February 11, 2017
Attending the Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards tonight; I composed music for the ceremony and for Children's Hospital LA (official charity of the SOC). The black-tie event takes place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.
February 5, 2017
Another terrific award for a film I recently scored—! No Blood of Mine (dir. Wesley Ellenwood) has won the Best Dramatic Feature and Audience Buzz awards at the St. Paul Frozen Film Festival. Congratulations to Wesley, producer Carly Lassegard and the entire cast and crew on the accomplishment.
February 2, 2017
Huge congratulations to director Johnny Ma—his film, Old Stone, was just awarded Best First Feature by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. The Canadian Screen Awards will be broadcast live on CBC from Toronto's Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, March 12 at 8/7c.
January 30, 2017
Scoring continues on Drawing Inspiration, the pilot from Ryan Johnson and New Rule Productions starring Leigh Rubin.
January 29, 2017
Looking forward to tonight's private screening of Lux in Effect, the short film by Iyin Landre! This score was the first one to be completed in the new studio, so it's exciting to see it all come together with picture.
January 12, 2017
Congratulations to Bertram van Munster on his eleventh Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs! Bert was nominated this year for Episode 2805 of The Amazing Race, "We're Only Doing Freaky Stuff Today." The winner will be announced at the 69th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 4, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
January 5, 2017
2017 nominees for The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television have been announced by the Producers Guild of America, and The Amazing Race is in the running! Congratulations to Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri and Mark Vertullo for their achievement in Cycles 27 and 28 of the show.
December 27, 2016
Congratulations to the cast and crew of No Blood of Mine on its official selection for the Saint Paul Frozen Film Festival! The picture, directed by Wesley Ellenwood, will screen Saturday, February 4 at 6 PM (Central) at the Weyerhaeuser Auditorium in Saint Paul.
December 24, 2016
Work is underway on music for the 2017 Society of Camera Operators award show, to be held February 11, 2017.
December 20, 2016
Scoring is underway on Drawing Inspiration, a new series from Ryan Johnson and New Rule Productions. The show features Rubes comic strip artist Leigh Rubin.
December 9, 2016
Old Stone (a.k.a. Lao Shi) begins its theatrical run today in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. More info is available at the Zeitgest Films site.
December 1, 2016
The next edition of The Amazing Race will be a spring arrival… but it will be worth the wait! Cycle 29 kicks off with a two-hour premiere Friday, April 21, 2017, at 8/7c.
November 11, 2016
Old Stone (a.k.a. Lao Shi) premieres this weekend at AFI FEST. Screenings are Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1:15 PM and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 9:30 PM. Screenings at this festival are free and open to the public on a first come, first serve basis. In addition, the film will have a limited theatrical release starting Dec. 9 at the Landmark in Beverly Hills.
November 6, 2016
Scoring is complete on Lux in Effect.
November 3, 2016
Scoring is underway on Lux in Effect, a short film for director Iyin Landre. It's the first project in the new studio, which is just barely finished enough for work (!).
September 19, 2016
Old Stone (a.k.a. Lao Shi) has won Best Canadian First Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. The picture makes its United States premiere November 30 in New York City.
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CUE OF THE WEEK
Today's Cue of the Week is from Dramaworld (2016), a television series that blends elements of Korean dramas, fantasy, and humor. This particular cue underscores a comedic moment as the show's protagonist begins to understand her new reality. Though including many elements from comedic scoring familiar to audiences (mallets, small percussion grooves, upright bass) the music also explores some less traditional sonorities. The result is a dynamic piece with instruments and colors continuously shifting between foreground and background. This overall motion keeps the story moving as it also provides interest and suggests the slightly fantastical scenario of the series.
RT @esapekkasalonen: 1st reading of my cello concerto tomorrow. My late teacher Rautavaara's words: never go to 1st rehearsal. If you have to, don't go sober.
RT @MarkHarrisNYC: The La La Land producer who had to announce that Moonlight won best Picture is Jordan Horowitz. What a gentleman.
That's gonna make for some awkward conversations at the after-parties. #Oscars2017
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