ASCAP hosted the 2016 Film Scoring Workshop finale at FOX Studios in Century City. Based on the strength of their brief scores, 12 composers were chosen from a competitive field of more than 300 worldwide to participate in the intensive four-week program. Each of the dozen was enabled to compose a short score for a clip from one of four films. On the culminating night, they were then honored with the opportunity to conduct and record their piece with a 60-piece orchestra at FOX’s cavernous, 7200-square-feet Newman Scoring Stage.
The program, which is supported by the ASCAP Foundation, was launched in 1988 and alumni include a range of Golden Globe and Grammy winners such as Brian Byrne and Jim Dooley. This year it was led by Emmy winner Richard Bellis. Past lecturers include Henry Mancini and Hans Zimmer, among others.
Built originally as a film stage in the 1920s, the Newman Scoring Stage was repurposed into a recording stage and named after Alfred Newman, then the head of Twentieth Century Fox's music department. The stage and control room were modernized and reopened in 1997.
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