Music Supervision: Script to Screen
Whether it’s underscore or songs, how does the music for a major movie or TV show take shape during the project’s journey from script to screen? How do music supervisors decide what music they want to use, and supervise the composition, recording and production of the music? How do you produce music with a high production value sound on a limited budget? If you want to work on some aspect of movie or TV music, whether it’s composition, performance, engineering, or something else, how do you break into it? Get the inside scoop on recording and producing film and TV music from folks who’ve worked on tons of well-known projects.
- Charlene Huangmusic production executive
Born and raised in Colorado, Charlene Huang received her violin degree from Manhattan School of Music and moved to LA in 2004 to work in music production for world-renowned film composer Hans Zimmer. She considers herself to be a hybrid of studio musician and music executive in the entertainment business.
During her tenure as Director of Music at DreamWorks Animation, she worked on 19 films, including popular film franchises such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, and How to Train Your Dragon. Currently, she oversees music production for animated features and series at Netflix. The studio’s 3rd and latest animated feature, Over the Moon, launched this past October.
As an artist, she is a studio violinist for film and television scores, has toured and performed in over 300 shows at major venues across the U.S., and has performed and recorded with notable artists such as Dr. Dre, Adele, Pharrell, Guster, Fun., WuTang Clan, and The Used. Over the years, mentoring has also been an important part of Charlene’s journey, sharing knowledge and insights from her various music industry experience with the next generation of emerging talent.
- Chris Tedescomusic contractor/trumpet player
Chris Tedesco has distinguished himself as a one of the top call Trumpet players on the music scene in Los Angeles since 1987. Equally at home performing Classical Trumpet or Jazz, Chamber music or Orchestral pieces, Chris’s sound has been heard on numerous recordings for Movies, TV shows, TV Commercials, CD recordings, and live dates with some of the biggest names in the industry. He is also a Music Contractor and studio owner recording remote Trumpet, Trombone and French Horn for 16 years. He is a graduate of the University of Miami in Florida, where he studied trumpet with Gil Johnson, former Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy. Chris’s Jazz album titled Living the Dream made it to the number eight slot for two weeks and stayed in the top thirty for two months on jazz radio in 2010. Chris is a specialist in vintage swing music for over 20 years and leads his own groups under the Angel City Music name along with being Music Director of the Satin Dollz.
Some most recent credits include the newer TV shows American Horror Story, Feud, Timeless, Making History, The Quad, the Netflix series Jessica Jones, All Hail King Julien TV cartoon series, Miles from Tomorrowland, Sheriff Callie’s Wild West and Mickey and the Roadster Racers. Chris also served as the Musician Contractor and Trumpeter for the Dreamworks movie Need for Speed and his solo jazz trumpet can be heard on the theme to Showtime’s Homeland, in Christina Aguilera’s movie Burlesque, and the big band trumpet for Ironman I. During pro football season Chris can also be heard on the Monday Night Football theme.
Other credits include the movie soundtracks to For Your Consideration, Finding Nemo, Best in Show, Batman Begins, The Mexican, Winchell, and Nixon. Television credits include American Idol, The Playboy Club, The Green Lantern cartoon series, Beware the Batman cartoon series, America’s Best Dance Crew, the El Tigre cartoon series, The Latin Grammys, The SAG Awards, the Star Trek TV series, The District, Chicago Hope and many more. He is the leader of the Angel City Horn section, which have recorded the hit tunes Don’t Cha Wish for the Pussy Cat Dolls, and Christina Aguilera’s Candyman and Nasty Naughty Boy.
- Gina Zimmittimusician contractor/coordinator
Gina Zimmitti is an L.A. native who loves hiking the Santa Monica Mountains and mastering the recipes of her Italo-Greek heritage. She’s mom to two amazing daughters and wife to drummer/designer Anthony.
For work, Gina hires the foremost Los Angeles musicians to record for film, television, & new media scores and to perform for live concerts. She coordinates scoring budgets and recording sessions on behalf of many of our field’s accomplished composers. Nearly two decades into her career, she still feels privileged to collaborate with talent old and new and to help shape the sound of the score by inviting the right people into the right rooms. She is thankful for the journey thus far, and is excited to continue investing in the longevity and vibrancy of film music in innovative ways.