I had the immense honor of co-scoring the new documentary “State of Pride” with my dear friend Allyson Newman. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the film looks at what Pride means to people today, 50 years after the Stonewall Riots.
“State of Pride” is now streaming on YouTube, the first of three documentaries being made available to watch without a subscription for Pride Month.
Watch “State of Pride” on YouTube
Now in theaters! Directed by Ken Marino and produced by LD Entertainment, I had the pleasure of co-scoring this wonderful, feel-good, dog-filled family movie with my friend and frequent collaborator, Craig Wedren.
If you’re looking for a nice way to beat the heat this weekend, go see “Dog Days!”
Also, check out the soundtrack now available on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify.
Continuing my collaboration with Anthony Fanelli (Spare Change, Chapters of Horror), The Akron Holy War tells the story of one of the most unique sports rivalries in the country. Two high schools in Akron, Ohio have enrolled students from the same neighborhoods, streets and families for over 60 years and the annual football game draws a crowd to rival many professional teams.
The Akron Holy War is now available on Amazon Video!
And check out the soundtrack on iTunes or Apple Music!
In theaters this Friday!!
I had the pleasure of working with my friend and colleague Craig Wedren again by writing additional music along with orchestrating and conducting the score. This funny, sweet comedy, directed by Ken Marino, stars Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, and Kristen Bell in the story of a man who finds himself dumped after 25 years of marriage – a man who made a career of seducing rich older women – and must move in with his estranged sister.
I’m excited to announce that “Filthy Preppy Teen$”, the new comedy series I scored, is now streaming on Fullsreen.com and the Fullscreen app! Originally done as an extra episode for the third season of NTSF:SD:SUV as a parody of shows like “Pretty Little Liars” and “Gossip Girl,” the new eight episode season picks up in the same vein by playing on the teen drama tropes while playing with parodies of even more genres.
Each episode is packed wall-to-wall with music with a number of licensed songs, our core score which is a blend of electro/pop/trap elements and orchestra, and a number of score parodies that were a lot of fun to do.
“Filthy Preppy Teen$” starring hannah Kasulka and Max Carver is produced by Paul Scheer, Jonathan Stern, Curtis Gwinn, Abominable Pictures and is now streaming on Fullscreen.
In this season’s behind-the-scenes episode, Falcon (Ken Marino) holds an Art Show showcasing his photography on the Childrens Hospital set.
I was brought on to this episode pretty early on during editing because we were having some difficulty figuring out what the style the score should be in. Previous “behind-the-scenes” episodes were each scored differently. The original “Newsreaders” had a 60-minutes type news score, “Behind the Scenes” was mostly dry with score for a couple dramatic scenes, and “My Friend Falcon” was scored like a documentary. For this episode, we decided to take a light drama, indie-film, small ensemble approach to add some life and energy to the scenes without adding TOO much dramatic weight while still being able to take dramatic shifts and accents when story called for it.
The episode is scored fairly wall-to-wall in this style, with one of the more dramatic moments arriving when it’s revealed that Rory Spindell (Rob Corddry) has an absorbed twin’s face growing out of his back. A slightly creepy, but still playful cue underscores this scene and takes a sad turn as Rory is shunned by his cast mates.
S7:E5 “The Show You Watch”
Did you know “Childrens Hospital” started as a sketch in a 50’s era variety show? No? Ok, neither did I, but this fluid take on time and reality is one of the reasons I love this show. The highlight of this episode started way back during shooting when I was asked to write a variety show song. I was given some old variety show references to study and lyrics by screenwriter Meghan Amram to write “A Real Pickle Lover.”
Performed by Ken Marino and Megan Mullaly, with choreography by Kathryn Burns and processed to sound “old-timey” by our sound mixer Brent Keiser.
The score itself required more of an era-specific pit orchestra, so I went with smaller strings samples, piano, winds, saxes, drum kit and an upright bass.
It’s the Doctor of the Year Awards! Blake, Glenn and Lola are all nominated this year so they hop in Chet’s ambulance to head to Vegas with Owen tagging along. This episode was scored in our “regular” score style but it gave me the opportunity to flush out longer variations of themes.
S7:E3 “Sy’s Tenure”
Owen’s a DJ, Chief is trapped, and Sy decides to spend his hospital tenure building a jetpack! From a score standpoint, this episode is pretty straightforward with variations on transitional cues I’ve written for the show over the years. However the finale, when Sy straps on his jetpack to search the hospital for the lost Chief needed a big action/adventure moment!
S7:E4 “Dr Beth”
A spiritual sequel to last season’s “Fan Fiction,” “Dr Beth” delves into Nurse Beth’s origin from living in the hospital’s nurses quarters, and subbasement hellhole, to briefly being promoted to a doctor after saving the life a famous child star (played by Samm Levine) and then subsequently demoted back down to nurse.
S7:E1 “Kids Hospital”
After being fired by Blake in last season’s finale, Cat, Lola and Owen find themselves working at Kids Hospital, a derelict clinic in the seedy part of Brazil run by Dr Kids and Kahn who welcome the new doctors by running them through an orientation that includes a hostage situation and a bear attack.
S7:E2 “One Million Saved”
Jon Hamm returns as Derrick Childrens, Valerie Flame’s alter ego. Lola joins Derrick in a search for a hidden cure buried years ago by his father, Dr Arthur Childrens. The haunting “Hidden Cure” theme runs through the episode as they search for clues. In the end, after Derrick discovers that he himself is the cure he decides to leave Childrens Hospital for good. Throughout the run of the show, I’ve focused more on situational themes for the score as plots change so dramatically from episode to episode, and so there aren’t too many character themes, but Valerie’s theme is one of them. I used it for her introduction and subsequent reveal to be Derrick Childrens in disguise way back in season 2, so it seemed only fitting to return to that theme again when he leaves.
We’re just wrapping up the score for the new season of Childrens Hospital. It’s hard to believe, but the season is the craziest and best one yet. Check out the exclusive first trailer on ew.com