March 6 – MEG + JONATHAN WELLS – FLUX

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Flux is a creative studio. We are a global creative community celebrating film, art, music, design and culture. We are a hub where artists, filmmakers, writers, designers and dreamers have a platform to share their work, meet like-minded people and collaborate on unique projects.

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Meg Wells is an industrial and product designer, former art gallery owner, special events producer and writer for over 15 years. Formerly based in San Francisco and New York City, her roster of clients have included Nike, Diesel, Fox, RES, Banana Republic, Donna Karan, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Sony Playstation, Disney/ABC and more. At Flux, Meg conceptualizes and brings to life ideas pertaining to brand identity, event marketing, merchandising, collateral, environmental design and more.

Jonathan Wells is a Los Angeles-based curator and the creative director of Flux. He is the founder and for 10 years served as the Festival Director of the acclaimed global touring film festival RESFEST. As the co-founder and original editor of RES Magazine, he developed a celebrated bi-monthly print and DVD publication showcasing film, music, art, design and culture. After 10 years at RESFEST, Wells has left a legacy and created a community synonymous with innovative work and creative culture the world over.

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We design and produce experiential events, curate and commission film, video and art programming and host events in our Venice studio and around the world.

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February 27 – CARTER GOODRICH

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NOTE: If anyone is interested in seeing any of the work Carter showed in his presentation, I have it. If you’d like any of these images or references, let me know. Here is the list of the illustrators that inspired him:

Gustaf Tenggren
Arthur Rackham
N.C. Wyeth
Hal Foster
Mort Drucker
Frank Frazetta
Chris Van Allsburg
F.P. Goodrich
Saul Steinberg
Ralph Steadman

 

I’m very excited to have Carter Goodrich in seminar this week!  From his New Yorker illustrations to his recent work on “Despicable Me” with Chris Meledandri, he brings an unmistakable humanity and warmth into all his work. His drawings bring to mind innovative character artists like Honore Daumier and Toulouse Lautrec with their unique shapes, forms and expressions.

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Carter’s career as an award winning freelance illustrator began in 1983, when he shared studio space with longtime friend and fellow illustrator, Buck Lewis, in New York City. His book and editorial work eventually led to the publication of seventeen New Yorker covers, and counting.

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Carter’s first role in film work came as lead character designer for DreamWorks’ first feature animated film, “Prince of Egypt”, in 1995. He then went on to work on such films as “Finding Nemo”, “Monsters Inc.”, “Shrek”, “Spirit”, “Sinbad”, “Open Season”, on which he worked as art director/character design, and “Despicable Me” as lead character designer.

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His work on these films resulted in four ASIFA Annie Award nominations for best character design in a feature animated film. In 2007 his designs for Pixar’s “Ratatouille” finally brought home the Annie.

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In addition to his earlier illustrated books, “Nutcracker” (1987) and “A Christmas Carol” (1997), Carter has written and illustrated “A Creature Was Stirring” (2006 Simon & Schuster pub.), “The Hermit Crab” (2009 Simon & Schuster pub., a Junior Library Guild Selection), “Say Hello to Zorro” (2011 Simon & Schuster pub., 2011 Parents’ Choice Award, 2011 Editor’s Choice Award, 30 Best Children’s Books of 2011); and “Zorro Gets an Outfit” (2012 Simon & Schuster pub., a Junior Library Guild Selection), the second of an ongoing series of stories that feature the two dogs, Zorro and Mister Bud. Carter lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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February 20 – DAVID ISAACS and LARINA ADAMSON

ce_isaacs The-Simpsons-Season-22-Episode-13-The-Blue-and-the-GrayDavid Isaacs (comedy writer and SCA faculty) and Larina Adamson (producer of The Simpsons) will discuss writing for and creating comedy for television. David Isaacs, along with Jack Epps and Barnet Kellman founded the Comedy@SCA initiative, an innovative, interdisciplinary program to train students in the creation of comedic entertainment in film, television and interactive media that offers specialized instruction through a concentration of writing and production classes, animation, interactive media and critical studies.
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David is a Professor of Screenwriting and has worked as a TV and Screen Writer and Producer for over 35 years. He has been credited as a writer, co-producer or creative consultant on M*A*S*H*, Cheers, Wings, Frasier, Becker and Mad Men. He co-created and executive produced the series Mary, Big Wave Dave’s and Almost Perfect for CBS. His writing credits also include episodes of The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show, The Jeffersons and The Tony Randall Show. Over the course of his career he has been involved as a writer or producer in over eight hundred episodes of TV comedy.

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Screenwriting credits include Volunteers, starring Tom Hanks and John Candy, and uncredited re-writes on Mannequin, starring Andrew Mc Carthy and Kim Cattrall and Jewel of the Nile, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.

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Isaacs has been nominated eight times for the Writers Guild of America Award and won three times for Cheers and Mad Men. He’s has six Emmy nominations with one win for co-producing the first season of Cheers. He’s also has been nominated for the Humanitas Award and received a Peabody Award as a member of the staff of Frasier.

February 13 – BRIAN KING

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LINKS FROM BRIAN
THE MATRIX
THE MATRIX – Music Only
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COMPOSERS WORTH CHECKING OUT

USC program director and associate professor of practice in scoring for motion pictures and television (1998-2012), is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and USC. Brian has been working in the industry as a composer, orchestrator, musician, engineer and producer. Some of his feature film projects include Rushmore, The Rugrats Movie and Get Bruce working with the likes of Mark Mothersbaugh and Michael Feinstein.
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He has composed and produced music for episodic television including The Proud Family, King of Queens, Starting Over and The Love Chronicles, as well as composing additional music for the VH1 feature film Play’d.
He also scored and produced the musical score for the off-Broadway theatrical production of the comedy The Godfadda Workout. Brian’s work in mentoring and building relationships between educators and industry professionals recently created several workshops in music for film, including a collaboration with Marco Beltrami (2-time Oscar nominee) and ASCAP on a Tommy Lee Jones film, “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” (SONY Pictures Classics), Thomas Newman (American Beauty), Harry Gregson-Williams (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia) and, with the support of BMI, a special seminar in “mixing for composers” featuring 4-time Oscar nominee, Dennis Sands (Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman).
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Besides performing as a live jazz musician, Brian performed live at the first Rhythms+Visions / Expanded + Live event in April 2011 with touch designer artist Scott Pagano. Original audio-visual compositions were performed to “Mechanisms”, “Parks on Fire”, and “Modulating Architecture”.
V&V_Poster2011Before moving to Los Angeles in 1997, Mr. King was the owner of a recording studio in Atlanta working with such artists as REM, the B52s, The Indigo Girls, Medeski, Martin and Wood, John McLaughlin and the subdudes with Bonnie Raitt . During this period, a large part of Brian’s work with the Blue Wall Studio focused on building relationships within the artistic, business and educational communities of Atlanta. Some of these included • Record Companies – Daemon, Sky and Relativity • Local Radio Stations – WRAS (Georgia State), WREK (Georgia Tech), WKLS (96.1 FM) • Internship Programs – The Musician’s Institute, Georgia State University (WRAS) • Local Film and Music Studios – Whoa Films, John Keane, Tree Sound, Bill Allgood, Southern Tracks, Doppler, and Dallas Austin Studios

BRIAN’S QUESTIONS:

Before formulating your posts, read over Brian’s questions below – they my serve as a catalyst for topics and questions. Brian will read over your responses prior to arriving on Wednesday…

• Do you think about music when you work with images, or at any point in your creative process. If so, do you create a temporary music track for your project?
• What do like most about music with image  – can you describe this in terms of melody, rhythm, energy, emotion, storytelling, etc.?
• Can you describe an experience (good or bad) that you’ve had working with music for one of your projects?
• What is your experience in working with music technology (music software, sample libraries) – have you had the chance to work with live musicians?
• Is there one thing in particular you’d like to know about the music making process? How to find a composer? How to communicate, collaborate with a composer or music producer? What is the difference between a composer and a music producer? Music budgets & licensing, etc.?

PRIMARY WEBSITE
http://www.briankingmusic.com
ORIGINAL BK MUSIC ~ lots of samples from various projects
http://www.briankingmusic.biz/workbench/music-by-brian-king/