Music Meets Film

Music Meets Film, taking place for the 8th time in 2019, is primarily intended for composers and musicians with the aim of creating music for film.

Over the years, the event has become ever more interdisciplinary, attracting film directors, producers, and sound designers as well as music industry professionals.

Music Meets Film brings together acclaimed industry professionals who share their insights on what are the current trends in film scoring and how film music industry operates through talks, mentorship sessions and open panels.

Music Meets Film dates for 2019 are November 25–27.

2018 Mentors

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.

2018 Programme

November 23, Friday 
At the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (Rävala puiestee 16, Tallinn), room A202
Pre-registration required (kristine.kebbinau@poff.ee)

  • 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