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Highlights of the 2013 Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Ranch

Posted in News on August 20, 2013
Lab fellows, creative advisors and program staff pictured at the Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound.
Lab fellows, creative advisors and program staff pictured at the Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound.

Broadcast Music, Inc. continued its support for the Sundance Institute’s Film Music program, which launched its new collaboration with Skywalker Sound to host the Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound in 2013 and 2014. The Music and Sound Design Lab for documentaries ran June 3 through June 10, while the session for feature films took place from July 10 through July 25.

BMI is a long-time supporter of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program. As a founding supporter of the Institute’s original Composers Labs, BMI has played a critical role in the development of the Lab. Through their involvement, BMI has furthered the careers of many film composers from the Labs.

The Sundance Institute Film Music Program recently announced and launched a new Lab in collaboration with Skywalker Sound, which focuses on both film composing and sound design. This is the first time Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound collaborated to support independent filmmakers and film composers and marked a significant expansion of the Institute’s former Composers Labs to include sound design.

At the Lab, fellows worked with a variety of creative advisors - a distinguished group of film composers, sound designers, filmmakers and film industry professionals. The program aims to give composers first-hand experience working on film music and sound design, and to give directors insight into the process as well.

2013 Lab participants included documentary series fellows Kathryn Bostic, Omar Fadel, Miles Jay and Todd Reynolds. Feature Film Series fellows included Jongnic Bontemps, Larry Goldrings, Lucas Lechowski, Heather McIntosh, Vladimir Podgoretsky and Mac Quayle. Creative advisors included composers Peter Golub, Mark Isham, George S. Clinton, Harry Gregson-Williams, Thomas Newman, Heitor Pereira, Todd Boekelheide and Osvaldo Golijov. Additional advisors included music editors Adam Smalley and Scott Johnson; BMI Vice President, Film/TV Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross; director Allison Anders and agent Richard Kraft.