The prolific film composer will be sharing his wisdom through online education start-up MasterClass.
Prolific film composer Hans Zimmer will lead a new course in Film Scoring through online education startup MasterClass. The German composer and record producer has composed music for over 150 films, including Interstellar, Inception, Gladiator, the Pirates of the Caribbean series and The Dark Night trilogy and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, not to mention The Lion King, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1994.
The class is Zimmer’s first online course and will cover topics ranging from creating new sound palettes, establishing a tempo and using sound to tell a story. The course will combine Zimmer’s personal instruction with examples from his works. Currently open for pre-enrolment, the full course will be available in January 2017.
“Music is my language, my form of communicating,” Zimmer said in a statement. “My MasterClass is a way for me to show that bold ideas can come from anyone and all you need is a computer to make music. Maybe even just a phone! I hope my MasterClass helps people see they just need to break the rules and move their ideas forward. The rest is just technicalities.”
MasterClass is a San Francisco-based startup that offers courses for (US) $90 on a range of topics. Zimmer joins a host of other high-profile teachers sharing their wisdom through the platform, such as Werner Herzog teaching film-making, Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman teaching acting, Gordon Ramsey teaching cooking, and Serena Williams teaching tennis.
“This is a musician’s life. Everybody tells you not to do it and get a real job,” Zimmer says in a trailer for the class. “When all is said and done and we’ve built the highest high-rises and we’ve built the fastest machines, there’s still going to be room for somebody to tell you a story or somebody to write you a piece of music.”