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