THE ART OF FILMSCORING – ONLINE WORKSHOP
This program is for musically advanced high school students. Taught by a Hollywood film composer and Mason alumni Vincent Oppido, students will explore the techniques of composing music for a motion picture through daily writing assignments, listening sessions, and one-on-one review sessions. Topics for discussion to include: history of filmscoring, developing and composing a theme, synchronizing music to film, and the software used today.
Ages: 13 – 18
Dates: July 20 – 24, 2020
Times: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm (M-F)
Location: Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)
Sample Schedule – daily schedule may vary
- Computer, tablet, or smart phone with internet access and audio/ video capabilities
- Access to Finale or Sibelius software – offer a 30-day free trial
Please download trial 2 weeks prior to course
- For Mac/iOS: Access to Garageband or Logic Pro
- For PC: Access to Cakewalk
Instructor: Vincent Oppido
Mason School of Music Alum and Film & TV Composer
Read about Mr. Oppido
Mr. Oppido’s recent scoring credits include the indie films Alien Code (Archstone/Sony Home Pictures – starring Kyle Gallner and Richard Schiff), Watch the Sky (Breaking Glass Pictures – starring Renee O’Connor), and the upcoming CollegeHumor series Troopers. Other writing credits include original music for Sinclair Oil’s 2017 commercial advertisements and musical source arrangements for projects such as It Happened In LA (Sundance Selected) and the upcoming Paramount Pictures film What Men Want. He has also composed additional music for projects including Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween and TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything: Reanimated History. Also an orchestrator, Mr. Oppido has worked on projects such as Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, Cobra Kai, and NBC’s Timeless. His first job in Hollywood, as a music proofreader, enabled him to work on dozens of motion pictures and television shows including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Frozen, Family Guy and The 2013 Oscars.
In addition to work in film and television, Mr. Oppido has received numerous commissions for the concert hall, garnering performances in such prestigious venues including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Symphony Hall in Boston and Carnegie Hall. In December 2018 his work, Cosmic Escapades, was premiered by The United States Army Band at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Past commissions include Fanfare to an American Heritage for the United States Army Bugle Corps, An American Expedition for the Montana All-State Orchestra, and New York, New York: Postards to Home for the Nassau Music Educators Association Division V All-County Band. Mr. Oppido also composed Patriot Pride, George Mason University’s alma mater and arranged an overture for Brian Stokes Mitchell’s concert show. His most recent commission for Alto Saxophone Solo and Wind Ensemble, Three Happenings While Walking Down Main Street, will receive its premiere by the United States Air Force Band in 2019.
Originally from Long Island, New York, Vincent studied composition and conducting at George Mason University with Mark Camphouse and Anthony Maiello and was invited to attend the Scoring for Motion Picture and Television program at the University of Southern California. He was selected as a 2012 participant in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis and also spent a summer studying at the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Oppido is represented by REJ Entertainment and is a member of BMI.
“I really liked that our teacher was a professional working in the world of film scoring. He gave us an idea of what a career in film scoring would look like. He did a great job of teaching and was fun at the same time.” – Filmscoring Workshop 2019 StudentSee More Testimonials
“I loved that they were able to actually spend the week as a film scorer, creating score for a small movie clip and showcasing it on the final day.” – Filmscoring Workshop 2018 Parent
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