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The Art of Scoring Features: A Workshop With Composer Wendy Blackstone

Think of what your favorite film score meant to your experience of watching that film. Now, imagine replacing that score with a completely different genre of music. Your experience would have been different, right?

Held in Wendy Blackstone's Manhattan studio, this workshop will focus on the powerful role music plays in film and how to create the best score for your film, from start to finish. Blackstone—an accomplished, award-winning composer of over 120 film and TV projects—will share her own experiences and demonstrate her process for producing the most effective score for a film.

Blackstone, using her own equipment, will review the entire process, including temp tracks, budgets, schedules, spotting sessions, working with a composer, acoustic versus electronic instruments, the mix, the role of songs, music editors and supervisors, and more.

Having discussed the art of scoring documentaries in her Sept. workshop, this workshop will focus on what is particular to scoring fiction films. She will use a range of film genres that she has scored to explore various scenarios—from feature films including New Jersey Drive to NBC's Profiler series to the comedy Dear Diary.

This will be a lively workshop geared towards the attendees with time available to discuss participants' projects. Whether it's your first or fifteenth time working with a composer, this workshop is for you! 

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.

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.