MSH CONFERENCE: EVOLVING INTO A WORKING FILM COMPOSER
August 11th 2020, 18:00 – 21:00 H
Location: Hotel ibis Hamburg St. Pauli Messe, Simon-von-Utrecht Strasse 63, 20359 Hamburg
Instructor: George Christopoulos
Working language: English
Tuition Fee: 50,00 € (incl. 16% Mwst./VAT)
MSH Conference: 150,00 € (incl. 16% Mwst./VAT)
(Any number of MSH Conference events)
MSH Flatrate: 1,600.00 € (incl. 19% Mwst./VAT)
(Any number of MasterClasses, workshops, MSH Conference and SpecialEvents)
Students, trainees and interns receive a 20% discount.
In his Film Music Seminar for emerging and working film composers, George Christopoulos discusses the current state of the film industry, its attitude towards Music in films, the usual practices regarding hiring composers and the overall major difficulties film composers face while trying to navigate through various difficulties and make their way into the industry successfully.
Specifically some of the topics that are discussed are: the major changes the industry went through the last twenty years, how film composer should and should not promote his/her services, and the enormously significant role the modern film composer’s combination of skills, mentality, talent and attitude play. The seminar also examines the pre-conceived notions regarding a composer’s set of services and how they should be properly valued and contracted, the composers’ expectations vs. the filmmakers’ demands etc.; among these topics it is also discussed the importance of performing rights organizations and the differences in how the industry functions on the two sides of the Atlantic, N. America and Europe.
The seminar is designed for the emerging film composers within the ever- changing and ever-challenging film industry as both a “reality-check” and a preparatory tool to tackle all challenges. It ultimately reflects the “inconvenient truths” in the film music world while it aims to shape up a more determined and hopeful future for the film composers, by supplying them with the right set of principles every film composer should follow if he/she wishes and hopes to make the next successful step in the industry.
George Christopoulos, born in Athens, Greece, in 1978, where he studied Graphic Arts and Multimedia Design (B.Sc.). His collaboration with international entertainment production companies, led him to work for various multimedia projects, shows, installations and other corporate or artistic events all over the world. He first entered the film music world by directing in 2009 the first ever film music concert of the Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi (“In the Mood for Love”, “House of Flying Daggers”) in Ghent, Belgium; since then he produced several film music concerts worldwide, and collaborated with two of the best conductors in the field (Sir Dirk Brossé and Ludwig Wicki) among numerous world-renowned film composers.
In 2010 he founded OTICONS Ltd. a Talent Agency that represents internationally film music composers from all over the world. The agency currently represents more than thirty (30) composers of more than fifteen (15) different nationalities. Among them are the Oscar-winners Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (“Finding Neverland”) and Rachel Portman (“Chocolat”), the internationally celebrated composer Shigeru Umebayashi and other acclaimed with major credits composers like Tuomas Kantelinen (“Legend of Hercules”), Jacob Groth (“Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) and Reinhold Heil (“Cloud Atlas”). Today the agency unique specialty is consulting and facilitating international co-productions.
Except being an agent and manager of film composers George Christopoulos and his agency started since 2013 getting involved on the production of feature films as consultants, with a focus on A-list international co-production projects. In the recent years he became the resident Film Music consultant of the Mannheim-Heidelberg Int’l Film Festival and gave master-classes to numerous other international film and music festivals like the ones in Hawaii, Istanbul, Cologne, Hamburg, Krakow, Espinho etc. He has also been a guest lecturer in universities in many European countries.
In 2014 his company founded the OTICONS FACULTY International Film Music Competition, a contest that runs annually and since then had more than 500 participants from all over the world.
George Christopoulos is also a voting member of the European Film Academy and the World Soundtrack Academy.