On behalf of myself and the crew of The Dancin' Bulldogs, I'd like to express my sincere thanks to the North Carolina Film Critics Association for their nomination of our film for the 2020 Ken Hanke Memorial Tar Heel Award. It was an honor to be nominated alongside such incredible filmmakers. Congratulations to Will Patton on winning the award!
I'm incredibly excited to announce that The Dancin' Bulldogs released today on YouTube. You can watch the film below, or visit the film page to learn more.
A new teaser released today for The Dancin' Bulldogs! I'm honored to be directing and providing music for this documentary, and can't wait for everyone to watch.
I was honored to provide music for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety's recent video about the NCSHP Foundation. Check it out below!
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing with The Shelby Star about my upcoming documentary, The Dancin' Bulldogs. You can read a copy of the article below.
My feature-length documentary, The Dancin' Bulldogs, will officially release on October 16, 2020. Subscribe on YouTube to get updates and be notified when the film is available.
I'm excited to announce my directorial debut, "The Dancin' Bulldogs," a feature-length documentary about the Gardner-Webb Men's Basketball team. I'll also be providing the score for the film, and am working with writer Eli Hardin, and producers Thomas Manning and Brendan Boylan.
My latest piece, Lamentation for Strings, is premiering today on YouTube and Facebook live! Inspired by Tristan und Isolde's famous opening, this piece by Christian Jessup opens with a brief leitmotif and works that leitmotif into all voices of a string orchestra. Take a listen below...
My latest piece, The Sands of Time, is premiering today on YouTube and Facebook live! Check it out below...
Three unused library album tracks make up my new Underwater Suite. Check them out below!
My latest hymn arrangement, Down to the River to Pray, is premiering today on YouTube and Facebook live! Check it out below...
My latest hymn arrangement, Amazing, is premiering today on YouTube and Facebook live! Check it out below...
I was honored to create a series of Easter instrumental song arrangements for Westview Baptist Church. Check them out below!
It's not every day you get to write safari-themed music! I loved getting to work on this UMKC ad that was created by VisionPoint Marketing.
I loved getting to work with VisionPoint Marketing on this William Peace University video discussing their Adapted Curriculum program.
More new music for a college client! VisionPoint Marketing created radio and snapchat ads (with music by Christian Jessup) as part of a campaign to bring awareness to College of The Albemarle. Enjoy!
I had an incredible opportunity to write music for the University of California recently. These ads were created by VisionPoint Marketing (with music by Christian Jessup) as part of a campaign to bring awareness to the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) and its many opportunities.
It was my pleasure to partner with Studio Fontana for their recent library album, Corporate Success. Check out the tracks at the link below, or listen to some of my unused cues.
The first step I took in scoring the finale of The Empire Strikes Back involved dividing the film into cues (separate pieces of music to be written) based on the film scenes. I chose to score the last 25 minutes of the film and decided on ten separations for cues. I charted them out (see Figure 1) and included each cue’s number, title, time, and temp track.
In researching for A New Score Strikes Back, I evaluated three of Hans Zimmer’s science fiction films, Inception (2010), Interstellar (2014), and Blade Runner 2049 (2017), with the purpose of discovering qualities and scoring techniques that are common among his films in the genre. This study allowed for an imitation of his scoring style to be applied to the third act of The Empire Strikes Back (1980), a film originally scored by John Williams. Given Zimmer’s drastically different scoring method from Williams, the end result should create a much different viewing experience of the film, modernizing the 1980 classic and perhaps eliciting different moods and emotions from the viewers.
Watch the video below to see how Christian Jessup set up Logic Pro X to write and record A New Score Strikes Back.