Investment & Support

Music In Film: Workshop and Q&A

April 7, 2022

DATE: Tuesday 3 May
TIME: 5.30-7pm
LOCATION: Elizabeth Picture Theatre, Brisbane

Join us on Tuesday 3 May for the Music In Film workshop, presented by Screen Queensland and Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Music can make a great film even better and for many films, a memorable score can take on a life of its own. But can producers and directors work with a film composer to create a musical accompaniment to the film that is as strong as the film itself?

Composer, arranger, conductor and film music specialist Nicholas Buc – best known as the conductor for the live in-concert world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi – will run through how directors, producers and composers can work together to create the perfect score for screen. Drawing on his experience of writing and conducting film music, Nicholas will discuss working with a film composer and how to achieve the best results. The session will conclude with a Q&A with Nicholas Buc, giving participants the opportunity to ask questions and gain valuable insights.

This workshop is perfect for producers, directors, composers and screen practitioners at all experience levels, interested to learn more about this process for the screen.

Please register as soon as possible to secure your spot. The workshop capacity limit is 50 people.


Nicholas Buc is an Award-winning composer, conductor and arranger with over 20 years experience in the music industry. He has composed music for film, television and the concert hall, with some of his work being screened at festivals and theatres around Australia, Asia and the US. As the recipient of the prestigious Brian May Scholarship, he completed a Master’s degree in Scoring for Film and Multimedia at New York University, receiving the Elmer Bernstein Award for Film Scoring.

He has worked with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Chris Botti, Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds and Australian pop sensation Tina Arena. He has written arrangements for Birds of Tokyo, Missy Higgins, Eskimo Joe and Vera Blue as well as working on Junior MasterChef, The Voice Australia and the 2021 AFL Grand Final.

Nicholas is highly sought after as a conductor for live film concerts, having conducted the world premieres of John Williams’ Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Hans Zimmer’s The Lion King (2019), Alan Menken’s Beauty and the Beast (2017)and Alexandre Desplat’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

He is also the only person in the world to have conducted all three original Star Wars films in concert…in one day.

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