Hollywood Film Scoring at Berklee: Orchestral Recording Techniques

Hollywood Film Scoring at Berklee: Orchestral Recording Techniques

Berklee students collaborate on composing, performing, and recording to picture in an innovative three-pronged course that mirrors the process of creating a Hollywood-style film score from the first written note to the final mastered piece. Students approach the collaboration from three directions—as engineers and producers (course: Orchestral Recording Techniques), as composers, conductors, or score readers (course: Advanced Orchestration), and as performers (course: Studio Scoring Orchestra).

In this unique learning opportunity, students in Berklee’s Film Scoring, Music Production and Engineering (MP&E), and Ensemble departments learn not only their piece of the film scoring puzzle, but how their role intersects with all others in order to deliver the desired result, a simulation of the Hollywood process made possible by Berklee’s state-of-the-art Shames Family Scoring Stage studio, which, like some other Berklee facilities, was designed by the renowned Walters Storyk Design Group.


Recorded in the Shames Family Scoring Stage at Berklee College of Music

Video by 4Reel Productions
Teo Karakolev: video producer
Kevin Greene: camera operator
Sam Harchik: camera operator
Feri Gutierrez: field recordist

Interviews by Mike Keefe-Feldman and Bryan Parys

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