ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis (LA)
The intensive, month-long program is widely known as a major educational and networking opportunity for aspiring composers. It features prestigious guest speakers from the highest levels of the film and television music industry. It is largely funded by The ASCAP Foundation Fred Steiner and Nathan East Fund, established thanks to the generosity of ASCAP members Fred Steiner and Nathan East.
The 2011 Workshop activities included a presentation on orchestration and composition with composer Ron Jones; hands-on orchestration review sessions at JoAnn Kane Music Services with Lars Clutterham, Mark Graham, Andrew Kinney, Victor Pesavento, Douglas Romayne, and Gary Thomas; a visit to Hans Zimmer's Remote Control facilities and the studios of composers Ramin Djawadi, Heitor Pereira, James Levine, Michael Levine and Geoff Zanelli along with recording & mixing engineer Alan Meyerson; a visit to the studio of scoring mixer John Rodd and a conversation with video game composer Jack Wall; conducting rehearsals on the Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Bros. studios; an evening with Oscar-nominated composer Mark Isham and filmmaker collaborator Charles Martin Smith; an evening with Emmy Award winner & Workshop alum Trevor Morris; and industry professionals Rachel Levy (VP Music, Universal Pictures), Ward Hake (VP Music, 20th Century Fox Television), Jim Kendrick (Law Offices of James M. Kendrick, L.L.C.), ole's Michael McCarty and John Anderson, composer agents Roxanne Lippel, Jake Kozarek and Koyo Sonae, legal affairs consultant Michael Horner, RMA Emeritus President and woodwind recording musician Phil Ayling, and orchestra contractor Sandra Kipp. The Workshop culminated with a recording session affording a 61-piece orchestra, held on the Newman Scoring stage at 20th Century Fox Studios as part of an assignment to compose original music for one of four 3-minute scenes from a Hollywood Film; Paramount Pictures' Star Trek, Lovely Bones, and Iron Man 2 (Marvel Studios, LLC), and Twentieth Century Fox Animation's Ice Age 2. Each participant walked away with a recorded ProTools session demo mixed by legendary scoring mixer Armin Steiner - essentially the same set of tools as the A-list composers from the original films.