promoting the art of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

promoting the art of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

Master Class with James L. Venable: Modern Scoring for Movies, Cartoons, and Clowns

LA 12 PM  |  NY 3 PM  |  UK 8 PM


Master Class with James L. Venable: Modern Scoring for Movies, Cartoons, and Clowns

Moderated by Glenn Jordan


James L. Venable is a film, TV composer, born in Santa Monica, California. He is perhaps most known for his scores to the original animated series; THE POWERPUFF GIRLS, SAMURAI JACK, FOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS and more recently CLARENCE and the FUNGIES. He has completed several feature film scores including JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK, EUROTRIP, VENOM, SCARY MOVIES 3,4, and 5. Jim is also part of the underground theatrical comedy scene, “live scoring”  shows for various clown and improv teams.  In this Master Class we will meet with Jim in his studio to discuss his processes in Scoring a range of Styles in Feature Films, coming up with the Musical voice for Iconic Animation and Spontaneous Composition for Live Clown Shows.  

The discussion will include:

Scoring animated television shows

  • Powerpuff Girls
  • Clerks the Cartoon
  • Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends
  • Samurai Jack — Musical Storytelling

Scoring live action features

  • Scoring comedies for Kevin Smith
    • Jay Silent Bob Strike Back Original and Reboot, Jersey Girl, Zach and Miri, Clerks 2-3, 
  • Scary Movie 2 - Detached from Outcome
  • Iron Monkey - Percussive Scoring
  • Powerpuff Girls the Movie - realizing the dream
  • Scary Movie 3 - Researching - Categorizing 
  • Scary Movie 4 - Working with Composing Team
  • Venom - A “real” Horror Movie 
  • Scary Movie 5 - Working with Score Programmers

Various scoring methods

  • Performance going to a DAW directly
  • Composing in notation program first
  • Working with composing teams
  • Working with score programmers
  • Percussion Influence on scoring Percussion approach 

Live Scoring for Clowns

  • Improvised live scoring for clowns and mask troops


James L. Venable (born in Santa Monica, California) is an American composer, working primarily on original scores for film, television and games. Jim started out in music as a drummer in various obscure 80’s new wave/rock bands, He found a passion for percussion, rhythms and technology in the form of a drum set his Grandmother bought him and borrowed Prophet 5 that become a staple in all of his early “experimental” music. Coming from this electronic background, he has always looked for a chance to experiment with analogue synths, computers and emerging music technology. His musical voice really began to take shape when he visited a James Newton Howard scoring session and was blown away by the amazing effect of combining Orchestral music with everything he loved; synthesizers, computer tech and live musicians!

While working as a DJ, he was always composing and creating Hybrid Orchestral Music. He quickly became is known for his scores to the animated television series THE POWERPUFF GIRLS, SAMURAI JACK, and FOSTER’S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS. FOSTERS was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music in 2005, the same score won a 2005 Annie Award—Venable's third of four—for achievement in music for an animated series. Jim also, accomplished one of his lifelong dreams of contributing to the Star Wars universe as one of the original composer's for Tartakovsky’s STAR WARS: CLONE WARS. Jim's more recent Animation Scoring can be heard on Cartoon Network's CLARENCE and THE FUNGIES on HBO Max.

Among Venable's feature film scores are JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK, VENOM, SCARY MOVIE 3, 4, and 5 and EUROTRIP. These projects gave Jim an opportunity to compose for larger Orchestras and explore combining them with Electronic Instruments. In the Summer of 2004, Venable released an electronica album titled Holding Space with Screaming Fan Records. He is currently working on his next release, “Arrival” which will blend Jim's passion for music, "immersive audio" and original Hi-Def visual imagery. Jim recently completed the score for KEVIN SMITH'S, JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT and CLERKS 3. Both of these scores offered Jim a wide variety of musical opportunities, ranging from Grunge Guitar Score to Electronic, Orchestral Action Music. Jim can also be seen on stage (or at the OLD ZOO,) "live scoring" for the underground comedy scene. For these shows, he creates new music for various clown, improv and theatrical mask groups in front of live audiences all around the L.A .area.

Jim is an active Instructor at UCLA Extension, teaching courses on Advanced Film Composition and Electronic Music for Film and Television. He also loves to go out Salsa Dancing!



Glenn Jordan (moderator) brings a unique blend of musical talent and experience to every project he works on. He has the range to create suspenseful and frightening musical material for shows such as The X-Files and The Lone Gunmen then turn around and create the quirky, childlike music that takes us into the fantasy world that is Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.

Glenn is as comfortable and as skilled writing the contemporary EDM and guitar driven styles of today’s underscores as he is composing and orchestrating pieces for The Indianapolis and Denver Symphony Orchestras. Along the way he has been nominated a total of four times for Emmys, winning the award for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.

He has composed the music for over a dozen feature length films and hundreds of episodes of network and cable television programs. He has worked with stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Kanye West, Steve Martin, The Beach Boys, Morgan Freeman, Little Richard and Shelly Duvall.

His song, We All Love the Red Sox, has become an integral part of the Boston Red Sox radio broadcasts in northern New England.

As a former member of the group Sha Na Na he toured the world, and performed for audiences as large as 135,000 people. He has also done countless sessions as a studio guitarist and vocalist.

Glenn is one of only 9 people in the world who is accredited to teach The Equal Interval System created by Lyle “Spud” Murphy. He has EIS musical composition students worldwide.




Event Date Saturday, October 15, 2022 12:00 pm
Cut off date Saturday, October 15, 2022 2:00 pm
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