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“When I write music for a film…I’m part of a team of artists. So I think like a filmmaker more than a composer.”

– Jóhann Jóhannsson

COMPOSING FOR FILM & TV.

DEMO REEL

RED STATE

In Episode 178 of Edith Bowman’s Soundtracking podcast, Director Kevin Smith (who displays an impressive knowledge of film music) discussed why he did not score Red State, and said he’d be open to composers scoring it as a demo.

Here’s mine:

Thank you VFX artist Tom Cowles for creating the motion graphics for the opening titles sequence.

TOM and GRANT

TOM and GRANT from Tom and Grant on Vimeo.

20 min. Dark comedy.
Leo-nominated for Best Score in a Short Drama.

Multiple festival screenings and awards including Manhattan Film Fest, Hollywood Comedy Shorts.
Directed by Tom Cavanagh (IMDb).

Film’s IMDb

DEMO: Deadly Class


Ken Burns’ed Vol. 1 of this graphic novel series to demo some original music, music editing, sound design, and mixing work.

Very grateful for the excellent voicework by:
Ellie Harvie, Paul McGillion, Everick Golding, and Bob Bavnani as Master Lin.

Some favourite 80s music needle drops:
Echo and the Bunnymen // The Killing Moon
Depeche Mode // Personal Jesus
Siouxsie and the Banshees // Cities in Dust
Love & Rockets // So Alive

BAND AID COMMERCIAL

20 sec. Spec. – Music & all sound design.
Directed by Wayne Hoecherl (IMDb).

THE MAN AND THE DOG

9 min. short film. Original score. Directed by Wayne Hoecherl. Recipient of a Telus STORYHIVE Grant.

BEFORE THE DAY

Short Film, Drama. IMDb
Directed by Paul McGillion (IMDb).

“Andy’s unique musical sensibility and refreshing approach to collaboration make every single minute in the studio an absolute pleasure.”

– Actor/Director Paul McGillion.

Video Essay: Sonic World-Building – Part 1

Cut together some thoughts on the beginnings of scoring projects: developing unique, tailored palettes, being bold.

With clips from some composers and directors I like.

HBO WESTWORLD / SPITFIRE AUDIO Scoring Competition 2020

BRIDGERTON / SPITFIRE AUDIO Scoring Competition 2022

SPITFIRE AUDIO SCORING COMPETITION 2019

Spitfire Audio and Eric Whitacre put together a challenge to score some NASA Space Telescope videos using the free version of their very cool choir instrument.

Was a great reminder of the value of having a designated palette for a project. Inspires creativity. Having too many choices can sometimes slow you down.

MORE SCORING DEMOS.

Scene from Being John Malkovich

2 min 40 sec.

How to get to the 7 & 1/2th floor.

Scene from Snatch

1 min 27 sec.

Felt some accordion and congas could augment Pitt’s gypsy character in this scene.