I recently had the pleasure of serving again on the faculty of the NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker. The 2013 workshop, which concluded last week, offers participants from around the world an intense 10-day period in which they attend clinics, participate in seminars, and work with a great faculty of industry professionals. The workshop culminates with each participant recording an original cue with a live orchestra comprised of top New York-area musicians, professionally recorded and synced to a demo reel.
For the past several years I’ve led a workshop called “A Sibelius Clinic: Scoring – Orchestration – ReWire” and have also served as a mentor for “Orchestration Day”, a round-robin afternoon where participants bravely share their scores-in-progress with faculty for some friendly critiques, compliments, and suggestions. The Sibelius clinic always goes by in a flash — there’s so much to cover. We did manage to review some useful scoring tips like how to apply hit points and the Fit Selection to Time plug-in, MIDI cleanup tools like Renotate Performance, Remove Unison Notes, Combine Notes & Rests, and Remove Overlapping Notes, setting up virtual instruments through Playback Configurations, and using ReWire to transcribe or orchestrate a piece of music.
I was extremely impressed with the level of all of the participants and auditors. More information about the workshop is on the NYU site. If you’re interested, mark your calendars for the 2014 workshop and application deadline, which will likely fall during similar periods next year. Meanwhile, enjoy these few photos!
Photos courtesy of Ron Sadoff.