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Thursday, July 20


The 5th Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 10, 04:15PM
From the ominous horns of Jaws to the inspiring theme for Star Wars, music has always been an important supporting character in movies. For the superhero genre, the music reflects these emotions and more. This panel offers a behind-the-scenes look at the music of today's biggest superhero film and TV projects, with unreleased film clips and never-before-heard music. Participating composers include Mark Isham (Cloak & Dagger), Marco Beltrami (Logan, The Wolverine), Brian Tyler (The Mummy, Power Rangers), David Russo (Gotham), Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther; Death Wish), and Lorne Balfe (The LEGO Batman Movie), moderated by Ray Costa. Posters, signed CDs, and other merchandise will be given to audience members who participate in the Q&A.

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront


Monsters, Mutants, and Mysteries: Sights and Sounds
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 19, 04:36PM
Featuring panelists Derek Spears (Emmy-winning Senior VFX Supervisor, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead), Matthew Jensen (cinematographer, Wonder Woman, Game of Thrones), Michael A. Levine (composer, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Lego DC Superhero Girls: Brain Drain), Jake Monaco (composer, Be Cool, Scooby Doo, DinoTrux), Michael Gatt (composer, Blood Drive) and Gary Kordan (production designer, Ghosted, Key & Peele). Hear from the creative talent behind your favorite dragons, superheroes, and cartoons. Join Impact24 PR to learn from some of the top composers, music producers, VFX artists, production designers & cinematographers who will discuss the inner-workings of your favorite films, TV shows, and video games. These behind-the-scenes creatives will share their experiences throughout the different stages of their unique and challenging creative processes. Celebrity moderators are Bree Turner (Grimm, The Ugly Truth) and Jean "Splack" Robert (social media influencer).

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB


Hollyweird Science: Information Versus Motivation
When a new science fiction film comes out, so do the science experts (with vastly different levels of expertise) to nitpick the film's science content. The irony is that Hollywood has never been more willing to work with actual scientists to ensure scientific accuracy. Yet, scientists often cite TV series like Star Trek and films like 2001: A Space Odyssey as the elements that inspired their careers. When it comes to the value to science and science education, is the motivational/inspirational component at least as important as the science content itself? This panel of scientists and Hollywood professionals share their thoughts. Featuring Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica, AMC's The Walking Dead), Amy Berg (Counterpart, Eureka), Kevin Grazier, Ph.D. (Gravity, Pirates of the Caribbean: DMTNT), Jessica Cail, Ph.D. (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D ., Zootopia), Rick Loverd (Science and Entertainment Exchange), and Colin Campbell (The Universe, Life After People). Moderated by Gia Mora (Scirens).

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 26AB
Friday, July 21


Behind the Music: Fantasy, Fiction, and Fandom
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 12, 11:05PM
Fantasy Fanatic or Composer Connoisseur? Come join CW3PR and Impact24 PR to hear about what makes your favorite fiction stories so FANTASTIC. Some of the top composers around will give insight on how they contribute to many of the most popular fantasy/fiction titles in the TV and film worlds. This will be a can't-miss, colorful, fascinating journey into the minds of the industry's most imaginative! Panelists include Jeff Russo (composer, Legion, Fargo), Sean Callery (composer, Jessica Jones, Homeland, 24), Mac Quayle (composer, Mr. Robot, American Horror Story, Feud), Kris Bowers (composer, Dear White People), Siddhartha Khosla (composer, This Is Us, The Runaways), Joseph LoDuca (composer, The Evil Dead series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand), and Blake Neely (composer, The Flash, Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale) with celebrity moderators Rachel Keller (Legion, Fargo) and Jeremie Harris (Legion, The Get Down).

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB


Dare To Be Dynamite: Creative Vision
Dynamite Entertainment is home to the most exciting and unique titles, written and illustrated by diverse creatives from both within and outside of the comics industry. Gold-certified and Juno Award-winning electro-pop singer Lights will join other top-tier talent from the New Jersey-based publisher for a lively discussion on bringing their unique perspectives to the printed page. The panel will be moderated by longtime journalist Ryan J. Downey, who has contributed to MTV News, Billboard, MSNBC, and The Hollywood Reporter and hosts the PopCurse podcast.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4


Star Wars Music and Sound
A special 40th anniversary panel on the greatest sonic universe of them all! Meet the people who helped create the iconic music and sound design of Star Wars. Guests from the original London sessions and their 2017 Hollywood counterparts swap behind-the-scenes stories of the first time the music was heard. Skywalker Sound special guests (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), LSO's David Cripps (Star Wars trilogy), Richard Anderson (Star Wars: A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark), and Ramiro Belgardt (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) reveal how elephants and telephone poles became the sounds of space battles! Moderated by Steve Lee (Apollo 13) and David Raiklen (Star Trek).

Friday July 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 7AB


Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining
Hip-hop and comics come together, bringing varied elements to create new worlds of imagination. They also share many inspirations and influences; rappers and graffiti artists utilize superheroic imagery and adopt larger-than-life alter egos; MCs and producers assemble universes with words and sound; comic creators incorporate the music, dance, fashion, and visual vocabulary of hip-hop into their work. Here, Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field, ComicsAlliance) assembles an all-star group of visual and musical innovators to discuss the ways these two artistic cultures intertwine.

Friday July 21, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8
Saturday, July 22


The Character of Music: Music for Popular TV
Can't get that certain song or tune out of your head that you heard on TV? Learn how music is added to your favorite TV shows and how it is an essential character in storytelling. Composers Dave Porter (Breaking Bad, Preacher), Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (Stranger Things), and Eskmo (13 Reasons Why) and music supervisors Maggie Phillips (Legion, Fargo) and Thomas Golubi? (The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul) discuss how they create and place music in their programs, how they discover talent, and what their experiences have been working on some of the most popular series on television. Moderated by Chandler Poling of White Bear PR.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 9


The Sneaky Tiki Freaky Geeky Ukulele Play and Sing-Along
It's a fun hands-on, time warping, intergalactic, magical, middle-earth, and sci-fi "superhero-like" ukulele sing- and play-along. Characters are welcome. Interpretive dance and air ukulele are encouraged. There will be a number of ukuleles on hand for use (while they last), and the songs will be projected onto a screen for everyone to follow along. This panel is hosted by KEV, the world's most okayist ukulele player.

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Sunday, July 23


Buffy Musical: 'Once More with Feeling,' an Interactive Whedon Musical
Time to end this show with a bang! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis and Fandom Charities present an interactive screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More with Feeling" as Comic-Con's big closing event! Many say this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffyverse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! This episode was made for talkin'-back, and singing, and shouting, and dancing in the aisles, with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: It isn't just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore!

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Room 6BCF