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Film Scoring Program Testimonials
"An invaluable experience" is how I would describe my time at the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program. I gained the knowledge I needed to proceed as a film composer and would highly recommend this program to any earnest composer who would like to score music for films. The instruction will be exactly what you need, whether it is learning advanced orchestration for film, the ins and outs of the film music business or specific sequencing programs, the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program provides all the instruction you will need.
"The knowledge and tools I gained from studying with Hummie Mann as part of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring program have been instrumental in launching my career as a composer. Rarely, especially in the business, do you get the opportunity to learn from one of the present day masters of this art form. His curriculum digs deep into the technical and artistic elements of the craft that are critical for a working professional to have fluency in."
"The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program was, and still is, a great asset to my career. Even during the course, I was applying the skills and techniques to my day to day compositional work at Bad Animals. I really liked that the course focused on real world scenarios and applications of the craft of composition. Hummie's fresh insight and no nonsense approach made the classes fun and highly informative. I would enthusiastically recommend it to anyone seeking real world knowledge and skills in the film/commercial music world."
"My experience with the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program has trained me well for a very busy career writing music for film, television, and beyond. I believe that the skills I learned in his program gave me a competitive edge that allowed me to create my own career as a lead composer on Oscar nominated documentaries, Sundance Premiering Feature Films, successful TV shows, and musicals. With lessons that took me very thoroughly through advanced orchestration and recording, to how to behave at a recording session, the program primed me to succeed in a very strange and nebulous career where you never know where or when your next project is coming from. I highly recommend this program!!"
"This program is AMAZING. I'm currently writing music for films and video games, and I can honestly say that that would not be the case if it wasn't for the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program. Literally every day I use something I learned from Hummie, whether it's theory, orchestration or scoring for picture. It's quite remarkable how much incredible information is packed into the program."
“I had been studying music theory and composition at the University of Washington for several years without knowing what direction my passion for music might take me. Discovering the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program ignited my interest in applying the creative music process with the highly technical and challenging craft of film scoring. After relocating to LA to work in the industry, the knowledge and experience I gained from his program proved invaluable to launch into professional projects.”
"Far beyond basic skills, the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program gave me the confidence to pursue a career in film scoring. Hummie reveals everything about the craft and business of film music and I'm still absorbing those lessons years into my own career. Highly recommended!"
"My experience with the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring program not only ignited my passion for film scoring, but also gave me the fundamental skills to start building a professional career in composing music for picture. Hummie's rare skills as a teacher and mentor, incredible technique and inspiring musicality combine with the well-chosen, practical offerings of the program to provide a unique opportunity for any aspiring film composer. I've been able to build on that foundation to do a wide range of professional work, including commercials, film scores, licensed music for broadcast television, corporate work, and more."
I attended the first European PNW Film Scoring Program, held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2004. I found the program to be extremely useful, well structured and truly inspirational. Hummie Mann is an amazing teacher and a great communicator with experience from the very top level of the film scoring industry as a composer, orchestrator and conductor. In fact, I liked the program so much that I when I got back home to Denmark I arranged for Hummie to come to Copenhagen to setup this program, which he did! In Denmark – as in Scotland - the program was highly successful and attracted many professional composers; experienced film composers, “classical” composers, orchestrators and composers who wanted to learn the craft of film scoring. The program collaborated with directors from the Danish Film School and the scores were recorded with the Danish Radio Orchestra. A great experience for everyone - including the directors! The program has run multiple times in Denmark and has been attended by more than 30 composers.
The great thing about this program is that everyone gets a lot out of it on many levels – theoretically, practically and inspirationally and most importantly, you get the opportunity to apply this to real life situations since you will be working on films with directors and live musicians.
There is a lot more to being a film composer than writing music! You will have to deal with directors and producers, prepare music budgets, plan recording sessions, have a technical knowledge about everything from time code formats to music software, and much, much more. This program will prepare you for this. It is an invaluable experience.