2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

From Songs to Scores: Can Songwriters Score Films?

Musicians from all backgrounds have scored movies, but that doesn't mean the transition from songwriting to scoring is easy. Understand how to prepare for the vast differences between working on a film or television project and making your own record.



Brad Shenfeld

Shenfeld Law PC

Michael James

Explosions in the Sky


Erin O'Hara


Erin O'Hara Music

Erin O’Hara is an acclaimed singer-songwriter, and an accomplished composer for film and television. Her latest release, 'READY for the HEAVY', produced by Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler) is available now on Itunes. Erin's music has been featured in films and television programs internationally, and in film festivals around the globe. She has created original scores for a number of award winning documentaries, including the Emmy nominated “In the Family” (Kartemquin 2008) and Michael Moore’s Oscar nominated “Sicko” (The Weinstein Company 2007). Her narrative scores include many award winning shorts, as well as the feature length film "Day Zero" starring Elijah Wood.

Her original song “Voice of a Gun” (co-written with Tony Shanahan) was featured in Bryan Gunnar Cole’s “Day Zero”, as well as Brian DePalma’s “Redacted”. Her haunting rendition of “Down In The Valley” (produced by David Kahne) was the single for the Soundtrack of MGM’s “Two Days In the Valley”.

Blake Neely


Blake Neely Productions

Blake Neely is a world renown composer, orchestrator, conductor and author and has written the score for many film and television projects, including, The Mentalist, Pam Am, Brothers & Sister and Political Animals.

He was born in Paris, Texas and after seeing Star Wars at age eight, he knew for sure that he wanted to be a composer. Over the years, Blake has worked with some of the best music-makers in the business: Michael Kamen, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, Vangelis, George Michael, Metallica, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, the Kirov Orchestra, the Kodo drummers, the London Metropolitan Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Northwest Sinfonia, and many more.
Blake was nominated for an Emmy in 2012 for the television series "Pan Am," in 2010 for the miniseries "The Pacific" and in 2003 for his theme for "Everwood."

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