March 27, 2012

Five Composers Selected to Score Films for ASCAP/Columbia Workshop

merging of music and film

The 2012 ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop is fully underway! Five graduate filmmakers selected composers to score their short films to premiere at the Columbia University Film Festival. We would like to congratulate composers Nicholas Brittel, Lucas Lechowski, Elizabeth Lim, Jourdan Urbach and Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin for being selected to score films.

Columbia University Film School opens the workshop to its graduate film school students (approx 65) who have the opportunity to submit their films. Four films, approximately 15-30 minutes in length, and the Columbia University Film Festival Trailer are selected. ASCAP curates an online Spotlight of 30 film composers, and the five filmmakers each hire a composer from this group to score their full film. Alex Steyermark (Columbia University faculty; director, One Last Thing, Prey For Rock & Roll; music supervisor for directors Ang Lee, Spike Lee, etc.) guides the filmmakers through the process of finding the right composer, then the filmmaker-composer teams through spotting the film, presentations and critiques of the score-in-progress and preparations for the scoring and mixing sessions. The scoring sessions are at Avatar Studios with 15 players. All the films screen at the annual Columbia University Film Festival. Many go on to "Columbia Selects" industry screenings in NYC and LA and to international film festivals.

Now that all of the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop projects have selected their composers, we'd like to open up the pool of composers to any other film students looking for a composer. Filmmakers can access the composer information at this link: http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/events/fsw/cu/2012/index.aspx

Once there, filmmakers can click on each composer's picture to access a player which has music samples, biographical and contact information. Any filmmakers using this tremendous resource should make sure to mention that they are from the Columbia film program (composers will be expecting this). Filmmakers should make it clear, however, that scores created this way will not have access to the live recording sessions which are part of the Workshop. Nevertheless, we do encourage these filmmakers and composers to audit the Workshop.

For more information about the 2012 ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop, visit http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/events/fsw/cu/2012/index.aspx.