MOMO: The Missouri Monster Score Teaser

Hey there!

Wanted to drop in quickly to let you know the extended score teaser for my score to the upcoming MOMO: The Missouri Monster documentary was released today! You’ll be able to hear short clips from some of the cues from the score and see some images from the film. The full score and the movie will be released this Friday on 9/20/19. I will also be flying in from Los Angeles to attend the Mothman Festival in West Virginia this weekend. We will be doing a screening of the movie at their kickoff event Friday night. It’s going to be an awesome time so if you can make it, come say hello. Check out the teaser below:


MOMO Score is Finished!

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Hey guys,

I wanted to check in and let you know that I’ve finished my score for the upcoming Small Town Monsters documentary “MOMO: The Missouri Monster” yesterday. I learned so much during the creation of this one; it was essentially creating three different scores in one. It was also my first time scoring narrative scenes with acting for STM and that was a real treat. I believe it was the longest score I’ve ever composed as well. More details and clips of new music to come soon. MOMO will be officially released on September 20th. Special thanks to my Director Seth Breedlove and the cast and crew who killed it doing something we’ve never attempted before.

ALSO, I composed the music for a trailer recently as well that I wanted to share. This one is for a series called “On the Trail of UFOs” that comes out next year. I went out with the crew in the Nevada desert for a few days while they filmed which included a trip to Area 51! Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think of the music!

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Terror in the Skies Soundtrack "Discovery" Walkthrough

Yo! I put together a video walking through the creation of the cue “Discovery” from my score for the new Small Town Monsters documentary “Terror in the Skies”. Learn what software libraries I used, my writing process, and some of the lessons I learned while writing the score for “Terror”. Check the video to the left out to see it! Don’t forget to check out the movie on Amazon if you haven’t seen it yet and the score on all the streaming sites.

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Terror in the Skies Release

Hey there!

Today sees the release of the the new Small Town Monsters documentary that I scored “Terror in the Skies”! I’ve already talked a bit about the creation of the score in a previous post so I won’t go into that here, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on the movie and score! You can hear clips from the score on the score teaser (below) or find it on all of the streaming sites including Spotify and iTunes.


I have a number of projects in the works but next up is the new documentary “Momo: The Missouri Monster”. I’m very much looking forward to continuing preproduction on this one throughout June and then heavily scoring it in July. Cheers!

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The Score for Zenith has been released!

Hey there!

I’ve finally completed the score for the short film “Zenith” and today is was released! I’ve put a short video above with clips from each of the cues so you can check it out if you’re interested. Zenith was made by the team behind "Black White Read" that I scored late last year so it was a pleasure to work with them again. And while this only required about 10 minutes of music, it was one of the more challenging in that every note had to really count and in stepping out of my comfort zone.

Zenith is a contemporary fairy tale about overcoming one’s mental struggle through an unusual spiritual experience and cosmic guidance.

The score is now available on all streaming platforms!

And so with Zenith being finished and out there, I move on now to the next Small Town Monsters film which has just wrapped filming. I’m working on pre-production for it now and then will start scoring it in June and then wrapping it up in July. It’s going to be a really interesting one. More details to come!

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Terror in the Skies

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Hey everyone!

I know it’s been a minute. Wanted to drop in and update on what I’ve been up to these past couple of months. As of about 20 minutes ago, I finished my score to the Small Town Monsters documentary Terror in the Skies. It was a tough one for sure; after scoring 8 of their films now, it’s hard to not repeat yourself and to invent new and exciting ways to help tell the story. I had a blast though and wrote some cool stuff that I’m excited for you to hear! The movie and score release on June 7th!

You may have also noticed I updated my Work page with the theme from the On the Trail of Bigfoot series that I composed. The series is doing amazing critically and at the top of the charts on Amazon and elsewhere so I’m really proud of Director Seth Breedlove and to have been a part of it.

Next up for me is to finish that short film ZENITH I told you about and have been working on. We have one tiny part that still needs finished so now my full attention will be on that and then I have a couple of other smaller projects in the works. In a few months we film MOMO, which is the next STM film so I’m looking forward to that as well.

Hope all is well with you!

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STM Kickstarter and ZENITH

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Hey guys!

Wanted to drop you a line on how everything is going. As you know, I recently completed the score to The Bray Road Beast documentary with Chris Dudley. It has been really well received and I can’t thank everyone enough for checking it out and sending in the kind words. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it by clicking HERE or if you haven’t heard the score, you can find it on Spotify or Apple Music or wherever you listen to music.

In other news, we at Small Town Monsters have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund this year’s movies. The first is called “On the Trail Of...Bigfoot” and I composed the theme music for it. I will be composing full scores for the other two movies that we are producing this year starting with “Terror in the Skies” about winged cryptids in Illinois and following that with “MOMO: The Missouri Monster” which is a Missouri Bigfoot case from the 1970’s. I’m very excited to score these projects this year. We had a live Q&A launch party a few nights ago and hit our goal of $35,000 in the first 24 hours! As of this posting, we have almost $50,000 which is amazing! We have an incredible support base and I’m very excited to be apart of STM years later. If you’d like to back to the Kickstarter, you can do so by clicking HERE. We still have 24 days to go and there will be awesome stretch rewards to come!

And finally, an update on the short film I’m currently scoring: ZENITH. I am getting closer to finishing this score. I have one or two scenes left to score and then we’ll be going all the way through with a fine tooth comb and finalizing everything. I will be finishing up by the end of February and then I’ll start scoring Terror in the Skies in March. Looking forward to being able to share with you what I’ve been writing for this!

Talk to you guys soon!

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The Bray Road Beast official release on all streaming platforms!

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Hey guys,

I am super happy to announce that the score I co-composed with Chris Dudley for the Small Town Monsters documentary “The Bray Road Beast” is finally being released today! It is available on pretty much every streaming platform that exists, including Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube Music, Amazon, Pandora, Tidal...the list goes on and on. Find it wherever you listen to music and stream it for free, or if you’d like to support Chris and I, purchase it on iTunes/Apple Music or Amazon, or wherever you typically purchase music!

With the release of Bray, I was finally able to get all of my previous scores up on the streaming platforms as well which feels amazing. Finally you guys can stream them in their entirety! If you do check out The Bray Road Beast soundtrack or any others of mine that you previously hadn’t checked out, let me/us know what you think! We’d love to hear from you.

** Quick update on where I’m at currently: I finished the short film Black White Read recently. I had a lot of fun with that one and it actually led to another opportunity with some of the same team members who worked on it for another short film of theirs called Zenith. I have started pre-production on this score and will be working on it at the end of December, with the goal to finish it by the end of the year. Then I’m off to visit home for a week or so and then back to start the new year strong!

Have a great holiday season everyone!

Brandon

The Bray Road Beast Release Day!

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Hey everyone! Today is finally the release day for the Small Town Monsters documentary that I scored with Chris Dudley…The Bray Road Beast!!!

I’m beyond pumped for everyone to see it and to hear the score that Chris and I created. We are still ironing out the details on when and how the score will be released, but it definitely will be released digitally for all of those who may be interested! When that drops, I will definitely let you know and get you some more info on the creation of the score. You can hear a few cues right now in the “Work” section of this website.

In the meantime, check out the movie on Amazon and let us know what you think in a review! Cheers!

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Black White Read

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Hey guys! Wanted to drop in and let you know what I’ve been up to since finishing The Bray Road Beast documentary.

Immediately upon finishing The Bray Road Beast, I was accepted into a film intensive program through MI where six composers were paired with six directors here in LA to score their short films. I was matched with the Orphans Productions short film Black White Read and off we went!

Suffice it to say this was one of the hardest experiences of my career thus far but also one of the most fun. We had to score the film in about a week, so there were multiple sleepless nights…but that’s nothing new! :)

My Director, Justin Morck, was such a pleasure to work with. He was filled with enthusiasm all throughout the process, and really worked with me to create something that feels unique and fitting for their film. The challenge for me was that this film is stylized after the 1920’s silent films so it was black and white and there was no dialogue, but there was this deeper meaning in the film they were trying to get across so I needed to somehow be influenced by that style but also bring in some modern sounds in order to help communicate those ideas.

I have to give a huge salute to my mentors on this project: Tom Villano and Craig Richey. Both were of immense help and were always patient and kind although everything was always chaotic. I learned so much from them during this process, everything from writing, to more readable sheet music for the musicians to play…just too much to put here in words.

We also had the pleasure of being mentored for a day by composers like Rolfe Kent (Legally Blonde, About Schmidt, Wedding Crashers), George Clinton (Austin Powers), and Dave Porter (Breaking Bad). It was really amazing to have their influence and advice on our work as well.

We also had a great recording session with a string quartet, bassoon, flute, clarinet, etc. As always, it was amazing to hear the mockups come to life.

We had the screening last night and it was really incredible seeing all of my fellow composers in the program and how well they did on their films. All around it was just an incredible experience that I’m so thankful to have been apart of it.

By the way, The Bray Road Beast comes out on October 5th! Check back here on that day for some new music and a new post!

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The Bray Road Beast Score is Finished!

Yo! 

I wanted to stop in and give a thorough update on what I've been up to since it's been so long!

As you know, I've been working on the score for the Small Town Monsters documentary, The Bray Road Beast, and the score is now finished! And with that I can finally announce that I did my first film score collaboration with another musician and that person is none other than Chris Dudley who plays keyboards/electronics in the band Underoath.

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It was an incredible experience; I've been a huge fan of Chris and Underoath for many years, and never dreamed that we'd someday be working so closely together on something. I don't want to give too much away on the experience as I am planning on doing a behind the scenes post on the creation of the score on it's release day, which will be October 5th, to coincide with the release of the film! But suffice it to say, it was one of my favorite experiences thus far in my career and I think that we created something along with the STM crew that you are really going to enjoy. 

Separate but related, the buzz is starting to begin on the movie. If you check out the Press page here on the website, I've linked just a few of the articles streaming in on the upcoming release. Very few have seen the movie as we're just now finalizing everything, but the response so far has been great! I can't wait for everyone to see it and hear it. 

Also, I finally received back the final mixes on the four action movie trailer cues I did for Current Music. I've added those and the songs I did synth work on for the band Absolute Hero's EP Gone Bad to my Work page here on the site if you want to take a listen.

Speaking of Absolute Hero, they recently gave me a shoutout about the work I did on the EP while they were giving an interview on a podcast recently. Take a listen to that here.

That's about all for now. You can check out the trailer for the movie below and preorder it by clicking here.

I'll touch back in soon with a behind the scenes post and more news on what's to come for me in the future! 

Talk soon, 

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July Update

Hey everyone, I apologize for the long pause in between updates recently. I have been incredibly busy!

I started working as a Coordinator for the music library company Black Toast Music. I've also begun work on The Bray Road Beast documentary. It's looking like this one will need finished by the middle of August. It's a daunting project for sure, but I am very much looking forward to diving in here. More behind the scenes on this one to come.

And finally, I recorded synths and did some programming for a band called Absolute Hero on a few of their songs on their new album. The band was recently featured as one of the "12 Bands You Need to Know" in Alternative Press magazine! Check out their music video for "Bad Hero" here

Once I get a few weeks in to Bray, I'll be updating with some behind the scenes pictures and possibly new music as well. Talk to you soon! 

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Bray Road Beast Film Shoot Behind the Scenes

Time for a quick update!

As you know, I recently returned from helping to shoot the next Small Town Monsters documentary, "The Bray Road Beast" in Wisconsin. It was awesome to be there, and you can view what that was like in the video below, which is a vlog from our Director Seth Breedlove on the experience and the crew.

Since I've been back, I have been starting to come up with a concept for the score. A big part of the preproduction on any score, I'm discovering, is coming up with a concept. There are many different angles and ways in which to interpret each story, so a part of creating a concept comes from talking with your Director of course, but also finding something that you relate with in the story and translating that to music. After thinking about it for a while, I'm coming close to finalizing the concept on how I want to shape the score, but I don't want to give too much away yet.

Right now, I'm working on the opening theme song for the On the Trail Of series and I've been working with a few different music publishers on placements in music and tv. 

Will update more soon.

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Bandcamp Sales!

After a number of requests over the last few years, I FINALLY put all my soundtracks up for digital sale on Bandcamp (click on the image below). While a few of these have had a physical CD release, some of them have only had a few songs be released (i.e. Boggy, Invasion, & Flatwoods). Now's your chance to own any or all of them in their entirety in a digital format. Cheers!

Bray Road Beast Production

Hey guys!

I’m just getting back from a few days out in Elkhorn, Wisconsin helping shoot the next Small Town Monsters documentary “The Bray Road Beast”. Other than the flight delays (the snow was crazy just north of us) the trip was a success and I had a great time hanging out with the crew and getting to see the infamous Bray Road in person. I can’t wait to score this one later here in a couple of months. Here are a few behind the scenes photos from production:

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Also, as you know, The Flatwoods Monster documentary was released recently and has been doing great! It reached #3 in the best selling new release Horror category and #4 in the Documentary category. We’re currently sitting at 4.5 stars as well and the reviews have been amazing! I want to thank everyone for supporting us and if you haven’t seen it, click here to check it out:

That’s all for now, talk to you soon!

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Behind the Scenes - The Flatwoods Monster Score

Today is finally the release day of the Small Town Monsters documentary “The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear” that I scored over the beginning of this year!! What follows is a behind the scenes look at the creation of the score:

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No one really knows where our best creative ideas come from, and we’re always worried that right in the middle of a project is when the tap will be turned off. I've come to learn that workflow is everything - you can’t allow a laggy computer to stop you from getting down the theme the universe has just jolted into your fingers, or prohibit you from handling multiple jobs and client demands at once. This is why, just prior to starting work on The Flatwoods Monster, I invested over $3,000 into my system and software libraries. This became vital in completing the movie on time; in fact, while I’d normally have two to three months, I gave myself only the month of January 2018 to write this score.

The next thing that was different about this than the other five I had done for Small Town Monsters in the past was that I wasn’t able to be on location, helping the crew shoot the film, just due to me having moved to Los Angeles prior to the shoot. I typically love being apart of the shoots for multiple reasons, one of which is it gives me a much better understanding on what the music should be after talking to the witnesses in person and hearing the sounds/seeing the place in which these stories actually happened. As I didn’t have that luxury this time, I had many conversations with Director Seth Breedlove about the tone and style that we wanted to go for.

 

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Due to the story taking place in the 1950’s, Seth wanted the music to be inspired by 1950’s science fiction scores, but with a modern twist. I began watching a lot of those old movies and listening to the scores, and I came to be really fascinated with one composer who became a giant influence on this score: Bernard Herrmann. If you’re unfamiliar, he is best known for his collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock and has scored such films as Psycho, Vertigo, Citizen Kane, and Taxi Driver.

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The one that influenced my score the most though was his for the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still. I began recreating a lot of the cues from the movie and then analyzing the instrumentation and harmony he was using in order to get inspiration for my own music. The main instrument I took from these studies to use was the tremolo vibraphone, in which they would use a motor and fans under a vibraphone to give it a tremolo feel. This sound was used all over this genre back then and became a huge staple in my score as well. Here is a demonstration of that technique:

Although I started a lot of the cues with 1950’s sci fi harmony and instrumentation (including the use of more woodwinds than I’d ever used before), I had to find a way to give it a modern twist. Although I used many software libraries on this score, the main one was from Native Instruments and it is called Kinetic Metal. Due to the monster in this movie being described as “mechanical”, I knew I needed some metallic sounds, and this library was perfect for that. I also used modular synths (which we’ll talk about in a moment) and many other modern sounds such as arps/synths and even a little guitar thrown in there.

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Speaking of the main theme - let’s talk about that. I used a preset from Kinetic Metal called “Natural Gas Pipe” that I loved. The three note theme came to me out of nowhere, and it’s really just an E major triad, but with the sound I chose, it sounds minor and spooky. I thought it captured the mystery of this monster and its personality well. Once this theme was developed, I began placing it all over the movie and created all kinds of variations. Although we had been working towards it for a while, this is the first time I’d say that I’d successfully developed a theme for one of our monsters and used it from the first frame of the movie until the end like a proper film score. This is something I plan to do in the future as it seemed to help glue the whole thing together to really give it its sound.

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The final piece of the puzzle was modular synths, which I’d had a fascination with for a while. I started going to this outdoor concert event called Modular on the Spot and met the creators of it: Rodent and Bana, and I ended up hiring Rodent to create some experimental sound design for the monster and the score. We created a ton of soundscape/sound design type of material and on a flight back from Ohio over the holidays, I edited all of that into a seamless suite of music. I then took that and placed it all over the film and although much of it didn’t end up in the film, some of it really worked such as the 1950’s satellite type ambience or other metallic sounding noises for the monster.

And that’s really it! You can buy/rent the movie by clicking the image above and can hear music from the score here. I hope you enjoy the movie and the score and please let me know what you think! I want to thank Seth and the Small Town Monsters crew, Rodent and Bana, Bernard Herrmann, and my mentors at MI who on some level mentored me during the creation of this score: Amy Gordon, Tom Villano, and Jordan Cox.

Track Listing:

  1. “The Hill After Dark”

  2. “Main Titles”

  3. “Hushed Tones”

  4. “Witnesses to a Legend”

  5. “A Tourist From World’s Away”

  6. “Flying Saucers Invade”

  7. “Awash With the Unusual”

  8. “Fox Chasing”

  9. “Barkerson”

  10. “Ball of Fire”

  11. “Frying Bacon”

  12. “Facts and Fables”

  13. “Bogus Answer”

  14. “We the People”

  15. “Visitor”

  16. “There is a Flatwoods, West Virginia”

  17. “Resurgence”

  18. “Object of Ridicule”

  19. “A Modern Myth”

March Update

Hey guys,

I have been a little MIA and wanted to shoot you a quick update.

The Flatwoods Monster documentary for Small Town Monsters is wrapped! It will be released on April 6th. It is now available for preorder! On that day, I will also be releasing five new cues from the score I completed for the film here on the website and also an audio commentary just like I did for our last film, Invasion on Chestnut Ridge. I’m really looking forward to sharing the music, talking about the process in creating the score, and in the actual release so that you all can see it. Initial reviews are coming in and all seems to be really positive.

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In related STM news, our second box set, Volume 2: Appalachian Monsters is also now available for preorder which features the last three movies in the series: The Mothman of Point Pleasant, Invasion on Chestnut Ridge, and The Flatwoods Monster.

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We’re a couple of weeks out from finishing the Current Music project I’ve been telling you about. I decided to have a mixer come in and do a final mix on the cues. His name is Rob Chitwood and I’m very much looking forward to hearing what he does with the mixes and learning from him. After the mixes come in, we’ll do the final administrative work, and then that project will be finished. More on that later as well.

I’ve been really busy recently - I was asked to do additional programming for the band Absolute Hero. I'm working on one of their songs now. I also recently wrote a cue with composer Robert Lee who is apart of the husband and wife team behind the successful CSLA, or Creative Studios Los Angeles. His music library wanted a “mysterious” cue for a TV show, so he and I spent a few hours working something out and it’s now been submitted to his publisher. We’ll see if it gets picked up, but either way, it came out really well and it was great working with him.

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Also, over this last weekend, I visited San Francisco for the first time ever as the Director of the STM series was there attending an event where a couple of our movies were shown. I unfortunately wasn’t able to make the event (I had an orchestra recording session to attend), but I was able to drive up and see him for a couple of days and explore San Francisco. We hiked up into the Muir Woods and shot a bunch of wilderness B-roll for his upcoming “On the Trail Of...Bigfoot” series that he will be filming throughout 2018. It was an amazing time and I’m really happy I was able to spend some time with him again in person. We’ve now filmed from coast to coast and in six states together over the last 3-4 years. It’s been an awesome journey.

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As far as what I’m up to next: I will be preparing to actually be on set helping to film the next STM documentary later this month. We will be shooting The Bray Road Beast, the seventh film I will be scoring for them, in Wisconsin. I’m very excited to be joining the crew again for a few days and helping out in anyway I can. It always helps me figure out what music is needed by actually going to the locations where these stories happened and in actually talking to the witnesses. After I get back from filming, I’ll begin preliminary work on figuring out what the score is going to be. I’m also going to begin working on the theme song for the aforementioned On the Trail Of series, which I’m really looking forward to.

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There’s a lot of other things in the works right now. I’m feeling good. Talk to you soon!

 

P.S. The Press page has been made current with a long overdue update.

 

 

"Death of Innocence" Lyric Video

Hey everyone!

I wanted to let you know that I did programming for a band called Absolute Hero on their new single "Death of Innocence" which was released today! I was a part of the original band that wrote this song years ago, and the drummer for that band revitalized it for his new band. I did the strings, piano, electronic beats, ambiences, synths etc. in this a couple of years back and I'm happy to see it finally being used in this new version!

I would love to work with other bands in a similar way. If you or someone you know is interested, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Brandon

Final The Flatwoods Monster Trailer is Here!

Hey guys!

I have finished the rough draft of my score for the Small Town Monsters - "The Flatwoods Monster" documentary. We're on our way to finishing and it should be totally wrapped within the next couple of weeks. I'm really happy with how the score turned out - more on that soon.

In the meantime, I am finalizing the trailer cues for Current Music - all will be done by February 15th (a deadline fast approaching for sure!). In other news, the final trailer for The Flatwoods Monster has been released! Check it out:

Talk to you soon,

Brandon

STM Kickstarter!

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I have talked about it before here on the blog, but I wanted to give a final reminder to everyone that I'll be phoning in to be apart of the Facebook Live Q&A for the Kickstarter launch to fund the next three STM films that will be releasing over the course of 2018!

The event will be happening at 7pm EST this Thursday night! You can listen in on 97.1 FM in Ohio or it will also be broadcast LIVE on the STM Facebook page. The live audience will be able to steer the direction of the show and ask questions relating to our upcoming films, past projects and... well, pretty much anything. Looking forward to hanging out with everyone!

Quick update on everything else - Current Music has approved the four trailer cues I'm working on and so now it's spending the next couple of weeks totally finalizing them and perfecting them before doing the final preparation (separating the stems etc.) and turning them in!

I have a good amount of The Flatwoods Monster score finished and I just sent over everything I had done over to the Director and he seemed to really like what I've been doing so far. So now it's just in executing the remaining part of the score well and finishing strong. 

It's bittersweet to be on wrapping up side of these two projects. They've been extremely rewarding. Once I'm finished with these, I'll be moving on to scoring a main theme for an upcoming web series.

I'll have more to update soon. Talk to you then!

Brandon