A professional, three week summer program for a new generation of film composers, now in its fourth successful year featuring Golden Globe nominated composer Christopher Young and Andy Hill, former Vice President of Music for Walt Disney Films.
Fundamentals of Film Scoring
The Fundamentals of Film Scoring program will present and provide learners with the practical, creative, conceptual ideas and fundamental techniques of successfully composing a score for the screen. It examines the responsibilities, workflows and processes of the composer, from initial commission through to the final completion of the score. During the program, participants will compose and record four pieces: starting with solo piano, then gradually working on more complex structures such as a nine-member mixed chamber ensemble and a strings/ harp/ piano ensemble; finally, participants will score a scene from a major Hollywood movie and have it recorded with a 38-member orchestra and dubbed to picture.
This program is the perfect starting point for musicians, composers and producers who want to explore composing for scoring for film, game, TV and other visual media. It addresses professional and non-professional musicians, composers and producers, and will provide participants with material for their compositional portfolio, a pre-requisite for successfully pitching for scoring engagements.
“Life-changing“ is the term I hear most associated with this course. At the end of the three weeks, each participant will have scored a real scene for a real movie in a professional recording studio with professional musicians, conductor, scoring supervisor and recording engineer. In addition to the learning experience, each composer leaves with the beginnings of their professional portfolio. It takes years to build up a professional film scoring portfolio, and composers have to start somewhere. This is the place to start. Friends for life are made here in Varna, the surroundings are beautiful, inexpensive and the people very friendly. This year, we have added three new separate programs: MIDI Mock-Ups, Music Supervision, and Fundamentals of Orchestral Conducting”. Derek Gleeson, Program Director