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Variety’s Music for Screens Summit Draws Filmmakers, Rockers, Scorers, Supervisors

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Among the many speakers and panelists at Variety’s 2019 Music for Screens Summit, the composer for “Joker” spoke about how her score inspired Joaquin Phoenix’s performance, Robbie Robertson talked up Martin Scorsese, Cameron Crowe talked stage musicals, branding experts spoke about how synchs and Shazam increasingly work in sync, and music supervisors fought for their right to parity.

In a breakout session during the second annual summit Tuesday, Emmy-winning composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, known for scoring HBO’s “Chernobyl,” sat down with Variety‘s Jon Burlingame and discussed her path to scoring Todd Phillips’ “Joker.” Guðnadóttir revealed that Phillips discovered her music in “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” and sought her out for “Joker” while he was writing the script.

Guðnadóttir said, “I told him, if you’re looking for someone to do an action movie, I’m not really sure if I’m the right person. He told me
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The State of Scoring: Key Composers Run Down Pressing Issues in Their Industry

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The State of Scoring: Key Composers Run Down Pressing Issues in Their Industry
Today’s media composers area diverse lot, and by the looks of this year’s awards crop, particularly successful at finding fresh musical solutions to dramatic problems. Variety‘s Music for Screens Summit showcases several of these creatives, including composers Michael Abels, Siddhartha Khosla and Amie Doherty, who talk about topics of interest in the world of film, television and game music today.

What’s the current environment like for media composers? Are there more opportunities to be creative?

Siddhartha Khosla: More than ever. I started my career as lead singer-songwriter of a band on a public radio station, had a lot of critical success but not much commercial success. So I grew up being artistic and making art. I’m finding that most showrunners want composers that have their own original and unique voice. We are living in a very artistic environment.

Amie Doherty: I think so. There’s
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Cameron Crowe Set to Keynote Variety’s Music for Screens Summit

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Cameron Crowe Set to Keynote Variety’s Music for Screens Summit
Filmmaker Cameron Crowe has joined the lineup for Variety‘s second annual Music for Screens Summit, where he’s set for a keynote interview to discuss adapting his Oscar-winning “Almost Famous” into a newly premiered and already highly praised stage musical.

Crowe, who’s also responsible for directing and/or writing such music-heavy films as “Say Anything” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” wrote the book and co-wrote the lyrics (with Tony winner Tom Kitt) for the new adaptation of “Almost Famous,” which premiered at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in late September. The show will have just wrapped up its limited Southern California run when Crowe appears at the summit, with a move to Broadway believed to be on the horizon.

Crowe joins previously announced keynote speaker Robbie Robertson at the day-long conference, which will take place at Neuehouse in Hollywood Oct. 29. Ticket information for the summit, which
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Watch Jurassic World: Battle at Big Rock Short Film, Taking Place a Year After Fallen Kingdom

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Watch Jurassic World: Battle at Big Rock Short Film, Taking Place a Year After Fallen Kingdom
As promised, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has unleashed Battle at Big Rock, an all-new short film he directed and wrote with Emily Carmichael. The 8-minute short takes place one year after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in Big Rock National Park, where dinosaurs are now living in our world. The story follows a family of four whose encounter with these wild animals becomes a terrifying fight for survival.

Jurassic Park fans have a ton of reasons to be excited by the new short film as it gives us all a taste of where Colin Trevorrow may be heading in Jurassic World 3. While rumors swirl round and round about the final film in the Jurassic World trilogy, we really only truly know one thing: the movie won't be here for a long time. This short is a nice surprise and we can only hope we get more
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Jurassic World Short Battle at Big Rock Is Coming to FX This Sunday

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It's going to be a hot minute before we get Jurassic World 3. So to tide us over, director Colin Trevorrow, who will return to close out this Jurassic Park trilogy, has announced that a short film is coming to FX this Sunday, September 15.

Titled Battle at Big Rock: A Jurassic World Short Film, Colin Trevorrow shared the poster for this exciting entry in the official Jurassic Park franchise. The poster doesn't offer us much. We get a station wagon hauling a camper trailer down a gravel path, past an ominous looking tree. Along the way, there is a sign that warns, 'do not feed the wildlife'. The iconic Jurassic Park T-Rex skeleton and skull logo is present. We can guess that a family, perhaps, are heading into one of the camping areas. And they'll more than likely encounter a friendly-seeming, hungry dinosaur. Colin Trevorrow offers this.

"These creatures were here before us.
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Robbie Robertson Set to Keynote Variety’s Music for Screens Summit

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Robbie Robertson Set to Keynote Variety’s Music for Screens Summit
Robbie Robertson will be a keynote speaker at Variety‘s second annual Music for Screens Summit, to be held at Neuehouse in Hollywood on Oct. 29.

The first wave of panelists has also been announced for the day-long gathering, which hosts the creators and greenlighters at the intersection of music and visual media.

Robertson has two projects reaching the big screen this year. A documentary about his time with the one of the key rock groups of the 1960s and ’70s, “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band,” was the gala opening night premiere at this month’s Toronto International Film Festival and was acquired for worldwide theatrical distribution by Magnolia. He also provided music for his friend Martin Scorsese’s epic drama “The Irishman,” coming to theaters on Nov. 1, preceding its Nov. 27 Netflix bow. Robertson also has a new album, “Sinematic,” out Sept. 20.

Others announced for the conference include songwriter Diane Warren; Mike Knobloch,
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ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop Gets Underway

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The 31st annual Ascap Film Scoring Workshop got underway today with 12 composers from eight countries around the world. (Participants are listed below.)

Supported by The Ascap Foundation, the comprehensive four-week program takes place in Los Angeles and is designed to equip the selected composers with the knowledge and connections they need to succeed in the film industry. Participants get access to “A list” Hollywood composers and top industry professionals including studio executives, agents, attorneys, music supervisors and more.

The workshop culminates at the historic Newman Scoring Stage at Fox Studios, where each composer has the chance to conduct and record their own original score for a major motion picture scene with a 64-piece orchestra and the same professional tools used by world-class composers.

This year, several high-profile composers will mentor the group, including Oscar nominees (and multiple Emmy winners) John Debney and Bruce Broughton, Grammy-nominated Tom Holkenborg, as well as
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DreamWorks Animation Unveils ’Marooned,’ Adds ’Trolls World Tour’ Annecy Preview ( Exclusive)

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Universal’s DreamWorks Animation has unveiled first-look images of “Marooned,” the latest title in its burgeoning short films program. The film is produced by Jeff Hermann, just attached to produce Tom McGrath’s “The Boss Baby 2.”

Directed by Andrew Erekson,“Marooned” world premieres on June 11 at France’s Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival as part of a DreamWorks Animation feature presentation which has now been expanded, to offer a first look at “Trolls World Tour,” the sequel to “Trolls,” which earned $347 million worldwide.

Part of a muscular DreamWorks Animation Annecy presence, hosted by president Margie Cohn, the Dwa feature presentation will also showcase excerpts from “Abominable,” written and directed by Jill Culton, as previously announced.

Hermann and Erekson, a story artist on “How To Train Your Dragon,” will both attend the Annecy presentation. Billed as a stylized look at a not too distant future, “Marooned” turns on C-oR13, a
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Film News Roundup: Edgar Ramirez in Negotiations for Netflix’s ‘Last Days of American Crime’

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In today’s film news roundup, Edgar Ramirez is in talks to play a criminal, Kiersey Clemons is in negotiations to portray a flower arranger and finalists have been announced for Universal’s Film Music Composer Initiative.

Castings

Edgar Ramirez is in talks to portray a career criminal in Netflix’s near-future movie “The Last Days of American Crime.”

The project is based on the Radical Publishing graphic novel by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini. Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2”) is directing from an adapted screenplay by Karl Gajdusek, whose credits include “Oblivion” and “Stranger Things.”

The story centers on U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. Graham Bricke, a career criminal who was never able to hit the big score, teams up with Kevin Cash and Shelby Dupree to commit the heist of the century and the last crime
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