Composer-to-Composer Seminar with Alan Silvestri


Alan Silvestri begins his presentation by showing excerpts from Forrest Gump and Contact. With both examples he first screens the scene without music, followed by the same scene with his score. This provides a basis for him to discuss his approach to scoring a specific scene, how he makes choices, the emotional map of a musical cue, and the need to support the character in a dramatic film.

Mr. Silvestri invites questions from the audience on topics such as working with pianos and synthesizers, being clear about your choices, anticipating the final mix, and understanding directors.

Early in his career, Mr. Silvestri wrote for the TV series CHiPs. He has since scored over 80 films, including Cast Away (2000), Stuart Little (1999), The Parent Trap (1998), Volcano (1997), Grumpy Old Men (1993), Death Becomes Her (1992), the Back to the Future films, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), and Romancing the Stone (1984). In 1994 Alan Silvestri received an Oscar nomination for Original Score for Forrest Gump.

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