Each summer, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) selects 12 composers from over 300 international applicants to participate in a month-long film scoring workshop with Emmy Award winning composer and mentor Richard Bellis. The alumni roster of this workshop include some of the most successful composers working in film and TV today, so I was honored and extremely fortunate to be a part of its 26th year. Over the course of the month, the composers discussed the craft and business of writing music for film, TV, and video games with some of the industry’s leading figures including John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon, The Bourne Trilogy, Shrek), Dave Porter (Breaking Bad), Sean Callery (24, Homeland, Elementary), James S. Levine (Glee, American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck), and Garry Schyman (Bioshock Franchise, Dante’s Inferno), to list just a few! Each composer was assigned to score a scene from a popular film, culminating to a recording session at the historic 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage with the Hollywood Studio Symphony. I was assigned this beautiful scene from “How To Train Your Dragon.” It was truly a career highlight. Thanks, ASCAP!