JOHN WILLIAM DORYK      Master Class Presenter

Saturday 2-4:PM               Evergreen Room


The power of music in film! A feature film needs at least 40 to 60 minutes of music, which is one of the most important elements in a successful film. As a film director, one knows that music is one of the most powerful ways to underscore the emotional content of our story. As a film composer, we also know that one of the most powerful forms of emotional, thematic music composition is to write for dramatic narrative story, whether feature film, documentary, or animation. But how do these two, very different worlds work together to complement each other, and make their sum greater than its parts? In this master class, award winning film composer John William Doryk, will teach how the relationship of the film director/producer and film composer can work together to create a unified emotional tapestry that ultimately moves the audience through the story and on the journey that the director has intended for the film. He’ll teach techniques, music selection,  and steps for creating a truly powerful film score that both the director and composer can use to do this, even though the two may often speak very different languages. Using scenes and examples from actual projects, John will show how certain techniques, tricks, and processes help to create powerful and moving underscores. This workshop is for both directors and emerging/aspiring film score composers (Workshop seating is limited to 25)


John William Doryk

John William Doryk

John William Doryk ( is an award-winning composer, who has been creating original music for film, television, and audio drama for over 25 years. and eventually studied the craft of film composing under Hollywood’s top orchestrators.  He has had his work aired on The Discovery Channel, History Channel, PBS, ABC Nightline, BBC, FOX Network, Netflix, various theatrical venues and many independent feature films. In 2010, he won “Gold” at the prestigious Park City Film Music Festival for his work on “For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots” hosted by Halle Berry and featuring the voices of Morgan Freeman, Samuel Jackson, Avery Brooks, Allan Rickman, and many others. He recently provided original music to the upcoming PBS special “Unsung Heroes”, produced by Ron Howard. He currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife and two children.