Category Archives: Films

Best Problem Ever

I worked on a feature film earlier this year, the adaptation of the Michael Healey play The Drawer Boy. A strange experience because I attended the actual play at Theatre Passe Muraille in the 90s and loved it. Often when people deliver their films there are problems with the structure or wooden acting or confusing edits and it puts one in a position to try and rescue the thing through music if that’s even possible. When they sent me the rough edit I braced myself that it might not live up to my enthusiastic memories.

But to quote Ted, the 2cnd guitarist from the band UIC when he admired something – it totally slayed me. Now I had the best possible problem ever – how to add music and not get in the way of something that’s great without music.
The nicest surprise happened near the end. I tried to offer something unique to the soundscape, a lyrical song about the movie. Asked a songwriting student to sing it. After preparing myself psychologically for rejection it turned out they liked it. Got to have my cake and eat it too.



The Job Market.

the film I am currently scoring came about because an editor at the company worked with me 2 years earlier and recommended me when they wondered out loud who to call.

the film before that came about because I scored the director’s previous film and that one came about because 5 years earlier his girlfriend wanted me to score a film she wrote but that director (not her boyfriend) did not want a composer.

the film before that came about because I started talking to an older acquaintance  at a wedding and he told me about a film he had been working on I said I score films and his mind lit up.

the film before that came about because the director’s son and my daughter were at the same preschool and we would talk about what we were doing and I offered to do music when he told me about it.

the film before that was written by a woman who’s a friend of mine and she told the director they were using me.

the film before that was for a couple comedy guys who moved to new york and didn’t yet know new york composers.

the film before that came about because the director started making a documentary about me (never completed) and then he had other films finished and hired me to score them.

the film before that came about because the producer thought i could act the part of a musician in one scene.

the film before that came about because I knew the director years earlier and then read about her making this movie and wrote her and said hi do you need a composer?

the film before that came about because they needed someone to do it for free.

the film before that came about because the person who lives upstairs knew I did this sort of thing.