“To the best of my knowledge there is not a book out there that focuses on the multi-tasked life of a film composer’s assistant. You will soon discover that Sean worked for me for three years, and as a consequence I have been blessed to become close to him. He did a fantastic job for me as my assistant, and has done a fantastic job once again in putting together this, his first book.”
“Sean McMahon has written the type of handbook that I looked everywhere for when I was graduating. He has paid his dues, and is certainly generous in sharing his knowledge.”
-Gregory Tripi, Hollywood Composer and former assistant to composer Snuffy Walden (The West Wing).
“Absolutely awesome work. I’m going to make it a required text for my class at Humber College. There is so much information included my head is spinning. It gives a unique, behind-the-scenes view of big-budget Hollywood film scoring directly from the front lines from someone who’s been there.
Actually, anyone trying to break into any intensely competitive and desirable industry would benefit from the cold-calling part of the book. It is well known that one is supposed to do all that to get ahead, but I’ve never seen it laid out in such an insightful and inspiring manner.”
– Jim McGrath, film composer and film music instructor, Humber College, Toronto.
“This is a great “how-to” guide for getting your foot in the door of the film scoring industry in Hollywood. Highly recommended”
— Hummie Mann, composer and director of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program
“Utilizing his education and professional experience, Sean McMahon gives the aspiring film composer an insightful go-to guide. From must-have technical skills, to interviewing techniques, to developing relationships with others and much much more, Sean explains in a clearly written manual what it takes to break-in to the film scoring world. I highly recommend this book to emerging film composers and also those already working in the industry who may want to expand their knowledge. I wish this book was available when I moved to Los Angeles!
– Chandra Cogburn (assistant to Steve Jablonsky, Harry Gregson-Williams)
“Sean McMahon is well qualified to provide advice on such an elusive subject as how to get work as a composer’s assistant. This book provides useful insight and relevant anecdotes on how to be successful when you do get your shot. Recommended reading for anybody wanting to work in the film musicworld.”
–Christian Bacon (assistant to James Newton Howard)
“Offering a valuable opportunity to learn from the example of a successful composer’s assistant, “From the Classroom to the Scoring Stage” is full of sound advice and inside experiences. McMahon thoughtfully addresses the often neglected question of employment, a question that is on the mind of every college student and recent graduate.
— Sean Dougall (former assistant to Christophe Beck and current USC film scoring instructor)
“‘From the Classroom to the Scoring Stage’ is a book I wish I had when I arrived in LA two years ago. It provides detailed, first-hand insights on the most essential aspects of starting and surviving in the world of filmmusic. As a film music student, you’ll find most, if not all of your questions answered in this book. Even having two years of experience in LA, I still find this book very useful. No other book in the current market
provides such a real and practical view on the film music business for young composers. You will be better prepared having read this book!”
– Pakk Hui (Assistant to Brian Tyler)
“A wonderfully insightful manifest put together by somebody who has really been through the hardest times in the Film Music Industry. I commend and congratulate Sean on this accomplishment. As a former colleague, I find this book to be absolutely accurate and a great learning tool for the newly arrived prospective composer to expect the unexpected.”
– Michael Pelavin (Assistant to Steve Edwards, Former Assistant to Christopher Young)