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Collaboration Between Departments

John Hagley working on OBELISK

Over the last year, the Music Composition for the Screen, MFA program has been collaborating with more and more departments on student films, video games, and animated shorts. Thanks to our incredible professors Kubilay Uner and Andrew Edwards, we have seen many more opportunities arise for collaborating with other Columbia students. We can bring in these projects as our homework, and get feedback from the professor and fellow classmates. So far this semester, as a class we have had a meet and greet with the MFA directors and producers, and started scoring roughly a dozen animated shorts and around eight video games. Networking with these students is really invaluable for our careers.

The animation department looked to our program to provide original scores for about ten senior projects (created by one senior animator), as well as two group projects known as Animation Production Studio (APS). These two classes meet for an entire year, from early storyboards to the screening during Manifest in May. It is a great opportunity for us to work with a large team (about 20 students), and to get started early on in the process. I am currently working on one of these group projects and attended one of the classes. It was a very interesting look behind the scenes of how an animated film is made, and gave me a better idea of the feel of the film. I look forward to working with this very talented group next semester!

If you would like to attend, there is a Animation Program Screening on 8pm December 11th, at the Film Row Cinema featuring:

Film Row Cinema

“Bad Magic” music by Sean Pack (2014 Graduate)
“A Spider Story” music by Sara Broshofske (Class of 2015)
Various in progress animated shorts – music by many of us in the Class of 2015!

We also had the opportunity to work with the video game department on a variety of games that were demoed at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair on November 22nd. It was a fun experience to see random people demo the games and to see their reaction. Many of these games we will continue to work on over the winter break and into next semester. The fair even had a yoyo contest, giant walking dinosaur, lots of Settlers of Catan!

Catan… Rug

Collaboration Between Departments

Over the last year, the Music Composition for the Screen, MFA program has been collaborating with more and more departments on student films, video games, and animated shorts. Thanks to …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Alumni Spotlight: Sean Pack (Internship in LA with Kim Planert)

Sean Pack

The capstone to the Music Composition for the Screen, MFA program is the summer internship in LA, where students intern with experienced Hollywood composers. Sean Pack, graduate of the class of 2014, had the opportunity to intern with Kim Planert, who has worked such projects as Castle and The Unit.

Alumni Spotlight: Sean Pack (Internship in LA with Kim Planert)

The capstone to the Music Composition for the Screen, MFA program is the summer internship in LA, where students intern with experienced Hollywood composers. Sean Pack, graduate of the class …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Internship in LA: Brittany Dunton (Mark Isham)

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Mark Isham – photo credit: imdb.com

The capstone to the Music Composition for the Screen, MFA program is the summer internship in LA, where students intern with experienced Hollywood composers. Brittany Dunton, graduate of the class of 2014, had the opportunity to intern with Mark Isham, who is well known for titles including Once Upon a Time and Crash.

Internship in LA: Brittany Dunton (Mark Isham)

The capstone to the Music Composition for the Screen, MFA program is the summer internship in LA, where students intern with experienced Hollywood composers. Brittany Dunton, graduate of the class …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Faculty Spotlight: Gary Chang

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For this blog, I had the opportunity to interview Gary Chang; associate professor and co-director of the music composition for the screen program. Gary’s experience is vast. He has written music for projects such as The Breakfast Club, Under Siege, and Storm of The Century. In addition, he has worked as a studio musician for artists such as Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, and Robbie Robertson. He also worked with film composers Henry Mancini, Patrick Williams, and Giorgio Moroder (recent Daft Punk collaborator). Every week I look forward to Gary’s class. He is always up to date when it comes to current film scoring techniques, gear, and the film music business.

Faculty Spotlight: Gary Chang

For this blog, I had the opportunity to interview Gary Chang; associate professor and co-director of the music composition for the screen program. Gary’s experience is vast. He has written …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Internship in LA: Steven Melin (Joel Goodman)

Joel Goodman – photo credit: ascap.com

The capstone to the Music Composition for the screen MFA program is the summer internship in LA, where students intern with experienced Hollywood composers. Steven Melin, graduate of the class of 2014, had the opportunity to intern with Joel Goodman, who has worked on numerous documentaries including The American Experience. Joel is a very active composer, with seven movies coming out this year.

Internship in LA: Steven Melin (Joel Goodman)

The capstone to the Music Composition for the screen MFA program is the summer internship in LA, where students intern with experienced Hollywood composers. Steven Melin, graduate of the class …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Student Spotlight: Edward Barton

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For this student spotlight interview, I interviewed Edward Barton. Edward is a fellow class of 2015 Music Composition for the Screen student and a talented singer/songwriter.

Student Spotlight: Edward Barton

For this student spotlight interview, I interviewed Edward Barton. Edward is a fellow class of 2015 Music Composition for the Screen student and a talented singer/songwriter.

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Tim And Eric at The Athenaeum Theatre

Tim And Eric & Dr. Steve Brule

The Chicago concert scene continues to amaze me. Just this semester I will be seeing Alt-J, Anamanaguchi, Despot, and Run the Jewels. I already had the opportunity to see Tim and Eric & Steve Brule at The Athenaeum Theatre on September 23. The amount of composition homework I have this year has definitely ramped up since last year. We have been writing around ten minutes of music a week. The good thing is writing has gotten easier over the past year, and our ability to write quickly has greatly improved. Although our free time is limited, I find it helpful to get away from my studio space and watch a concert or show. It helps clear my mind, and I come back to composing with a fresh perspective.

Tim And Eric at The Athenaeum Theatre

The Chicago concert scene continues to amaze me. Just this semester I will be seeing Alt-J, Anamanaguchi, Despot, and Run the Jewels. I already had the opportunity to see Tim …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Welcome, Kubilay Uner

Kubilay Uner

The newest addition to our faculty this year is LA based film and television composer, Kubilay Uner. He comes as a successful and diverse composer, with credits to his name ranging from full length feature films to television pilots, as well as concert works. His focus here at Columbia College will consist of teaching Digital Orchestration for the first year students and Scoring III and IV for the second years.

Welcome, Kubilay Uner

The newest addition to our faculty this year is LA based film and television composer, Kubilay Uner. He comes as a successful and diverse composer, with credits to his name …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Congrats to the Class of 2014

Tracie, Brittany, Sean, Batu,  Alexis, David, Paul, Steven and Jordan

Tracie, Brittany, Sean, Batu, Alexis, David, Paul, Steven and Jordan

Congrats Graduates!

The MFA Music Composition for the Screen class of 2014 have completed their summer internships and are officially graduates of Columbia! It is exciting to hear how their semester in LA and internships went. Below is the list of graduates and who they interned with. Future blogs will go more in depth, interviewing each graduate about their experiences this summer. What is really amazing is that many of them were hired immediately after their internship—many more details about their busy summers coming very soon!

Congrats to the Class of 2014

Congrats Graduates! The MFA Music Composition for the Screen class of 2014 have completed their summer internships and are officially graduates of Columbia! It is exciting to hear how their …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

5 Reasons You Should Write Video Game Music

My first gaming machines

My first gaming machines

1. More Freedom

When listening to scores to games from Journey, Last of Us, Red Dead Redemption, to the Donkey Kong Country series, it is obvious that the composers are given a large amount of creative control. Generally, it seems like the directors of the games let the composers take risks, and find a unique sound. The nature of the medium also gives a less strict structure. A lot of score is used to set a mood or feeling, instead of writing to the hit points.

5 Reasons You Should Write Video Game Music

1. More Freedom When listening to scores to games from Journey, Last of Us, Red Dead Redemption, to the Donkey Kong Country series, it is obvious that the composers are …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605