this weekend, i had the privilege to be selected to play in the hollywood scoring "future session players clinic" at sony pictures' barbra streisand scoring stage.
i passed the audition and made it into the orchestra of 90 musicians, comprised of students and new hopefuls. we recorded at sony in a mock-session with real re-cycled film cues, to a click track and all, to give us some experience towards what it's like to be a studio musician. bruce broughton even conducted us. (i've now been conducted by this guy on 3 separate occasions. ha!) we played night at the museum, unbroken, how to train your dragon (my personal favorite), aliens, hidalgo, the last castle, and more.
i already have a lot of experience recording in studios and using a click, but not on this scale. a lot of people there had never set foot in a studio or recorded anything in their lives. it was an amazing opportunity for all involved.
not only was it good for playing purposes, but it was also good for meeting new people and catching up with others. i was shocked when i realized that i knew at least half the people in that room. LA is a lot smaller than i thought. there were also quite a few CSUN string students there (representing our little cal state school amongst a sea of USC.)
i'm stoked about how i'm actually smiling in these photos. my notorious resting bitch-face was apparently on vacation.
and how am i always on backlots when it's pouring rain? when i was on the middle, the sky was crying, when i had my fitting for scandal, the sky was crying, recording at sony, the sky was crying. exploring a backlot is one of the coolest and most intimidating things. "oh, i'm just trying to find the scoring stage by using this tiny, disproportionate map on my phone, and oops! that's the cary grant theater. delightful! but not what i was looking for..."
i've been waiting to meet these shirts for years.
weird, but true.
in middle school and high school i used to spend hours obsessing over behind-the-scenes videos of scoring sessions where giacchino told stories about the shirts and the adventures they had recording movies there. there is one shirt for each pixar movie that had been recorded on that stage. toy story, a bug's life, the incredibles, ratatouille, wall-e, etc. the story goes like this:
"john lasseter's hawaiian shirts: in 1995 during the score recording for toy story, the head of pixar left his shirt behind, and engineers decided to frame it and hang it up in preparation for his return. when he returned to record a bug's life, he loved seeing the shirt, and decided to leave one to be framed each time he visited."
i'm not exaggerating when i say that i geeked out about the shirts more than anything else that day.
even with the state of our music industry right now, i have hope that i'll be back to visit this place many more times. i just have a feeling, ya know?
hump day and last week of vacation!...