Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program to Offer Professional Seminar Series in Los Angeles
The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program (PNWFS) has announced a series of 2-evening seminars in Los Angeles taught by composer and PNWFS program creator Hummie Mann. The first seminar, scheduled for September 27th and 28th, is titled “Harmonic Concepts” – A thorough overview of harmonic practice – from basic to advanced concepts – as used in contemporary film composition and songwriting.
Each seminar will cover a specific aspect of composition technique with an emphasis on composing dramatic music for film/TV/video and games. However, since film composers are often called upon to compose in a variety of styles and genres, the classes have been designed to focus on the craft of composition applicable to everything from grand orchestral scoring to writing a rock/pop/jazz tune. Hummie, who was listed by Variety magazine as a “Leader in Learning”, believes that all too often the music theory that musicians learn has little direct application to the music one wants to compose. His philosophy is that music theory should and can be a useful tool for composing.
Each class will include handouts of notes from Hummie’s upcoming film scoring technique textbook as well copies of music/scores from a variety of projects. The seminars will held on consecutive Tuesday/Wednesday evenings from 7 – 10 PM at the Musicians Union Auditorium (817 North Vine Street, Hollywood).
The first seminar, scheduled for September 27th and 28th, and future seminar dates are October 11/12 and October 25/26 – topics TBA. Attendees at the first seminar will get a discount code to register for future seminars. Seats are limited, so early registration is recommended.
Registration for the seminar is available here:
Hummie Mann is a 2 Time Emmy Award Winner and has scored over 50 feature and television films including Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Dracula Dead and Loving It”, Peter Yates’ “Year of the Comet”, the children’s film “Thomas and the Magic Railroad” and “Wooly Boys” directed by Leszek Burzynski starring Peter Fonda and Kris Kristofferson. For television, he has scored projects for Jonathan Kaplan (the miniseries re-make of “In Cold Blood”), Norman Jewison (“Picture Windows – Soir Bleu”), Peter Bogdanovich (“The Rescuers: Tales of Courage – Two Women”), Simon Wincer (the miniseries “P.T. Barnum”), Joe Dante (Masters of Horror: “Homecoming” and “The Screwfly Solution”), Jim Abrahams (“First Do No Harm”) and Richard Friedenberg (“Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas”). For 2 years he held the position of Assistant Professor of Film Composition at Columbia College Chicago and has taught the PNWFS program courses in Edinburgh and Copenhagen. He has also guest lectured in China and Morocco. Hummie holds a Bachelors of Music with a Major in Composition, magna cum laude, from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Film Composition through the University of Salford in Salford, England where he was awarded a full scholarship. Currently he divides his time between Mercer Island, Washington and Santa Monica, CA where he continues to work in the industry.