From film’s advent music has been nearly as essential to the storytelling as the images on screen. In Ukraine, scoring music for films and television is also not a new phenomenon, yet until recently, there had been no formal higher education programme for this specialization. Until recently: now the British Council has joined forces with Kyiv’s Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre to initiate the first local development programme for film composers. We call our approach Envision Sound.
We brought celebrated UK film score composers along Michael Price and Guy Bartell and Ukraine’s own Alla Zagaykevych to work with emerging film composers on their craft. Our students, thirteen in all, were selected by open call and came from Ukraine, Poland, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan to spend an immersive and intensive week in a programme designed by our guest instructors filled with practical, hands-on training with loads of studio time. From 22-26 January 2018 these fledgling film composers plied the expertise of our instructors to address questions on editing, working on blockbusters, working with electronic music, audio dubbing and much more. At the end of the week our mentors evaluated the studio projects of their students and selected five winners for the most outstanding programme project, awarding them with cash prizes to support their scoring of two films currently in development and three silent films from the Dovzhenko Centre archives. For more about the programme, see the tabs below.