Screen Scoring News from the 2014-2015 Academic Year

SMPTV grad students help bring Bugs Bunny to life on stage

May 29, 2015

A team of graduate students from the USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program recently assisted conductor George Daugherty in transcribing and restoring the music of 1930’s and 1940’s Warner Bros. cartoons, including selections from the beloved “Looney Tunes” and “Merrie Melodies.” The New Yorker magazine reviewed Daugherty’s work with the New York […]


Alumni-produced film scoring documentary exceeds fundraising goals

March 30, 2015

“The Score,” a documentary film being produced in collaboration between USC Thornton and Annenberg School of Communication alum Trevor Thompson and notable alumni from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, recently secured over $120,000 in a Kickstarter fundraising campaign. The project exceeded its initial crowd-funding goal by over 200% and will begin pre-production. In an […]


Jon Burlingame and Daniel Carlin interviewed on NPR about score for Academy Award-winning film “Birdman”

February 25, 2015

USC Thornton faculty Jon Burlingame and Daniel Carlin were interviewed on NPR about the ineligibility of the score for the film, “Birdman.” The movie picked up several major Academy Awards Sunday night, including Best Picture, but the score, propelled by the unaccompanied jazz drumming of Antonio Sanchez, was declared ineligible for Oscar consideration. Burlingame, a […]


Garry Schyman nominated for BAFTA for Best Original Music for video-game “Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor”

February 17, 2015

Garry Schyman, Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television faculty member and Thornton alum, received a British Academy of Film and Television Award nomination for Best Original Music for his work for video-game “Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.” The game is set in JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings universe. Schyman previously won the BAFTA for […]


Daniel Carlin a featured guest at San Marino League’s 60th anniversary luncheon

January 21, 2015

Daniel Carlin, chair of the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program, was a guest speaker at the San Marino League’s 60th anniversary luncheon last week honoring past presidents at the San Gabriel Country Club. The Pasadena Star News mentioned that Carlin “presented an interesting program on the complexities of scoring music for motion pictures […]


The Hollywood Reporter ranks USC Thornton in top three of music schools

November 21, 2014

In the November 14th issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the USC Thornton School of Music was ranked third on their list of the “Top 25 Music Schools of 2014.” Among the descriptions of notable faculty and alumni, THR included DJ-producer Young Guru and USC Thornton alumni Bear McCreary, who has garnered critical acclaim for scoring […]


Grant Fonda (GCRT, ’13) selected to participate in ASCAP TV & Film Scoring Workshop

November 3, 2014

Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television alumnus Grant Fonda (GCRT, ’13) was one of the 12 internationally selected applicants to participate in the ASCAP TV & Film Scoring Workshop with EMMY Award-winning composer, Richard Bellis. Fonda also composed the score for the film My Dear Americans, which won first place in the 2014 PBS Online Film […]


Karim Elmahmoudi (GCRT, ’07) to participate in the Dark Skies Festival in Arizona

October 13, 2014

“Orbit: A Symphonic Fantasy,” composed by SMPTV alumnus Karim Elmahmoudi (GCRT, ’07) will be performed by the Orchestra Northern Arizona on October 18 as part of the Dark Skies Festival. The orchestra will be conducted by former principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra, David Cripps. As part of the festival, Elmahmoudi will conduct talks about music […]


Scoring for Motion Picture and Television chair Daniel Carlin, faculty Garry Schyman present at Krakow Film Music Festival

September 29, 2014

Scoring for Motion Picture and Television (SMPTV) chair Daniel Carlin moderated and presented 11 masterclasses at the 7th annual Krakow Film Music Festival, which took place from September 25 through 28, 2014. Carlin also co-led a sequence of recording/scoring workshops for finalists in the FMF Young Talent Award competition with SMPTV faculty and USC Thornton […]


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