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Film and Video
ThE Beginning and Ending of Everything
My most recent project is an original series by filmmaker Ya'Ke Smith about a woman who recently was released from prison and is trying to reconnect with her family. The music was written for violin, cello, marimba and electronics.
City Hearts is a documentary that chronicles an NEA funded arts-based anti-recidivism project that teaches former prison inmates job skills through art. I scored the film for Fender Rhodes, percussion, bass (electric and acoustic), organ, guitar, and electronics. This clip is the opening scene.
This is a scene from the middle of the film where the City Hearts participants visit the Kimbell Museum.
These are the closing credits for City Hearts.
Forevermore is a stylish horror set in the 1960's. I wrote the score for violin and electronics. The first few minutes of this twenty minute short film is a great teaser for the rest of the movie. Kristin Waymel performed the violin part.
I was lucky enough to work with members of the Wyeth String Quartet to create the music for a new twenty minute short film called Dawn. The music is created entirely from acoustic music performed by violinist Michael Shih and cellist Leda Larsen. The film was premiered at HBO's American Black Film Festival as one of five films vying for the HBO Short Film Award and aired on HBO several times. This is the trailer.
When we were recording the music for Dawn, the director Ya'Ke and his students created a short clip called "dawn. working with the composer." The clip has behind-the-scene footage of Ya'Ke, members of the Wyeth Quartet, and me recording the music used in the film.
Another film directed by Ya'Ke, Wolf premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March 2012. It tells the story of a family that is shaken to the core when they discover that their son has been molested.
A dramatic scene from the middle of the film.
This is the trailer for a 14-minute short film I scored for electric guitar and electronics in 2010 called Katrina's Son, directed by Ya'Ke Smith.
When a young boy loses his grandmother during Hurricane Katrina, he travels to San Antonio, Texas, in search of the mother who abandoned him years earlier. Paul Metzger performs on electric guitar.
A collaboration with Dallas filmmaker Bart Weiss resulted in Watching You--a piece created for the Expanded Cinema portion of Dallas Video Fest. The video was projected onto both sides of the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas (hence the long, unusual video format) and the music was broadcast simultaneously on 91.7 KXT.
TV and Advertising
I had about one day to write three minutes of music for this 2017 Alkemista Kickstarter video. Not having a lot of experience in this corporate style, I decided to follow the product and write something that brings out the futuristic, metallic nature of the metal infuser. After the Kickstarter launched, Kickstarter.com gave the idea a 'Products We Love' design award and put a link on the Kickstarter.com front page, causing the product to raise well above their original goal.
The Great Divide
This is a short advertisement I scored for Bill White when he was running for Governor of Texas in 2010 against Rick Perry.