April Meeting Recap

Our April 2007 meeting was held at Studio 949 www.studio-949.com in Irvine and featured a special panel of Orange County’s top composers of original music for film and TV.
Studio 949 has only been open since February. Their motto is “We record just about anything!” A very nice tour of the studio was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Jeff Iverson, we enjoyed snacks and refreshments while networking before the meeting began. Brad Hagen from Video Resources, www.videoresources.com announced that he would be hosting the June meeting at his facility, discussing the new Red camera, high definition and digital work flow.
Our own MCA-I member, composer/performer/audio engineer, Rick Sherman,  moderated a panel of composers, discussing how original music relates to the production industry. This panel included Bob Stewart from Stewart Sound, www.stewartsound.com owner of the largest post-production audio facility in Orange County. Bob is noted for his award winning tv spot for the Arizona Federal Bank along with many other credits to his name; Mike Licari, www.licarimusic.com winner of four emmys and two BMI awards for the Guiding Light to name just some of his many credits; Joe Alfuso, www.alfuso.com composer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor whose credits include The Perfect Storm and George of the Jungle; Eric Froeberg, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  graduate of USC’s film scoring school and composer of music for an HBO project and the movie Daniella; and Rick Sherman who has composed music for the Ditech TV spots for the past seven years and has just completed work on Pamela Peak’s documentary Color Blind which will be aired nationally on PBS. 
It was exciting to see the camaraderie between everyone on the panel, and there was hardly enough time for all of the questions that were asked of them.   The panel discussed how to budget for certain projects, and all of them agreed upon the fact that the most important thing is the communication between the producer and director of the project and the composer. They each emphasized that the composer needs to know what direction to take for a particular project. I think everyone enjoyed seeing these multi-talented people discuss their craft and the inner workings of their field which we don’t get to hear about too often.
The meeting ended with a raffle, and our president, John Coleman, had quite a few tickets to give out to the Newport Beach Film Festival. So for those of you who were not able to attend, you really missed out on great networking with other professionals and the opportunity to meet with OC’s top TV and Film music people first hand.