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Spotlight Workshop: The Music Advantage: Making Your Media Stand Out

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Date(s) - 06/15/2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm



You can use music to your advantage – and make your film, TV, or new media project stand out!

This workshop is designed for filmmakers to get a handle on the ins and outs of best practices in using music in media (films, docs, web videos, commercials, etc.) Many filmmakers find this critical piece of the media puzzle mystifying and daunting. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to simplify this aspect. It will give you, as a content creator, a deeper understanding of the practicalities and artistic considerations around music choices, enabling you to make your projects more impactful and successful.

Who should attend: Directors, producers, editors, and anyone seeking info about placing music into media

Requirements: Bring a computer or other tools for taking notes, as well as any questions you have about the music process.

By the end of the class, you’ll know:

  • What to think about when hiring a composer;
  • What temp music is and how to use it effectively;
  • How to go about licensing music for your project; and
  • The artistic parameters you should consider when choosing a music style

Instructors: Scott McRae & Ryan Rapsys have been collaborating as a composing team since 2015. They scored the feature film Little Pink House about the Kelo vs. New London Supreme Court Case, for which they received the award for Best Score at the Anthem Film Festival; the documentary Can We Take a Joke? which explores the intersection of comedy, free speech, and outrage culture; and they have provided music for numerous other short films, and web-based media. They have been teaching filmmakers how to more effectively use music in their media since 2018.

Individually, they each have extensive experience in the music industry. Scott McRae has contributed his musical skills and knowledge to over 100 films and television shows, including Crazy Rich Asians, Fences, the Fast and Furious franchise, The Pursuit of Happyness, Rush Hour 3, the Final Destination franchise, and Cold Mountain. He founded and runs Janen Music, which provides quality music preparation services and rents music to orchestras for live performance. He co-produced two Christmas albums, Christmas Fantastique and Flute Tootin’ Yule, and his score for The Box was nominated for Best Score at the Madrid Film Festival in 2014.

Ryan Rapsys has composed music for numerous feature films, short films, documentaries, theatrical productions and commercial projects. His score for the short film Stay won Best Original Score at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood in 2016. He’s also released electronic music under the aliases Transistorface, Microquasar and Pineriver. He has composed classical music, with concert performances by small ensembles up to full orchestra. His production music has been used in hundreds of television shows, including Dateline NBC and The Today Show. He owns and operates Total Music Metadata, a music service business that catalogs, edits and optimizes music tracks for licensing for music libraries and organizations, with clients including top trailer music houses as well as the in-house music library for Discovery Communications. He has also served as a music supervisor and music editor for numerous projects.

Register HERE.


Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

The good folks at the Netflix Security Gate will need to see a government-issued photo ID to match with your name on the list we give them, so make sure you register and bring your driver’s license or passport with you.

How early should I arrive at the event?

You should leave yourself enough time to get through the security gate, park in the parking structure, and walk to the front door of Netflix, where we will have someone waiting to direct you to the workshop room. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before the workshop is scheduled to begin.

What are my parking options getting to the event?

Parking is free if you are on the attendee list – here are the guest parking guidelines:

  • Guest parking is located at 1455 N. Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
  • Please enter the Main Entry via the security gate.
  • A current photo ID is required.
  • Security personnel will direct you to complimentary self-parking.
  • The Netflix lobby is located directly across from the parking garage.
  • Immediately after entering the building turn right down the hall and wait in the coffee bar area.

When does regular registration end? When does the early registration discount end?

Registration for this workshop ends at 4 PM on June 14, 2019. Early registration ends at 4 PM on June 7, 2019.