How To Get Your Songs Heard By The Film Industry

The Nashville Film Festival, which recently took up residence at the Green Hills Regal Cinemas, was enriched with foreign films, documentaries, and music business panels alike. Music Supervisors 101: The Basics Of Song Placement was led by film industry supervisors Andrea von Foerster (500 Days Of Summer), Alethia Austin (The Cursed, Grassroots), Jon Ernst (The Hills, Laguna Beach), Chris Mollere (Kyle XY, The Vampire Diaries), Marcy Bulkeley (Inception, The Hangover and its sequel) and Richard Glasser (Blue Valentine, King’s Speech, Motion Picture Music/Weinstein Co.) The event was moderated by Jim Scherer, President of Whizbang Inc. What is music supervision? “I think it’s something that changes all the time”, says Chris Mollere. Essentially, it is someone who combines music with audiovisual entertainment, or an individual that manages a team of music directors working on a given project. This general definition, though, does not quite fulfill the diverse role that the music supervisor tends to, or the ever-changing film industry that the supervisor works in. Much like the music industry, the film industry is in the midst of reinvention, with the music supervisors positioned exhilaratingly close to the front lines. How do you find your music? When asked how music supervisors find…

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