For many composers, the Holy Grail of film scoring programs – the place with legendary faculty, connections, and curriculum – is the University of Southern California's Department of Screen Scoring (previously the Scoring for Motion Picture and Television [SMPTV] program). With the class of 2020 recently graduated, I asked my buddy and newly USC alumnus, Michael Wilson, about his experiences in the program.
In the second installment of my Composer Routines series, I spoke with composer Darren Fung (The Great Human Odyssey, Equus: Story of the Horse). Darren wears many hats; not only is he a skilled composer, he's also a conductor, serves on the Board of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada after recently stepping down as the Second Vice President, acts as a Program Advisor for the Canadian Film Centre's Slaight Music Residency, and is a husband and father.
Joey Newman – composer, husband, father of three daughters, four cats, and a dog. If you know Joey, or at least know his work, you know that he's composed for dozens of TV shows including Little People, Big World, The Mysteries of Laura, and The Middle. So how does a composer juggle the responsibilities of week-to-week TV work while simultaneously being family man? I asked Joey about his daily routine to find out...
If you haven't yet watched Tales from the Loop, Amazon's new sci-fi series, I highly recommend it. It's beautifully made with stunning visuals, interesting story, and, luckily for us, some mesmerizing music. That hauntingly alluring music was written by composers Paul Leonard-Morgan and Philip Glass, and blends some fantastic minimalist textures with intimate orchestration and thoughtful melodic writing. I recently had the opportunity to pick Paul's brain and ask about his experiences working on this series with Philip Glass.
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