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The 2-3 hour workshop covers the four basic types of film scoring by screening both good and poor examples of film clips, for a comparison-contrast type of examination. This method provides a comprehensive overview that producers, directors and editors can truly benefit from, by seeing actual music scoring examples, back-to-back with commentary provided for each. Near the end of the workshop, a “spotting session” is conducted with the workshop participants themselves by screening a film clip with the music removed; then together, the participants take a detailed look at the clip for scoring purposes. It is the intention of the workshop, that participants will learn the basics of spotting a film for music, and learn how to identify the musical shifts and changes within a film scene to accommodate the on-screen subject matter.



Brent Michael Davids, Multi-Award Winning Composer




"Film Scoring for Film Makers"



"Film Scoring for Film Makers" is an intensive workshop designed especially for producers, directors and editors — rather than musicians. Instruction includes decoding the basic film music vocabulary and film composer jargon, and a detailed examination of the four basic types of film scoring: Scoring the Action, Scoring the Cuts, Underscoring the Mood, and Underscoring Against the Action. The instructor Brent Michael Davids (Stockbridge Mohican) is one of America's most celebrated multi-award winning American Indian composers, whose career spans 40 years with features on ABC, NBC, Hallmark, CBS, NPR, PBS and NAPT.

* Scoring the Action—Composing music that reflects the on-screen action.
* Scoring the Cuts—Composing music that shifts with the film’s edits.
* Underscoring the Mood—Composing the emotional subtext of a scene.
* Underscoring Against the Action—Composing contrary to the film action.

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Celebrated Multi-Award Winning Film Composer, Brent Michael Davids, Blue Butterfly Group, Saint Paul, MN, Minnesota, Quartz Crystal Flute, American Indian Flute, Native,Concert, Opera, Dance, Ballet, Radio, TV, Television, Video, Orchestra, Band, String Quartet, Choir, Chorus, Modern Dance, Electronic Music