Went to the beautiful Royal Hawaiian to attend this creative workshop featuring international composer agent (from Greece) George Christopoulos and Emmy Award winning composer Richard Bellis. To be honest, I misunderstood what “Film Composer” meant, and thought I was gonna see a presentation on how to make movies, not how to make music for movies. I was a bit disappointed… That being said, I just changed my initial mood to try and find interest in what this seminar was about instead.
The seminar was a good introduction to the world of movie scores, and the presentations, especially the one from Richard Bellis, offered a lot of great visuals and entertaining examples which kept the crowd interested. He shared some good insight when it comes to composing music, such as “remember that the music is supposed to say what a scene isn´t saying,” and “Turn the pitch up, instead of turning music down when people have a dialogue.” He also mentioned that the music should be 20% of a scene, meaning that the music should complement the scene itself, and provide a soul for the film.
I soon realized that this was not my field of interest, though, and I could tell there was a certain kind of audience in there which was more into than I was. Interested or not, I did find the first presentation good, but the second one, by George Christopoulos, felt more like a lecture in “why we are not good enough to enter the film composer´s world.” It was an hour long speech on how hard the industry is, and what he expected from people who wanted to enter it. It all felt more like a mass-interview where the goal was to eliminate those who would fall under the curb. And his expectations where sky-hight too! I´m sure some found this interesting, but I could feel the atmosphere in the room dropping a bit during this speech unfortunately.
For me, the most interesting part of this seminar was the networking before it started and in the break. There were a lot of people from the movie and advertising industry present, and I got to trade some business cards and talk with a lot of established people. Unfortunately I had to leave before the second part started to attend the screening of the brilliant “The Iran Job”.
All in all, probably a good seminar for those who found it relevant. A lot of good music and examples, and some interesting facts about composing that I would never have thought of.
By Daniel Thu