Category Archives: Films

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.




memories of vienna

I worked on a film and they required me to sign a clause that stipulated I could not say anything negative about them – ever. This became weirder by the time I grasped they were absolute assholes. I needed the money, I needed the job but I also need my dignity and it took the fall.

Two lawyers later, I decided I won’t do that again and addressed it in subsequent jobs. If you have a clause like that get someone else, I’m the wrong guy and the weirdest part is it’s not a problem. The issue has absolutely nothing to do with whether someone is the right composer for  the movie it has everything to do with out of control power and insecurity. [released]

What a pleasure to work with people (Garrett and Dan) and let them interpret however they saw fit.

Too many times I’ve been called in to be the artist I am only to find out I’m requested to be the artist I am as if the person hiring me is me. Not the same thing. I deal with it, I smile, I try to be helpful but it isn’t the same as taking the risk trusting someone you hired to do what they do whether or not it makes sense to you. That’s the gamble that nobody wants to take with a few exceptions. Without those exceptions we wouldn’t have the best artists.

that’s my lecture thank you very much