Film Scoring

The Plural of Blood score recording session, completed!

»Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Composition, Film Scoring | 0 comments

The Plural of Blood score recording session, completed!

Yesterday, we recorded my score to The Plural of Blood, dir. by Mary-Lyn Chambers at Riot Drum Studio. The score featured ethereal child solos sung by Dalia, the very daughter of our vocal contractor, Ayana Haviv. Dalia’s voice added so much innocence and depth to the score and we were all extremely happy to have Dalia sing on our score. Later that day, we also recorded our quartet: Ayana Haviv, Elyse Willis, Aleta Braxton, and Clydene Jackson. This amazing group of women sang and heightened all emotional components of the score and brought musicality and artistry to it as well. I could not be happier with their performance. We even had some aleatoric bits in the score with Ayana and Clydene belting out some “wails” and they were spot on and...

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Completed the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis

»Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in About Nicolas, Composition, Film Scoring | 0 comments

Completed the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis

Friday, August 5th, marked the last day of the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis. I felt incredibly happy to have experienced this workshop and very thankful for all the new friends I’ve made through the workshop as well. During the month, I had an incredible time learning even more about the film scoring business. We met heads of music, music editors, JoAnn Kane Music Service (the same people who prepare the scores and parts for John Williams, John Powell, and others), we honed our conducting, we wrote a cue for an assigned scene from an A-List film, and finally recorded that music with a 64-piece orchestra at the Newman Scoring Stage at Fox Studios. I’m still reeling from the fact that we were allowed to record with such a large group...

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THE BETTER SISTER SCORE COMPLETED

»Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Composition, Film Scoring | 0 comments

THE BETTER SISTER SCORE COMPLETED

The Better Sister is a hilarious new comedy directed and starring Miranda Russo and Tonya Corneliesse.  Miranda plays Stella, the sister who does everything right in life, follows all the rules, yet doesn’t get very far.  On the other hand, Tonya plays Blanche, a dropout with no direction, yet she is The Better Sister! I had a wonderful time working on the score to this hilarious short film. The instrumentation varies from solo violin, to percussive hits, to epic orchestra to symbolize an all out battle between two sisters! Check out the score...

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2016 Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival

»Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Film Scoring, Recent News | 0 comments

2016 Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival

Oh, what a lovely weekend! On Saturday, April 30th, the Helix Collective performed my score to Miranda, a short film by Laura Taylor, at the 2016 Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival.   The Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival features live music to picture. Winning filmmakers will have an original score composed for their short by a winning film composer. The film and score will be screened with the score performed live by the Helix Collective Film Scoring Ensemble. The screening will also include an interview with the filmmakers and composers and a Meet-and-Greet.     This year, Helix Collective collaborated with Art Share L.A. (a marvelous venue in Los Angeles’s Arts District) and The Academy for Scoring Arts (a melting pot of L.A.’s...

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March Madness!

»Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in About Nicolas, Film Scoring, Recent News | 0 comments

March Madness!

It’s been a wonderful start to the new year so far (I know I’m a bit late, but better late than never!).   I’ve been keeping very busy writing film scores, concert music, and much more. Check out the updates below:       I had the pleasure writing an original score for a re-cut of the feature film, Desires of the Heart by the talented James Kicklighter.  Here’s a summary:  Dr. Kris Sharma (Val Lauren) is a psychiatrist from India practicing in Savannah, Georgia when he meets Madeline (Alicia Minshew), a local artist with a mysterious past. While their relationship begins to blossom in America, Kris is summoned home by his brother (Gulshan Grover) to marry the woman (Priya Ahuja) chosen by his parents. But as he begins to...

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‘Gray’ score completed, Messiah hits the film fests!

»Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Film Scoring, Recent News | 0 comments

‘Gray’ score completed, Messiah hits the film fests!

September has so far been filled with horror…scores!  The score to Gray, an indie horror feature film, was finished at the beginning of the month just in time to submit to ScreamFest in L.A. Director Michael Santana and I collaborated on a score that fused orchestral elements with newly created synth sounds that were inspired by the lead slasher. Gray tells the story of a group of strangers who embark upon a tour of the macabre, and visit vital locations of an infamous murdering spree. Once the tour progresses, history begins to repeat itself. 40+ minutes of score!  Looking forward to Gray making its rounds in the film festival circuit. Messiah is another screamer that just hit the film festivals starting with the Action on Film Festival.  The reviews for...

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