Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Re: [MISP] great NM composer - Charles Blanchard

 
thanks to all.  I just wanted to get the discussion going.  And no, there is NO union for film composers at any level, which is the point, so that everyone is at least aware.  Thanks again for the great discussion!
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Nice response.

 


From: NM Media Discussion List [mailto:MISP-L@unm.edu] On Behalf Of CK Barlow
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2010 11:07 PM
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Subject: Re: [MISP] great NM composer - Charles Blanchard

 

Oh, no! This is the first I've heard of any of this! ;-)

 

The craigslist post was a goodie, huh?

 

I call it the New Mexico threat: "You'll never work for free in this town again!"

 

I've done plenty of pro bono gigs but they've virtually all led to paid gigs, with patience... and boundaries.

 

CK 

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On Jun 21, 2010, at 5:32 PM, "Mark McKee" <mark@unm.edu> wrote:

 

 

well....  I hate this whole turd in the punch bowl stuff, but people deserve fair warning so I'll just say it:

 

As a regular on the fmpro list, I know that if you are a SONGWRITER, singing and strumming your guitar, then film offers you a great future.  If however, you are an actual COMPOSER, one who puts notes to paper then Run Forrest, RUN!!!!  You have no union, and when you do get paid, it's about 1/3 to 1/5 of what the songwriter makes for the same cue, and it gets worse every year, thanks to a combination of songwriters infiltrating the ASCAP board, and the lack of support of any kind from the few composers who do make a living such as John Williams.

 

Don't even get me started with online music libraries, which re-title and redistribute mostly without your knowledge, and let's not forget a 1000 monkeys on a 1000 Macs with garage band & acid loops, will give away enough material that you will never be able to buy food as a result of your labors.  If you happen to be a composer from the trustafarian tribe, then knock yourself out, by all means.

 

I only write this because I am a lowly songwriter, who happens to have great respect for anyone who has done the tremendous work required to become an actual composer, and many have no idea that the situation has deteriorated so much over the last 2 decades.

 

To add insult to injury, this is the only area of film, where you are regularly expected to give away your work on spec, with the promise of a huge payoff on the back-end, when it wins Sundance.   A few months back a composer with a very dark sense of humor placed an ad on Craigslist stating that he had this amazing score that was sure to win many awards.  All he needed was a director & producer & screenwriter to write, shoot and edit the film, of course providing all the on and off camera talent, for free, with the understanding that they would all be paid on the back end after the film was a huge success.  It seems that the film composers were the only ones who got this grim joke.

 

I believe everyone should pursue their dreams, with open eyes, so just be aware.  Film is a visual medium, and most film folks who aren't musicians, have very limited perception when it comes too music.  Of course, they don't SEE it that way, and you certainly don't want to point that out to them, unless you don't plan to work with them ever again.  Most directors are convinced they have a decent understanding of music and it's place in film.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  There are rare exceptions, as with anything in life, but overall you are communicating to an alien species.  Henry Mancini was a God of film composing, but the main reason he got so much work?  His wife understood how it works.  She threw more parties, legendary parties, than anyone in Hollywood, and always invited all the top directors & producers.  That was where he made the majority of his deals.

 

Best of Luck and here's hoping you win that Oscar, if it's your dream.

 

Mark McKee

 

"The Les Baxter, the better."  - Nelson Riddle

 

 

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From: CK Barlow

Sent: Monday, June 21, 2010 4:13 PM

Subject: Re: [MISP] great NM composer - Charles Blanchard

 

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Go Sue!

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On Jun 21, 2010, at 4:03 PM, Sue LUCAS <skullkrushing@MSN.COM> wrote:

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And don't forget CK you are also with SkyLimit Music a local on-line music library pimping New Mexico musicians and composers to the industry. I'm still here networking away. ;-)

All The Best!
Sue Lucas
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Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 09:02:11 -0600
From: ckbarlow@GMAIL.COM
Subject: Re: [MISP] great NM composer - Charles Blanchard
To: MISP-L@LIST.UNM.EDU

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Jim, I definitely agree. 

 

I've recently signed with both Scorekeepers Music and Crucial Music, and while I'm proud of those deals, I'm equally happy to say I'll be composing for a local feature that's just started shooting today: Julie Reichert's "Warrior Woman" (working title). Some familiar names involved, such as Corey Weintraub as DP.  

CK Barlow

Composer 


On Jun 21, 2010, at 8:52 AM, Jim Terr <bluecanyon2@NEWMEXICO.COM> wrote:

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Here's a brilliant original composition by Albq. guy Charles Blanchard – very "cinematic", I think you'll agree.

 

Shouldn't Charles be writing movie scores, NM filmmakers??

 

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CHARLES BLANCHARD - Southwest Triptych No. 1, part 1

 

 

      Jim Terr   www.JimTerr.com
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