Doing a bit of field recording for Hit Record down at the local junkyard. I have no idea why that dumpster is labeled “audio” but it sounded great.
We’re looking for musicians to take the recordings I made and score a short film that my cousin Rian wrote. If you’re interested, check out this instructional video from Mr. Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Sometimes budding composers will ask me for advice on how to get started. I’ve written at length about it, but this is a GREAT practical opportunity. In fact, there are dozens of opportunities like this over at Hit Record. So, if that is you, check it out!
Photo by Kelly Bumford

Doing a bit of field recording for Hit Record down at the local junkyard. I have no idea why that dumpster is labeled “audio” but it sounded great.

We’re looking for musicians to take the recordings I made and score a short film that my cousin Rian wrote. If you’re interested, check out this instructional video from Mr. Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Sometimes budding composers will ask me for advice on how to get started. I’ve written at length about it, but this is a GREAT practical opportunity. In fact, there are dozens of opportunities like this over at Hit Record. So, if that is you, check it out!

Photo by Kelly Bumford

nasag asked:

I've seen the looper videos and was wondering are there any other similar videos online anywhere such as the junkyard composing talk you posted about?

Here’s an early version of the Junkyard Composing talk that I did about 10 years ago at the Apple store in SoHo, which mainly focuses on the score for Brick.

Thanks to Ronen for videoing and editing the talk into a more watchable form (and for giggling quietly into the camera’s microphone at my various comments).

The Importance of Starting
Working out ideas for a handful of talks coming up in the next month.
I’ll be speaking on music technology at Cal Poly this Thursday before heading across the Atlantic to do an afternoon session for the ArtEZ conference in the Netherlands. Then Rian and I are going to hop over and do a joint masterclass at the National Film and TV School in London. Who knows what kind of shenanigans we’ll get up to? Not I, is all I’m saying. I definitely don’t know.
I’m gonna be in Europe for a while before coming back to speak at Hallmark (?! - yes, that Hallmark), so hit me up east-siders (that’s what we call Europe, right?) if you wanna chat or if you have an idea for another class I should come talk to.

The Importance of Starting

Working out ideas for a handful of talks coming up in the next month.

I’ll be speaking on music technology at Cal Poly this Thursday before heading across the Atlantic to do an afternoon session for the ArtEZ conference in the Netherlands. Then Rian and I are going to hop over and do a joint masterclass at the National Film and TV School in London. Who knows what kind of shenanigans we’ll get up to? Not I, is all I’m saying. I definitely don’t know.

I’m gonna be in Europe for a while before coming back to speak at Hallmark (?! - yes, that Hallmark), so hit me up east-siders (that’s what we call Europe, right?) if you wanna chat or if you have an idea for another class I should come talk to.

rcjohnso

Last week I posted this photo printout of John Darnielle. If you’d like to see the (tragically unfinished) music video the print is from, look no further.

rcjohnso:

Back in 2006 when we shot the Woke Up New music video for the Mountain Goats, I wanted to also make something for my favorite song on the album, “Wild Sage.” So I shot John Darnielle singing the song in front of a black background, turned the footage black and white and high contrast, and printed out every frame of it on 8x10 paper. I then took these stacks of paper to Cape Cod and began to animate them as stills, shooting with my Canon 5D. It took much longer than I thought, and my vacation was over before the video was shot, so I took them back to NYC intending to finish the video there. I never did. So this is all there is.

The printouts somehow ended up in my cousin Nathan’s possession, and seven years later he found them stacked in a box and asked me what these thousands of bizarre photos of John Darnielle’s face were for.

And I said “oh yeah, that thing. I should upload it to Vimeo or something.”

loopermovie
All of the featurettes I created about how we scored Looper will be on the BluRay, along with a load of other awesome stuff. Directly from Rian:
loopermovie:

We’re out on DVD/BLU in the states on 12/31!
Some great extras on both versions, but the blu will have 17 deleted scenes versus just a few on the DVD.  I didn’t count it up exactly but I think it’s about 40 minutes of stuff.  Also included is a commentary track I did with Joe and Emily, Zach Johnson’s animated trailer in glorious HD, and Nathan Johnson’s vignettes on creating the score.  We’ve also hidden a student short on there again.
More details here!

All of the featurettes I created about how we scored Looper will be on the BluRay, along with a load of other awesome stuff. Directly from Rian:

loopermovie:

We’re out on DVD/BLU in the states on 12/31!

Some great extras on both versions, but the blu will have 17 deleted scenes versus just a few on the DVD.  I didn’t count it up exactly but I think it’s about 40 minutes of stuff.  Also included is a commentary track I did with Joe and Emily, Zach Johnson’s animated trailer in glorious HD, and Nathan Johnson’s vignettes on creating the score.  We’ve also hidden a student short on there again.

More details here!