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Monthly Archives: May 2012
So recently I’ve been working on a feature length film that I told you about before that’s called “It’s A Terrible Week For Singing.” I am basically done the songs for it, but the Director and I are still going over rough patches that need fixing.
On an awesome note! I just created this new score today that has been in my head for about a week or two, I sat down today for about 2 hours and knocked it out! I feel as though it’s one of my best scores so far. It’s meant for a possible chase or fight scene. I see it being used as a theme for something too. Please, please, please let me know what you think! All criticism is welcome! I’m a very laid back person, and I will take all comments, whatever they may be, gracefully.
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So lately things have been a little bit crazy, but not crazy enough! At least not for me! I’ve been working on some great things lately for two film scoring competitions and I am currently working on scoring for the feature length film ‘It’s A Terrible Week For Singing.’ Since I’ve only worked on short length films, it’s a little different working on a feature, but so far, it’s easier than I thought it would be. I am unable at the moment to say more about the film, except that it is a musical, a funny one at that, because the director is hoping to use it for film festivals. I wish Evan Mills the best of luck! So far it’s been great working with him and Mario Quatraro. They’ve been very professional and always answers an email almost as soon as I send one! Great people to work with.
I recently worked with the director Steve Keider to create my composer reel. If you notice at the top of this page to the left, there is a tab that says ‘reel.’ That’s where you’ll find it if you’d like to take a look at it and check it out! Let me know if you have any suggestions.
I told you all about the film competition where I have to score a superman fan film, which is extremely exciting, but the other one that I just sent in for recently is even more exciting. It’s another competition in Ohio through the Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra. The competition just started last year in 2011, which is pretty new. What I had to do was create a Composer Reel for it and the judges view the reels. They then choose 20 film makers and 20 film composers to randomly pair up and collaborate and work together. After about 17 days of composing, the judges pick the final 6-8 teams and the composers than have to write out the parts and print them for the Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra. Their music is performed live by the Orchestra during a concert while the films are also shown. In other words, it’s kind of like what you would see if you go to a John Williams concert.
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As you may or may not know, I am just recently a sophomore at Columbia College Chicago. I have finished my first year as a freshman at Columbia. During this past year as a Freshman, I tried to take advantage of what most college kids wouldn’t do, or wouldn’t think of doing. I contacted as many people as I could about trying to get into auditing a Film Scoring Master class. It took a couple of emails, and a couple of times going to the film scoring lab to finally get the email of someone that could help me out with auditing a scoring class. As an undergrad, my major is composition, but what I really want to do is film scoring, and I just couldn’t wait anymore for a class that taught film scoring. I’d like to thank Gary Chang and David McHugh for my chance to audit the film scoring Masters class at Columbia College Chicago.
While sitting in on the class, I believe the most emphasized thing Gary talked about was dynamics. He emphasized how you should use dynamics to ease in and out especially for a score that’s gentle and supposed to be sad. He also emphasized building up to the most dramatic point. A lot of people while starting out with composing or film scoring, tend to play music at the same levels with hardly any dynamics. Even when performers are playing a song you can sometimes notice how they never use dynamics. I feel as though sometimes people never really notice when they are or aren’t using dynamics. We also discussed different plug-ins and softwares during the classes which helped me choose protools for my choice of software. Two other key things I learned during this class was that silence is as important as the music is in a film. While scoring the film ’60 BPM,’ the director wanted music throughout the whole thing, but I went against that, and had silence in a certain spot where the girl was waiting for the end results of her performance. The other key thing I learned was that the melody should always be louder than the other instruments. You want it to resonate and have a lasting effect on the audience. If you don’t have that lasting effect, people won’t remember it. Simplicity is also always good. You don’t want everything to be too complex. Simplicity is what sticks the most.
Hey everyone! So a couple of months ago I came across a film scoring competition that’s happening at the Indie Film Gathering in Cleveland, Ohio, while looking for film scoring competitions and conventions. I created the basic layout for it about a month or two ago, but it’s getting down to the deadline because it’s actually due by June 1. I just finished my first year of college at Columbia College Chicago, and as of right now I’m actually in Ohio, I’ll be here for two weeks, and I’m planning on finishing my score here. The film to be scored is actually a ‘Superman’ fan film trailer. All I know about the end results if you win is that you can get signed with a film company for a year which is pretty awesome. I’m hoping I can possibly get the score done by the end of this week. Sadly, I don’t believe I’ll be able to post up my finished product on here until after I find out what the results are of the competition. But wish me luck! I’m sure I’ll need it. There was a film competition for a horror film recently through the Indie Gathering and there were people who did it from all over the world. It will be extremely interesting to see if I get the right feel and emotion and end product that the director might want. So yet again, wish me luck everyone! I’ll keep everyone updated, and I’ll try to get a new score up as soon as possible!
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Hey everyone! One of the films I scored, ’60 BPM,’ just won an award tonight! Big Congratulations to Jordan Blazak for filming this awesome film in two weeks and winning the award! The film will be shown at the 2013 Akron Film & Pixel Festival! Check out the film below! You can check out Jordan’s other films on Vimeo. If you are interested in my work, email me at email@example.com.