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As an annual tradition, Film Fest Gent and the World Soundtrack Awards coordinate the Film Music Seminar, an event organised for students in film, (film) music and sound design to learn and discuss about a variety of topics on everything concerning film music.
During one day, different speakers, often nominees, winners or special guests at the World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert, talk about their experiences and thoughts on scoring for motion pictures and how they get to work. The focus is always on the relation and collaboration between composer and director. After the Seminar, a matchmaking takes place between students of the 3rd bachelor and master in film, (film) music and sound design.
Last year's Film Music Seminar took place on Tuesday 17 October 2017 from 09:00 to 16:00 at Vooruit Ghent with a focus on the different roles of jazz music in films. Is it the music genre of a specific ethnic group? Is it an essential aspect of crime films or musicals? What is its potential in such films as ‘Birdman’? Is an orchestrated jazz theme still considered jazz? Or does jazz require a different form of cinema that centres around improvisation? Dr. Martine Huvenne and Peter Vermeersch moderate a debate with David Shire, Walter Murch, Joe Kraemer and Terence Blanchard.
2017: Jazz music in film with David Shire, Walter Murch, Joe Kraemer & Terence Blanchard
2016: Music for Film / TV / Documentary with Jeff Beal, Jeff Russo, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Johan Grimonprez & Karsten Fundal
2015: British Film Music: George Fenton, Craig Armstrong, Daniel Pemberton
2014: French Film Music: Thierry Jousse & Bruno Coulais
2013: Music for Films: team work? with Dirk Brossé, Rachel Portman & Dario Marianelli
2012: Sound Design with Michel Schöpping
2011: Sound Design and Editing with Walter Murch
2010: Collaboration between composer & filmmaker: Stephen Warbeck
2009: Composing for Asian Cinema with Shigeru Umebayashi
2008: An audiovisual symbiosis: Gabriel Yared & Anthony Minghella
2007: Relation between film music & sound: Mychael Danna, Steve Munro & Annabelle Pangborn
2006: Film Music & Emotion? Willem Thijssen, Simon Lenski, Frank Duchêne, Johan Hoogewijs, Tom Kestens& Geoffrey Enthoven
2005: Music or no music? Larry Sider, Mart Van den Burken, Eavesdropper, Michael Weilacher, Silvia Defrance, Hans Spilaert, Frodo Kuipers