Miriam Cutler Masterclass: The Art of the Musical Narrative in Documentary Film

26. 1. 2021

Author: Veronika Zýková

Another part of the IDF Industry Session series brings a Masterclass by Miriam Cutler, moderated by George Cremaschi. Join us live on February 10 at 6:30 pm (CET).

Miriam Cutler is three time Emmy-nominated music composer with a passion for documentary films. In her Masterclass entitled The Art of the Musical Narrative in Documentary Film she will share her vast experience composing for documentaries, with the focus on collaboration between filmmakers and music composers.

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Miriam believes that the right music is as important a part of cinematic narrative as editing. Music should tell a story. When do you look for composers when you plan/film a documentary? What if you as a filmmaker don't understand music? How can you as a music composer position yourself to attract the kind of work that excites you?

These and many more topics will be part of the Masterclass where Miriam Cutler will present simple tools to help you communicate about music and inspire confidence and comfort in the collaboration, where the goal is to create the best possible atmosphere for creative ideas to flow between composers and filmmakers.

Masterclass will also present clips from Miriam’s own work to demonstrate various approaches and ways music can be used to tell a story. Masterclass is moderated by George Cremaschi, great musician who is teaching film sound production at FAMU since 2011 and is a professor of sound art and sound production at Prague College.

Suggested reading:
'Minding Your Beats and Cues: Tips for Working with a Composer' by Miriam Cutler
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(Download the article here in pdf)

Miriam Cutler
Three time Emmy nominated composer, Miriam Cutler, is passionate about documentaries. Her work includes HBO, CNN, PBS, Sundance, Emmy, and Oscar nominated films: Flannery, Dilemma of Desire, Not Carol, RBG, Love Gilda, The Hunting Ground, Ethel, Desert of Forbidden Art, American Promise, Lost in La Mancha, Thin, Poster Girl, Vito, KingsPoint, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, A Plastic Ocean, and more. Co-Produced and Scored Dark Money and One Lucky Elephant.

Visit American Film Showcase for more information and see Miriam Cutler's website.

IDF Industry Sessions are organized by the Institute of Documentary Film in Prague. Miriam Cutler Masterclass is organized with kind support of the U.S. Embassy in Prague, American Film Showcase, Creative Europe MEDIA, The Czech Film Fund, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and in cooperation with FAMU

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