I was thrilled to write music for a Campbell Unversity Online video ad. My direction was to give the music a touch of prestige. Not overly epic, but not too light or comedic. Here was the end result...
The following article was written by Jackie Bridges and Noel Manning for GWU Magazine.
I'm honored to have written music for the award-winning Northern Virginia Community College video, "We Make College Better." The video was created by VisionPoint Marketing and Dash Animation and won gold in the 2021 District 2 NCMPR awards in the Video Shorts (single) category. Check out the ad below!
I'm honored to announce that Farewell: A Kobe Bryant Documentary was selected for a 2021 US Hollywood International Golden Film Award. The Golden Film Awards seek "to showcase both established and undiscovered filmmakers by utilizing virtual screening platform to share these films with a worldwide audience. The goal of the founders is to expose international talent and to build bridges of understanding and creativity within the film industry."
I was honored to be able to write music for the short film, and would like to congratulate director Trice High on the award selection!
I'm back for a special Halloween treat! My original music for "Most Hated: How Kevin Durant Became the NBA's Villain" is now available on all music streaming platforms. Visit the film page below for direct links to all major streaming services.
Just in time for Halloween, I'm excited to announce the release of a surprise documentary - Most Hated | How Kevin Durant Became the NBA's Villain. The film is directed by Trice High, with original music by yours truly.
I love a good villain. They're always my favorite part of most movies. They add depth to the story and they raise the stakes for the hero. After Lebron James returned to Cleveland from Miami, the NBA was left without a true villain to root against for a couple seasons. It wasn't until Kevin Durant's free agency decision to join the 73 win Golden State Warriors in 2016, that we finally got the ultimate "bad guy". However, this project isn't a 25 minute hate fest on KD. It tells the story of how he accepted the role and became one of the most dominant players the game of basketball has ever seen.
This film was a blast to write music for. Since we're discussing KD's role as a "villain," I was able to sneak in a few famous movie villain themes. Be on the lookout for brief theme appearances from Darth Vader, the Joker, and Thanos. I hope you enjoy!
I'm so proud to announce that The Dancin' Bulldogs has won the Triumphant Film Series at the Raleigh Film & Art Festival. Our documentary follows a small school's journey to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, and the award was presented to the film as "the most inspirational project of the year."
The Jackson Robol Show was covering the festival and interviewing selected filmmakers. Robol is a 17-year-old podcaster whose show has interviewed guests ranging from sports stars to filmmakers to politicians. Robol interviewed myself and producer Brendan Boylan during the festival to discuss our selected film.
Roy Cooper recorded a special message to the filmmakers and attendees at the festival, and it was an honor to have his support. I'd like to wish a huge congratulations to the other winners of the Raleigh Film & Art Festival, and thank the judges and audiences who made this award possible.
Lastly, I want to thank my crew (Thomas Manning, Eli Hardin, and Brendan Boylan) for their tireless dedication to the project, and my incredible wife, Megan, for her unwavering support of me and my career.
I was fortunate enough to be featured in the latest issue of GWU Today! The article released today and covers my time at Gardner-Webb University and my experiences and successes following graduation. Click the button to read the full article, or check out a small excerpt below.
Watch the final trailer for the upcoming documentary, The Legend of King Kong! I got to write music for this trailer, and work with director Tom Grove to bring it to life.
I'm so excited to have worked on another Trice High documentary, From the Concrete. It premieres tonight at 7pm EST on YouTube. Watch it for free!
I had the pleasure of filming and writing music to promote VisionPoint Marketing's latest study, The Covid Correction, a must-read data analysis of COVID's impact on higher ed enrollments. Watch the video with my music below, and be sure to download the report.
I'm collaborating with Trice High for another documentary, this time following Derrick Rose's incredible comeback in the NBA. The film will release on August 28, 2021 on YouTube. Follow me for updates, and learn more about the film below!
It was my pleasure to write music for Nassau University's recent TV Spot, created by VisionPoint Marketing. The playful, quirky tone and messaging led to a bouncy, pizzicato musical composition, accenting the questions asked by the voiceover. Check it out below!
I was fortunate enough to be hired to create a video and write music for Ruth Gao's U.S. Senate campaign announcement in Kentucky. The inspirational music was crafted to support the impassioned, heartfelt tone of Ruth's message. Although she only announced her candidacy yesterday, the video has already surpassed 40,000 views on Twitter alone, and contributed to a follower growth of over 10,000. Check it out below!
Finding Our Sound
Having already written music for two basketball documentaries (The Dancin’ Bulldogs and Farewell), it was important to me that the music for Be Legendary was differentiable from the other two films. Ultimately, this led to me crafting a much more electronic, synth-heavy score than my past sports documentaries.
Be Legendary: A Devin Booker Documentary premieres today on YouTube at 11pm EST. Trice High has crafted another incredible documentary, this time evaluating the early career of Devin Booker. I'm excited for you all to see it and hear my music. You can watch at the link below!
One of my favorite collaborators is Trice High, and I'm proud to announce we're working together again, this time on a Devin Booker documentary. From family ties to early success, Devin Booker was destined for greatness. Follow his journey to becoming one of the NBA's brightest stars in "Be Legendary," releasing on June 19.
Farewell: A Kobe Bryant Documentary has been officially selected as part of the Lift-off Global Network's First-Time Filmmaker Sessions. The Lift-Off Sessions are "dedicated to screening...a collection of globally submitted indie shorts and features. With the aim to send each programme out to as wide of an audience as possible."
I loved writing music for the documentary, and wish a huge congrats to director Trice High on the festival selection.
Yesterday was the 2021 North Carolina Film Festival! The Dancin' Bulldogs was selected alongside nine other films to be screened at the festival for the judges, the filmmakers, and select guests. I had the joy of attending the festival in-person, along with the film's producer, Thomas Manning. Eno River Media sponsors and hosts the festival in Havelock, NC, and made us feel like VIPs from the moment we arrived. Not long after we arrived, we were interviewed for an online live-stream, discussing the film, our backgrounds, and our plans for future projects.
The following article is reposted from John Schilling's article in The Brooklyn Vanguard.
It was almost a year ago that Dapo Ibrahim, a student senator at Brooklyn College, was running for USG President in hopes of addressing student safety and advocating for transparency amidst the COVID-19 breakout that took the world by storm.
At the same time, Ibrahim was hard at work as the director, producer, and writer for a film that had been delayed due to the unforeseen changes brought on by the pandemic. Ultimately, Ibrahim was not elected USG President, but his film would come to be just a few months later.
The film is still awhile away, but enjoy this special first look at The Legend of King Kong. You think you know Kong? Think again, and take a trip into Skull Island to witness the beginnings of The eighth wonder of the world!
Freedom Is Fake is now available to watch for free on YouTube! I had a blast working on this one with director Crisana Speer. The soundtrack is also available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other music streaming services. See if you can spot my main theme popping up in various forms throughout the film!
Director Crisana Speer and I first connected in early February 2021 about a potential project together. She was searching for a composer on her upcoming short film, and after listening to my music for Star Wars: A New Score, she expressed an interest in working together. 3 months later, and we've arrived at the release of Freedom Is Fake, a dystopian short film.
I had a great time writing music for this ad for Northern Virginia Community College. Dash Studio did a great job animating this, with a wonderful message from VisionPoint Marketing.