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THE CHAPERONE film released (PBS Masterpiece)

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Proud to announce the release of THE CHAPERONE! I composed the original 1920s style songs for this amazing film.     Written, directed &produced by the team from DOWNTON ABBEY, starring Haley Lu Richardson and Elizabeth McGovern (whom I had the privilege of working with at the recording sessions). Released in select theaters across the US, and will be featured on PBS as their first original PBS Masterpiece film. The Process.. Composing these songs was a unique opportunity and challenge, to dig into the sound of the 1920s and recreate an authentic feel for the era.  I spent about 6 weeks constantly listening to 1920s music and refamiliarizing myself with a lot of material I grew listening to.   I composed about a dozen original pieces for the film, and we recorded them at NRG studios in North Hollywood. I had an amazing team, including recording & mix engineer Adam Schmidt, music editor Lisa Arpino, and my music supervisor Andy Ross.    We recorded 26 musicians in a variety of band configurations, from small duos to ragtime sextets to full big bands.     Elizabeth McGovern attended the sessions, as well as producer Victoria Hill and it a pleasure spending[…]

THE CHAPERONE- Official Trailer

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Incredibly happy to announce the first trailer for THE CHAPERONE, starring Elizabeth McGovern and Haley Lu Richardson.    I had the unique pleasure and task of composing the original 1920s songs for this film.  Lots of ragtime, vaudeville, big bands…  Tremendous Fun!   I worked with Elizabeth McGovern, producer Victoria Hill and music supervisor Andy Ross for Michael Engler’s beautifully directed film.  Look for it in international release soon, on the BBC, and on PBS as a Masterpiece Film release.

NEW STUDIO A work in Progress

Happy to announce my NEW studio! Upgrading, growing with a larger new space for 2019.  Still in the early, but every day brings progress.  We painted the walls (HIGH ceilings), installed new flooring, replaced doors with soundproof ones, and are currently in the process of building and installing acoustic treatments for better sound, and in some cases, soundproofing areas.   Hoping to move in by mid December with full music making for January.  Stay tuned!    

Tale of Two Sisters: Review

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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[…]

Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters

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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…

TELEVISION ACADEMY

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It’s official- I’m now a member of the Television Academy.    When I first moved to Los Angeles years ago, I didn’t know what to expect, or if I’d even work when I arrived.  I’m grateful for the career I have and it’s a genuine honor to have been accepted, a real milestone in my musical journey in this business.   More to come, and I look forward to working with and participating in the academy for years to come.

Original Songs for THE CHAPERONE

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I was approached to compose, arrange, and record a collection of original jazz songs for the upcoming feature film THE CHAPERONE, starring Elizabeth McGovern.  It’s a beautiful film, set in the 1920’s, and the project provided an unique  opportunity to work in a genre and era you rarely encounter in motion pictures.  It was a joy to return to the music of that decade and come up with something that felt authentic and original for the period.  I approached the project with the idea of creating the mythical “B Sides” to albums that could have existed. I put together an amazing team, and together we recorded a variety of ensembles, ranging from small dixieland style groups to full big bands to resemble the sound and instrumentation of the era.  The all star band included instrumentation like tuba (instead of bass) and banjo (instead of guitar).  Recorded over a long day at NRG Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Elizabeth McGovern, star and producer of the film, attended the recordings; it was a real honor and joy to work with her on these songs.   THE CHAPERONE Michael Engler, director.   Elizabeth McGovern, Victoria Hill, Andrew Mann, Gary Hamilton, Julian Fellowes,  producers.   Original Songs by Jonathan Hartman.[…]

SUPERSTITION on NETFLIX!

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  After a successful first run on the SYFY network here in the United States, my latest series SUPERSTITION is now on NETFLIX in over 180 countries worldwide! The series centers on the Hastings family, owners of the only funeral home in the mysterious town of La Rochelle, Georgia. The family also acts as the keepers of the town’s dark secrets and history. Known for its haunted houses, elevated graveyards, odd townsfolk and rich history of unusual phenomena, the town is also a “landing patch” for the world’s darkest manifestations of fear, guided into the world by an ancient, mysterious malefactor. Starring Mario Van Peebles, Brad James, Robinne Lee, W Earl Brown, Demetria McKenny    

March 2017 Recording Session

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STRING SESSION, MARCH 2017 I recently had the opportunity to record here at my studio for a number of upcoming projects.  While I can’t go into detail (yet) on the projects, I thought it would be fun to show you some pictures of our space here in Los Angeles, and a bit of the process. I was recording live strings for two projects.   Here’s a view of the scoring stage from our control booth just prior to recording: My contractor, Nicole Garcia, brought in some amazing players. We started on the first musical cues with a string quintet comprised of 2 Violins, 2 Violas and a Cellist:   Adam Schmidt engineered and mixed the sessions.  One of the most talented people I know and a guy whom I trust will always make my music sound great!  Adam worked for years over at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions and has the experience in making musical cues sound beautiful and epic   Here is a brief sample clip of some of the music I recorded:    

RIDESHARE & DARK/WEB

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Proud to announce that I recently scored RIDESHARE, an anthology episode for the greater series DARK/WEB.   RIDESHARE was written & directed by Boman Modine, my good friend and talented director whom I’ve worked with before.   The thriller anthology series is the work of visionary producers Michael Nardelli, Mario Miscione, and Tim Nardelli at Felt Films.   The episode is an intensely scary and unsettling look into the future of technology run amok.   I look forward to sharing more about the story and characters when we get closer to air dates……  

IN THE BLOOD. composed, printed & shipped!

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Last week I finished composing IN THE BLOOD, my new concert work which will premiere at the 30th Anniversary NOW Music Festival at Capital University.   I’ve been busy composing for another project, so I had to put this on the shelf for a week while I finished my other writing obligations.  After a few hours of proofreading, it was ready to send off to my music preparation team for cleanup, copy work, and then printed Scores and Parts.   I just received the complete set of Scores and Parts and they look fantastic.  Beautifully bound 11×17 laser printed scores, along with oversized parts.  Really happy with how they came out.  Next step, shipping them off to the conservatory for rehearsals and the concert work’s premiere in February.  

THE LAST SPARROW

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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.  

IN THE BLOOD, composing process

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I’ve been working on IN THE BLOOD, finding time to compose in between my film scoring schedule demands.  It’s been a lot of fun and creatively satisfying to have a project that exists outside of picture, I’ve been scoring for so long I kind of forgot that feeling of a blank page and complete freedom to fill it.  I lived most of musical life that way for decades, it’s been entertaining to take the time to compose something of my own volition again.   After moving to the digital sphere, I began putting my sketches into my sequencer and working on the piece as a whole.  I find myself marking out key moments that I’ve composed, and working to those moments, figuring out how to get from one to another is the most interesting part of the composing “puzzle”.    After writing the main ensemble, it became clear to me that I wanted to emphasize a jazz drumset within the piece, as a way to tie the minimalist and jazz elements together.  In the course of preparing for this I watched a number of interviews with Steve Reich, and I was struck by how much Jazz influenced his work, especially[…]

IN THE BLOOD, new concert work

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I’ve begun composing my new concert work, IN THE BLOOD, for the 30th NOW Music Festival at Capital University. I spent a week thinking about my early influences and listening to a tremendous amount of music.   After considering it, I’ve decided to write for an ensemble comprised of 10 strings (3 first violins, 2 second violins, 2 violas, 2 celli, 1 bass), 8 woodwinds (2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 oboes, 2 bass clarinets or bassoons), and a percussion group comprised of Piano, Vibraphone, 2 Marimbas, Celesta, Bass Drum, and a Jazz Drumset. I’m going to write a piece that focuses on phase shift, but also attempts to incorporate my take on modern jazz harmony.  I envision this as an opening work within the context of a greater series, which will eventually feature this concept along with jazz improvisation.  This is something I haven’t heard done before, and it’s been sitting in my head for years begging to come out. Initial sketches are underway and I’ll be moving the entire project into the digital realm soon.  i like to compose a fair amount of music on paper, and work out themes, harmonic ideas there before moving to my sequencer, which[…]

KILLING KHAN- Boston premiere

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I had the pleasure of scoring JR Hepburn’s action short KILLING KHAN earlier this year.  The film is now complete and just had it’s premiere screening in Boston this evening.   Congrats to JR and Andrew Adler on their film and all of its success.  It heads out to festivals, as well as private screenings/meetings with Hollywood execs next for a possible feature film incarnation of the story. Thank you for the amazing opportunity to score your film, looking forward to working with you again in 2017!      

YOU HAVE ARRIVED- Los Angeles premiere screening

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I had the pleasure of scoring YOU HAVE ARRIVED earlier this year with director Justin Phillip.  YOU HAVE ARRIVED is a distopic look into people’s over-reliance in technology, and how it can be used against them.  Justin wrote and directed this short film, as well as plays the unnerving hotel owner with dark thoughts in mind for the travelers.    The film just had it’s LA premiere screening and will be heading out to festivals across the US.    A feature film version is in development for 2017.  

NOW Music Festival concert work

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I have been asked to compose an original concert work for the prestigious 30th Annual NOW Music Festival held at Capital University in Columbus, OH.  This music festival has always promoted cutting edge American composers.   I’m honored to have been approached and asked to compose an original piece for the festival. A long time ago, I attended the Conservatory at Capital University for the first two years of my undergraduate education.  To this day I still fondly think of it as my Alma Mater, the place where I started the path towards my current profession.   While I was there I studied with amazing musicians and educators, including Michael Cox, Stan Smith, and Dr. Rocky Reuter. As a composer I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Rocky; he taught me much of the musical foundation that I work from to this day.  I never knew how thorough my musical training was until I went to other schools, and then worked professionally.  It was a huge strength and asset to have studied at Capital. When you look back at early influences, and how they inform your current work, it’s interesting to see the path that led to my becoming a film[…]

YOU HAVE ARRIVED

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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.      

THIS LAST LONELY PLACE- US Release

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Sept 2016 THIS LAST LONELY PLACE has been released in the United States.   Indican Pictures has distributed the film, and it is now available on demand with cable providers, as well as on Apple Itunes.   Very proud to be involved in this dark neonoir thriller, exec produced by the Humphrey Bogart Estate.   You can purchase the film here:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/this-last-lonely-place/id1133088439?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 The Trailer is available here: https://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/this-last-lonely-place/        

MINNOW POND

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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:          

THE LAST SPARROW

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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.

This Last Lonely Place- Theatrical release 8/12/16

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I’m very happy to announce that THIS LAST LONELY PLACE will be in limited theaters this Friday, August 12th.  A fill nationwide VOD release will happen in early September.  If you are in Los Angeles, you can watch the film this Friday at the Laemmlee’s Santa Monica theater.   You can purchase tickets here:    http://www.laemmle.com/films/41003  

BEYOND DOUBT- Santa Monica International Film Festival

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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!

THIS LAST LONELY PLACE- Theatrical Release

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I’m very happy to announce that THIS LAST LONELY PLACE is finally being distributed!  The film will have a limited Theatrical Release starting on August 11th, 2016, followed by full VOD release in September.  Our Los Angeles premiere will be at the Laemmle Film Center in Santa Monica on August 11th.   I’m proud to have been a part of this incredible film, beautiful written and directed by Steve Anderson, produced by Josh Mandel and the Estate of Humphrey Bogart!  Starring Rhys Coiro, Xander Berkeley, and Carly Pope.

KILLING KHAN

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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.  

BEYOND DOUBT Premiere

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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

BEYOND DOUBT

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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.  

Pilot Season Prep

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I’ve been deep in prep for pilot season 2016! Working on a number of projects, which will be discussed in depth in the near future. Right now I’ve been composing concept pieces for two television pilots this spring, working with the show creators and producers to start defining possible sonic identities for these shows.  A lot of fun collaborating with writers to find the sound that helps tell their story. Currently working on some World War Two material, as well as some adventure oriented music.  More to come soon….  

Music Reels update

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Welcome again to JonathanHartman.net, the newly re-launched website for Jonathan Hartman, composer for Film & Television.  In addition to the projects window, which includes many of the projects Jonathan has worked on, there is a new Music Reel page being created, with streaming audio from his Soundcloud playlists page included here for your convenience.   As always, this material represents a small fraction of the music at his studio, much of which is project sensitive, or covered by the film’s copyright for sharing online.   For Producers and Directors, that material can be provided privately.  just contact us!