On February 15, 2012, ASMAC’s Luncheon featured
Two-time Emmy-Award winning Composer/Arranger, Hummie Mann
Our Special Guest, Hummie Mann, in a Q & A with Brad Dechter and Larry Blank discussing film orchestrations, Mel Brooks and much more.
Wednesday February 15th 11:30 am – 2pm
Hummie Mann has collaborated with some of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors in both theatrical and television films. His motion pictures projects have ranged from Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” to Peter Yates’ “Year of the Comet”, the children’s film “Thomas and the Magic Railroad” to “Wooly Boys” directed by Leszek Burzynski starring Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine and Joe Mazzello.
For television, he has scored projects for Simon Wincer (the miniseries “P.T. Barnum”), Jonathan Kaplan (the miniseries re-make of “In Cold Blood”), Norman Jewison (“Picture Windows – Soir Bleu”), Peter Bogdanovich (“The Rescuers: Tales of Courage – Two Women”), Joe Dante (“Masters of Horror: Homecoming”), Jim Abrahams (“First Do No Harm”), Richard Friedenberg (“Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas”), William Friedkin, John Milius and Ralph Bakshi (all part of the “Rebel Highway” series of films), among others.
Twice Mann has collaborated with legendary comedy director Mel Brooks. The first Brooks score that he composed was for “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”, which NBC-TV critic Gene Shalit singled out for praise, likening it to the legendary Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s scores for the classic swashbucklers of the ’30s and ’40s. He also scored Brooks’ last film – “Dracula: Dead & Loving It” which starred Leslie Nielsen.
The grand-scale symphonic music for Brooks’ two film parodies contrasts sharply with Mann’s acoustic-guitar-based score for the Donald Sutherland-Amy Irving thriller “Benefit of the Doubt”, and the soaring, charming music for Peter Yates’ “Year of the Comet”, which combined orchestral sounds with Scottish ethnic elements. Yates, the director of Bullitt and The Deep, found “a freshness and energy” in Mann’s music for “Year of the Comet”. The periodical ‘Film Score Monthly’ named this score as one of the “Ten Most Underrated Scores of the Decade” and it was nominated in the category of Best Score – Drama or Romantic Drama in the 1992 UK Moviemusic Awards.
Mann has received two Emmy Awards – one for arranging Billy Crystal’s opening number for the “1992 Academy Awards” telecast and his second for an episode of Showtime’s Picture Windows entitled “Language of the Heart”, a love story about a street musician and an aspiring ballerina. The composer’s score so impressed director Jonathan Kaplan that Kaplan hired him to score the CBS mini-series “In Cold Blood” starring Anthony Edwards and Eric Roberts.
Mann co-produced the Marc Shaiman scores for such hits as “Sleepless in Seattle”, “A Few Good Men” and “Mr. Saturday Night”, and both orchestrated and conducted the Shaiman scores for “City Slickers” and “The Addams Family”. His orchestrations can also heard in such films as “Georgia Rule”, “Mad Money”, “Speechless”, “Addams Family Values”, “Misery”, “Sister Act”, “Dying Young”, and “For the Boys” and he co-arranged the song “Places That Belong to You” for Barbra Streisand’s best-selling “Prince of Tides” soundtrack album. He also composed the Carl Stalling-style underscore for “Box Office Bunny”, the first theatrical Bugs Bunny cartoon released in 26 years.
Wednesday, February 15th
12noon Buffet Lunch
Catalina’s Bar & Grill
6725 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
corner of Sunset Blvd. & McCadden
(just east of Highland) Valet parking $3
WALK-IN’S WELCOME – RSVP PREFERRED
ASMAC members and Students – $30.00
Non members and all walk-ins – $40.00
Program only – $10 (Check – in @ 12:45, program only)
To reserve, call ASMAC at 818-994-4661 or EMAIL ASMAC.