Making Music for the Screen

An All-Day Event for Secondary School Students

This one-day seminar is designed to educate and excite school groups and individual students about the possibilities of pursuing a career as a screen music composer. It is presented as part of Glories of the Score at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. This is a theatre based seminar-style course, where students will hear from a number of screen composers about the role of the composer in the screen industries and the joys of composing music for the screen. Students will see a practical demonstration from one of our screen lecturers, Matt McGowen, using Logic Pro X.

Date: Friday 8 December

Time: 9.30am – 2.45pm

Course Fee: $30

There will be a 45-minute lunch break. Students should bring their own lunch, the AFTRS café will also be open.

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Lecturer: Matt McGowen

Matt is a screen music composer, sound designer, sound engineer and video producer.

He produces music for a wide range of Screen music projects including short films, television commercials, web commercials, documentaries, web series and corporate promos. He has worked with local and international clients including 20th Century Fox, Sony, Virgin, Telstra, NSW Government, University of Technology Sydney and

Guest Composer: Amy Bastow

Amy Bastow is a composer and producer of music for film and television. At 32, she gained the attention of Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron, director of Avatar, and Titanic, composing the score for his 3D documentary, Deepsea Challenge, which earned her an AACTA Award nomination. Amy has worked as a composer and producer of music on projects with all the major Australian TV networks and was recently composer and producer on the award-winning TV drama series Winners & Losers.

Guest Composer: Angela Little

Angela Little is a composer, vocalist, string and orchestral arranger, and songwriter. Her best-known work to date was on Baz Luhrmann’s film, Australia, for which she co-composed and scored Additional Music and was nominated for an AFI (now AACTA) Award in 2009. Since then, Angela has lent her talents to a diverse range of projects including screen, stage, album projects and major live productions. She is recognised as one of Australia’s outstanding emerging musical talents. Her passion for music and storytelling continue to inspire both collaborators and audiences alike.

Special Guest: Charlie Clouser

Charlie Clouser is a leading composer in LA known for his screen music in the SAW franchise and his time as the guitarist and Protools engineer for Nine Inch Nails.

Charlie shares stories and ideas about music for the screen and reveals his unique approach to composing.


Have any questions? Please get in touch: or 1300 065 281

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