MasterClass is a fairly new program that launched earlier this year with masters of film teaching their specific crafts online, and now a new one is about to launch: Hans Zimmer and the art of film composing. Indeed, the Oscar-winning composer will teach his first-ever online class on film scoring, and MasterClass has released a new video teasing prospective students what they can expect from the program.
Zimmer is pretty perfect for this program as he had no formal music training, and yet has gone on to become one of the most iconic film composers of all time with work ranging from The Lion King to Pirates of the Caribbean to The Dark Knight. Per MasterClass, Zimmer’s online class is described as follows:
In his first ever online class, Zimmer will teach aspiring filmmakers and musicians how to use music to tell a story. The MasterClass will delve into the inner workings of musical composition covering topics such as how to create new sound palates, establish a tempo, score to dialogue and picture, and use sound to tell a story. Through Zimmer’s personal instruction, students will study examples of his work including breaking down the sounds that helped create memorable characters such as The Joker from Batman and Sherlock Holmes.
In this short video alone, Zimmer stresses that one doesn’t need an entire orchestra to compose a film score—a simple laptop will suffice. Indeed, Zimmer was early to embrace the electronic aspects of film music, writing his scores on his electronic keyboard before they’re actually recorded by an orchestra. While he can still churn out a traditional score like The Thin Red Line or 12 Years a Slave, he’s also capable of unique, electronic-driven sounds in films like Sherlock Holmes and Man of Steel.
You can watch the video below teasing the class, and click here to visit the MasterClass website where you can pre-enroll. The fee is $90 and involves over 30 video lessons as well as the opportunity to have Zimmer address some of your work personally. This is a pretty neat idea, and one that MasterClass has already explored with Werner Herzog and Aaron Sorkin, so burgeoning film composers might find this Hans Zimmer class quite informative.