Composers Selected for 22nd Annual ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop

Film Music Magazine • July 28, 2010

ASCAP has selected 12 emerging composers to participate in this year’s 22nd annual Television and Film Scoring Workshop. Selected participants have the opportunity to record their own music using similar resources afforded Oscar-winning composers while receiving advice, practical experience and insiders’ access from some of the industry’s leading professionals, all of this at no cost. The internationally recognized workshop, which takes place in Los Angeles, CA, July 19 – August 12, 2010 is one of the most successful and prestigious programs offered by ASCAP, and it is widely known as a major educational and networking opportunity for emerging composers.

Participants will benefit from the mentorship of Emmy Award-winning composer and arranger Richard Bellis. Author of The Emerging Film Composer and member of ASCAP’s Board of Directors, Bellis has coached the workshop for the past twelve years, and led a panel selection of the twelve workshop participants, who were selected from several hundred applicants worldwide. The workshop was originally founded by the late film and television composer Fred Karlin.

“With this program, ASCAP introduces these 12 talented composer participants to Hollywood’s elite, including award-winning film and television composers, orchestrators and top-tier business professionals,” said Bellis. “In addition, participants receive a rare glimpse of what it’s like to be an A-list film composer. They are given a scene to score from a major motion picture and then surrounded by every benefit and luxury afforded a big budget music score – music editor, scoring mixer, contractor, copyists and a 65 piece L.A. studio orchestra on one of the largest recording stages in town. There is nothing like this workshop anywhere else in the world.”

This year’s workshop is partially supported by The ASCAP Foundation with an additional contribution from ole, one of the world’s largest independent, full-service music publishers. “One of ole’s core endeavors is to support and develop promising talent and our creator community,” says David Weitzman, director of Business Development at ole.

With an ideal combination of state-of-the-art facilities and access to some of the industry’s most renowned professionals, the four-week power-packed workshop assigns each participant a three-minute scene from a well-known feature film. They have 9 days to compose an original score to fit the scene which concludes with a scoring session with L.A.’s finest session musicians from the Recording Musicians Association on the legendary Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Bros. Studios. Armed with state-of-the-art tools, the participants have the benefit of working with a team of professionals, including a music editor and Pro Tools operator, recording engineer and booth recordist, music librarian and prep service, and a musicians contractor. On the last day of the workshop, ASCAP screens all of the clips, complete with effects and dialogue, in a theater at the Directors Guild of America. Each composer will walk away with an impressively competitive top-of-the-line demo, invaluable resources, and a head start to launching a career as a composer.

The workshop has guided talent in taking their craft to the next level, and has produced a large number of success stories. In previous years, the workshop has featured top ASCAP composers as speakers including: Sean Callery (24, Bones, Medium), John Debney (Predators, Iron Man 2), Michael Giacchino (Star Trek, Up, Lost), Mark Isham (The Secret Life of Bees, Bobby) Randy Newman (Toy Story 1, 2 & 3, Leatherheads), James Newton Howard (Salt, The Dark Knight), Mark Snow (Ghost Whisperer, The X-Files), Brian Tyler (The Expendables, Fast & Furious, Eagle Eye) and Hans Zimmer (Inception, The Dark Night).

Industry veterans who regularly contribute their time and talent to the program include: music editor Michael Ryan co-founder of Mad 4 Music, Jo Ann Kane Music Services, legendary recording engineer Armin Steiner, contractor Peter Rotter, RMA International President Phil Ayling, orchestrator David Slonaker, scoring mixer John Rodd and concert master Endre Granat.

The 22nd annual ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop participants include:

Hometown: Culver City, CA / Reading, U.K.
Peter studied music at the University of Birmingham, U.K, and moved to Los Angeles in September 2007 to study film composition at UCLA. Over the last three years, Peter has assisted and orchestrated for a variety of film and video game composers. He has also written music for short and feature-length movies. In 2009, Peter was a recipient of the Pete Carpenter Fellowship.

“Working ‘behind-the-scenes’ as an assistant or orchestrator can cause you to lose sight of the bigger picture. The ASCAP workshop is the perfect way to connect with top flight industry professionals and get hands-on experience on a composer-level, and remind myself why I came to Los Angeles in the first place. Thanks ASCAP!” – Peter Bateman

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Eric received a Bachelor’s degree in music composition from Stanford University and continued his studies at the Scoring for Motion Picture and Television graduate program at USC’s Thornton School of Music. In 2009, Eric won a Los Angeles Area Emmy award for a documentary that he scored and co-produced. Eric’s recent projects include arranging music for a musical that is in development, and writing for a series of promotional films for the LA Kings. In addition to his own projects, Eric has worked with LA composers on several feature films as an orchestrator, synth programmer, and technical consultant.

“It is an honor to attend this prestigious workshop in the company of such talented composers. The opportunity to meet and learn from the industry’s finest professionals is invaluable.” – Eric Jasper

Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Justin is a freelance musician, composer and arranger based in Sydney, Australia. He has just completed scoring his second feature film and past credits include a string of TV commercials and title music for ABC television programs. In 2009, he was employed as an arranger for Australian Idol and is in demand as an orchestrator with works performed by many of the major Australian orchestras and the Danish Radio Orchestra. In addition to film scoring, Justin is an experienced songwriter with one of his songs being recently selected by Chinese superstar, Andy Lau, for his next album to be released later this year.

“I am very excited and honoured to have been selected for the workshop. It is not often that one is offered an opportunity to learn from the best in the business, and I look forward to sharing the experience with the eleven other talented composers.” – Justin Kearin

Hometown: Pasadena, CA / Tucson, AZ
Joel is a Los Angeles-based composer who completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona and the University of Auckland. He continued his studies at USC through the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program and is currently pursuing a career in the music industry in the Los Angeles area.

“It is such a privilege to be included in the ASCAP film scoring workshop this year, as the opportunities it presents for meeting wonderful people within the film industry is unparalleled. To learn from, and work with, some of the best in the business as well as all the talented participants is a true blessing and a great honor.” – Joel Kreimeyer-Kelly

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA / Boston, MA / Seoul, South Korea
JJ’s background in classical and jazz composition account for the lush, sophisticated orchestral scores with hints of jazz harmony that are hallmarks of her work. A pianist from age five and Berklee graduate who left her native Korea to pursue a career as a film composer in Hollywood, she has amassed an impressive list of credits in a short amount of time. Working in a wide range of media, she has scored and orchestrated film, television and video games. Among her credits are “At The Movies,” “Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands,” “Transformers II,” and “Gears Of War II.” She has been honored with a Sundance Composer Fellowship and Jerry Goldsmith Film Scoring Scholarship.

“As a young composer, being selected for the ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop has been a dream of mine. I am excited by the challenge it presents to step up to the next level and the opportunity to meet and interact with fellow composers, both peers and industry titans.” – JJ Lee

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA / Boston, MA
Christopher pursues a modern, hybrid orchestral style that strives to complement narrative theme with musical tone. He has composed for indie features (Blind Ambition, Taxiwallah), network television (At The Movies) and video games (Transformers 2, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands). He is currently working on the upcoming ABC police procedural, 187 Detroit. In addition, his orchestrations can be heard on films such as Evan Almighty, My Best Friend’s Girl, and Hotel for Dogs. A Sundance Composer Fellow and graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Chris resides in Los Angeles.

“While it’s true that summer brings many distractions, the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop offers the unprecedented opportunity to work with and learn from the best in the business as well as record with a full orchestra of the finest studio musicians. What could be better than that? Besides, I don’t tan well. “- Chris Lord

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Layla received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she began to collaborate with different film directors. Not long after, she graduated the University of Southern California with a Graduate Certificate in Scoring for Motions Pictures and Television. In recent years, Layla has worked on several independent films and is currently working with composer Robert Duncan on various TV series such as Castle, Lie to Me, and The Gates.

“In this industry, there’s nothing more valuable than gaining the knowledge and insight of our industry professionals. The ASCAP Workshop is providing us with this opportunity to explore the many different aspects of the film music industry. Not to mention, having the opportunity to conduct for an extraordinary group of musicians. I’m so thankful to be a part of this experience and wouldn’t miss it for the world.” – Layla Minoui

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA / Albuquerque, NM
After graduating from Rice University with his Bachelor of Music degree, Damian moved to Los Angeles to complete his Master’s degree at the University of Southern California, and pursue his dreams of writing music for film and performing on film scores. Since then, he has worked on projects ranging from scoring for television and feature film to writing works commissioned by the Houston Symphony and the LA Chamber Orchestra. As a bassoonist, he has performed on scores such as Alice in Wonderland, Bolt, Hancock, and Spider-Man 3.

“I’ve been looking forward to doing the ASCAP film scoring workshop for years and was thrilled to be accepted this summer! I’m excited about the invaluable hands-on opportunity of working with the industry’s top professionals and further developing my skills. I have had the chance to work on the scoring stage as a musician, and I’m grateful that ASCAP is providing me the amazing opportunity to experience recording with an LA session orchestra from the other side as a composer!” – Damian Montano

Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
Pete graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008. An accomplished musician, his credits range from winning the Pittsburgh Young Artist Competition with a performance of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd to string arranging for producer PJ Bianco. Over the past year, he has worked on the films Dear John (additional arranging), Fame (conducting/piano), and Alice in Wonderland (scoring assistant).

“This is the first chance I’ve ever really had to meet a group of young composers. I can’t wait to learn from them and hear their stories. The same goes for all of the guest speakers, ASCAP people, and studio players involved in the workshop. I am ridiculously excited for this summer.” – Pete Seibert

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA / Chicago, IL
Although initially an engineering student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Corey began full time music study after scoring his student film. After graduating in 2008 with a BM in Music Composition, Corey continued his film scoring studies at USC’s Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV) program, graduating in the spring of 2009. Since leaving USC, Corey has scored 3 independent feature length films and has continued to work on high profile USC projects.

“My desire to be involved with this workshop is simple. It’s a professional development workshop, and I am a developing professional. Everything I’ve done for 7 years has been aimed at getting me to this point, and I want to keep heading in the right direction. Also, as someone who works tirelessly to always have live musicians in my recordings, I am very appreciative that ASCAP provides this opportunity to work with some of LA’s finest studio musicians, and gives us the chance to prove what we can do with the same resources as A-list composers.” – Corey Wallace

Hometown: Vienna, Austria
Oliver received his Master’s degree in Music and Media Psychology from the University of Vienna and studied composition privately. Since 1998 he is working as a composer, audio producer and sound designer for film and interactive media, both as a freelancer and as an in-house composer for Austrian Gaming Industries. 2010 he also joined the team at Audiovibes Studios, Vienna.

“I’m really looking forward to learning from some of the best in the industry and recording my music with arguably the best session players in the world. I feel honored to be one of the few who have been selected for this workshop – it’s a unique opportunity, and also a childhood dream coming true!” – Oliver Wallner

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA / Cannes, France
A native from Cannes, France, Laurent graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston where he pursued a Film Scoring Major. Upon graduation in 2007, he moved to Los Angeles assisting and orchestrating for composers such as Christopher Young and John Frizzell. In 2008, he co-founded PearUp Media, a music production company that specializes in music services for all types of visual media. Laurent is a versatile composer that has written music for feature films, documentaries and numerous short films. His most recent work includes music for the feature film “Suing The Devil” directed by Tim Chey starring Malcolm McDowell.

“Knowing that many successful composers working today once participated in the ASCAP workshop, I feel very fortunate and honored to be selected this year. l truly believe this opportunity will be very helpful to my career for several reasons. First of all, I will have a chance to improve my writing and orchestration skills, as well as my dramatic understanding of film scoring. I will also learn about industry-related topics such as business, contracts, publicity, and so on, which are so very important in our line of work. I am really looking forward to meeting the speakers of the workshop as I know that ASCAP will bring in leading professionals from various fields of our industry. And of course, I am very much looking forward to the recording session, especially since it will be the first time for me to record with an A-list orchestra at a state-of-the-art stage.” – Laurent Ziliani

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