The Art and Process of Film Scoring (Deconstructed): A Masterclass with Elik Alvarez
Carnegie Institution for Science, Elihu Root Auditorium
Washington, DC
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The Art and Process of Film Scoring (Deconstructed): A Masterclass with Elik Alvarez
Join Elik Alvarez, professional film composer for over 70 film projects including several David Attenborough films, who joins us from Los Angeles to lead a Masterclass for those interested in scoring for film and working with composers on their creative project.

Topics will include: Securing the job, Do you have an agent? Do you need an agent? Can you get an agent?, Contract negotiations (work for hire vs retaining rights of the music)

Preparing your first meeting with the director. Spotting sessions.
Tempt track: your friend or your enemy?
Initial ideas (Instrumentation, style, creative approach, etc)
Locked picture vs non locked picture.
Mock ups (technical aspects and presenting a professional mockup)
First playback for the director.
How to approach revisions or cues that are not getting approved.
Live recording budget. No budget at all? Which options do I have?
Preparing for live recordings.
Orchestrations and parts preparation.
Small ensambles and soloist vs large orchestral settings.
Recording sessions.
Score mixing  
Final delivery
Dubbing stage.
Music editor.
Getting ready for your next gig.

Elik Álvarez is a Venezuelan-born composer who has managed to capture his
audience with his unique compositions for the screen. A dynamic artist molded by
traditional concert music, modern styles, and Latin-inspired rhythms, he is committed to
bring exciting innovations to each and every project he works on. Álvarez has composed music for more than 70 films, television series, and documentaries. Some of Eliks recent film scores include the anime film YUGIOH!: THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS, both installments of PEANUTS AND CRACKERJACKS (PAPITA, MANI, TOSTON), the documentary feature LIFE IN THE DOGHOUSE, and the documentary feature HARRY & SNOWMAN.


Carnegie Institution for Science, Elihu Root Auditorium (View)
1530 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
United States


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Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!