We just received our first review of TALE OF TWO SISTERS and its great! Steve Barton at Brainwaves has reviewed it- link included below. Also very pleased to receive a shoutout re: my score, particularly right after Traci Lords fantastic performance. Cemetery Tales Presents: A Tale of Two Sisters (Movie Review) by Steve Barton, Sept 27, 2018 Starring Traci Lords, Bruce Davison, Michael Broderick, Ros Gentle, Monte Markham Directed by Chris Roe Movies and television. We obsessively engage in these media because they allow us a few moments to escape. To take part in an illusion of sorts as a means to distract us from the perils of reality. Our love affair with motion pictures began decades ago, and some of the earliest TV programs depicting thought-provoking genre-related content remain some of the very best examples of storytelling. Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” will always have a home in many fans’ hearts as its storytelling and technique are every bit as powerful as they were when it premiered back in 1959. It’s cliche to say, “They just don’t make them like they used to,” but they just don’t… or do they? When it comes to Chris Roe’s directorial debut, Cemetery[…]
I had the pleasure of working with Chris Roe years ago on my first feature THE EMPLOYER. A man of real style and substance, I was always impressed by him and his vision. So when he approached me to score Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters, and I jumped at the opportunity. Black and white, with a retro feel of the late 1940s inspired by Sunset Blvd, Hitchcock and classic Bernard Hermann film scores, this was a rare chance to stretch my wings and compose something hauntingly beautiful. We recorded a number of live players over two days of sessions, and will be posting a preview of the original score SOON. The pilot premieres at the Stiges Film Festival this Fall. Look for it on television soon…… Chris Roe (Bereave, The Employer), Writer/Director, Exec Producer. Matt O’Neill, producer Starring Traci Lords (Excision, Blade), Bruce Davison ( Xmen, The Fosters), Michael Broderick (American Crime Story, NCIS), Ros Gentle (American Crime Story) Set in 1949, a Hollywood star mourns the loss of her beloved sister on the one year anniversary of her death. When the truth of her murder is revealed, a surprise visitor returns. Time is running out. Will justice be served? Tick tock tick tock…
I recently finished composing the original score for THE LAST SPARROW, a fairy tale type film set in China in the late 50s. Directed by Luke Fisher and Ada Wong, and produced by Curt Chatham, the score features intimate strings, custom synth programming, and specialty instruments like the Chinese Erhu. The film will premiere in Los Angeles in the spring of 2017.
I recently finished composing the original score to YOU HAVE ARRIVED, a disturbing horror short film by writer/actor/director Justin Phillip. I had the pleasure of meeting Justin on BEYOND DOUBT, a project I scored last year. Justin played a police officer who had been cleared in a controversial shooting, then was brought to testify against a fellow officer in court. We was great, and in the course of the promotion of that film we got to know one another. When Justin came to me with YOU HAVE ARRIVED, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. It delves into the creepy undercurrent of technology, and how people find themselves completely dependent upon it, rather than trusting their own eyes and judgement. This short is the concept for a full feature film, expected to go into production in 2017.
I recently worked with Lee Dreyfuss on his comedy short film, MINNOW POND. Minnow Pond is a parody of the popular series “Shark Tank”, and working with Lee was an opportunity to score some comedy music, but also some fun takes on reality television in general. I’ve known Lee for awhile now, however this was the first time we’d worked together- as a writer/director he’s got great instincts. This is also his first appearance as an actor onscreen! Here is a fun, overly cheesy track from the short:
I’ve been asked to score the upcoming project THE LAST SPARROW, a fairy tale type film set in China in the late 50s. It’s a beautifully shot film, fairly long for a short, about 18 minutes. The project is produced by Curt Chatham and directed by Luke Fischer and Ada Wong as part of the Liberty Lab for Film, a mentorship program that connects young filmmakers with established producers, writers, directors and television showrunners in Hollywood.
BEYOND DOUBT is the short film that is the “Little Engine That Could”. Following a string of performances in multiple prestigious film festivals, and winning numerous awards (including Best Cinematography), BEYOND DOUBT is now an official selection of the Santa Monica International Film Festival. This is a great festival, and an amazing opportunity to see this film on a BIG screen in a classic theater in Los Angeles. Scheduled to take place on Saturday July 23, 2016 at the Aero theatre in Santa Monica, the Santa Monica International Film Festival is fantastic bastion for sharing Independent films to the wider community. If anyone anyone curious who hasn’t yet seen the project on the big screen of a commercial theatre, this is certainly the festival to consider. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.smff.org/#!tickets/c9tr Looking forward to seeing this film again on July 23rd!
Proud to announce that I will be scoring JR Hepburn’s action short film KILLING KHAN. Killing Khan, is at its heart, a revenge story. When several undercover agents are killed by the international terrorist Khan, their remaining sister goes on a warpath to avenge them and finish him once and for all. KILLING KHAN was produced by JR Hepburn and Andrew Adler, and shot over the winter in the Boston area. Excited to bring a musical vision to this action project and to work with this talented new director.
Director and writer Matthew Hermosillo introducing his film Beyond Doubt at the cast and crew screening. The screening took place at Phantom Carriage Brewery, one of the film’s shoot locations. Although Beyond Doubt is Writer/Director Matthew Hermosillo’s first film, it falls nothing short of perfection. The film is a wonderful courtroom drama piece that revolves around the shooting of a questionable officer. The film is led by Brent Antonello, known for his roles in One Fine Sunday and VH1’s Hit The Floor, along with a great supporting cast, including Justin Phillip (from The Brittany Murphy Story), Tanya Alexander (Material Girls), and Emmy winner Jeff Branson (The Guiding Light). Produced by Jon Brewer and Gary Bryman, Greg Cotten as Director of Photography, edited by Sam Perkins, and an original score by Jonathan Hartman. Beyond Doubt starts hitting the film festival circuits in February
I recently had the pleasure of working with director Matt Hermosillo on his short film BEYOND DOUBT. It’s a beautifully shot, gripping legal thriller about two police officers at odds with one another, and the aftermath of a shooting. The film is now complete and there will be a screening party this Thursday, January 28th at Phantom Carriage in Carson, CA. If you live in Los Angeles, I encourage you to attend- it will be a fun night. A great short film, craft beer, and talented filmmakers. This will be the first public performance of my score, which featured an incredible string quartet comprised of members of the LA Philharmonic.
Nov 25, 2013 Our Proof of Concept Star Wars piece, “The Apprentice” was featured today on a number of websites. First it showed up on Kotaku. Very cool! Then by mid morning, it was noticed by the Washington Post. The head of Lucasfilm was very kind towards us and this project, and had no issues with sharing it with the world, as long as we included a disclaimer on this. While never created as a pitch for a specific film, it was a proof of concept, showing the Lucasfilm people our team’s abilities, and love of the Star Wars world.
Nov 13, 2013 Star Wars, The Apprentice I recently had the opportunity to work with director/editor Todd Sandler on an amazing Star Wars proof of Concept. You can view this in the Video section of my website!