The Coolidge Corner Theatre and Berklee College of Music present a screening of Faust, F.W. Murnau's 1926 epic fable of the supernatural, featuring the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra. Under the direction of film scoring professor and industry professional Sheldon Mirowitz, and with the participation of the Berklee Film Scoring Department, headed by new chair George Clinton, the BSFO students have composed and will perform a brand new score for this immortal, classic tale of the search for knowledge.
Will Wells who will tell of his journey since graduating last year, which includes his roles as an engineer, producer, songwriter, and more and share helpful tips with the students. Wells was born and raised in Erial, New Jersey, just across the water from Philadelphia. He studied at Berklee College of Music from fall of 2007 to spring of 2011, focusing on film scoring and music production and engineering, but also honing his skills as a songwriter, arranger, conductor, and musician. He recently transitioned out of his position as house engineer at Woodshed Recording in Malibu, California, owned by film composer Richard Gibbs, and toured North America with the electropop duo, LMFAO. He has had the opportunity to work with such renowned artists as John Mayer, Wyclef Jean, Bobby McFerrin, Richard Page, Patrice Rushen, Michael McDonald, and many more.
"The most significant thing a film composer brings to the table is the ability to emotionally connect with a film and express that through music. If you’re not able to do that, you’re not going to be very good, no matter how much training you’ve had. This is why it’s so important for composers to trust their instincts. That’s one of the main things I’ve learned—I do best when I don’t get in my own way and over-analyze things. There is a magical thing that happens that is almost like alchemy when music and image link up in a way neither you nor the director could have predicted. Those are the moments I live for."