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Explore the essential role of music in film.

The VIFF Amp Music in Film Summit covers every angle of music in visual media, from composition to artist management to having your songs placed in film, TV, advertising, and gaming.

Songwriters, composers, music supervisors, managers, filmmakers, and students are given the opportunity to step up their film and music game with pro tips, case studies, and networking opportunities through a program of masterclasses, Q&As, panel discussions, and music showcases.

Past speakers include Oscar-nominee & Grammy-winning composer Terence Blanchard,  music executive & award-winning music supervisor Rudy Chung, Grammy-nominee, Guild of Music Supervisor Award-winning music supervisor Nora Felder, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer, co-founder of the Alliance for Women Film Composers & Motion Picture Academy Governor Laura Karpman, Grammy-nominated Producer/Songwriter/Artist, Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, & film composer Linda Perry, rap legend, Executive Producer, Actor & Film composer RZA and composer & songwriter agent Arbel Bedak.

 

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Look Back At VIFF Amp 2021

Opening Keynote: Linda Perry

Amp 2021 opened with a keynote conversation with the legendary musical icon/ songwriter behind P!nk, Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, James Blunt, Christina Aguilera, Adele, and Gwen Stefani. The discussion explored Perry’s extensive music career, creative process, and her recent transition into creating music for film and TV, including composing the soundtracks for both Soleil Moon Frye’s documentary Kid 90, and Don Hardy’s documentary Citizen Penn about Sean Penn’s work in Haiti.

Stages to Screens: The Sequel

Hosted by Tarun Nayar (Delhi 2 Dublin, Snakes x Ladders, 5X Festival), we returned to this popular panel with a new group of artists who shared 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).

 

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Isabella Summers

Isabella Summers

Songwriter/Composer, Little Fires Everywhere, Physical, Sex/Life

Dan Nakamura

Dan “The Automator” Nakamura

Producer, Composer, and DJ, Booksmart, Always Be My maybe

Dean

Dean "DC" Charles

Composer, Producer, The Boondocks, CSI: Miami

Tarun Nayar

Tarun Nayar

Manager, Artist, Snakes X Ladders

The Art of Music Supervision: Theatrical Trailers

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 from some 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.

 

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Evelin Garcia

Evelin Garcia

Music Director

Reuben Sears

Reuben Sears

SVP, Trailer and Promos, Silo Music

Brian Vickers

Brian Vickers

Music Supervisor, Walt Disney Studios

Tony Scudellari

Tony Scudellari

Amp Co-Creator, Senior VP Television Music, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Music BC's SOUNDOFF

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.

Participating Artists

Session Participants

Aamina Gant

Aamina Gant

Music Supervisor

Janine Scalise Boyd

Janine Scalise Boyd

Music Supervisor, Moxie Music

Evelin Garcia

Evelin Garcia

Music Director

Everton Lewis Jr

Everton Lewis, Jr.

Music Supervisor

Rob Calder

Rob Calder

Amp Co-Curator, Secret Study

Tony Scudellari

Tony Scudellari

Amp Co-Curator, Senior VP Television Music, Sony Pictures Entertainment

The Art of Composition: Scoring Epically

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 Screen Composers Guild of Canada Vice President Adrian Ellis, Natalie Holt (Loki) and Laura Karpman (What If…?Lovecraft Country) share what it means to score epically in today’s world of film and television.

 

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Laura Karpman

Laura Karpman

Composer, Ask Your Mama, What If…?, Lovecraft Country

Natalie Holt

Natalie Holt

Composer

Nora Kroll Rosenbaum

Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

Composer, Bird Karma, Lenny, Stockholm, Pennsylvania

Adrian Ellis

Host: Adrian Ellis

Vice President, SCGC

Master Class: The Music for Daughter of a Lost Bird

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.

Laura Ortman

Laura Ortman

Composer, Daughter of a Lost Bird

Brooke Pepion Swaney

Brooke Pepion Swaney

Director, Daughter of a Lost Bird

Tony Scudellari

Host: Tony Scudellari

Amp Co-Curator, Senior VP Television Music, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Rob Calder

Host: Rob Calder

Amp Co-Curator, Secret Study

Artist Showcase

Presented by FACTOR Canada

Closing Keynote: Laura Karpman

VIFF Amp closes 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.

 

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Laura Karpman

Laura Karpman

Composer, Ask Your Mama, What If…?, Lovecraft Country

Angela Elster

Angela Elster

President & CEO, VSO