Imagine 2001: A Space Odyssey without Strauss' majestic music, or Jaws without Williams' ominous theme. Those scenes could have communicated a totally different emotion, just from being scored with an opposite or contrary piece of music.
Led by accomplished composer Wendy Blackstone, this workshop will cover the power of music in film and TV as well as the process of working with a composer to score a film. You'll watch various clips and discuss the different directions film music has taken over the years and the different approaches to film scoring.
You'll be guided through the entire process of scoring films, including using temp tracks, hiring and working with a composer, creating budgets and schedules, taking part in spotting sessions, choosing between acoustic versus electronic instruments, creating the mix, and more—all towards the goal of getting the best score for your film.
Whether it's your first or fifteenth time working with a composer, you'll learn how to get the most out of the music for your film. There will also be time to discuss participants' projects.
Wendy Blackstone has composed film music for over 130 films. When Blackstone finished scoring Dear Diary, EP Steven Spielberg said, “Wendy’s music took the show from a 3 to a 9.” Directed by David Frankel, the show won an Academy Award. She has scored seven films that have either been nominated or won Academy Awards. Her feature films scores include Juan Campanella's Love Walked In and Nick Gomez’s New Jersey Drive. She has scored five TV series. Her recent documentary scores include Oscar-nominated Paradise Lost 3 and Oscar winner Strangers No More. In 2011, Ms. Blackstone was nominated for an Emmy for her score for The Lord is Not on Trial. Currently, a documentary is being filmed about Blackstone.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Sep. 17, 2012