Sam Estes and Michael Hobe have worked together for the past decade on major projects and for several major composers, including Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino, Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg), Danny Elfman, Christopher Lennertz, Ramin Djwadi, Geoff Zanelli, Lorne Balfe, Henry Jackman, James Levine, Michael Levine, and many others. Their company, Sonicsmiths, is dedicated to creating unusual sounds and soundtracks to many of the industries major Movies, Television and Video game scores. You can hear their latest work on Marvel's Agent Carter (Christopher Lennertz, composer) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Michael Giacchino, composer). They are in the middle of three major films and a couple of video games over the course of this next year. Although busy, they are excited to be a part of our Stage32 composer's community by providing a blog every Thursday showcasing software and other music technologies. Full Bio »
There are thousands of "composers" around the world, wanting to become the next John Williams or Hans Zimmer - how do you cut through the chaff and find and keep work in the Film and TV Music Industry?
Sam Estes and Michael Hobe (Sonicsmiths) have been composers and sound designers for the past decade in Los Angeles, working on several major titles (Inception, Dark Knight, American Horror Story, etc) and have lent their "musical sound design" to many of LA's top composers, including Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino, Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg), Danny Elfman, Christopher Lennertz, Ramin Djwadi, Geoff Zanelli, Lorne Balfe, Henry Jackman, James Levine, Michael Levine, and many others.
"After hiring and training many young graduates of music schools, and speaking with non-local (and international) composers who want to break in, we have found that the vast majority of them have no idea how to get projects, keep them or even know the level that is required to produce music for small films, let alone the major titles."
In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Sam and Mike are going to explain some of the paths to get to work in this challenging, competitive, and stressful environment - and once you start to break in, what to do to keep work, establishing a base network, and how to make a living doing what you love.
Sam Estes and Michael Hobe
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live webinar?
A: If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand webinar, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.
Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!
For over 20 years, Spike Lee's go to composer to score and provide music for his films has been Terrence Blanchard. From Jungle Fever to 25th Hour to Inside Man to Spike's latest critically acclaimed film, BlacKkKlansman, Terrence has created memorable and essential scores. In fact, Terrence has been the lead composer and provided exquisite music for more than 50 films. And now he's here to teach you everything you need to know about how to break in and stay in, how to overcome your anxiety, how to work in full symphony with your director, how to be the best you can be and be hired again and again and so much more in this exclusive Stage 32 Masters of Craft Webcast. You will find this opportunity nowhere else!
If you're a filmmaker, producer or any creative head looking to incorporate music into your film & television, advertising or media project, you'll need to understand the basics steps of how to secure the music rights for the music you desire to use. From well known hit songs from major recording artists, to indie bands to public domain to original compositions and cover songs of music hits, you will need to be armed with all the knowledge of clearing the rights to that music for your film or project in order for it to play at festivals, screen theatrically, stream on the internet or be released on DVD/VOD. The memorable song placeholder you are in love with and want to use in your opening credits that you found online - is that song even able to be used and licensed within your budget if you screen your film theatrically? What type of rights will you need to exploit your project globally? Or, what about that jukebox song your editor tempted into the background during one of your bar scenes - is that okay to use? And for how much will the licensing fee be for the rights you need? Knowing all these details and nuances will inform you as to why you must prepare in well in advance and allow time for the music clearances, along with knowing the type of rights your project requires for the music needed. Stage 32 Next Level Education is excited to present Anna Grannucci, a Los Angeles-based film producer and music supervisor and Yale School of Drama graduate, with more than a decade of experience working on films such as WHIPLASH and STICKY NOTES for the jam-packed 90-minute Webinar Learn the Ropes of Film Music Clearances. You will learn a variety of valuable information starting with the types of other source music available for film, television, advertising, video games and every other digital media source, which also includes public domain music, royalty free, original composition, and score. You will learn how to gauge what songs are licensable or not for use in your film or project. Once you've chosen your music, you will learn music rights, the clearance process, the difference between festival, theatrical, DVD/VOD and advertising clearances and more! You will walk away from this Webinar with a clearer understanding of your music planning and the understanding of the music clearance process you need in order to make your film's music soundtrack a success! And, who better to educate you than the Music Supervisor for both the WHIPLASH short and feature film who controls the music library associated with the film - we bring you only the best instructors at Stage 32!
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As we always say at Stage 32, perfecting your craft is only half of your job - the other half is networking! So, how do you meet the right people to move the needle on your career when you don't know anyone? We've brought in industry veteran Jessica Sitomer, who has over 20 years in the industry as a development executive, producer of 3 TV shows, writer and career coach for the Cinematographers Guild. Through the years she has perfected the art of networking - helping creatives grow their networks from one to two people to hundreds. When she moved to Los Angeles, she knew two people and one of them moved the day after she got to LA. She made it her mission to learn how to survive and thrive in the creative industry. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar Jessica will go over the eight concrete strategies for breaking in when you don't know anyone and will offer plenty of tips for successful networking. There are exercises and actionable information you can use to help you start connecting and thriving!
Learn the impact of film editing from international director/editor Max Leonida whose films have been screened and awarded at a range of festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, the International Salerno Film Festival, the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival and the L.A. Short Films Festival, to name a few. “I love editing. I think I like it more than any other phase of filmmaking. If I wanted to be frivolous, I might say that everything that precedes editing is merely a way of producing film to edit.” (Stanley Kubrick) Some of the greatest, most iconic filmmakers of all times (like Scorsese, Hitchcock, Kubrick, Tarantino, Coppola, Lynch, Fellini, Gilliam and many others) used to spend hours, days and sometimes months into the dark secrecy of the editing room, sitting next to their faithful editor, enjoying the guilty pleasure of reshaping – over and over again – a world of their own. The post-production phase is the most critical one throughout the entire film production process… and editing, in particular, is a pivotal moment where as a filmmaker you should be able to understand that you are writing the final version and destiny of your movie. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, international director/editor, Max Leonida will use his years of experience to give you a more profound knowledge of the artistic nature of the editing process, together with a clear, up-to-date and technical expertise about the most important digital editing systems on the market. Max's most recent films include Run (winner at 2013 MIFF and double winner at the 3D International Festival) and the feature film “What Separates Us”, Best Feature at the Machetanz Film Festival. Editing is not just a simple matter of pace, rhythm, and mere image composition: editing pertains to the core of storytelling itself. Every professional filmmaker knows that a closeup placed in the right place, at the right moment, can definitely chance the course of a narrative process. Editing includes re-defining the story, reconstructing the characters, reshaping the very structure to the point of even changing and re-dubbing the dialogue in a totally different way from the original script… all for the sake of beauty. And this webinar aims to give you these tools.
Learn directly from composer and producer Christopher Lennertz, who’s first breakout score on Alvin and the Chipmunks grossed over $360 million worldwide, and who has worked on such films as Rush Hour 1 & 2, Horrible Bosses 1 & 2, Ride Along 1 & 2 and Think Like A Man Too. Filmmakers – in pre-production you went through somewhere around 75 revisions of the script… your 8 day shoot turned into 12… you had to cut a few scenes… but, you got the shots. Now, you’re in post. You’re combing through footage, the edit bay is in full overdrive and then you realize… you need music. You didn’t budget for this, or, maybe you did and thought it would be easy, but there’s an awakening when you realize that without music, you’re missing the heart and the soul of the film. Where do you start to find music for your film? How do you communicate what you want and find the right composer? With so many options such as score, source or original, how do you know what is worth investing in? How does the process work so everyone is pleased with the product? In this webinar Chris will go over all this and more. Composers – keep in mind that each filmmaker that needs music will have dozens of composers vying for their attention. Realizing that filmmakers go through a vigorous process before they get to post will help you understand their process. This can help you be a better and more marketable composer. This webinar will be invaluable insight into both the filmmaker’s side and the composer’s side. Exclusive to Stage 32 we bring you an incredible Next Level Webinar with Producer and Composer Christopher Lennertz (Ride Along 1 & 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Horrible Bosses, Ride Along and Think Like A Man Too.) Chris will educate you as a filmmaker on how to find the best music for your film. In this on-demand webinar, which is available for immediate download, Chris will cover topics for you such as how to find the right composer, examining the relationship between the composer and filmmaker, exploring the different job responsibilities of the scoring world, and hopefully enlightening you with some tips and tricks about each step of the scoring process to make your job as a filmmaker easier.