Archives For Music

We haven’t been shy in talking about our plans to self-distribute our next couple films. Successes like Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog and recent Sundance winner Indie Game: The Movie have shown that technology + great idea = awesome. However, the naysayers are quick to bring up the bane of the modern artist: online piracy.

I have mixed feelings here. Part of me is terrified that taking on the enormous financial risk of making a film will lead to complete and utter ruin an account of piracy. The other part of me wants to give the internet the benefit of the doubt.

The online community has the power now to fuel all kinds of crazy awesome, or become the very thing it hates: a corporate tool. Allow me to explain…

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It’s been months (maybe years) of filming, editing, shooting pickups, re-editing, ect. The film is finally cut to perfection, and it’s time to sit down with a composer. You might find that talking to other film geeks is easy, but talking to a composer is a different ball game. Not all filmmakers speak “music talk.” So what do you do? Check out these tips and find out!

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Today is a special treat for me, because I get to introduce you to my friend and collaborator Kent Smith. I met Kent through Continuum Arts and we’ve been itching to work together on a film ever since.

Kent’s passion for film and musical sensibilities are the perfect combination of ninja and secret agent. When Rachel Taylor pitched Avarice to me, I knew it was the perfect project for Kent to score. Don’t believe me? I asked him some probing questions below, read on and see for yourself:

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My favorite color changes. My favorite song, my favorite pass time, my favorite flower– well, I don’t even know that I have one, actually. Someone asked me that the other day and I didn’t know. Don’t most women know what flower they like? I suddenly felt this opportunity to lay claim to some special flower as being “my favorite flower.” Continue Reading…

When I moved back to Memphis in 2006 I was chomping at the bit to start shooting. Since I was inexperienced, I needed guinea pigs. I turned to my roommate’s band, Hey Heidi-Rae, and pitched to them a music video concept they gladly agreed to.

For grins, I dusted the resulting video off recently for a local music video festival. Despite the circumstances it was shot under, I don’t think we did half-bad. Enjoy Back to the Blackboard and read on to see what I learned from the experience:


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