Composing for Drama, Movie & TV Series

Composing for Drama, Movie & TV Series

With John Lunn


July 29-31,2023

Schedule: 9am-12pm / 2pm- 5pm CEST

Hollywood Music Workshop is proud to announce the fifth edition of John Lunn´s course, brought to you by one of the best in this genre:

John Lunn will explore with his participants all the ways on how to follow a storyline as well as the occurrences and situations presented in the movie. In his course you will learn how to express musically the story and the empathy behind it. You will put yourself  into the character and find your harmonic line. As a result the story and the fates of people will reflect itself in your music.

John Lunn will bring,  as a special benefit to the students, clips from the highly successful movie Downton Abbey 2 and the latest edition of the Last Kingdom series which are released in March 2023 among others.

Participants will have the chance to compose their versions to them and receive extremely valuable feedback.

As a special highlight of John’s course, his students will have the opportunity to gather very important guidelines about being involved in the film music industry on numerous occasions in pleasant social settings such as pub visits after the regular teaching hours.

Requirements and Tools

In-Class Assignment: John will be bringing a variety of film clips with him to HMW. Student assignments will be to produce a midi mock-up of a cue (or cues). Video content will be provided to each student in Apple QuickTime format.

Tools and Skills: Students will need a DAW which can import videos so that s/he can write music to picture.

It’s not required that the DAW has music notation capabilities, as a score review will not be part of the assignment – however such capabilities can be of an advantage for the instructor during his review. DAWs like Logic, Cubase, Pro Tools, Digital Performer or Studio One are all examples of DAWs suitable for this task – however Studio One and Pro Tools do not have notation display features.

While students won’t need a large variety of professional sample libraries, it is recommended they bring the best sounds they can get. Basic libraries covering basic orchestral instruments will suffice. A good example would be the VSL special edition volume 1 or East West’s Quantum Leap orchestra.

The HMW will have midi controller keyboards available for students to rent for the duration of their courses.

John Lunn’s music possesses a wonderfully unique voice that spans a wide spectrum of musical styles. Classically trained, yet contemporary in attitude, he combines a highly intelligent and sensitive approach with a sound that always hits at the emotional heart of a piece. His scores, which match the highest production values with a continual desire to discover new colors and sounds, are continuously in high demand. He is probably best known for scoring the hugely successful flagship Films drama, Downton Abbey, for which he has received two Primetime Emmy Awards, in 2012 and 2013 and a further nomination in 2014, as well as a BAFTA nomination in 2012.
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