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I recently wrote a song called “Superman” together with Nate “Impact” Jolley for a documentary titled HAIR, set for release in 2015.

Writing for film is a wonderful process! The story is in most cases beautifully laid out in front of you and you can literally set its tone.

With HAIR it was clear we were looking for a contemporary credit song. I was looking for something a little edgy – lyrics to think about that would leave the audience with a strong vibe. I love writing for motion pictures and I’m happy to share with you some of my ingredients and recipes on how to go about writing for film! 

STEP 1: GET INVOLVED

Get involved in the story!

Read the script over and over again, look at the storyboard…the colors that are used, the editing… find the rhythm and pace in the story…

STEP 2: MAKE IT VISUAL

I like to draw a chart using Syd Field’s method of the Three-Act Paradigm.

I draw a line and divide it into three Acts. I point out the beginning, the plot points, the climax, the end… you get the idea. I circle and point out the parts where music is needed (start with the most important moments of the story and then work yourself into the details of the scenes).

STEP 3: GET CREATIVE

This is followed by me writing down different musical styles I think would go best with a certain scene e.g an orchestral piece, an acoustic song, a techno track, pop, blues, jazz, vocals or no vocals…

Write down your instrument ideas, the feeling the scene needs to evoke.

STEP 4: GET INSPIRED

Watch movies that are a similar genre to the movie you’re working on. Listen to the music, listen without the music, listen to the silence. Learn, and try to do it better. 🙂

STEP 5: GET STARTED

Work with temp tracks, start recording, and get togther with musicians. Find a style that fits your project! 🙂

STEP 6: HAVE FUN

Always have fun and don’t forget you can use sound effects! YAY!


The multi-talented Dalal is a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/actress who is rising very quickly in the world of pop music. Her Debut Single “Taste The Night” reached #5 on the Billboard Breakout Charts, #7 on the UK Club Charts and #8 on the UK Pop Commercial Charts with a music video that premiered through AOL Music and gained over one million views.

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