September 05, 2012

The NYU/ASCAP Foundation TV & Film Scoring Workshop


The 2012 NYU/ASCAP Foundation TV & Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker completed its thirteenth year, spearheaded by Sean Callery (24, Bones, Homeland) and featuring NYU film composer-in-residence Ira Newborn (Naked Gun, Blues Brothers) and Mark Snow (X-Files, Blue Bloods).

From May 22nd through 31st, 20 participating composers, competitively selected from nine countries, engaged in rigorous daily sessions focused on the mechanics and myriad of skills required for contemporary film scoring. Under the artistic direction of NYU Steinhardt Associate Professor and composer Ron Sadoff (The Moon and the Son), in partnership with ASCAP's Senior Director of Film & TV Sue Devine, the participants worked with a worldrenowned faculty of composers, orchestrators and music editors, including NYU's Sonny Kompanek (Casanova), Michael Patterson (JAG series), Mark Suozzo (The Nanny Diaries) and Tim Starnes (The Departed).

Prevailing technological trends and creative approaches to the art were addressed through intensive seminars dedicated to orchestration, MIDI mockups, music editing and conducting, culminating in a full day of recording sessions in NYU's Black Box Theatre with an orchestra comprising New York City's top studio players.

top studio players. Two evening presentations by ASCAP and the Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) provided a wealth of real-world context. From NYU Vanderbilt Auditorium, Sean Callery provided an insider's view of his compositional process by scoring scenes from his shows. Performing live, building up cues track-bytrack, Callery demonstrated the delicate balance between composition, technology and directorial vision. For the SCL's roundtable, "Where's My Music? How Digital Tracking Is Changing the Music Business," ASCAP and ASCAP Foundation Board member Doug Wood, moderated a panel comprising representatives from the PROs and leading-edge technology companies who explored performing rights in the digital age.

Generous scholarship support was provided by The Film Music Foundation in LA, The Sorel Charitable Organization for Women in Music, Charlotte Baker, in memory of Buddy Baker, and the The ASCAP Foundation Jimmy Van Heusen Award.

The Workshop continues to draw talented composers from around the globe. Ron Sadoff commented, "This year's composers demonstrated an extraordinary capacity to score a scene in diverse, inventive and highly effective ways. Each composer seemed to draw inspiration and ideas from each other in a kind of 'collaborative competition.' The Workshop continues to reflect the commitment of NYU Steinhardt and The ASCAP Foundation in preparing the next generation of composers for film and expanding media outlets."

Curtis MooreCurtis Moore received the Workshop Faculty Award for Best Score. His cue was inventive, professional and striking by virtue of a remarkably colorful orchestration. Having substantial experience in film, television and stage, Moore is becoming an important voice in the industry, as a writer, arranger, producer, conductor and performer. TIME Magazine referred to his recent musical Veniceas "the year's best musical."

Chase MorrinThe ASCAP Foundation and NYU Film Scoring Program selected Chase Morrin for The ASCAP Foundation Jimmy Van Heusen Award. Chase is pursuing a double degree at Harvard College and The New England Conservatory. Already an accomplished jazz pianist and composer, Morrin was named the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival "Outstanding Soloist" in 2010 and 2011. Morrin's interest in adapting his music to moving images could have no better model than Jimmy Van Heusen, who won four Academy Awards for songs including "Swinging on a Star," "High Hopes" and "Call Me Irresponsible."