Composer Mark Orton teaching workshop


Composer MARK ORTON will be teaching an upcoming workshop, INSIDE THE WORLD OF FILM COMPOSING, this Saturday at the School of Film.

Founding member of the genre-bending acoustic chamber ensemble Tin Hat, MARK ORTON has written original scores or contributed music to numerous films including THE GOOD GIRL, THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED, BUCK, Fernando Meirelles’s 360, NBC’s “E.R.,” and the upcoming Ken Burns series “The Roosevelts.” An alumnus of the Peabody Conservatory and the Hartt School of Music, and the recipient of a Sundance Institute Composer Fellowship, he was nominated as Best New Composer by the International Film Music Critics. As an arranger he has worked with artists including Tom Waits, Willie Nelson, Mike Patton, and Norah Jones. In addition to film, he composes for dance, circus, radio drama, and the concert hall, drawing inspiration from his collection of antique and unusual musical instruments.

Click here to hear some of the pieces he’s composed for film.

This weekend’s workshop will go into the types of film scores (original, licensed, public domain, live captured, sound design); the film music department staff (who does what); film music budgeting; what happens before a composer is hired (the temp score, the cue sheet, demos, typical contracts, and budgets); how to work with a composer (the spotting session, what a composer needs technically, the adjusted cue sheet, giving notes, film music vocabulary, the illusive locked picture); licensing music (different types of licenses, understanding publishing, obtaining a license, different types of rights scenarios, how to avoid “the man,” re-purposing non-film music, filing a finalized cue sheet).

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