Hey, musicians, harness your inner Ennio Morricone and join us to learn more about writing music for the movies!
In KCFF’s Film Scoring Panel, we’ll be joined by Martin Macphail, member of the award-winning trio Blitz//Berlin who have worked on films like BirdBox, The Girl On The Train, Bad Times At The El Royale, Fifty Shades of Grey, Top Gun: Maverick, and the Blade Runner 2049 prequel Nexus Dawn.
Moderated by SOCAN A&R Rep Melissa Cameron-Passley, the discussion will help those looking to get started in film scoring by providing an overview of important first steps. We’ll also get to know our panelists and how they broke into the film world as musicians. And, of course, there will be lots of opportunities to participate – so come equipped with your own questions!
We’re offering this workshop for free (just be sure to support the film BLOODTHIRSTY) but please order a complimentary ticket in advance to reserve your spot.
Martin Macphail is one-third of Blitz//Berlin, an experimental film composer trio currently based in Los Angeles. In the past two years, Martin has seen a meteoric rise in the world of international film and TV music, earning numerous accolades from around the globe, including a JUNO Award nomination for “Instrumental Album of the Year” in 2017. Blitz//Berlin have also found sustained success composing music for movie trailers, including the trailers for such films as BirdBox, The Girl On The Train, Bad Times At The El Royale, Fifty Shades of Grey and many more. In 2016, Blitz//Berlin won the Clio Award for “Best Use of Music” for their work on the trailer for The Girl On The Train. In addition to movie trailers, Blitz//Berlin have also composed music for several award-winning feature length films, including The Void and Still/Born. They also composed the music for the Blade Runner 2049 prequel “Nexus Dawn”, starring Jared Leto. Most recently, Blitz//Berlin wrote the score for the film Oracle, directed by Aaron Poole, which premiered at TIFF 2019 and won the Grand Prix at Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema.
Michelle Osis is a Toronto-based composer for Film, TV, and advertising. She emigrated from Sydney Australia where she worked as a freelance screen composer, and has composed music on a number of award-winning films including, A Little Bit Behind (dir Paul Slater), Let It Rain, and Bamboozled (dir Matt Hardie). Michelle scored the award-winning film Fake Blood (dir Rob Grant), and Knuckleball (dir Mike Peterson) co-composed with David Arcus. She also scored the feature film Juggernaut (dir Daniel DiMarco) where she had the pleasure to work alongside her mentor Mark Korven, as well as Neil Parfitt and Grammy award-winning musician Garry Kvistad, recording various instruments including Mark Korven’s ‘Apprehension Engine’. Most recently, you can hear her music on the David Suzuki narrated documentary series The Nature of Things: The Science of Fear. Michelle recently received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for her work on The Corporate Coup D’Etat.
Terry Benn is a music producer, film + tv composer, session / experimental guitarist, and mixing + mastering engineer. Terry has established his reputation almost entirely working from a remote farmhouse recording studio near the quaint and quiet town of Newburgh, Ontario. Touring extensively in bands from 2001–2010, he shifted focus to production in 2011 and in 2015 was introduced to the world of film scoring. With no prior experience, he would compose two shorts for director Doug Cook’s POW (2015) and Peephole (2016), which was featured in Toronto’s After Dark Film Festival amongst others. In 2020, he wrote additional music for composer Michelle Osis on Bloodthirsty (dir Amelia Moses) and The Wishing Tree (dir Laura Adamo).
Melissa Cameron-Passley is the A&R Representative at SOCAN in Toronto, Ontario. Her entry in the music business began with her as a songwriter and performer herself, completing her Bachelor of Music at Humber College where she specialized in Jazz. From there, Melissa held several positions within the business from jingle singer, music teacher, grant writer, tour manager, office manager at an artist management company, to booking agency assistant at UTA (formerly The Agency Group). It was at UTA that Melissa had the opportunity to work closely with such notable artists as A Tribe Called Red, Arkells, Andy Shauf, and LIGHTS. Melissa’s passion for Canadian talent, connecting creatives, and helping songwriters refine their craft led her to her current position as A&R at SOCAN in 2016. Outside of SOCAN, Melissa contributes her time as a faculty member of the non-profit community music school, Regent Park School of Music.