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Masterclass Mondays: Keys to a Successful Collaboration with your Composer

April 12, 2021, 6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. PDT

Live Online Webinar

Women of Cinematic Arts (WCA) invite you to attend a special virtual event

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Let Women of Cinematic Arts help you get the music of your dreams on your next project. Find out the key elements you need to successfully work with a composer. From spotting to the final mix, let award-winning composer Nami Melumad (OSCAR Nominee-Colette, HBO- An American Pickle, Star Trek) give you her tips for an amazing creative collaboration.

Masterclass Mondays are designed to provide inspiration and career guidance for our members and supporters. We are especially excited to support fields where female and gender-nonconforming individuals are typically under-represented and under-supported. This is part of an on-going professional development series focusing on career development and craft-focused education.

Women of Cinematic Arts is a collective of female and gender-nonconforming graduates of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Through an engaging slate of professional and social programming, we offer opportunities for our members to band together, support each other from graduation to retirement, and dismantle inequality in the entertainment industry. You can find out more information and join on their website.

About the Guests


Nami Melumad is an Israeli-Dutch film composer, based in Los Angeles, California. Her scoring credits include over 130 projects in a wide range of genres, most notably the HBO Max comedy, An American Pickle, starring Seth Rogen, the Amazon thriller-drama series, Absentia, starring Stana Katic, and EA’s VR video game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. She also scored the Oscar® Nominated documentary short, Colette, and contributed music and arrangements to Amazon’s latest hit, Borat Subsequent MovieFilm. Her score to the Star Trek episode, Shorts Treks: Q&A, in 2019, landed her an upcoming Star Trek series, making her the first female composer for the franchise.

Nominated for Breakthrough Composer of the Year (2020) by the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA), Nami's works have screened worldwide and claimed multiple international accolades, including the IFMCA Award for Best Score for a Video Game, the IFMCA nomination for Best Score for a Comedy, the Hollywood Music in Media Award and the Short Score award at Fimucite. Her compositions have been performed by the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, The Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva and Helix Collective Ensemble.

An alumna of the prestigious ASCAP Film-Scoring Workshop, Nami graduated from the Scoring for Motion Pictures and TV program at the University of Southern California. She holds a B.A. in multi-style composition from the Jerusalem Academy of Music, where she was admitted directly to sophomore year. She plays flute, piano, and guitar, and serves as a board member of the Alliance for Women Film Composers.

MEL ORPEN (Host, SCA Alumna)

Mel Orpen is a director/writer with her MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and her B.A. in English and Medieval Studies from Princeton University. She focuses on personal dramas about issues of injustice and social inequality. Mel wrote and directed the dramatic short Don’t Let Go, based on her experiences with LGBTQ bias surrounding the death of her fiancé. Her collaboration with composer Nami Melumad on this film was awarded a Best LGBTQ Short Film award and has been nominated for 15 awards, including 4 for Best Short Film, Best Original Score, and recently made its North American premiere at the Idyllwild Festival of Cinema. Her USC thesis film Retribution, inspired by her experience going through the U.S.’s very broken court system, has already won 2 Best Short Film awards and a Special Jury prize in addition to other nominations. Retribution was also awarded a Caucus for Writers Producers Directors Foundation and Annenberg Foundation Finishing Funds Grant.

Mel has directed 17 short films, three of which are currently on the festival circuit and all have received multiple Best Short Film and other award nominations—including the comedy short, Action Movie Trailer, which has received two Best Short Film nominations. At USC, Mel was selected to direct the Multi-Cam Sitcom Pilot, Baking Bad, the story of two estranged sisters who inherit their mother’s bakery and USC Comedy LIVE, USC’s live sketch comedy TV series (think SNL). She worked as an assistant to veteran director Andy Cadiff, began regularly guest directing in Mary Lou Belli’s on camera acting classes, and shadowed a variety of network TV shows.

Mel’s feature film script, Typhoid Mary, was shortlisted for the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Best Screenplay at USC. She was selected by the Hollywood Radio and Television Society for its 2021 Mentorship program. And her TV pilot The Naked Truth, based on her unique childhood, has received network interest and she will be taking it out this spring.

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