This was an absolutely incredible experience that I will NEVER forget! Thank you so much to everyone at ASCAP especially Jen Harmon and Mike Todd; thank you to Peter Rotter and Encompass Music Partners; to Joe Zimmerman and all the wonderful folks at JoAnn Kane Music Services; every single person in that fantastic orchestra; all the people who work at the Fox Studio Lot and Newman Scoring Stage; Michael Ryan, John Debney, Charles Bernstein, Bruce Broughton, Armin Steiner, and Jeffrey Schindler; Amie Doherty, Nolan Markey & Fabrizio Mancinelli; and all of my fellow participants!
I was assigned the cue from Ice Age: Collision Course - I have only a tiny bit of experience working with animation, so this was definitely a huge challenge! I believe I rose to that challenge and created something really fun & dynamic that works for the scene, and hopefully was really fun for the players. Over the course of the month, we met so many incredible people from the industry sharing their time, expertise and advice. I forged lifelong friendships and had an absolute blast learning, growing, experiencing and getting to live out a long-held dream - conducting a 64 piece orchestra of LA’s finest, playing MY music! I’m hooked and intend to be back on that podium as soon as possible.
All of the above shots except the exterior of the building are from the lens of the very talented photographer Salvador Ochoa!