• About  

    In the world of filmmaking today, many films lose a vital aspect which the music score is supposed to deliver to the audience: Significance.

    What makes a score significant is simply a 'sing-able' tune; a tune you can easily associate with each scene and each character. Many modern scores resort to ambient music which extinguishes any opportunity for significance. I believe that the music in a film should represent the characters in a melodic form and should allow you to visualize the film, even when you're not watching it.

    Far too often, the importance of the film composer is overlooked and simply given to someone with a computer and a music creation software. It is not the tools, but the true knowledge, experience, and most importantly the raw creativity and natural talent that makes a great composer, and therefore great music.

    In July of 2007, I was announced the Grand Prize Winner of the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition. This competition was open to not only the United States but Canada, the United Kingdom, and for the first time, France and Spain with nearly 900 entries.

    In 2006, I received a Graduate Certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television from University of Southern California (USC). While attending USC, I was awarded the prodigious Harry Warren Endowed Scholarship for my Praeclarus and Holocaust Hymn compositions for film.

    In 2005, I received a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial and Media Writing from California State University, Northridge. While attending CSUN, I was awarded "Outstanding Student" in Composition.

  • Single Demos  

    Unhinged Amusement

    Unhinged Amusement

    Summer Moon

    Summer Moon

    Alfred's Corner

    Alfred's Corner

    Holocaust Hymn

    Holocaust Hymn

    Angry Wolfman

    Angry Wolfman

    Mockingjay.net Teaser

    Mockingjay.net Teaser

    Praeclarus

    Praeclarus

    Do Your Part

    Do Your Part

    Castle in the Sky

    Castle in the Sky

  • Films | Dramatic  

    The Hanging Tree
    Beyond The Fence

    Beyond The Fence

    The Mockingjays

    The Mockingjays

    End Titles

    End Titles

    Silent Night
    Silent Night Arrangement

    Silent Night Arrangement

    Mohr's Journey

    Mohr's Journey

    Helping the Sick

    Helping the Sick

    Georgia
    Writing Poems

    Writing Poems

    Decisions

    Decisions

    Intervention

    Intervention

    Finnick and Annie Web Series
    Finnick and Annie - Episode 1

    Finnick and Annie - Episode 1

    Finnick and Annie - Episode 6

    Finnick and Annie - Episode 6

    Finnick and Annie Theme

    Finnick and Annie Theme

    Abide With Me
    End Titles

    End Titles

    Crossing The River

    Crossing The River

    A Resting Place

    A Resting Place

    The Letter Writer
    Sam's Theme

    Sam's Theme

    Maggy Giving Gifts

    Maggy Giving

    Sam's Gift To Maggy

    Sam's Gift To Maggy

    Joseph Smith: Plates of Gold
    End Titles

    End Titles

    The Purposes Of God

    The Purposes Of God

    The Finished Bible

    The Finished Bible

    Black Purdue
    Opening Titles

    Opening Titles

    There's Only One

    There's Only One

    Beau Brummel
    Opening Titles

    Opening Titles

    Came to Say Goodbye

    Came to Say Goodbye

    Margery's Death

    Margery's Death

    The Moment She Fell
    Opening Titles

    Opening Titles

    The Moment She Fell

    The Moment She Fell

  • Films | Action  

  • Films | Comedy  

    You're So Cupid!
    Opening Titles

    Opening Titles

    Helping Marvin

    Helping Marvin

    Arrival at the Dance

    Arrival at the Dance

    Wah Wah
    Begging the Neighbor

    Begging the Neighbor

    Out of Water

    Out of Water

    Tween
    Do You Like Me?

    Do You Like Me?

    Mari and Cecelia

    Mari and Cecelia

  • Video Games  

    Generator Rex: Agent of Providence
    Van Kleiss

    Van Kleiss

    Mexico: Combat

    Mexico: Combat

    Mexico: Boss

    Mexico: Boss

    Jungle: Combat

    Jungle: Combat

    Jungle: Boss

    Jungle: Boss

    Nancy Drew | Additional Music
    Trail of a Twister: Chase

    Trail of a Twister: Chase

    Trail of a Twister: Danger

    Trail of a Twister: Danger

    Trail of a Twister: Storm

    Trail of a Twister: Storm

    Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nutz!
    Verne

    Verne

    ...More to come soon.
  • Television  

    Polly Pocket Web Series
    Polly Pocket Main Theme

    Polly Pocket Main Theme

    Friends Finish First Race

    Friends Finish First Race

    Dr. Cassandra Alexandra

    Dr. Cassandra Alexandra

    Cleaning Up/Polly Is Picked

    Cleaning Up/Polly Is Picked

    The Volcano Race

    The Volcano Race

    Competition Update

    Competition Update

    The Girls Work Together

    The Girls Work Together

    The Final Race

    The Final Race

    Granny's Goulash

    Granny's Goulash

    Extraordinary Ordinary

    Extraordinary Ordinary

    The Switched Switch

    The Switched Switch

    Making A Splash

    Making A Splash

  • Films  

    Silent Night
    Osombie Christmas Oranges
    Abide With Me The Letter Writer
    Joseph Smith: Plates of Gold You're So Cupid
    Beverly Hills Chihuahua1 Spider-Man 31
    Black Purdue Tween
    Beau Brummel Mockery
    Deeper and Deeper2 Fighting With Anger2
    Justice League3 The Uninvited1

    1 Synth Programmer
    2 Additional Music
    3 Orchestrator

  • Video Games  

    Generator Rex2 Over the Hedge2
    Trail of a Twister2 Crystal Skull2
    Upshift Strike Racer3

    1 Synth Programmer
    2 Additional Music
    3 Orchestrator

  • Television  

    Generator Rex1 2
    Random Cartoons2

    1 Guitars/Bass
    2 Orchestrator

  • Other Works  

    Air Force1
    1 Snyth Programmer
  • Video Demos  

    Coming Soon - Under Construction
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