I first heard about Darren Fung a few months ago when I found a video called "Making of a Film Score", which takes you into the recording session for the score to the CBC series The Great Human Odyssey, and he's been on my radar as an outstanding composer ever since. The video is great, and a lot of fun to watch, but what really caught my attention was Darren's music and his ability to control the session and his orchestra. I've included the video at the bottom of our Q&A, I highly recommend checking it out!
Matt Head is an Atlanta based composer and producer whose career in film scoring has seen incredible success over the last few years. His composition credits include numerous scores for movies, documentaries, and even commercials. Working with The Horne Brother's production company, Matthew served as the Music Supervisor and Composer for their films Kissing Bandit and The Start of Dreams. Matthew has also worked with Dapa Entertainment composing the music for their documentary I am a Dream Chaser.
Matt and I originally connected on Twitter and I was immediately impressed with the quality of Matt's music and his growing success in a city I only really knew for it's music. Matt's story is truly inspiring.
"First is merely the realization that film composers are in the film business, NOT the music business." - Richard Bellis
Richard Bellis' career in show business ranges from child actor, to composer, to educator and author, and more. After years of working as arranger and music director for Las Vegas acts like Connie Stevens, Leslie Uggams, Abbe Lane and Sally Struthers, Bellis landed his first TV movie, "Black Market Baby", in 1977. He later won an Emmy for his score to Stephen King's "It". Richard is also a past president of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, served on the faculty at USC's SMPTV program, and served on the Board of Governers of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Richard currently serves on the Board of Directors of ASCAP.
With Halloween approaching, and my annual horror movie marathon nearing its climax, I reached out to Richard for a Q&A to celebrate the season and one of my favorite 1980s horror movies, "It".
Five-time Emmy award winning composer Steven Bernstein is perhaps best known for his work on (in my opinion) some of the best Saturday morning cartoons of the late 1990s - including Taz-Mania, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Baby Looney Tunes and many others. Of course, animation isn't all he can do. Being classically trained and well-versed in a wide variety of genres has kept him plenty busy, whether it be on screen or in a concert hall.
Les Brockmann is a Los Angeles-based score mixer whose credits include work for motion pictures, television, theatrical venues, the record industry, and ad campaigns. With over 20 years' experience, Les Brockmann offers a full range of services, from pre-production and tracking to live mixing and digital editing. He has recorded sessions for top clients in the music industry.
Curtis Roush has been working as a music editor on many of the movies we see on TV and in theaters for over 30 years, some of his more recent notable projects include The Hunger Games, Alice in Wonderland and X-Men, just to name a few. He's also a graduate of the Berklee College of Music ('80) with a B.M. in Film Scoring.
A few years ago, Pakk Hui visited one of my film scoring classes at Berklee. Being an alumnus himself, our class got to hear about his experiences after his time at Berklee. When I moved to Los Angeles after graduating, Pakk was one of the first people I contacted (executing the "professional coffee meet-up" I had learned about at Berklee).
Pakk is a highly talented film composer and musician who has had the opportunity to work with such famed names as W.G. Snuffy Walden, Alf Clausen and Brian Tyler.
Norman Ludwin is a bassist, composer, orchestrator, publisher and teacher. He has been an instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring Program since 2001 and at the Musicians Union Local 47 since 2008. He holds a Doctorate in Composition from the Claremont Graduate University, a Masters in Music from the California State University at Northridge and a B.F.A. degree from The California Institute for the Arts in Valencia.
I first spoke to Norman this last summer when he was preparing to be a guest speaker at Ron Jones' Ravel Study group in LA and trying to make a trip up to our local Portland and Seattle Ravel Study groups. Norman's a great guy and obviously an incredible musician with a diverse skill-set, so I asked him a few questions about his career:
Happy Halloween! Last month I did a Friday the 13th themed 13 Hair-Raising Horror Film Scores and as I wrote it, I was thinking "how great would it be to actually talk to such an iconic horror composer as Friday the 13th's Harry Manfredini?" Well that thought soon turned to action! My Halloween treat to you - Q&A with Harry Manfredini:
Gina Zdanowicz is an award winning sound designer and composer for film and video games, and owner of Seriallab Studios in New York. Her work can be heard on such award winning AAA titles as Bioshock 2, XCOM, CrimeCraft, Motion Explosion and HyperSpace Madness, as well as casual games like ESPN Arcade games, Puzzle Sphere and Mahjong Vacation. Gina is also an instructor for Berklee College of Music's online Introduction to Game Audio course. I recently had the opportunity to interview Gina about her experiences in the video game industry:
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