SVA Film & Animation

Seminar: Selecting Film Composers


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

  • 7:00 – 9:00pm
  • 209 East 23rd street, New York, NY – Ampitheater
  • Free and open to the public

Thought leadership for Directors, Producers, Music Supervisors and other senior Film Executives




Composing music for film requires a set of composition skills and talent beyond the training and education of expert film makers. Filmmakers make use of a select criteria that often fall short of determining factors important in the identification of composer’s capabilities.

In part one of this two-part event, I will trace the history of how film composers were selected up until present, how the process has changed, and weaknesses that emerged. Part one will also cover the pros and cons of samples, live instruments, the combination, and the long term effects on the return on capital investment.

Part two of the event will introduce new and specific tools and tests for determining compositional capability on an arms length basis. These methods, designed by composers, are positioned to enable those without musical training to make better decisions.

Participating experts will include senior composers and teachers of composition, sound designer, and the leading European contractor of live film orchestra recording.

Read Steve’s blog here.

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