Online Master's Degree Course

Orchestrating the Film Score with Live Sessions


Authored by Jon Kull


Course Code: OCOMP-637

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Starts April 6

Level 6 - Degree Only

Level 6

In this course, you will work on two remote recording projects with professional musicians in small groups, a set-up which reflects the budgetary constraints of many emerging film composers at the beginning of their careers. You will produce hybrid scores with pre-recorded tracks and live strings or brass/woodwinds. The course will also continue to explore advanced timbral combinations within the full orchestra. You will build on your experience of taking a cue from concept and sketch to final mix. You will also continue to learn through video interactions with Hollywood session players.

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By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Score for smaller ensembles within a hybrid setting, in addition to continuing to develop full orchestra concepts
  • Write to a brief and revise cues to a specific set of instructions
  • Quickly make stand changes if required
  • Write thematically and texturally
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General Course Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to access the course environment and participate in live chats. Please make sure to also check the Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements section above, and ensure your computer meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for all software needed for your course. 

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  • Latest version of  Google Chrome
  • Zoom meeting software (available in the course when joining your first chat)
  • Webcam
  • Speakers or headphones
  • External or internal Microphone
  • Broadband Internet connection



Author & Instructor

John Kull’s IMDB page reads like a well-rounded Netflix queue, with nearly 200 major motion picture credits as an orchestrator or conductor for films such as Black PantherA Quiet Place, Mary Poppins Returns, and all of the Hunger Games movies. There’s not a genre he hasn’t orchestrated, from science fiction and horror films to comedy and children’s films, and everything in between. He has also composed music for B-movie horror and action-comedy films.

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Kull earned his advanced studies certificate from the Film Scoring program at the University of Southern California (USC). There he made the professional contacts that launched his career, including Patrick Russ, who orchestrated for Maurice Jarre and Elmer Bernstein. Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Colorado, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Composition and Piano Performance from the University of Colorado Boulder.  Read Less


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