(S5: E10) “Blaken” features Owen getting his own Dr. Oz-style show, a fartcopter, and a parody of “Taken” as Blake gets kidnapped. The score is an electro-orchestral Hybrid inspired by the Taken score.
(S5: E8) In “Spoiler Alert,” Dr. Owen Maestro (Rob Huebel) does the unthinkable: he gets a perm. To remedy the situation, Chief, Cat and Chet decide to play a prank on him by making him think he’s a micronaut.
This episode gives me a good example to talk a little bit about the scoring process for this show. When we do parodies, we usually score it straight, and then figure out which jokes need a little more space, which moments should be caught a little more, etc. Pretty straightforward, really. However, in the case for this episode, we originally wanted to do a full-on sci-fi score for the finale, so we temped it with the scores from “Fantastic Voyage” and “InnerSpace.” However, once that was done it just felt too big. Adding to the complication is the fact that the story isn’t really a parody, but a prank to make Owen think he’s been shrunk down. Ultimately we scaled the cue way back so it leaves more space for jokes and puts the focus more on the prank itself.
Although a little part of me misses that original/big version of the cue, in the end, we ended up making the right choice for the scene.
Here’s that original version for your listening pleasure:
(S5: E6) In “The Gang Gets Sushi,” Dr. Brian (Jordan Peele) returns to enlist Lola into the military’s secret impressionist task force. A parody/tribute to spy shows and movies like “Mission: Impossible.”
The sci-fi/dramatic short”UPLDR” which I composed the original score for is now available for free online viewing!
From upldrmovie.com: “The film is a near future sci-fi tragedy about a rogue scientist that takes his self-experimentation too far. The arrogance of his genius will not only carry him but humankind itself down a dangerous road and into a precarious future.”
The score is an electro-orchestral hybrid with strings, piano and various electronic sounds which I enjoyed working on with my friends Tim Christensen (director) and Jordan Mendenhall (writer/producer).
Free download of the score is available here.
(S5:E5) In last night’s episode, we were introduced to Childrens Hospital’s special ward for Imaginary Friends / Smoking Lounge. This score continually gives me the opportunity to try new genres and fun parodies, this time with fantasy cues.
(S5:E3) In “The C-Word,” the hospital staff organize a USO Show only to discover that all their hologram performers perished in a plane crash!
This episode also featured a brilliant song by my good friend Craig Wedren.
(S5:E4) It’s Cat’s wedding! “Country Weekend” gave me the oppurtunity to write this nice little rom-com cue.
Chance Briggs (Nick Offerman) returned in last night’s episode “Triangles,” a parody of “Witness” and a tribute to Cop action films from the 80’s and 90’s.