for that. SAG actors…"
Nov 9, 2010
Jesse Hopkins replied to Les Harper's discussion Rate chart
"Charge more than ORCHESTRATOR scales with the AFM"
Nov 2, 2010
Jesse Hopkins replied to Tyler Hughes's discussion Ghostwriting
"Calling an artist "a business" is only looking at one very mundane aspect of what they do. A collective like Remote Control doesn't make this big business, they lower the perceived value of what individual film composers do by treating it as JUST…"
Oct 6, 2010
Jesse Hopkins replied to Tyler Hughes's discussion Ghostwriting
"Lisa, with all due respect, you are not an industry insider anymore than anyone else here. What you're claiming is true for many composers, but not all. The true masters of film music composition have made sure they have ample time to do the job…"
Oct 5, 2010
Jesse Hopkins replied to Tyler Hughes's discussion Ghostwriting
"There' no reason for ghostwriting other than artistic and professional dishonesty. It really doesn't matter about the money or how much acclaim the music gets from awards, etc. It's simply defrauding fans of your work, as well as, in some cases,…"
Oct 5, 2010
Jesse Hopkins replied to Tyler Hughes's discussion Ghostwriting
"Danny Elfman and John Williams seem to be a great role models for how to credit and work with additional composers, which they do very rarely as opposed to those composers who drive down schedules to the breaking point by relying on team scoring.…"
Oct 3, 2010
Jesse Hopkins replied to Doug Lauber's discussion A Question of Style and Originality
"I don't know how to create a proper reel. I was told to put "big music" first, and to keep it short, but that's all I can go by. I am terrible at assessing my own music. I like it all the same!"
Oct 24, 2007
Jesse Hopkins replied to Doug Lauber's discussion A Question of Style and Originality
"Great question, Doug.
I think we all have a natural voice if we let it out. Many of us may naturally be less original than others, but go with it. I wouldn't "try" to be anything, except if you realize you are dumbfounded by certain techniques you…"
Oct 18, 2007
Jesse Hopkins commented on Bob Safir's blog post The Academy Series: The Music Soundtrack - The Music Team
"Thanks for sharing, Bob. I feel like I was there! Great summary.

Powell sounds like an interesting guy. I liked some of his work on XMEN 3. I have no idea why he thought to use the Superman ostinato, but maybe it was meant to be obvious."
Oct 17, 2007

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  • Thanks by your comments about my orchestral suite, Jesse.
    I have listen some your music and I noted that you are a experienced film composer, as much of the guys of this composersforum.
    I specially appreciate your quartet n1.
    I need some advice from you, if possible.
    I would like enter in the business of music for movies,but I' do not know what the "minimum equipment" for a reasonable home studio, not thinking in record live instruments.
    I have noted that Finale Garritan sounds are improving in quality, but I think that isn't it still possible to use a mp3 extracted from a Finale score as a final product for a sound-track of a even very modest movie, am I correct?

    Regards,
    Luciano
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