Greetings! ScoreKeeper here bearing news regarding future festivities that fans of film music should fervently freak-out about. Last year, hard-core film music buff Peter Hackman took it upon himself to organize the first annual Fans of Film Music event in Los Angeles. He devoted his time and his wallet to create a gathering of like-minded film music fanatics to mingle amongst a handful of Hollywood composers including John Ottman, John Debney, Stu Phillips, Tyler Bates, Daniel Licht, Michael Wandmacher, and Tom Hajdu (tomandandy), as well as MV Gerhard and Matt Verboys of La-La Land Records and Lukas Kendall from Film Score Monthly.
The event was so successful that Peter stepped up to the plate yet again and organized the 2nd Annual Fans of Film Music which is scheduled for August, 28th, 2011, at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California.
The event begins at 2PM for a 90-minute question and answer session to be moderated by Daniel Schweiger, film music journalist, liner-note-writer extraordinaire, and host of Filmmusicmag.com and Cinemagic's "On the Score" composer interview show. Seating for the Q&A is limited to just 40 people. To RSVP, email Peter Hackman. The small size is what makes this event so especially cool but you have to reserve your seat as soon as possible as it's expected to fill up fast. Attendance will be confirmed a week before the event.
Following the panel will be a composer autograph session from 4-5PM that is open to the general public. Even if you don't RSVP in time for the panel you can still get into the autograph session and meet the attending composers.
I flew in for the event last year and I throughly enjoyed it. All the composers in attendance took time out to talk with each fan and sign whatever soundtracks they brought. Peter even had a poster commemorating the event printed up which he handed out to all the fans to get signed by the composers. I sorely wish I could make it this year but several schedule conflicts prevent me from attending.
So which composers are scheduled to be there this year?
It's a great crop. Here's who is on tap...
(click on their names to view full list of credits on IMDB.com)
Brad Fiedel (The Serpent and the Rainbow, The Terminator, True Lies)
Charles Fox (Barbarella, Foul Play, 9 to 5, The Love Boat theme song)
Lee Holdridge (Beauty and the Beast, The Dreamer of Oz, Splash)
David Newman (Galaxy Quest, Serenity, War of the Roses)
Nicholas Pike (Fear.Com, Parasomnia, Sleepwalkers, The Shining)
Ken Thorne (Help, Lassiter, Superman 2 and 3)
Brian Tyler (Battle Los Angeles, Fast Five, The Final Destination)
Christopher Young (Ghost Rider, Hellraiser, Priest)
Aaron Zigman (Bridge to Terebithia, The Notebook, Sex and the City)
If you're a lover of film music then this event is for you.
If you can't make the event but would still like to purchase autographed CDs you can do so from Dark Delicacies' web site or by phone at (818) 556-6600. They'll get a bunch to have on hand and they don't mark up for autographs.
Dark Delicacies is located in Burbank at 3512 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA, 91505.
For more information, check out the official Fans of Film Music web site or email Peter Hackman with any specific questions. There's even an unofficial "night-before" get together that Peter is organizing. If you RSVP'd and are planning on attending the event drop Peter an email for all the information.