Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtTalks offer an in-depth opportunity for the community to hear from influential artists, designers, and arts leaders throughout each year.

First Friday ArtTalk: Music and the Film Industry

Friday, May 4th | 6:00pm
Hult Center Studio

Emmy-nominated composer Philip Giffin will present about his career composing and orchestrating for numerous film and TV productions, including Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Little Mermaid, and Darkwing Duck. He will share stories about his extensive professional experience, including procedures and techniques for finding work in the music business.


About Philip Giffin

Notable veteran of the film and TV music industry, Emmy-nominated Philip Giffin has composed, arranged, orchestrated and conducted music to numerous features and television programs including “Die Hard I,” “Die Hard II,” “Lethal Weapon I,” “ Lethal Weapon II,” “Sommersby,” “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” “Fatal Instinct,” “Soul Plane,” “Muppets Tonight,” “Darkwing Duck,” “The Simpsons,” and many more. Giffin most recently finished composing the score for “Amityville: The Awakening,” “Polaroid,” and “Children of the Corn: Runaway.”

Philip has also scored a multitude of successful TV movies and episodic television shows including ABC’s “Eyes,” Fox’s “K-Ville,” WB’s “Summerland,” and NBC’s Peabody Award Winning Series “Boomtown,” for which he received an Emmy Nomination for “Best Main Title Theme”.

In addition to writing television and film music, Philip is a well-respected record producer, producing renowned artists such as RZA from the WuTang Clan, as well as Music Directing for celebrities such as Martin Short, Billy Crystal, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins, The Muppets, Cirque du Soleil director Stefan Haves, and more.





Previous First Friday ArtTalks:
June 6, 2014 – Jud Turner
October 3, 2014 – Irene Hardwicke Olivieri
April 3, 2015 – Rick Bartow and his Portland gallerist, Charles Froelick
June 5, 2015 –  Christopher Acebo “Guiding Space: An Exploration of Set Design in the Theater”
November 6, 2015 – Henk Pander
October 7, 2016 – Trygve Faste
February 2, 2018 – Wilson W. Smith III