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I’m excited to say that I have recently purchased new virtual instruments from East West/Quantum Leap! I got the Composer’s Collection, which came with eight different packages of very live-like instruments.
I’m currently scoring four films, “If A Tree Falls,” “Beyond Here Lies Nothing,” “Just One Scoop,” and “How The Universe Works.”
“If A Tree Falls” is a Senior Undergrad Practicum film directed by Zina Yun. It’s about two young men who go into the woods for their last time of hanging out before heading off to college and the marines. During this trip, they decide to shoot a crossbow, and things go off course.
“Beyond Here Lies Nothing” is a New York film directed by Tiffany Jackman. This film is about a young man who is so caught up in conspiracy theories that he is afraid to leave his house… For good reason.
“Just One Scoop” is an undergrad film directed by Joi-Noelle Worley. A boy is excited to get some ice cream at a shop when a girl cuts in front of him, making the boy annoyed with her.
“How The Universe Works” is also an undergrad film directed by David P. Calderon. This film is about a man who relives the same day where he dies until the woman he loves saves him.
I also recently collaborated with drummer, Nathan Norman Brandt from Archana, on the score for the film “Procession,” which was directed by Sabah Ali Kahn. “Procession” is about a man reminiscing about his marriage and his deceased wife. If you would like to watch “Procession” Click on the link below:
Other than all of these films I am working on, I am also currently practicing bass guitar for the Columbia College Chicago cover of the musical, “Victor/Victoria.” This musical is about a woman, who turns herself into a man, and then pretends she is a woman in order to be noticed by the public and musical community.
If you would like to see Columbia College Chicago’s take on “Victor/Victoria,” you can check out all the information at:
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Hey Everyone! I am now in my sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago and things are going to be crazy this year! I have the feature, IMDb credited, film ‘Dark Minds’ to score, seven classes to attend, and I am currently organizing a group called Columbia College ScoFi. The group is designed to raise awareness for film music and film makers. The key purpose for this group is to help connect and network film makers with composers and vice versa. Here at Columbia, we do not have an Undergrad for film composing. The closest you can get to film composing is regular music composition. Last year I had the idea for ScoFi, and me and a friend have decided to get it off the ground this year. We already have over twenty likes in a couple of days, but we need everyone’s information, and at least ten people to register for the group in order to be recognized by Columbia. Not to mention loads and loads of paperwork to do too. We want to educate who ever wants to learn about music and film, it doesn’t matter what their major is, even if they just love film music they are able to attend the meetings, in fact, we encourage it! We’re hoping to get guest speakers, whether they are there in person or are talking to the group through Skype. We also want to let composers present their scores and film makers to pitch their ideas so that they can receive feedback that is sometimes hard to get, and so that people can see what every unique person has to show!
Let’s Create Change.
Hey everybody! I recently attended the Cleveland International Indie Gathering this past weekend, and I watched a lot of amazing films, and met a lot of amazing filmmakers. I’d like to congratulate all of you for all of your awards! Keep with your dreams, take the extra step, and you will all go far! I would also like to thank the Indie Gathering for my award! 420 film composers entered into the festival and only 20 got in, so I am extremely honored! Aspiring filmmakers, scriptwriters, composers, music video artists, actors, actresses, and fx artists, if you are looking for a film festival to send in to, check out the Indie Gathering! They have something for everyone, and they are amazing people who care about what you do as much as you do!
For other updates, I am currently working on a 20′s scene for ‘It’s A Terrible Week For Singing.’ This will be the last week of working on the film, and the last scene, before it’s sent into some film festivals! Before attending the Indie Gathering, I finished the film ‘Sarah’s Nest,’ which is almost completely finished and that will also be sent into some festivals too. I have been asked to compose some big band music for a documentary called ‘The Voice In The Void,’ and I am also working on a short, characterless, film called ‘Atomic Tangerine.’ As for ‘Dark Minds,’ the feature IMDb credited film that I am working on, I am currently talking to the Director, Kevin DiBacco, about getting raw footage to start thinking of the score, and I will soon be getting the trailer to work on, which is very exciting!
If you all have the time, I’d love for you to check out my most recent score, The Redeemer which you can find on my ‘My Work’ page. It will be the first song listed. I would really like it if you could give me some feedback!
I am also looking to buy some new VSTs. I think it’s about time to upgrade to some more realistic instruments that can broaden what I do!
Have a great week everybody!
Hey everyone! I feel like I haven’t updated this in so long! For nine days I worked with some of the greatest people I’ve met so far in my life. I was working on set for the feature length film ‘Dark Minds’ as a PA.
While I was on set and living with a bunch of people, I had free time to hang out and so I ended up writing a song. I’ve named it ‘Life’ because it sums up how I felt in the moment that I was creating it. I posted it on my Soundcloud that same day and the next day I was asked if someone could use it for a modern dance segment. It’s not like anything I’ve made before, and I’m happy that it’s been picked up to work with the art form of dance. It will be interesting to see how the dancers interpret my work and how both forms of art will blend together to be one ‘art’ or ‘piece’ together.
I’ll keep all of you updated on when the dance will be performed and how things are going with the film!
I hope everyone’s having a great summer!
Check out ‘Life’
Hey everyone! I will be receiving an award from the Indie Gathering in Cleveland for my score for the ‘Superman Fan Film’ Trailer above. I know I’ve brought this up before, but now you can see my score with the video! Enjoy! And let me know what you think!
Hey everyone! Just yesterday I was working as a PA for the casting call for the film ‘Dark Minds.’ My job was to take people’s names down, make sure they were organized and in a line to wait for their turn to audition, and I had a blast. Today I received an email from the director, Kevin DiBacco, and he has asked me to score the film! I read the script the instant I got it and I’m very excited. It’s a great opportunity. So when you all get the time, check out DiBacco Films website @ http://filmakerim.tripod.com/darkmindsthemovie.html and read about the film, ‘Dark Minds!’ It’ll be an exhilarating and enticing film to watch, so I’ll keep you all updated on where you can get it once it’s finished!
On another note, I created a score recently called Eldritch. Yet again, it’s not for anything specific, but I’d like some feedback on it because it’s very different. People tell me it sounds like pirate music, gypsy music, creepy and weird music, cartoon-ish music. So let me know what you think! I want the people’s opinion!
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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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.