This course combines analysis and composition techniques in order to provide students with the basic musical skills necessary for composing music for film. Focus is placed on how musical form derives from the dramatic flow of the film. Course work includes in-depth analysis of existing musical examples which demonstrate the building blocks of composition. These building blocks include melody, harmony, rhythm, and form as applied to specific dramatic situations. Students will compose several short original pieces modeled after the various analysis examples presented. This course is the first of a sequence of three core composition courses in the film scoring major.