Screen Scoring News from the 2020-2021 Academic Year

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Garry Schyman discusses the making of “Metamorphosis” score

November 18, 2020

Garry Schyman, a faculty member in the Screen Scoring program, was interviewed alongside collaborator Mikolai Stroinski by TheGamer and Push Square to discuss their score for the Kafka-inspired video game Metamorphosis, released by Ovid Works this summer. In the interviews, Schyman spoke to both outlets about the various musical elements he and his collaborator used […]


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USC Thornton alumni named to Variety’s “Hollywood’s New Leaders” list

October 12, 2020

USC Thornton alumni Ludwig Göransson (GCRT ‘08) and Justin Lubliner (BS ‘12) were named two of Hollywood’s New Leaders by Variety. The list showcases the newest generation of leaders and change-makers across the entertainment industry under the age of 40, including agents, creatives, producers, and more. Lubliner is recognized for his achievements as the founder […]


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Roger Neill discusses remote screen scoring with Variety

September 30, 2020

Roger Neill (BM ‘86), an alum of USC Thornton’s Composition program, was recently interviewed for Variety’s Songs for Screens column about his approach to scoring film and television projects remotely. In the interview, Neill discusses how he drew from his network of session musicians to create a virtual orchestra for the score of the HBO […]


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Rick Schmunk and Daniel Weidlein quoted in article about remote music production

September 29, 2020

Rick Schmunk, chair of USC Thornton’s Music Technology Program, and Jazz Studies alum Daniel Weidlein (BM ‘12) offered their thoughts on music education and production during the pandemic in a recent article on MajoringinMusic.com. Schmunk says that for students of music production and technology, the skills they learn in the classroom give them a leg […]


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Laura Karpman and Ludwig Göransson Win in 2020 Emmy Awards

September 21, 2020

USC Thornton’s celebrated Screen Scoring program had a good showing at the 2020 Emmy Awards on Sept. 20. Thornton faculty member Laura Karpman and alum Ludwig Göransson (GCRT ‘08) both won awards. Laura Karpman, a faculty member in the Screen Scoring program, won in the category of Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or […]


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Michael Abels and Laura Karpman quoted in Variety

September 7, 2020

Composition alum Michael Abels (BM ’84) and Screen Scoring faculty member Laura Karpman were recently quoted in a Variety article about the increase in the diversity of the Emmy Awards’ music categories. Abels and Karpman are both award-winning composers and founders of organizations that work to support underrepresented composers in film and television. Abels, who […]


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The Darkroom partners with Billie Eilish’s family to fight food insecurity

August 26, 2020

The Darkroom, an Interscope Record imprint founded by Music Industry alum Justin Lubliner (BS ’12), has partnered with Billie Eilish’s mother Maggie Baird and other organizations to provide healthy meals to food insecure communities during the pandemic. The campaign was started by Baird’s organization Support + Feed, and has provided thousands of meals to families […]


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Laura Karpman scores HBO’s “Lovecraft Country”

August 12, 2020

Laura Karpman, an Emmy Award-winning composer and faculty member in the Screen Scoring program, was recently announced as one of the composers for HBO’s highly anticipated new horror series, “Lovecraft Country,” alongside Raphael Saadiq, with whom Karpman has scored multiple projects. As the pair created the score during the COVID-19 pandemic, Karpman and Saadiq utilized […]


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USC Thornton faculty and alumni nominated for Emmy Awards

July 28, 2020

USC Thornton faculty and alumni were nominated in the 72nd Emmy Awards, announced on July 28. Laura Karpman, a faculty member in the celebrated Screen Scoring program, received two nominations for her work on the Discovery Channel’s “Why We Hate.” Karpman was nominated in the categories of Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and Outstanding […]


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Thornton alumni to appear in Comic-Con@Home online game show

July 24, 2020

Sunday, July 26, three USC Thornton alumni will appear on a panel event for this year’s online-only Comic-Con, Comic-Con@Home. The live online event is a game show-style panel called Composer Squares Game Show, in the style of Hollywood Squares, and will feature alumni composers Jongnic Bontemps (GCRT ’12), Christopher Lennertz (BM ’95), and Giona Ostinelli […]


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