The contemporary, tight-budgeted, independent filmmaker takes account of everything they assume will support them to create their breakthrough movie: stellar production crew, appropriate film equipment, tenacious storyline, and talented cast. But are these elements enough to stand out against all the other indie films produced today? "Original Film Compositions" documents the importance of including an original score as a way of making a movie unique compared to other low-budget films. This idea is no innovation. Looking back on early American cinema (and contemporary examples) show how music composition elevates a movie to an entire new level.