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Cristobal Tapia de Veer | Composer: The White Lotus

Cristobal Tapia de Veer | Composer: The White Lotus

May 2, 2022
Cristobal Tapia de Veer's life journey has taken him down many roads, and even he didn't expect to end up as a film and television composer. In this All Access interview, Cristobal talks about how his career in producing pop music led him to a chance meeting that set him on the path to his most creatively rewarding projects.
 
Cristobal just won the 2022 ASCAP Composer's Choice Awards for television score of the year and television theme of the year for his score to The White Lotus. The annual ASCAP Screen Music Awards feature the "Composer's Choice Awards" that are voted on solely by the ASCAP composer and songwriter community.
 
We discuss Cristobal's general approach to composition and musical storytelling, how he loves to experiment and work solely by himself without any assistants or music team, and much more!
 
We also dive into Cristobal's score for The White Lotus, which is the acclaimed miniseries from writer/director Mike White that you can stream right now on HBO Max.
 
A Film.Music.Media Interview | Produced & Presented by Kaya Savas
Shie Rozow (Composer: The Last Of The Winthrops)

Shie Rozow (Composer: The Last Of The Winthrops)

April 3, 2022

The wonderfully talented and fun Shie Rozow joins us for an All Access interview that shines a light not just on Shie's personal career but also on the crafts of composing and music editing as a whole.

Shie tells his personal story of growing up in Israel and moving to the United States where he found his career path as a composer and music editor. We first dive into what exactly a music editor does, and Shie explains every part of the craft and how he approaches it from temp score editing to conforming cues.

We then explore some of Shie's recent work as a composer including the feature documentary The Last Of The Winthrops. We also look at some of the short-subject docs that Shie composed like One Day You'll Go Blind, Body Language, and Legacy: The Life Of Canto Robledo.

Shie is one of the most talented storytellers and musical professionals working in Hollywood today, and this interview is a treasure trove of insight from someone who has paved their own unique career path.

A Film.Music.Media Interview | Produced & Presented by Kaya Savas

Batu Sener (Composer: The Ice Age Adventures Of Buck Wild | Ice Age - Scrat Tales)

Batu Sener (Composer: The Ice Age Adventures Of Buck Wild | Ice Age - Scrat Tales)

March 24, 2022

For this All Access we're sitting down with the fun and talented Batu Sener to dive into his recent scores for The Ice Age Adventures Of Buck Wild and Ice Age: Scrat Tales.

Batu is a young composer in Hollywood, and he has been an essential part of John Powell's music team for the past several years working as an additional composer and score producer.

We discuss what it was like relocating to the United States to pursue a career in music, how he met John Powell, and what it has been like working as part of a veteran composer's music team.

Batu also talks about how he convinced John Powell to let him work on his first cue as an additional composer, what it's been like building an amazing relationship with John, and how it feels to branch out to score his first animated feature film.

It was an absolute blast to catch up with Batu and hear his fresh perspective of what it's like to be a young composer in Hollywood today as well as dive into his creative process.

A Film.Music.Media Interview | Produced & Presented by Kaya Savas

 

Joseph Stephens (Composer: The Righteous Gemstones)

Joseph Stephens (Composer: The Righteous Gemstones)

March 7, 2022

From being inspired by John Carpenter and Ennio Morricone to meeting Danny McBride and Jody Hill in college, Joseph Stephens walks us through his amazing composing career and takes us into his process.

In this All Access, composer Joseph Stephens reflects back on his path to becoming a film and TV composer. Learn the story of how Joseph met Danny McBride and Jody Hill in college, which has led to collaborations like Eastbound And Down, Observe And Report, Vice Principals and The Righteous Gemstones.

We look specifically at Joseph's scores to Vice Principals as well as the The Righteous Gemstones, which just recently aired its Season 2 finale. Josephs talks specifically about the different styles he uses, approaching the tone of McBride and Hill's humor, and writing songs like "Misbehavin'" and "Sassy On Sunday".

A Film.Music.Media Interview | Produced & Presented by Kaya Savas

Composers Talk (2nd Annual Symposium)

Composers Talk (2nd Annual Symposium)

February 2, 2022

Stories have the opportunity for international reach. This panel will explore how composers uplift stories that appealed to audiences in the U.S. and beyond, as well as share their unique journeys and perspectives.

Join Kevin Smithers, Sandro Morales Santoro, Dan Zlotnik, Camilo Froideval and Wei-San Hsu

We’ve partnered with our good friends at Impact24 PR once again for our 2nd Annual F.M.M Symposium! This is panel 3 of 3!

Music That Drives Stories (2nd Annual Symposium)

Music That Drives Stories (2nd Annual Symposium)

February 2, 2022

Music is a necessity in movies, television, and video games that serves as a plot device and a way to evoke emotion in the viewer. This panel dives into the process of creating unique scores for media and how it compliments and drives the story with J.D. Spears, Lewis Rapkin, Jonathan Snipes and Denise Santos.

We’ve partnered with our good friends at Impact24 PR once again for our 2nd Annual F.M.M Symposium! This is panel 2 of 3!

Composing Combos & Songwriting Duos (2nd Annual Symposium)

Composing Combos & Songwriting Duos (2nd Annual Symposium)

January 31, 2022

Explore prestige drama and children's entertainment through musical and scoring collaborations in this informative virtual panel with Rachel Charest and Aaron Bertram of Kids Imagine Nation, Antonio Naranjo and Meiro Stamm.

We’ve partnered with our good friends at Impact24 PR once again for our 2nd Annual F.M.M Symposium! Visit our YouTube Channel or Facebook page to view the video version.

Sharon Farber (Composer: Brainwashed - Sex-Camera-Power

Sharon Farber (Composer: Brainwashed - Sex-Camera-Power

January 22, 2022

Composer Sharon Farber joins us for this illuminating and fantastic All Access conversation where we take a look at her path to becoming a composer, her work in film and television, her concert work, and a deep focus on her new score to Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power.

Sharon will also be discussing her work on Brainwashed with director Nina Menkes on January 24th for an ASCAP Screen Time Conversation which is part of ASCAP’s annual Sundance Music Cafe. People can check that out by creating a free account at festival.sundance.org.

For this discussion, we focus on Sharon's versatile career and look at her general approach to both writing for the screen as well as writing for the concert stage. Sharon talks about her love for working with musicians and embracing everyone's personal voice and styles.

We then take a close look at her score to Brainwashed and how she had the rare opportunity to use an orchestra for a documentary score, and how working on the film opened her eyes to how film being told through the male perspective has objectified women for decades, and what the ripple effect of that is on society. This results in an amazing dialogue about the visual language of cinema and how women are portrayed onscreen, which is the central subject of the documentary as well.

Sharon is an incredible storyteller and one of the most talented composers working today, and she brings some amazing insight to the craft of composing.

A Film.Music.Media Interview | Produced & Presented by Kaya Savas

Rufus Wainwright (Songwriter: ”Secret Sister” from Rebel Hearts)

Rufus Wainwright (Songwriter: ”Secret Sister” from Rebel Hearts)

January 20, 2022

Rufus Wainwright is one of the most talented songwriters and performers working in music today. His musical upbringing helped shape him into a storyteller who works across songs, opera, theater and more. His music resonates with millions, with each of his albums being a true reflection of himself.

Rufus is also no stranger to having his work featured in films from original songs, covers and new performances. His recent original song "Secret Sister" was written for the incredible documentary Rebel Hearts. Rebel Hearts tells the story of a group of nuns in in the 1960's that stood up against the patriarchy of the Catholic church to fight for freedom and equality. You can check out the documentary on Discovery+.

For this All Access we sit with Rufus for an intimate chat about his childhood growing up in a musical family, how he found his path as a songwriter, what it's like to perform live vs recording an album, writing for stage and screen vs crafting a song for an album, and much more.

We take a look at his approach for writing "Secret Sister" specifically and how he actually has a personal connection to the story. Rufus talks about the point of view of the song and what about the film inspired him.

Rufus is an artist that is true to himself, and his voice as a storyteller resonates with so many since his songs truly explore the human condition and never fail to emotionally resonate.

A Film.Music.Media Interview | Produced & Presented by Kaya Savas

Alan Silvestri (Music & Lyrics: Back To The Future - The Musical)

Alan Silvestri (Music & Lyrics: Back To The Future - The Musical)

December 24, 2021

For our last All Access of 2021, Alan Silvestri joins us once again. This time to talk about Back To The Future: The Musical, The Witches, and how The Polar Express has become a holiday classic over the years.

Alan is one of our favorite guests and it's an absolute pleasure to have him for his third All Access on Film.Music.Media. In this episode we talk about the long journey to completion that Back To The Future: The Musical had, and what it took to adapt the iconic film for the stage. Alan also takes us into the process of adapting the score, and creating new music and lyrics with Grammy-winning songwriter Glen Ballard who he shares co-credit with.

We also look back at his score for Robert Zemeckis's The Witches, and what it was like to score the film during the pandemic. We also touch upon the lasting creative relationship that Alan has with Robert, and why the bond is still strong after all these years.

Alan also looks back at the lasting legacy of Back To The Future and what it means to him, as well as how he feels that The Polar Express has found its way to be a movie-watching tradition for many families during the holidays.

We hope you're watching or listening to this interview safe and happy as we near the end of the year, and look forward to more in 2022! Happy holidays and happy New Year!

A Film.Music.Media Interview | Produced & Presented by Kaya Savas

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