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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[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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),[…]

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,[…]

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!

Website Reboot!

October 21, 2015 This is the beginning of my new website.  For those who have followed, this is the 3rd version of JonathanHartman.net.  The decision was driven by a need for a more robust blog feature, as well as the ability to showcase projects in a more cohesive way, with video and soundtrack playlists incorporated together with project information.  Something the former site lacked, and was awkward at handling.   I have a lot of incredible projects coming up, and thought it best to update the site before we were too deep into composing nonstop!  Plenty of updates to come[…]

This Last Lonely Place- Film Released

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This Last Lonely Place, now available on demand online Nov 10, 2104 THIS LAST LONLY PLACE is now available to watch via streaming and non-DRM download!   I recently scored This Last Lonely Place, starring Rhys Coiro, Xander Berkeley, & Carly Pope. You can watch the film at: http://www.thislastlonelyplace.com Leonard Martin describes This Last Last Lonely Place as  “A taut, surprising,compelling film noir. Well-acted and extremely well shot on the streets of Los Angeles at night. I thoroughly enjoyed it!”  Directed by Steve Anderson and produced by Industry Standard films and Humphrey Bogart’s revitalized Santana Films.  It was a real pleasure to[…]

THIS LAST LONELY PLACE- Upcoming Release.

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The Humphrey Bogart Estate’s production company will offer fans the chance to see it early Sep 22, 2014 Fans of Humphrey Bogart-style noir will soon have a few ways to get their movie fix. Santana Films is releasing This Last Lonely Place via Indiegogo for fans wanting to see it early — and then will make it available online for streaming or download at www.thislastlonelyplace.com via VHX, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Santana Films, which is run by Bogart’s estate and filmmaker Steve Anderson, is making their film available DRM-free beginning Oct. 28 after the Indiegogo campaign concludes. Anderson, who directed This Last Lonely Place, is calling it[…]

“This Last Lonely Place” @ Newport Beach Film Festival

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May 15, 2014 Very happy to announce that THIS LAST LONELY PLACE premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival. The film has had great early reviews, including one you can read here: http://twitchfilm.com/2014/04/newport-beach-2014-review-this-last-lonely-place-a-fine-tuned-pitch-dark-noir.html#ixzz30OofjaNX The film won the jury prize for best cinematography and I’ve received a lot of great letters and emails concerning the score. Thank you everyone! The picture recently picked up a foreign sales agent and is now off to Cannes!                      

This Last Lonely Place

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Jonathan is scoring This Last Lonely Place Jan 3, 2014 We are pleased to announce that Jonathan Hartman is composing the original score for “THIS LAST LONELY PLACE”, written & directed by Steve Anderson.   This Last Lonely Place is a crime drama, which follows Rhys Coiro (“Entourage”), a down on his luck cab driver,  through one dangerous night in Los Angeles.   After picking up a wealthy businessman (Xander Berkeley ) and his mistress (Carly Pope) the night spirals out of control.  With millions of dollars at stake, who’s playing whom? Produced by Josh Mandel, and executive produced by the newly[…]

“Star Wars The Apprentice” in the News

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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[…]

Star Wars, The Apprentice

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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!      

The Employer Premieres JUNE 7, 2013

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 May 16, 2013  My latest film, THE EMPLOYER will be released on June 7th, 2013.   The Employer premieres “On Demand” on Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Brighthouse Networks, AT&T U-verse, Verizon FiOS, XBOX Network, Playstation, and Apple ITunes.  I was so proud to be a part of Frank Merle’s directorial debut.  It’s a wonderful cast, a great plot, and a great musical score!  Visit the official website to learn more about the movie!   http://www.theemployermovie.com/ .

The Employer @ LA Indie Film Fest

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Mar 14, 2013 THE EMPLOYER is screening Friday, March 15th, 2013 at the LA Indie Film Festival.   You can find more info and purchase tickets to the event here:  http://laindiefilmfest.com/schedule/features/the-employer/ At the Awards Ceremony of the Film Festival, Jonathan won the LA Film Fest award for “Best Original Score” for his work on THE EMPLOYER.