Today’s Featured Cue comes from The Amazing Race 23 (2013). Here the creative brief was to manufacture some tension and uncertainty, while also accentuating the action of the scene—standard Race procedure, in other words. In this case, I chose to play with an odd metric structure—a “2+3; 3+2” rhythmic grouping. Then at :30, you’ll hear straight 4/4 time, but with a triplet figure in the orchestra to further obscure the beat.

I often employ odd structures like this one to represent elements of confusion in the narrative. They can be subtle, sometimes even imperceptible, but the listener is aware something isn’t landing quite the way they’re used to hearing it. And, under the right circumstances, that’s a good thing.


September 13, 2019

Congratulations—again!—to The Amazing Race Canada on being renewed for its eighth season. The show was not only the most-watched series of the summer, but also the top Canadian series of the 2018/19 broadcast year. Season Eight will premiere in 2020.

September 12, 2019

Congratulations to Anthony and James, a.k.a. Team Ahkameyimok, on winning Season 7 of The Amazing Race Canada! More on the couple and their victory can be found here.

August 23, 2019

Work is underway on orchestral arrangements for violinist Matthew Olshefski’s next album.

August 6, 2019

Congratulations to writer/director McKay Daines and the entire Shadow Wolves team—the show is now ITN Distribution’s #1 selling action film in Wal-Mart, Redbox and all VOD categories nationwide!

August 3, 2019

Better than Love is now available online—for free!—for all Amazon Prime members.

July 24, 2019

Hot Cake strikes again! Congratulations to writer/director Debi Bradshaw and the entire production team on our selection for the 2019 Glendale International Film Festival. Exact screening date(s) will be announced in the coming weeks; the festival takes place October 10-17 at the Laemmle Glendale Theatre. Tickets will be available through FilmFreeway.

July 17, 2019

Social Guidance, the 2005 independent feature directed by Noah Kadner, is now available to watch for free on YouTube.

July 16, 2019

Congratulations to the entire Amazing Race team for three more Emmy nominations—for editing, directing, and Outstanding Competition Program! The show has won 15 times on 81 nominations since its premiere in 2001.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast live on Sunday, September 22 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Fox, and takes place at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.

July 12, 2009

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Better than Love on tonight’s Hollywood premiere! The film, directed by Ted Carney and starring Andrew Lawrence and Alexandra Rodriguez, plays at the Arena Cinelounge through July 18.






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