The Nashville Composers Association presents the two-day seminar “Anatomy of a Film Score” with two-time Emmy-award winning composer/arranger Hummie Mann. Hummie has collaborated with some of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors in both theatrical and television films. His motion pictures projects have ranged from Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” to Peter Yates’ “Year of the Comet”, the children’s film “Thomas and the Magic Railroad” to “Wooly Boys” directed by Leszek Burzynski starring Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine and Joe Mazzello. For television, he has scored projects for Simon Wincer (the miniseries “P.T. Barnum”), Jonathan Kaplan (the miniseries re-make of “In Cold Blood”), Norman Jewison (“Picture Windows – Soir Bleu”), Peter Bogdanovich (“The Rescuers: Tales of Courage – Two Women”), Joe Dante (“Masters of Horror: Homecoming”), Jim Abrahams (“First Do No Harm”), Richard Friedenberg (“Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas”), William Friedkin, John Milius and Ralph Bakshi (all part of the “Rebel Highway” series of films), among others.
Anatomy of a Film Score attendees will receive 50+ pages of scores/notes with a CD of the music studied. Hummie will discuss the process of creating a score from initial concept to finished recorded music using audio and video examples. He will also discuss some specific compositional and technical film scoring techniques utilized in the process. Hummie recommends attendees bring note and manuscript paper as there will be much information you may wish to jot down. Attendees may also submit questions for Hummie ahead of time that he will address as part of the class or during the Q & A segment at the end.
You will learn, among other things:
- Where to begin? Establishing a vocabulary and policy for the score.
- Creating themes and varying them to work in different dramatic situations.
- Techniques of contracting and expanding phrase lengths to fit a film’s timing requirements.
- Discussion about various harmonic languages/progressions used in film.
- The use and control of dissonance for dramatic results.
- A step by step method of scoring a film from start to finish.