Perhaps more Russolo than Morricone.
November 14, 2007 7:32 AM Subscribe
Help me transition from sound-art and experimental composition into film scoring. (Los Angeles.)
posted by mykescipark to Work & Money (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Through a series of fortuitous events, it seems about 75% certain that I'm moving to Los Angeles in the next few months. I recently left Boston, where I spent twelve years alternately doing time as a full-time indie-pop impresario and doing day jobs that were completely unrelated to being an indie-pop impresario.
In the last five years or so, I've moved increasingly away from anything resembling pop music into more formal experiments with sound art, radio art, audio collage, musique concrète, and the like. I've also done some pretty heavy work as a writer and composer with shortwave radio and found sound. While this work has always been characterized as ideal for soundscaping, soundtracking, and incidental music (and has been used as such in a few instances), I've never received any formal training in how to actually technically put a score together for a longer-form project, having thus far only worked on experimental films and my own radio broadcasts.
Which brings me to L.A. Since I'm here, I'd really like to learn the ins and outs of scoring films from someone actively involved in the business: specifically gaining experience with whatever audio/video software people are using, getting hands-on training and experience, and soaking up some tips in composition as well (although my focus would mainly be technical). I'd also like to find a related day job, perhaps in sound editing, to pay the bills, as I've sworn off ever working in a corporate office cubicle again.
So, my filmic sound-hound friends, talk to me about options. Can I find a mentorship? Should I be looking at schools? Any MeFites have experience in transitioning into this profession from the murky underbrush of experimental music? I don't have a lot of money for classes, but I have enthusiasm, some experience, and ideas galore.
FWIW, I'm already working on scoring another short film and putting together some music for a children's theatre piece, but these are volunteer efforts, not paying gigs. The idea would be to gain enough experience and confidence where I felt that I could pitch myself for film work and actually walk in the door having some practical, higher-level knowledge at hand - or start by getting an assistantship gig with someone already doing so.
Thoughts, if you please, to the usual mailbox.