Explore the essential role of music in film.

October 8-10, 2021

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In 2021, VIFF AMP speakers and delegates will gather at the VIFF Centre to explore topics including the finer points of scoring, the art of music supervision for theatrical trailers, taking your music from the stage to the screen, and how to adapt in the ever-changing landscape of the industry.

For those who can’t make it to the VIFF Centre, the summit sessions will be simulcast online, allowing audiences from around the world to tune in to hear the keynotes, panel discussions and music showcases and take part virtually in the conversation.

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Day 1: Friday October 8  

AMP Opening Keynote: Linda Perry

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT

What do P!nk, Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, James Blunt, Christina Aguilera, Adele, and Gwen Stefani all have in common? All have recorded songs by the legendary Linda Perry. Perry has also composed songs and musical scores for film and television. AMP is honoured to open our weekend of programming with a one-on-one conversation between this musical icon and creative director/host of the Producer’s Lounge program Jane Aurora to go over Perry’s career and do a deep dive into her working process.

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Session Participants

Grammy, Golden Globe, and Critics Choice Award-nominated producer and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee Linda Perry is one of the most accomplished people working in music today. Since her initial fame as the lead singer of 4 Non-Blondes, she has helped shape the sounds of P!nk, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, and more. Perry has a longstanding relationship with The Recording Academy, and has curated legendary artist lineups for non-profit concert events such as Rock ‘N’ Relief.

Jane Aurora is a producer, musician and mix engineer. She owns Capsule Studios, the presenter of the Producers Lounge Series, which takes place in studios and at events throughout British Columbia. The Producers Lounge Vancouver was founded as an initiative to elevate female and non binary identifying music producers, and underrepresented producers and composers of all genders. Jane’s music production credits encompass internationally acclaimed artists from Australia and North America in multiple genres. Jane is the founder of Arrival Sounds, a Vancouver based music licensing company that represents 50+ diverse touring artists and composers for sync.

AMP's Stages to Screens: The Sequel

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT

Hosted by Tarun Nayar (Delhi 2 Dublin, Snakes x Ladders, 5X Festival), we return to this popular panel with a new group of artists who will share their experiences on how they have successfully made the crossover from the pop world to working in music for media: Dean "DC" Charles (J Cole, Patti LaBelle, Raphael Saadiq), Dan "The Automator" Nakamura (Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, Dr. Octagon) and Isa Summers (Florence and The Machine).

Session Participants

Isabella “The Machine” Summers is an English composer, songwriter, producer, and musician. She is best known for the sound of the six-time Grammy-nominated indie rock band Florence and the Machine. Moving from pop music to composing for film and television, she scored Little Fires Everywhere for Hulu, earning her an Emmy nomination. She created the main title theme for Sky Network’s series Riviera and composed for Physical on Apple TV+, Panic for Amazon Prime, and Sex/Life for Netflix. As a producer and remixer, she has collaborated with Beyoncé, Judith Hill, Juliette Lewis, and LP.
 

Producer, composer, engineer, and DJ, Dan “The Automator” Nakamura has collaborated with artists such as Del the Funky Homosapien and Damon Albarn, and provided a home base for countless rappers and producers in the 1990s with his studio, The Glue Factory. In addition to scoring PBS/Tastemade’s Broken Bread, he has also crafted songs for films like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Money Monster, Booksmart, and Always Be My Maybe.

A musician, producer, and composer with 20 years of music industry experience, Dean “DC” Charles has worked with a long list of chart-topping performers and producers including Babyface, Brandy, Dr. Dre, and Patti Labelle. His film and television credits include Mary J. Blige: Soul of A Woman, The Boondocks, The Tonight Show, The View, and CSI: Miami.

Tarun Nayar formed the band Delhi 2 Dublin in 2006 and they have performed at Glastonbury, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Woodford, and almost 2000 other club and festival gigs around the world. He is Executive Director of 5X Festival, Canada’s largest South Asian youth event, a board member of the Canadian Live Music Association, and a member of FACTOR’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee. Tarun manages emerging Pakistani-Canadian electronic artist Khanvict, and is the co-founder and owner of digital label Snakes x Ladders, which focuses on the new wave of hybrid South Asian artists.

AMP's The Art of Music Supervision: Theatrical Trailers

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

Did you know that music supervision for theatrical trailers requires an approach vastly different from music supervision for the film and television world? Learn about the process, including sound design and what music supervisors for trailers look for when choosing music. Our panel will have three of the top talents in the business of theatrical trailer music supervision: Disney’s Brian Vickers, SILO Music’s Reuben Sears, and Wild Card’s Evelin Garcia.

Session Participants

Currently the music director at award-winning agency Wild Card Creative Group, Evelin Garcia got her start in the music industry writing album reviews for The LA Weekly while also working at the Sunset Strip’s world-famous Viper Room. She has music supervised theatrical advertising campaigns including Reminiscence, Godzilla vs. Kong, Peter Rabbit 2, and Soul. Previously Director of Music at Ignition Creative, Evelin has also worked with Warner Brothers, Pixar, Paramount, Netflix, and Hulu.

Reuben Sears has worked on hundreds of film, TV, and video game marketing campaigns including F9, Free Guy, Ad Astra, Soul, Hollywood, Watchmen, and Sonic the Hedgehog. He also co-music supervised the Blu-Ray content for Man of Steel and Gravity. As SVP of Trailers and Promos for SILO Music, he directs remixes, covers, custom work, and the trailer catalogue of over two dozen producers and composers. Reuben also helps songwriters learn how to write for sync through his company, Sinsears Music.

Brian Vickers has over 10 years of music industry experience, ranging from The Recording Academy (NARAS), to the television production company Bunim/Murray Productions. Currently, Brian works as a Music Supervisor for Walt Disney Studios’ theatrical marketing team, The Hive, and has worked on several film campaigns, including movies in The Avengers and Star Wars franchises. He also works as a Sync Music Consultant, helping clients make their material as sync-friendly as possible for film and TV.

Tony Scudellari oversees all aspects of music for Sony Pictures Television’s programming. Current shows include Better Call Saul, The Crown, Dr. Oz, Jeopardy, Shark Tank, and The Young and the Restless. During his tenure, Sony Pictures Television’s programming has been awarded for its music by the Guild of Music Supervisors, the Emmys and numerous ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC Film & TV Awards. In 2017, the Guild of Music Supervisors nominated Tony for Best Music Supervision in a Television Limited Series or Movie. He is co-curating VIFF AMP with Rob Calder for a third year.

MUSIC BC's SOUNDOFF

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PDT

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Presented by Music BC, SOUNDOFF is a platform for our most promising local musicians with a focus on song placement and sync licensing in film and TV. Local artists perform songs and connect with music supervisors at this expansive yet intimate live gathering. SOUNDOFF artists to be announced soon.

Admission to the in-person SOUNDOFF session is by invite only. A recording of the event will be available on YouTube.

Session Participants

Aamina Gant is a music supervisor at Evolution Music Partners. In the past few years, she has music supervised projects for film and television including Salt-N-Pepa, Love Island, Genius: Aretha, Queen Sugar, and Sprinter.

Janine Scalise is an independent music supervisor for her company, Moxie Music, a one-stop shop for music supervision, music licensing, and procuring original songs from artists. Currently working on The L Word: Generation Q and Better Things, Janine also has 14 years of experience as a music executive at Starz Networks. She has commissioned original songs from the likes of 50 Cent, Nick Cave, and Karen O, and has worked with composers including Bear McCreary, Kris Bowers, and Ludwig Görannson.

Currently the music director at award-winning agency Wild Card Creative Group, Evelin Garcia got her start in the music industry writing album reviews for The LA Weekly while also working at the Sunset Strip’s world-famous Viper Room. She has music supervised theatrical advertising campaigns including Reminiscence, Godzilla vs. Kong, Peter Rabbit 2, and Soul. Previously Director of Music at Ignition Creative, Evelin has also worked with Warner Brothers, Pixar, Paramount, Netflix, and Hulu.

Everton Lewis, Jr. is the founder and Chief Music Supervisor at Wracket Music Supervision whose recent projects include CBC’s Anyone’s Game, Yo! MTV Raps, and Amazon Prime’s All or Nothing. In 2010, this industry veteran founded EH! Side Music Supervision, a company solely dedicated to Canadian music syncs. Following the success EH! Side, Everton, Jr. became the Head Music Supervisor for VICE Canada and worked on projects including Dark Side of the Ring, Rat Park, and Tattoo Age.

Rob Calder is a VIFF AMP program curator and has been an active part of Canada’s creative industries for over 20 years. A co-founder of Boompa Records, Rob formed Secret Study after many years to connect musicians and artists with opportunities. As co-owner of the Canadian wing of internationally recognized Vaudeville Sound, Rob works in the world of audio post-production for film, television, video games, VR/AR, and animation. Vaudeville Canada has contributed to projects like Lovecraft Country, The Old Guard, Snowpiercer, A Long Way Up, and Thunderforce.

Tony Scudellari oversees all aspects of music for Sony Pictures Television’s programming. Current shows include Better Call Saul, The Crown, Dr. Oz, Jeopardy, Shark Tank, and The Young and the Restless. During his tenure, Sony Pictures Television’s programming has been awarded for its music by the Guild of Music Supervisors, the Emmys and numerous ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC Film & TV Awards. In 2017, the Guild of Music Supervisors nominated Tony for Best Music Supervision in a Television Limited Series or Movie. He is co-curating VIFF AMP with Rob Calder for a third year.

AMP Master Class: The Music for "Daughter of a Lost Bird"

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT

A look inside the process of creating the evocative score for the film Daughter of a Lost Bird with director Brooke Pepion Swaney and composer Laura Ortman. Swaney and Ortman will share their process of working together and the importance of cultural identity and sensitivity in creating a film about personal discovery in the context of Indigenous culture.

Session Participants

Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) is a musician, composer, and vibrant collaborator who creates across multiple platforms, including recorded albums, live performances, and filmic and artistic soundtracks. In 2008, Ortman founded the Coast Orchestra, an all-Native American orchestral ensemble.

Ortman received the 2020 Jerome@Camargo Residency in Cassis, France, the 2017 Jerome Foundation Composer and Sound Artist Fellowship, the 2016 Art Matters Grant, the 2016 Native Arts and Culture Foundation Fellowship, and the 2015 IAIA’s Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Social Engagement Residency. She was also a participating artist in the 2019 Whitney Biennial.

Brooke Pepion Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish) works to tell Native stories. She recently made The Black List’s inaugural Indigenous list spotlighting the best Indigenous film and TV writers with Tinder on the Rez, along with her co-writer Angela Tucker. She also produced Bella Vista, Sixty Four Flood, and the podcast All My Relations with Matika Wilbur and Dr. Adrienne Keene. In 2021, she became an inaugural fellow of a filmmaker residency/incubator with the Woodstock Film Festival and White Feather Arts. She has also been a Sundance Native Lab Fellow and a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellow.

Host:

Tony Scudellari oversees all aspects of music for Sony Pictures Television’s programming. Current shows include Better Call Saul, The Crown, Dr. Oz, Jeopardy, Shark Tank, and The Young and the Restless. During his tenure, Sony Pictures Television’s programming has been awarded for its music by the Guild of Music Supervisors, the Emmys and numerous ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC Film & TV Awards. In 2017, the Guild of Music Supervisors nominated Tony for Best Music Supervision in a Television Limited Series or Movie. He is co-curating VIFF AMP with Rob Calder for a third year.

Host:

Rob Calder is a VIFF AMP program curator and has been an active part of Canada’s creative industries for over 20 years. A co-founder of Boompa Records, Rob formed Secret Study after many years to connect musicians and artists with opportunities. As co-owner of the Canadian wing of internationally recognized Vaudeville Sound, Rob works in the world of audio post-production for film, television, video games, VR/AR, and animation. Vaudeville Canada has contributed to projects like Lovecraft Country, The Old Guard, Snowpiercer, A Long Way Up, and Thunderforce.

AMP's The Art of Composition: Scoring Epically

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

In 2021, how do we define superheroes and how does a composer score a superhero project to reflect this new era? Scoring a superhero project has its unique set of challenges and opportunities. Moderated by composer and Sound Composers Guild of Canada Vice President Adrian Ellis, Natalie Holt (Loki) and Laura Karpman (What If…?, Lovecraft Country) will share what it means to score epically in today’s world of film and television.

Session Participants

Five-time Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman’s music spans film, television, theatre, interactive media, and live performance. Across concert halls, Karpman is well-known for Ask Your Mama, a Grammy-winning multimedia opera based on the iconic cycle of poems by Langston Hughes. She founded the Alliance for Women Film Composers in 2014 and was elected to be the first female governor of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences’ music branch in 2016.

Natalie Holt is an award-winning British composer, known for large orchestral arrangements and intimate, textural electro-acoustic compositions. Recent works include the Disney+ series Loki; Saul Dibb’s Journey's End, which won Best International Score Award at the 2018 Beijing International Film Festival, HBO Max’s The Honourable Woman, which won the 2015 Ivor Novello Songwriting Award, and BBC’s Three Girls, which won the 2017 Royal Television Society Craft and Design Award. Her music can be heard on Amazon Studios’ Herself, BBC’s Wallander, History Channel’s Knightfall, PBS’ Beecham House, and more. Holt was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 2017.

Juilliard-trained, Grammy Award-winning composer Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum collaborates with adventurous musicians and filmmakers on scores that have been featured on HBO, and at the Cannes, Tribeca, and Sundance Film Festivals. She has received concert commissions from the London Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and fellowships from the Sundance Composers Lab, where she also serves as an advisor.

Host:

Adrian Ellis is known for his inventive, story-driven approach to creating scores, including a live, single-take recording for Last Call, and an ensemble of junk metal and power tools for Timebox. With over 80 credits to his name, his music is heard in films and series around the world. In Canada, he is known for his themes for flagship shows like the CFL and IIHF Hockey on TSN, Daily Planet, and Canada AM. He is the current 1st VP of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, and the host of The Screen Composer’s Studio podcast.

AMP Closing Keynote: Laura Karpman

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

VIFF AMP closes our programming with a conversation about music and culture with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Angela Elster and Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman. Karpman’s music is on the cutting edge of various musical genres (film and television scoring, symphonic music, opera, jazz, and pop) and she has been one of the leaders in the fight for greater diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry.

Individual tickets are available to the online streaming of this keynote. Purchase a ticket here.

Session Participants

Five-time Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman’s music spans film, television, theatre, interactive media, and live performance. Across concert halls, Karpman is well-known for Ask Your Mama, a Grammy-winning multimedia opera based on the iconic cycle of poems by Langston Hughes. She founded the Alliance for Women Film Composers in 2014 and was elected to be the first female governor of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences’ music branch in 2016.

Angela Elster, one of Canada’s preeminent arts and culture leaders, is President and CEO of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the VSO School of Music. She brings to the sector demonstrated expertise and extraordinary vision in strategic planning, impact measurement, academic research, government relations, and fundraising, and is known as an agent of change. Creativity, intention, values, and vision are key drivers in all aspects of her life. Angela has been awarded one of Canada’s highest honors—the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada, recognizing outstanding accomplishments that set an example and bring benefit to our country.
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