'Passions' is something new for NBC. Unlike NBC's other soaps, which are produced by outside program packagers, the network itself produces 'Passions,' taping each daily episode in Studio City, California. Each episode is taped, edited, posted and finished about two to three weeks ahead of broadcast. The 'Passions' production unit was created from scratch, and one key element to be addressed before the show was launched was the music. Stock production music wouldn't do — the network turned to John Henry, Ed O'Donnell, and Wes Boatman for original compositions with a fresh, exciting, young sound.
'Music plays an important part in the program,' notes music producer Ed O'Donnell. 'There's the main title theme music, plus thematic scores or original songs for particular characters and story lines, plus thousands of different music cues that are used to underscore the mood or the emotion of certain scenes. On top of all this, there are pop songs, which are used to give the show a popular, contemporary sound. Each hour–long episode of the series may contain twenty to thirty minutes worth of music. All this music has to first be composed and then carefully chosen and placed by the music supervisor to match the scene in which it's used.'
Matching music to visuals calls for a keen eye, a well–tuned ear, and an instinctive feel for what works and what doesn't in bringing out the emotional punch of each scene. It's often a process of trial and error — numerous recorded musical 'cues' may be tried, and the most appropriate is then selected. And with so many shows do, the system's got to be fast and reliable. That's where FileMaker Pro comes in.