The art and craft of scoring music for motion pictures will be explored in detail during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' three evening series "The Music Soundtrack: A Composers' Forum of Contemporary Scoring Technique." Sessions will be held on September 20, September 27 and October 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

"The Music Soundtrack" will offer an in-depth look at the music scoring process from the perspective of motion picture composers themselves. Each week's topic will be illuminated by film clips, onstage discussions with guests and questions from the audience.

The series schedule is as follows:

September 20 – Traditional Scores
Moderated by Charles Bernstein ("Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision"), with six-time Oscar® nominee Lalo Schifrin ("Cool Hand Luke") and Academy Award® winner Jan A.P. Kaczmarek ("Finding Neverland").

September 27 – Alternative Scores
Moderated by Oscar nominee Bruce Broughton ("Silverado"), with Mychael Danna ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Oscar nominee Mark Isham ("A River Runs Through It") and Rolfe Kent ("Sideways").

October 4 – The Music Team
Featuring George S. Clinton ("Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery"), Michael Giacchino ("The Incredibles"), John Powell ("United 93") and Mike Flicker (music editor "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery").

Passes for the entire "The Music Soundtrack" series will be available starting September 4 at a cost of $30 for the general public and $20 for Academy members and students with valid ID. Passes may be purchased by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or online at www.oscars.org/events. Tickets for individual evenings, if available, will be $10 at the door.

The Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.