The Temp Track
Temp track – Temporary music used in film previews dubbed in specifically for that purpose. These songs may
come from previous soundtracks or the composers’ previous films. This is usually the case as the score is written
after the film has been shot. This temp track can assist in finding the right direction when composing the actual
score as well as in the editing process.
1. Helping the filmmaker edit the film – Exposing scenes that need to be reedited to flow smoother
2. Make the movie more marketable during test screenings.
3. Determine the musical concept for the score
4. Illustrate the musical concept to the composer
Occasionally, the temp track is more preferred than the original score created for the film. These temp tracks can
sometimes remain in the final cut.
Spotting the Film
Spotting – The film composer, music editor, producer and the director are called in to view the finished product and
discuss the texture of the music to be used and where it should be placed. Two decisions to be made at these
1. Which scenes will have music
2. Where music will start and stop
Subtle changes, such as the depth of an actor’s voice, can change the type of music needed. If done correctly, the
music can create weight and depth in a scene.
Each portion of a film is given numbered, titled and located music cues. D