We just wrapped the director’s cut of the 2014 entry in the Washington DC 48 Hour Film Project. This was a special project for me in many ways. First, it is a silent film and getting to work long distance with my Silent Orchestra band-mate, Rich O’Meara was a treat. Secondly my friend Gabe DiMarco added some brilliant emotional depth with his cello playing. Last but not least, working with director, Jonathan Zuck is always an honor. This is one of many, but clearly our finest collaboration.
Sometimes you have to lose everything to recapture what you’ve lost…
My recording sessions earlier this year came out great. I was fortunate to work with some excellent musicians in the LA area. Check out the new Film Noir and sci-fi demos on the music page.
I used a motif driven approach in composing the score for the new Jonathan Zuck film, WITHIN THE DARKNESS (2013), a feature length film about a group of ghost hunters who get more than they bargain for… I created a pleasant waltz theme to introduce the baby’s room early in the film. This darker, minor key version appears at a pivotal scene later in the film. I am working on a tutorial where I will explore the musical motifs and how they develop with the characters in the film. Here’s the teaser, featuring my piece, Dark Nursery.
Below is a video of a new string quintet that I wrote. I edited a public domain government training film on the dangers of driving in bad weather. Somehow I don’t think this music is what the film producers had in mind way back in 1950 but I think it would appeal to all of you modern day Alfred Hitchcock types out there (you know who you are).
In 2013, I finished my 3rd contemporary feature film (17th film overall), WITHIN THE DARKNESS. My main contribution to the film was the score, for which I was given a generous amount of freedom in terms of the style and quantity. I will post some tidbits on the score in the future. I also designed some sound effects and vocal processing. Here’s a clip where I explain how I created the unsettling sound of the haunted house using multiple tracks of a Chinese instrument called an Erhu and some effects processing in Pro Tools. Are you scared yet?
Great news gang… WITHIN THE DARKNESS with score by yours truly has made the official list for the Germany After Dark film festival. The festival runs from Halloween to Nov 6, check us out.
I completed the score for WITHIN THE DARKNESS my third indie feature and 18th overall – counting the silent films. I’ve worked with director, Jonathan Zuck, most of the crew and some of the actors on many 48 Hour Film Projects over the years. This is our second feature together and one that allowed me to stretch out as both a composer and sound designer. Working with Jonathan and his team has improved my craft tremendously. Our lead actor, Dave Coyne, also stepped out this time as our editor and the other sound designer. It’s been very rewarding to collaborate with these guys and I expect some excellent response to WITHIN THE DARKNESS when it hits the festivals this fall.
The year wouldn’t be complete without a few 48 Hour Film Projects to get the creativity flowing. I wrote music for the DC Dogs entry in the Washington DC 48 HFP. The result is one of our finest films, PRESCRIPTION. I also joined some of my regular DC Dogs teammates in our first New York 48 HFP. The result is a stunning little gem called, APT. 2B. It was also my 20th 48 HFP!
In the past year, I also collaborated with my Silent Orchestra band-mate, Rich O’Meara on a multifaceted project called, THE UPSIDE OF IRIS. This is shaping up to be the coolest eBook you’ve ever seen. You can hear some of our music on the preview page.
The Anthony Faust film, “A Rock and a Hard Place” has been picked up for distribution with Shorts International, the most prestigious distribution company for short films in the world. It was also an official selection in the World Music and Independent Film Festival.
In 2010, I completed the score to A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE. The film was accepted to the Reel Independent Film Festival (Oct. and the Rehoboth Film Festival in November. The Fairfax Connection has background on the film and the trailer is on my video demos page.
My silent film music ensemble, Silent Orchestra performed 4 shows last Halloween weekend at AFI Silver in Silver Spring, MD. We performed Salomé (1923) and NOSFERATU (1922).
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