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Inside the Music Supervisors' Brain: Case Studies

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Take a unique look into the process of how music supervisors make decisions related to music placements in film and television. Three music supervisors will be paired with an artist, and together they present a short piece that they have worked on beforehand, synched to picture. Each supervisor/artist pair will discuss the process of how the music came about: what musical direction was given to the artist, how the process worked back and forth, why certain musical decisions were made, and how effective the final musical piece is in enhancing the picture. We will also look at previous projects from the supervisors, and let them explain how they came to different musical choices in their work.


MODERATOR Jon Bartlett Founder MEGAPHONO/Kelp Records

Matilda Perks Valleys

Marc St Louis Valleys

Michael Hill Music Supervisor Michael Hill

Michael Hill supervises the music for the Showtime series Nurse Jackie and did all three seasons of HBO's Bored To Death. He supervised Ramin Bahrani's forthcoming feature At Any Price, the horror pic Plus One, the romantic comedy A.C.O.D. and the sports drama 23 Blast, the first directorial effort from actor Dylan Baker. Previous projects include Todd Solondz's Dark Horse, John Cameron Mitchell's Short Bus and Last Chance Harvey with Dustin Hoffman. Michael is also the program director for the non-profit Musicians On Call, which brings live music to healthcare facilities throughout New York City and Philadelphia (in conjunction with radio station WXPN).

Michael began a career in music supervision after 15 years in A&R at Warner Bros. Records, where he worked with such artists as the Replacements, Luka Bloom and Soul Coughing. He also writes about music, contributing liner notes to a boxed set of Tindersticks' scores for the films of Claire Denis and for the 40th Anniversary Edition of Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Andrea Von Foerster Music Supervisor Firestarter Music

Andrea has done music supervision for film, television and online projects for over ten years. Credits include music documentaries such as The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights and Butch Walker: Out Of Focus. Independent films such as (500) Days Of Summer, It’s Kind of A Funny Story, From Prada To Nada, Bellflower and Excision. And studio films such as Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Chronicle and Chasing Mavericks. Television work includes The O.C., Grey’s Anatomy, Dollhouse and Stargate Universe and numerous MTV shows such as Run’s House and Life Of Ryan. She is currently working on the independent films Friended To Death and Growing Up And Other Lies in addition to the Hallmark Hall Of Fame TV movie Remember Sunday and the second season of web series Suit Up.