The Intensive

November 20 & 21, 2021

January 12 - 15, 2022

Hosted online and in-person on the campuses of Capitol Studios and Fox Studios, this LAFCI course is a six-day workshop addressing the demands of the modern media composer, focusing on the key elements of composition and baton technique, in addition to body movement, orchestration, working with click track, punches and streamers, score and part preparation, variable clicks, film music history, and more.  Not only will fellows have the opportunity to study and conduct great repertoire but each chosen fellow will prepare their own cue to conduct and record with the 45-piece Hollywood Studio Symphony on the final day.  For those unable to attend in-person, an online option is being made available with a faculty member recording your cue.

 

This workshop will focus heavily on composition with each participant under the direct supervision of faculty member William Ross, including three (3) one-on-one composition sessions leading up to the in-person portion of The Intensive.  Each session is designed for the participant to expand upon previous sessions and classes and to be able to apply learned knowledge to the culminating event of conducting their own composition.  Each conductor will be allocated 15 minutes of podium time for each session and will have all sessions recorded.  This workshop will be limited to 13 fellows and no more than 7 auditors.  Instrumentation for the final session will be 1111  3330  2perc + harp + piano + strings (8/6/6/6/2) with standard woodwind doublings and a basic orchestral percussion setup (detailed percussion list to be made available at a later date).  

LAFCI is committed to providing a safe environment for all to learn and work and will abide by all COVID safety protocols as required by both the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the respective studios. At this time, vaccinations are highly recommended but not required, however all participants will have to provide proof of a negative COVID PCR test result at the time of the in-person portion of the workshop.

Acceptance into the workshop will be determined primarily upon the quality of compositional skill as demonstrated through submission of notated score and audio mock-up.  For score formatting recommendations, please review the LAFCI Part/Score Formatting Recommendations article in the Resource Center page.  Submission deadline is October 1.  

 

Repertoire for the workshop will include:

 ​(repertoire is subject to change)

  • Live-to-Picture cue from Empire by Fil Eisler

  • Live-to-Picture cue from Matilda by David Newman

  • Live to-Picture cue from One Week by Jeff Cardoni

  • A Prayer for Peace (Avner's Theme) by John Williams

  • Serenade for String Orchestra in e minor, op. 20 by Edward Elgar

  • Star Wars Suite for Orchestra by John Williams

  • YOUR composition

This workshop has three (3) levels of participation:

1. Fellow (in-person)

 

  • Participation in all discussions, sessions and classes

  • Work hands on with faculty members

    • Three (3) private composition lessons with William Ross

    • Private score and part review with Booker White

  • Minimum 15 minutes of podium time during each session

    • ​first day with piano

    • second day with string quintet

    • third day with string orchestra

    • fourth day with studio orchestra

  • Video file of daily conducting sessions

  • Work with Los Angeles' finest musicians

  • Conduct and record YOUR cue at the Newman Scoring Stage

  • Audio mix/ProTools session files provided

  • Conductor camera angle file provided

  • Following completion, will be eligible to apply to Summer Session 

     (available to LAFCI alumni only)

 

Fee: $3,500

2. Fellow (online)

 

  • Participation in all discussions, sessions and classes

  • Work hands on with faculty members

    • Three (3) private composition lessons with William Ross

    • Private score and part review with Booker White

  • Faculty member will conduct and record YOUR cue at the Newman Scoring Stage

  • Audio mix/ProTools session files provided

  • Conductor camera angle file provided

  • Following completion, will be eligible to apply to Summer Session 

     (available to LAFCI alumni only)

 

Fee: $3,000

 

3. Auditor (offered in-person and online)

 

  • Participation in all discussions, sessions and classes

  • Following completion, will be eligible to apply to Summer Session

     (available to LAFCI alumni only)

Fee: $500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sample Itinerary

 

 

8:00am - 8:50am      Class 4: Body Movement

                                -Emilie Bernstein

9:00am - 12:00pm   Session 5: String Orchestra (live-to-picture repertoire)

                                -Angel Velez

12:00pm - 1:00pm    --------------- Lunch Break ---------------

1:00pm - 4:00pm      Session 6: String Orchestra (Participant cue read through)

                                -Conrad Pope, Angel Velez

 

4:00pm - 5:00pm      Class 5: Composer as Conductor

                                -Conrad Pope

8:00pm - 9:00pm      Online Office Hour (optional)

                                -Assigned faculty member