Program Schedule



Meeting with the mentor and staff and getting familiar with logistics and course scheduling.

Introduction of the participants and everyone’s musical background.

Workstations assignment and setup for the synchronization with the film and arrangement of the samples/synths used within the DAW.

Analysis of the expressive potential, themes and timbres that each film can inspire.


2° / 3

Screening of various famous film scenes, to explain different scoring approaches to convey a particular feeling or emotion.

Screening and assignment of the short films to be scored.

Discussion about the writing process, depending on the selected short film and general questions about film-scoring.

Each participant will pick a short movie from 3 or 4, according to their personal preference.


4° / 5°


Spotting of the cues, discussion about orchestration for each particular scene.

Discussion about the process of producing cue mock-ups and setup of the samplers/synths that will be added to the orchestra.


6° / 7° / 8°

Sketching themes/musical ideas. 

At this stage the work is best performed individually to avoid mutual influences in order to keep each participant’s music as original as possible.

Later it will be possible, and even desirable, to share different approaches and techniques.


9° / 10°

Continuing the work of the previous days, orchestration and orchestral timbres will be studied in deep.

Click-track production and bounce of sampled/synth instruments if present.



Professional production for both scores and single parts.



Day off or departure day for the participants who choose to attend the recording sessions in Sofia.


13° / 14°

Recording session with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.



Return back to Rome of the participants who’ve traveled to Sofia.


15° / 16° / 17°

 Editing and 5.1 mix of each participants film-score at stone recording Studio (Rome)



Screening of each participant’s film score and discussion about the different scoring approaches and results.

All the participants will receive a certificate of attendance to the Film Music Workshop.

There is no explicit or fixed schedule for the working process during the days of the workshop; everyone will be able to carry out his/her work with a certain degree of flexibility in his/her working plan: he/she will only get useful guidance.

The software to be used are: Logic Pro for writing/programming and Sibelius to realize scores and orchestral parts. If some participant prefers to work with other software, they can use them independently.

Each phase of the course will consist of both: individual and collective moments, which means for example that all participants will take part in each other’s recording and everyone will be able to compare occurring problems and/or discuss issues of common interest. Also: the mentor will be able to identify shortcomings and gaps and will advise each student in selecting the most appropriate and effective solutions.

Each participant can create music cues with a total duration of no more than 8 minutes.

At the end of the workshop each participant will receive a certificate of attendance and a copy of  their film-score audio recording along with a copy of the short film with his/her film-score.

Each participant will be the owner of the recording of his/her own music, including the Pro Tools multitrack master sessions.