Only a few short weeks ago, I completed the SMPTV (Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television) program. I can’t adequately explain what a sleepless thrill ride it was.
The culmination project of the year was the most exciting day of all: each student (of which there were twenty) got fifteen minutes to record their 1-2.5 minute cue for any scene from a movie of their choice. And we got to do this with a 65-piece orchestra on the Warner Brother’s Scoring Stage.
It was incredible to be surrounded by so much history…not to mention such an awe-inspiring, state-of-the-art room filled with some of the best studio musicians in the world. And after each student’s cue was completed, I was reminded just how much musical talent exists in our generation, contrary to what some naysayers complain about.
I had the honor of going last. At first, I was afraid that the players would be too tired out when they got to me…but they of course lived up to their reputation as tireless professionals. They sounded amazing. My scene was the Star Trek reboot from 2009, when Kirk first sees the Enterprise. I tried very hard to meld the old school Star Trek wonder with the new school excitement the series wants to exude. Sadly there is no dialog or sound effects, but you can tell that I made a concerted effort to stay out of the way. You can also find the music track by itself on my demo reel/soundcloud page.
Of course another highlight of the year was when one of my still-living musical heroes, Bear McCreary, came in to critique one of our weekly assignments. The insight he offered all of us on our own respective scenes was absolutely jaw-dropping.
I will never forget this incredible year. I’ve met so many amazing people, including all of my professors. They were all legitimately invested in our success and cared a great deal. It was one of the most motivating and inspiring faculties I’ve ever been exposed to. And my colleagues were equally inspiring! Every last one was a talented professional and a joy to talk to at 3AM when a tight deadline loomed.
It is of course bittersweet for me now that the program is over. But new adventures await! And the great thing about this city is…there is no shortage of them!