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Portland State of Mind: Artist at Work - How to Score a Film
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 4:30pm to Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 6:00pm
Portland State of Mind: Artist at Work - How to Score a Film

What: Artist at Work: How to Score a Film

When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Hall (LH), room 225, 1620 SW Park Ave.

Cost: Free and open to the public. RSVP requested, but not required at or 503-725-8449.

Contact: Stacey Johnston,, 503-725-8449

If you have ever wondered why film soundtracks are so popular or how they are created, join us for this unique opportunity to learn from one of the top composers in the industry! The audience will screen two short silent films - “Rainbow War” (1986) and “Ballet Robotique” (1982).  David Spear will demonstrate how to tell stories of war and peace or conduct a ballet of robots with music and sound. The composer will discuss, perform, and explore the many elements that go into writing and recording music for these films and many others.

About David Spear
Composer, conductor and pianist David Spear is a versatile and award-winning artist who has scored numerous films in his career, notablyGhostbustersandAnimal House. For the fall of 2017, he is artist in residence with The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies. A gifted and experienced teacher, he has worked with students at USC, Berklee School of Music and NYU. His most current work involves scores for Yiddish silent films in collaboration with the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandies University.

About the Films
Rainbow War (1986) is an Academy Award nominated short directed by Bob Rogers. This 19-minute animated/live action short film premiered at Expo 86, the 1986 World’s Fair in Vancouver, BC.

Ballet Robotique (1982), the graceful movements of giant assembly line robots are perfectly synchronized to classical music recorded by London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This may be the only industrial film ever to have been nominated in a creative category.

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This event is sponsored by PSU's Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies and School of Music.

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