Music Meets Film
A programme of talks, masterclasses and screenings dedicated to film scoring took place from November 25-27.
Music Meets Film 2019 featured award-winning British composer Richard Harvey, one of the world’s leading forensic musicologists, Peter Oxendale, and composers Michael J McEvoy, Jussi Jaakonaho, Mihkel Zilmer and Tom Player in talks and masterclass sessions dedicated to film scoring. The initiative brought together composers and directors; from music and sound creatives through to producers, agents and the wider music and film industry. It was to build bridges between creatives, grow as an interdisciplinary meeting place and encourage new International collaborations.
Richard Harvey, having come through the ranks of a quintessentially British musical upbringing via Tiffin School, The Royal College of Music, and as a member of the British Youth Symphony Orchestra, Richard started composing in his early teens. He has subsequently become a well known name in the UK, Europe, Hollywood and Asian music scenes for his very broad output of TV, film and classical music since the 70s. He learnt his trade as musical assistant to the great French film composer Maurice Jarre. His first major movie was David Drury’s Defence of the Realm and soon after he won a British Academy Award for his score for Alan Bleasdale’s cult epic political TV drama series “GBH”. Since then he has scored and contributed to innumerable films including Eichmann, Luther, Les Deux Mondes, Death Of A President, King Naresuan (Thailand) and The Da Vinci Code. Most recently he was honoured with winning the “Annie Award” for his score for the animated picture The Little Prince, which he co-wrote with his long standing friend and collaborator, Hans Zimmer. Currently Richard is working on a number of projects, notably, “Mulan” for Disney, alongside his esteemed friend and colleague, Harry Gregson Williams.
Read more about Richard Harvey´s work.
Musicologist and copyright infringement specialist Peter Oxendale has lectured and given seminars on music copyright and related matters to a number oflibrary music and production houses as well as Academic Institutions such as The RoyalCollege of Music in London.He is trained in the responsibilities of being a Single Joint Expert and his list of clients extends to the UK, Europe, South Africa, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America.In addition to his classical musical training and activities as a consultant musicologist and expert witness in all fields of music, he is a writer of songs, advertising jingles and library music. He is also active as a producer, a musical director, an arranger, a session musician, a conductor and a programmer. Peter Oxendale is a member of PAMRA (The Performing Artists’ Media Rights Association), PRS (The Performing Rights Society), MCPS (The Mechanical Copyright Protection Society) and he is an approved MU (Musicians Union) Contractor.
Read more about Peter Oxendale´s work
Award-winning producer, composer and musician Jussi Jaakonaho is just such a musical character actor and his scope is considerable, running from classic Finnish artists to today’s top pop stars, as well as more marginal styles like progressive rock or East African folk pop. Character actors often make for good directors. Jaakonaho’s solo debut Ghost Riot is like the first movie by a respected character actor – a distillation of all the experience from a long career, married to a strong and unique vision. A profound understanding of music and different styles is evident on the record, as well as a strong orientation towards sounds, which has made him such an in-demand producer. Vision and experience mean that Jaakonaho makes courageous choices and creates strong atmospheres, sometimes by using contradictory elements. Jussi Jaakonaho is the Stanley Tucci of Finnish music.
Read more about Jussi Jaakonaho´s work
Mihkel Zilmer is a versatile composer and music producer for Film, TV, Interactive Media and Advertising. He has scored more than 70 projects, including the all-time highest viewer count and box-office hit in Estonia, ‘Tõde ja õigus’ (Truth and Justice, 2019), as well as multiple award-winning and award-nominated films, notably: Burden of Peace (NL), Alles Is Gezegd (NL), Volgens Protocol (NL). With a predominantly classical training background (University of Glasgow, Conservatory of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Film Academy), the foundation of his musical output is orchestral music, often blended with ethnic, electronic and experimental elements.
Read mode about Mihkel Zilmer´s work.
Michael J McEvoy is an eclectic film and television composer following a successful career in jazz and as a pop songwriter/producer. He studied with composer, Joseph Horovitz at the Royal College of Music, London where he was the PRS Sir Arthur Bliss Scholar. His feature film scores include Finding Your Feet, Me and Orson Welles and new release The Drifters. Recent documentaries include the award-winning score for BBC/PBS’s Jazz Ambassadors and BBC’s Churchill & the Movie Mogul.
Read more about Michael McEvoy´s work
Tom Player, is a British composer working primarily in film trailers & advertising. Having a background in film, Tom previously assisted Hans Zimmer, Ramin Djawadi & Lorne Balfe on major films, going on to set up Lost Track Productions in 2013. Tom has received multiple industry awards for his work on advertising campaigns and is currently working on a crossover classical concert with Ministry of Sound, for a 2019 tour.
Read more about Tom Player´s projects
Prof. Dr. Christian Baierle is the CEO of ROBA Music Publishing, one of the leading independent music publishers in the world with a concentration on film and synch.
He studied media law in Hamburg and Oxford and was a fellow at Harvard University. His book about music publishing has become the standard book on this topic. Prof. Dr. Baierle is a member of the committee for popular music within the German music publisher’s association. He is the author of numerous publications and regularly teaches courses in this field.
Michael Pärt (1977) is a Music Editor who has worked on film scores since 2000. Prior to his recent project “The Danish Girl”, he collaborated with film directors Peter Jackson and Francis Ford Coppola as well as composers Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplat and Howard Shore amongst others. His experience spans from music conception, spotting and production through to dubbing as well as soundtracks and temp scores. His tool is ProTools. He is also a music producer, and has collaborated with Icelandic singer and artist Björk during the recording phases of her Volta and Vulnicura albums.
Read more about Michael Pärt´s work.
November 25, Monday
Nordic Hotel Forum (Viru väljak 3, Tallinn)
9:00 Registration & coffee
9:30-9:45 Opening of Music Meets Film 2019
Opening words by Michael Pärt, Music Producer and Music Editor
9:45-11:15 Open panel “Current Scoring Trends & Future Directions”
Composers Richard Harvey, Mihkel Zilmer and Jussi Jaakonaho will share their experiences from their extensive Film– and TV scoring careers and delve into a broader discussion on current scoring trends and the future direction of the industry. Panel moderated by Music Producer Michael Pärt.
11:15–11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:15 “Production Music Options for Composers”
Composer and production company West One Music founder Richard Harvey lays out a composer’s playing field options. Making original music and production music co-exist.
14:00-14:45 “Smart Music licensing”
Music publishing and synch licensing expert Prof. Dr. Christian Baierle lays out the world of licensing, agreements and contractual contexts that are relevant for film and TV composers and film production music departments alike.
This session will explain the various licensing concepts for music in film and TV and will tell the audience what works, how to license smart and how to avoid risks and how to even gain back from licensing costs. There will be a strong emphasis on production music and its value for both composers and film production companies.
14:45-15:30 Case Study: Jussi Jaakonaho – Tolerance of “music nationality” within Film and TV scoring *
With a vast range of visual styles and cultures within the film industry, the understanding of “nationality” within a film score often results in a generic approach. Finish composer Jussi Jaakonaho explores this nuanced thought process – often overlooked, and discusses how much local flavour a film score can tolerate. Moderator Michael Pärt.
*In collaboration with TV Beats programme
November 26, Tuesday
NB! On Tuesday 26. November at Arvo Pärt Centre, pre-registration through tickets purchase required. Deadline Friday, 22 November.
Industry and Industry + Festival Badge holder´s FREE registration ticket can be puchased HERE.
Arvo Pärt Centre, Laulasmaa
9:45 Gathering in Nordic Hotel Forum lobby (Viru väljak 3, Tallinn)
10:00 Buses to the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa
11:00-11:30 Introduction to the Arvo Pärt Centre
11:30-13:00 Forensic Musicologist Peter Oxendale on Copyright and Temp Score Love
Internationally-renowned British forensic musicologist and copyright infringement specialist Peter Oxendale sets the record straight on why the music industry and the law are out of sync with each other. We will hear about common copyright misconceptions, the myth of the so-called 3 – or 8 – note rule, and about style-alikes – soundalikes and passing off. Oxendale will also look into the director’s dilemma of “Temp Love” and the plagiarism that often follows. Discussion moderated by British Film Composer Tom Player.
13:45-14:45 Case Study: Richard Harvey – Historic and Ethnic Instruments in Film Music
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Richard Harvey will introduce the emotional narrative and practical context of historic and ethnic instruments in film music – and how these connect to his career – starting off as an instrumentalist and becoming a film composer.
15:00–16:00 Truth and Justice (“Tõde ja õigus”) composition workflow with Mihkel Zilmer
Film and interactive media composer Mihkel Zilmer shares insight into his creative process from conception to final product – from creating a palette, to script-inspired conceptual composition, the dialogue between composer and editor, and the cooperation between music and sound departments.
16:15-17:15 Case Study: Michael J McEvoy – Themes and developing one’s own compositional voice
American Multi-instrumentalist and composer Michael McEvoy shares his creative world, spanning Classical film and TV scoring through to Jazz. Through material from his recent projects, feature film “Finding your feet” (2018) as well as feature-length documentary “The Jazz Ambassadors” (2018), McEvoy will give us an insight into his workflow, his writing technique and developing a compositional voice – across multiple projects and collaborators.
18:00 – 19:30 Film screening “Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound” (2019), Director Midge Costin
A feature-length documentary exploring the art, history, and aesthetics of sound in film, and by extension, sound on Earth. Examining how visionary directors work with sound designers to create the most exciting cinematic experiences. Also, featuring the latest discoveries and advances in sound technology to learn how sounds transform the cinematic experience.
Duration: 1h 34 min
Ca 19:45 Buses back to Tallinn, Nordic Hotel Forum
November 27, Wednesday
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (Tatari 13, Tallinn), room A404
9:45 Registration & coffee
10:00 – 11:00 Masterclass: Dramaturgy in scoring by means of themes and Leitmotifs
American Multi-instrumentalist and composer Michael McEvoy takes an in-depth look at a thematic approach in film scoring and explores the world of “leitmotifs” – how directors and composers can use this as a tool to steer dramaturgy in film and music.
11:00 – 12:00 Masterclass “Composing in the physical and virtual world”
Tom Player (Lost Track Production) leads a talk focusing on Physical vs. Virtual instruments, live
performance vs. programmed music and composing in a traditional sense vs. “composing for film and TV”.
12:00 – 12:15 Coffee break
12:15 – 13:15 Composing mentorship „Music spotting for film“
Composer Mihkel Zilmer will share his experience from score spotting sessions with directors – be it stories of success or failure. How to read a director? How to find the correct stylistic angle?
Mike Newell won the 1994 BAFTA Award for Best Direction for Four Weddings and a Funeral. After the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005, Newell became the third most commercially successful British director in recent years, behind Christopher Nolan and David Yates.
Read more about Mike Newell’s work.
Alexandra Harwood is a BAFTA Cymru Award-winning composer, whose films have screened worldwide. Most recently, Alexandra completed scoring Mike Newell’s feature The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) starring Lily James. Prior to this she composed the scores for the feature films The Escape (2018) by Dominic Savage and Growing Up Wild (2016), a feature documentary for Disney/Netflix USA.
Read more about Alexandra’s work.
Paul Tothill won the 2007 San Diego Film Critics Society Best Editing Award for Atonement, directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley. A 6-time BAFTA nominee, he is known for Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Hanna (2011).
Read more about Paul Tothill’s projects.
Christian Vorländer is an German music composer and programmer who began working for Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL in Los Angeles. He is known for work on the films 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) directed by Noam Murro and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) by George Miller.
Read more about Christian’s work.
Simon Heeger is co-founder and composer at 2WEI, which he co-founded in early 2016 together with his partner Christian Vorländer.
Within a very short amount of time, 2WEI managed to become Germany’s most successful music production company, creating music for over 150 commercials (Porsche, Facebook, Mercedes, Audi, and many more), Hollywood trailers (Wonder Woman, Tomb Raider, Mortal Engines), Games such as FIFA18 (together with Junkie XL), and movies (Fack Ju Goehte 3, Germany’s most successful movie of 2017). Simon & Christian were recently awarded the Golden Lion in Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for the music they composed for German supermarket brand EDEKA.
Read more about Simon Heeger’s work.
Michael Pärt is a music editor and producer who has worked on film scores for over 15 years. Prior to his recent project, the Oscar-winning The Danish Girl (2015) by Tom Hooper, he collaborated with film directors Peter Jackson and Francis Ford Coppola as well as composers Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplat and Howard Shore among others.
Read more about Michael Pärt’s work.
November 23, Friday
At the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (Rävala puiestee 16, Tallinn), room A202
Pre-registration required (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 13.00-14.00 Mentorship. “Breaking out into the world of film” by Composer Alexandra Harwood
How does a composer take their first steps into becoming a film composer? What can they expect? What challenges do they face? How can they best prepare?
In this talk Alexandra Harwood will address these questions and will explain her own personal journey from being a classically trained concert and theatre composer, to becoming a film composer.
- 15:00-16.00 Mentorship “Being heard above the competition: crafting your compositional voice” by Alexandra Harwood
Looking at examples of other film composers and her own work, Alexandra Harwood will ask the questions, what does having your own voice really mean? How does a composer keep their own voice when faced with having to replace temp music by other composers, that the directors and producers might be attached to.
At Nordic Hotel Forum (Viru väljak 3, Tallinn), room Arcturus or Capella
- 16:30-17.00 Opening of Music Meets Film. Opening words by Michael Pärt, Music Producer and Editor
- 17.00-18.30 Open panel “How composers think” / “How editors think” /”How directors think” by Mike Newell (director), Alexandra Harwood (composer), Paul Tothill (film editor), moderated by Michael Pärt.
In this open panel, Michael Pärt moderates Alexandra Harwood, Paul Tothill and Mike Newell will talk about how they worked together on the film ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’, and about how they each approach music and film. How different are their considerations when starting on a film? How does the director communicate his thoughts to the editor and composer? And how does the communication between the three of them continue throughout the process from start to finish of scoring the film?
November 24, Saturday
At Nordic Hotel Forum (Viru väljak 3, Tallinn)
- 10.00-11.30 How Mike Newell Works with Film Music. Moderated by Tom Player (Lost Track Production)
A talk focusing on Mike Newell’s works, describing the decision-making process, how he chose composers, analytical and creative approach to the score and covering ideas that didn’t work. We will look behind the scenes of films like “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, “Donnie Brasco”, “Dance With a Stranger” and “Into the West”. He will also look into soundtrack elements of John Schlesinger’s” as well as “Far from the Madding Crowd” composed by Richard Rodney Bennet. For Mike Newell, each of these films have a particular tone and atmosphere that the score exemplifies.
- 11.30-11.45 Coffee Break
- 11.45-13.15 A discussion with a Music Editor
Alexandra Harwood moderates Michael Pärt, a Music Editor and Producer on the his work processes, which often remain invisible. This talk is aimed for both composers, as well as for production – from producers, editors to directors.
- 14.30-16.00 Panel: “Scoring to picture: The differences between composing for films, trailers & commercials” by Christian Vorländer, Simon Heeger (2WEI)
Within a very short amount of time, 2WEI managed to become Germany’s most successful music production company, creating music for over 150 commercials (Porsche, Facebook, Mercedes, Audi, and many more), Hollywood trailers (Wonder Woman“, „Tomb Raider“, „Mortal Engines“), Games such as FIFA18 (together with Junkie XL), and movies (Fack Ju Goehte 3, Germany’s most successful movie of 2017).
Scoring music to picture is always a challenge. And every media is different. Simon Heeger & Christian Vorländer from 2WEI – who have scored music for blockbusters, Hollywood trailers and hundreds of commercials – will take you through the process of composing to picture and explain how every media has a different set of rules and needs a different approach.
- 16.00-16.15 Coffee Break
- 16.15-17.15 “Finding the Right Piece of Music for Picture”
Open panel discussion with Alexandra Harwood, Mike Newell, Paul Tothill, Christian Vorländer and Simon Heeger.
November 25, Sunday
- 10.00 Gathering in Nordic Hotel Forum (Viru väljak 3, Tallinn) lobby. Trip to the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa
- 11.00-12.00 Tour at the Arvo Pärt Centre
- 12.00-13.30 Masterclass “Co-Composing: Creating music in a team“ by Christian Vorländer, Simon Heeger (2WEI)
Making music out of their one-bedroom-apartment, Simon Heeger & Christian Vorländer started as a two-man-show. Almost three years later, they’re the heads of 2WEI, a dynamic composing collective, who work with composers and musicians across the globe. Learn about the challenges and chances of collaborating with other artists and how you can focus on your strengths, while outsourcing tasks to others.
- 13.30-14.00 Lunch
- 14.00-15.30 “Breaking Apart the Scene with Alexandra Harwood”
A talk focusing on several scenes from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, describing the decision-making process, analytical and creative approach and demonstrating with film clips, how cues were developed and ideas that didn’t work.
- 16.00-17.30 Drinks and meeting with artists: “Music in my films”
- 17.30-19.00 Film screening “Arvo Pärt – Even if I lose everything”
Dorian Supin’s third documentary film of Arvo Pärt steps closer to the composer, showing him in a domestic setting as a composer, husband, father and grandfather. The title “Even if I lose everything” refers to an entry in Arvo Pärt’s musical notebooks, which the composer pages through in the film. The musings and recollections inspired by the notes in these journals, in parallel with domestic scenes, shed light on the composer’s life and creative philosophy, painting a personal, in-depth picture of Arvo Pärt. The film was produced by the Minor Film studio in collaboration with the Arvo Pärt Centre, UE and ECM Records and its soundtrack includes excerpts from Pärt’s works.
- 19.15 Trip back to Tallinn, Nordic Hotel Forum
Music Supervisor Maggie Rodfordis Managing Director of the Air-Edel Group, incorporating one of the world’s leading music publishing and production companies, representing composers worldwide. The company has offices in London and Los Angeles. Maggie works closely with composers, negotiating contracts, producing, music supervising and coordinating music recordings. She has worked as music producer, co-ordinator and supervisor on many high profile films scores including “The King’s Speech”, “Kubo and the Two Strings”, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”etc. In 2012, Maggie was awarded an APRS Fellowship and in 2017 she received a BASCA Gold Badge Award.
Read more about Maggie Rodford´s work
Tom Playeris a British composer working primarily in film trailers & advertising. Having a background in film, Tom previously assisted Hans Zimmer, Ramin Djawadi & Lorne Balfe on major films, going on to set up Lost Track Productions in 2013. Tom has received multiple industry awards for his work on advertising campaigns and is currently working on a crossover classical concert with Ministry of Sound, for a 2019 tour.
Read more about Tom Player´s projects
Chris Brown, composer, pianist, and electronic musician, makes music with self-designed sonic systems that include acoustic and electroacoustic instruments, interactive software, computer networks, microtonal tunings, and improvisation. His compositions are designs for performances in which people bring to life the musical structures embedded in scores, instruments, and machines.
Read more about Chris Brown´s work
Michael Pärtis a Music Editor and Producer who has worked on film scores for over 15 years. Prior to his recent project, the Oscar-winning The Danish Girl (2015) by Tom Hooper, he collaborated with film directors Peter Jackson and Francis Ford Coppola as well as composers Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplat and Howard Shore among others.
Read more about Michael Pärt´s work
A PROGRAMME FULL OF TALKS, TOURS, CONCERTS AND MENTORING SESSIONS
Music supervisor Maggie Rodford(“The King’s Speech”, “Kubo and the Two Strings”, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”)
Composer Tom Player(“Game of Thrones”)
Music Agent Nick Leonard(Global West One Music Agency)
Composer Chris Brown(Global West One Music Agency)
November 30, Thursday
At Nordic Hotel Forum (Viru väljak 3, Tallinn), room Arcturus
- 17:00-18:30 Opening wordsby music producer and editor Michael Pärt.
Current trends in the scoring industry. Music supervisor and composer agent Maggie
Rodford shares her experiences of how film music has developed over the past
twenty years and discusses current trends in the scoring industry.
- 18:30-19:30 Introduction to production music, and a music libraries’ role for
scoring to filmby music manager Nick Leonard and composer Chris Brown (West
December 1, Friday
At Nordic Hotel Forum (Viru väljak 3, Tallinn), follow the signs
- 10:30-12:00 Mentorship sessions for composers and agentswith music supervisor
Maggie Rodford (Air-Edel).
Topic: Representing and working with a film music composer as a manager/agent
- 10:30-12:00 Mentorship sessions for composers, producers, music composition
teacherswith composer Chris Brown (West One Music) and music manager Nick
Leonard (West One Music).
Topic: Production music
- 10:30-12:00 Mentorship sessions for composerswith composer Tom Player
Topic: Working as a film music and media composer – skillsets, workflow and
- 14:00-14:45 How to get a film scoring commission?Music supervisor and composer
agent Maggie Rodford breaks down the process of the commissioning process in film
- 14:45-15:45 Showcase of selected Estonian, Danish and Polish composers
moderated by Jüri Muttika.
- 16:00-16:45 The place of live orchestra/music and samples/synth in film, and how
to make a good demoby Tom Player & Christian Henson.
- 16:45-17:15 The How and the Why of recording your next score in Estonia. Meet the talent and learn about Cash Rebate programs for scoring in Estonia by Michael Pärt.
- 17:15-… Networking drinks with key players of the Estonian music industry,
powered by Apollo Music, Music Estonia and Creative Gate (Nordic Hotel Forum,
At the Estonia Concert Hall (Estonia Ave 4, Tallinn)
- 19:00 Regular Crisis: A cantata on Global Economy, a multimedia filmby video and
performance artist Marina Landia, performed by Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Kristjan Järvi.
December 2, Saturday
- 11:00-13:00 The ins and outs of Tallinn recording spaces: the ERR Studios (National Broadcaster) and Niguliste Church
- 13:00-17:30 Trip to the Arvo Pärt Centre (arvopart.ee/en)