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About a month ago, my dear friend, film director and co-founder of TheFilmSchool Rick Stevenson proposed me the most interesting thing ever: To teach film scoring at the annual TheFilmSchool Prodigy Camp.

I spent 2 days on a spectacular property composed of several houses in a campus right on the shore of the puget sound, on Whidbey Island. There was about 20 High School kids, all of them extremely deserving and talented, and very funny 😀

I ended up with 2 students, who had a passion for music: Rony and Irene. Both of them were absolutely darling, and I believe that I couldn’t have had better students than them for a first time ever teaching session. Both were coming from very different musical influences and were very creative. I was amazed by how fast they were learning and how dedicated they were to it. I introduced them to film scoring and its basics, but also professional sequencer software and virtual instrument libraries, and orchestral music… WOW! yeah… exactly! That’s a LOT. Well, guess what? after just an hour or two of explanation I was already having them scoring the first scene of a film I just finished working on, and they did really well.

Rony even ended up teaching me a couple tricks on NUENDO lol 😉 and it is was so interesting to watch Irene composing, it was like watching myself at work.

Overall it was a great experience, something I would have never thought of doing… how do you teach something you never went to school for? Well, I guess you just have to do it with your heart, like everything else.

Being in touch with those kids was a very enriching experience and I will never forget it. I dedicate this post to my students, and my friend Rick for having me invovled in it 🙂

Rony, myslef and Irene 🙂

One of the house on the campus.

This is the house where I was set up to teach film scoring.


For the first time in the Seattle International Film Festival’s history, it was opening this year with an official music theme which I was honored to compose! I called it “Magic of SIFF” in honor to the magic of cinema, and the magic that SIFF brings every year in Seattle. It was played at the beautiful Benaroya Hall in Seattle in front of a full audience of 3000 people. The cherry on the cake was when they turned the lights off and played it from beginning to end just before the screening of “The Extra Man” by Robert Pulcini and starring Paul Dano, who both were in audience as well that night!

SIFF 2010 red Carpet with SIFF's Managing Director Deborah Person

Benaroya Hall in Seattle during SIFF Opening Night.

SIFF 2010 Opening Night at Benaroya Hall.

SIFF Opening Night 2010

As the lights were being turned off...

SIFF 2010 Opening Night

beautiful Benaroya Hall in Seattle