I just got back from the PNW Film Scoring class summer intensive in Edinburgh a few days ago. I thought I should post on this forum to tell you people a little bit about it, and to thank Gary again for the opportunity.
When they say summer "intensive" there not joking. The amount of infomation they cram into those two weeks is amazing. This is just a quick summery of what we did over the two weeks, I would be here all day if I was to list everything we covered.
In the first week Hummie spent a lot of time explaining the none-music side of the film scoring business. This gave us a fascinating insight into the stuff that goes on behind the scenes, covering a huge range of topics such as who works for who, who does what, contracts, royalties, fees, different timecode software/hardware etc...
The second week was much more music oriented. We went into some pritty deep music theory and learned lots of interesting tricks which I'm sure will prove to be very useful for people who end up writing to picture, and even for people who dont.
The elective courses were also very good. I chose "Music theory for the contemporary composer" and "Sound recording". The music theory helped me a great deal and the sound recording course was fascinating.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in film scoring. Even if you take this course but dont end up writing to picture, the stuff you learn in the second week will surely improve your level of composition.
Thanks again Gary and Hummie for this wonderful opportunity.