I've been selected to participate in the Slaight Music Residency at the Canadian Film Centre. This is a very excited program, the only educational program centred on film scoring in Canada that I know of, and it works very well for me because it's basically a part-time professional residency, rather than a full-time degree. The CFC is a small and highly focused film school, more like a conservatory, not at all like a university, and I've met some extraordinarily talented directors, writers, actors, editors and producers so far. It's really going to kickstart my career as a film composer and I'm very excited. Especially because I applied last year for the inaugural session, and was shortlisted.
Mychael Danna is returning as programme chair and I'm looking forward to meeting with him. But I've already had an amazing two week bootcamp with Toronto composers who generously shared their knowledge and expertise on every topic possible. I really feel like I'm being welcomed into the industry, and it's a good feeling.
Here's the gang, all outstanding musicians and lovely new friends: