FACEBOOK GROUP BLASTS OFF! [Formerly Film Scoring Practice]
by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
Tailored Niche For Composers
There are plenty of online groups and forums that address film score composers, allow self-promoting music/video posts, and that offer resources on film scoring. Facing the unceasingly busy swarms of social media groups vying for the attention of composers across the globe, UK-based Violinist/Composer, Victor Lloyd got an idea for a very specific niche.
Chance For Real Practice
However, Lloyd launched his unique idea for an online global group that would address, in particular, composers interested in practicing the art of film scoring.
Lloyd envisioned a kind of community-led masterclass, with open discussions providing supportive, honest, constructive feedback to all participating members, regardless of musical background, training, level of professionalism, income, locale, or other differences.
Composer Committee Launches Group
Gathering additional administrators with diverse musical journeys to share the load of moderation and technical tasks, Lloyd and his composer committee (see admin list below) started Film Scoring & Orchestration Applied (FSOA) Facebook group on December 3, 2017.
Within 10 months, the newly formed composer community grew to 5,600+ members, and averaged an addition of 40-100+ new members daily. Today there are 6770+ members and the group continues expanding.
One Of A Kind
FSOA group stands out as the only group known to be offering weekly film scoring practice assignments, and positive peer feedback specifically focused toward each participating member’s development as a composer.
FSOA offers several weekly opportunities for members to practice their skills at composing to picture, improving their technology skills with mixing, mastering, and using virtual instruments and digital audio workstations.
Additionally, members may post any original composition for peer feedback and exposure, so long as they accept constructive criticism politely, and do their part in listening and offering positive feedback on fellow composers’ music.
Since launching FSOA, there have been numerous other composing groups that have taken Lloyd's model and adjusted it with activities unique to their groups.
Administrators monitor discussions to maintain the group’s requirement of giving and receiving constructive criticism in a polite tone. That wholly famous artistic temperament, known for egotistical complaining or berating of fellow musicians is absolutely not tolerated from any member in FSOA.
In the vast online culture of competitive self-promotion, and ego-based, cruel commentary, FSOA's mutually supportive atmosphere delivers a refreshing change for composers everywhere. Since the group began, members have expressed appreciation for the positive, supportive tone of FSOA community (apparently not as evident in similar online groups).
Apart from abiding by the group rules to only post original music within admin-approved weekly discussion threads, the group also functions as a forum for composers to ask and answer any question, and/or chime in with resources, helpful advice and expertise.
Members share experiences, tips for learning a multitude of music-related skills, and explore the diversity of talent within the weekly assignment posts. Engagement and growth is steady, according to Facebook group and management insights.
FSOA recently added a team film scoring challenge, offering opportunities for members to collaborate on a short film score. The group is the first to offer practice in real-life composer issues, including team-building, communication with directors (based on assigned director briefs), technology workflow and problems, and skill-development in composing for film, orchestration and mixing.
Lloyd’s original idea has exploded with interested composers joining in discussions, assignments, and offering resources to peers. The advantage of FSOA is that its membership includes a range from total novice to full professionals. This opens the discussion and community to both mentoring and mentorship, with FSOA's professional, supportive platform.
As the group grows, Lloyd’s wheels are already spinning toward development of an in-house agency with diverse, genre-specific, talented composers for film, TV and corporate projects.
Join Film Scoring & Orchestration Applied
FSOA Administrator Music Links:
Victor Lloyd/UK Jenny Leigh Hodgins/USA
Bryce Francis/Australia Caroline-Jayne Gleave/UK
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