Film Scoring Contest Kickoff

Tuesday / September 27, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
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  • Aesthetics of film scores
  • Approaches to scoring
  • Music as a story-telling device
  • Film Scoring Contest details

With a presentation by George Clinton and Dan Carlin, the seventh annual Film Scoring Contest begins Tuesday, September 27. For the contest, Berklee students compose and record an original score to a short film, and compete for prizes totaling nearly $3,000.

In conjunction with the contest, the annual networking event (this year titled Music and Sound for Visual Media Networking Event) will happen on Saturday, November 5. Over 200 people will be in attendance ranging from Berklee students, to professional and student filmmakers, to film school faculty from all over New England. Watch for further details in the coming weeks. To participate in this year's Film Scoring Contest, go to after 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, and click on the Film Scoring Contest banner.

George S. Clinton

George S. Clinton began his professional musical career as a songwriter, arranger, and session musician in Nashville, while earning degrees in music and drama at Middle Tennessee State University. The summer after graduation, Clinton attended the Atlanta Pop Festival and, upon hearing Joe Cocker perform "With a Little Help From My Friends," left his native Chattanooga, bound for Los Angeles and ready to rock and roll.

Clinton became a staff writer for Warner Brothers Music, with songs recorded by such artists as Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, and Three Dog Night; continued arranging and session work; and, as a recording artist, did albums for MCA, Elektra, ABC, and Arista. The critically acclaimed George Clinton Band attracted the attention of a movie producer, giving Clinton the opportunity to score his first film, Cheech and Chong's Still Smokin', and, later, Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers.

He developed his craft scoring "ninja" movies for Cannon Films, and network and cable television movies and miniseries, writing for a wide range of genres and musical styles. The soulful, erotic jazz for Zalman King's Showtime anthology Red Shoe Diaries developed quite a following, and brought more public awareness.

His musical inventiveness and versatility in both orchestral and popular idioms have allowed him to contribute memorable scores to such diverse films as the hit comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and its blockbuster sequels and the hit martial arts fantasy Mortal Kombat and its sequel. Other noteworthy projects include John Waters's A Dirty Shame; Disney's holiday hits The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3; and the sexy thriller Wild Things.

Most recent projects include the Emmy Award-winning Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Hometown Glory, The Tooth Fairy, Extract, and Salvation Boulevard. In addition, Clinton has written several concert works; three musicals; and is proud to serve as an advisor at the Sundance Composers Lab. Awards include a Grammy nomination, an Emmy nomination, and 9 BMI Film Music Awards, including their highest honor, the Richard Kirk Career Achievement Award.

Dan Carlin

Chair of the Film Scoring Department at Berklee since 2007, Carlin has worked as an Emmy-winning music editor (Under Siege); Emmy-nominated music director (The Temptations); and conductor, music supervisor, soundtrack producer, or consultant on over 100 projects, including such multiple award-winning films as An Officer and a Gentleman, Days of Heaven, The Black Stallion, Sister Act, The Body Guard, Steel Magnolias, The Last of the Mohicans, What's Love Got To Do With It, and Bruce Almighty. He served two terms as chair of the Recording Academy's Board of Trustees (the Grammys) and over 20 years as a member of the Motion Picture Academy's Music Branch Executive Committee (the Oscars). Dan cofounded, and for 25 years was CEO of, Segue Music, the industry's largest independent provider of on-set and post-production music services. In addition, he served as executive director of the Henry Mancini Institute; has taught at UCLA, UCONN, and Belmont; and has lectured or served on panels at USC, NYU, MIT, CSU Northridge, and Loyola of New Orleans, as well as at institutions in Ireland and India. Dan cofounded the Sundance Institute's Composer Lab and was a charter member of the UCLA Film-Scoring Advisory Board.