SCOREcast is a resource for the community of working film, television and video game music professionals and is dedicated to providing relevant news, commentary, tutorials and education about our business to the professional film production community. Its core aim is to inform and educate the film community on the re-sophistication of the business and craft of making music for all visual media applications.
Film composer Deane Ogden (IMDb) founded SCOREcast in the fall of 2006, which started as a monthly Internet podcast devoted to helping those trying to get a foot in the door of the film music business. Originally hosted by Deane and his studio team, each episode would offer practical business advice, tips and techniques based on Deane’s personal experience as an independent feature film and television composer.
iTunes and Academia
As the show began to evolve, so did its audience, and after early integration into the iTunes family of podcasts, SCOREcast rapidly became one of the most listened-to film music-centric podcasts on the Internet. In August of 2007, after back-to-back turns on iTunes’ Featured Top 20 list, two of America’s top universities incorporated the SCOREcast podcast into the “recommended resources” for their film music certification program curricula. By January 2008, the SCOREcast listener base on iTunes reached upwards of 6,000 people worldwide.
Realizing the huge potential for something like SCOREcast to influence and mentor thousands of would-be composers, Ogden enlisted the help of veteran film and television composer Lee Sanders (IMDb) to co-host the SCOREcast podcast.
Soon after, Ogden formed a global leadership team, made-up of working film music professionals, and began outlining plans for a SCOREcast website. The site would serve a three-fold purpose: To serve as as a “virtual lounge” for unknown composers interested in a career in film music, to support the SCOREcast podcast with shownotes and a searchable database of articles, and to fill the need for a centralized resource for working professionals within the film, television, and video game music industries.
In April of 2009, on the eve of the 19th episode of the podcast, SCORECASTONLINE.COM was launched, servicing the entire film music community, and featuring regular columns, video, audio, blogs, polls, and interactive commenting. As the roll-out of the website continued throughout 2009, so did the expansion of its content and features. A worldwide team of contributing editors was assembled, consisting of working professional television and film composers, orchestrators, music editors, re-recording mixers, film music recordists, and composer assistants.
SCOREcast’s first local community chapter, SCOREcast: Hollywood, was launched at the 2008 NAMM Show. Launching with over fifty composers at the first dinner meet-up, the chapter grew very quickly and now gathers regularly in Los Angeles for various SCOREcast-sponsored events.
On December 14, 2010, Deane Ogden announced the beginning of SCOREcast’s official international expansion with the formation of SCOREcast: London—a chapter of SCOREcast composer/readers located in and around London, England. UK composer James Semple (IMDb) was installed as the first director of the London chapter.
On July 14, 2012, SCOREcast: Germany was launched in Hamburg with an initial dinner meet-up of more than a dozen local composers.
Today, the SCOREcast Podcast Show broadcasts regularly from iTunes and is heard by tens of thousands of people worldwide. SCORECASTONLINE.COM serves as the main companion to the podcast, and has become the Internet’s leading hub of interactive discussion for the worldwide professional media music community, with over 130,000 unique visits per month by people all around the globe. Its global audience, combined with strong support by the music software development industry and a solid physical presence in more than thirty countries, has firmly established SCOREcast as the home of the working professional media music industry.