Making the music for Don Jon

Here’s a little featurette that my friend Cat put together about the making of the score for Don Jon. I had so much fun working with Joe on this film, along with my core team of Judson Crane, Son Lux, and Jonny Rodgers

I know the movie has been out for a while, but if you haven’t seen it yet, make sure to check it out. It’s a really unique project with great performances and a really fresh approach to the music and editing process which reflects Joe’s skill as both a finely-tuned collaborator and director.

kristiniec asked:

Ok good Sir this is driving me bonkers lol Im about to watch the movie Mama someone DVR'd & the credits of the previous showing are going and I Can Not Figure Out What Movie This Is. Or i guess Documentary because the credits make it seem like some sort of Sports documentary film for HBO Sports. It has you credited & Judson Crane in music. I've been trying to Google getting no where lol. I ask because I'd like to find it for my dad who loves sports stuff. And for me too. Thank for any help!

Yes indeed… You caught the end of Sport In America, a documentary that my friend Jim Stern made for HBO and Sports Illustrated. 

He asked me to do the score and although I was hesitant at first (I’m not a sports fan at all), I realized that they were telling an interesting and quite emotional story about how we’re all tied together through these common pursuits. My good friend Judson Crane was my right-hand man on this project and you’ll be able to hear lots of his brilliant performances in there.

If you have HBOgo, you should be able to catch the show whenever you’d like. Hope you and your dad enjoy it!

Young Ones
Last year I got to work on a great little film called Young Ones. After meeting with writer/director Jacob Paltrow and seeing a rough cut, I was very excited about his take on the story. It’s a family tragedy set in the near future but it has a western dustbowl aesthetic. It’s that great mixture of small-scale, human-focused sci-fi.
Jacob was excited to push the score in a unique direction and as we talked, I knew he was up for taking chances and exploring a bold approach to the sound of his world. That evolved to include marxophones, music boxes, harmonicas, and harmonium as well as synthetics, guitars, and quite a lot of old-school orchestral fare.
I’m really excited about this one, and it marks my first time as an executive producer on a film as well as its composer. I just got back from Sundance where we had the world premiere and it was great to finally get to see it on the big screen with an audience. Killer performances, bleak and sweeping cinematography, minimal tone, and a hybrid score which I’m really happy with.
Keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, here’s a nice review from The Playlist.

Young Ones

Last year I got to work on a great little film called Young Ones. After meeting with writer/director Jacob Paltrow and seeing a rough cut, I was very excited about his take on the story. It’s a family tragedy set in the near future but it has a western dustbowl aesthetic. It’s that great mixture of small-scale, human-focused sci-fi.

Jacob was excited to push the score in a unique direction and as we talked, I knew he was up for taking chances and exploring a bold approach to the sound of his world. That evolved to include marxophones, music boxes, harmonicas, and harmonium as well as synthetics, guitars, and quite a lot of old-school orchestral fare.

I’m really excited about this one, and it marks my first time as an executive producer on a film as well as its composer. I just got back from Sundance where we had the world premiere and it was great to finally get to see it on the big screen with an audience. Killer performances, bleak and sweeping cinematography, minimal tone, and a hybrid score which I’m really happy with.

Keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, here’s a nice review from The Playlist.