Ok, I will (at last) be heading to Steven Scott Smalley's world-famous orchestrator's workshop in Manhattan this coming Saturday.
I have very high hopes for this course. Just yesterday I bought the new "Lego Batman" game for the Wii and the music is an arrangement of the Danny Elfman theme. It struck me that although the theme is pretty cool, the real strength of that music is in the amazing orchestration and how the theme is developed and used by the various instruments. As Mr Smalley was one of the orchestrators on that soundtrack, hopefully I will get some insight into how this music was approached. I have read online somewhere that apparently the theme is developed in the same way as the opening theme from the original Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Given that this was composed by Bernard Herrmann (a massive influence on Danny Elfman) this seems possible however I've not had chance to fully explore this yet.
Then I'm also looking forward to exploring the arrangement for Jerry Goldsmith's wonderful Star Trek music. This is the kind of music that attracted me to film scores in the first place.
Anyway, the obvious question is:
Is anyone else from the forum going?