Category Archives: Announcements
A brand new episode of The FlipSide is out now and stars one of my favorite character actors, Stephen Tobolowsky (Glee, Heroes, Groundhog Day).
I wrote the original score and the film was written and directed by Ben Shelton.
Many of my tracks will be featured in the upcoming reality series King of the Nerds.
The series airs January 17th on TBS.
Check out a trailer for the show which is currently running in theaters before screenings of The Hobbit:
Special thanks to Russell Spurlock and Whatnot Industries!
Upcoming screenings for two recent films I have scored:
The filmmakers of Two Shadows will personally present the film at the Admiral Theater on Sunday, November 4, 2012. The theater is located at 2343 California Ave SW, Seattle, Washington 98116. Showtime 1:40pm. Tickets $10 advance/door. Get your tickets now: seattle2shadows.eventbrite.com
Two Shadows celebrates its San Francisco premier on Sunday November 11, 2012 at the Vogue Theater, 3290 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94115. The show starts at 2:00pm, followed by a Q&A with director Greg Cahill. Tickets $10 advance/door. Purchase advance tickets here: sanfrancisco2shadows.eventbrite.com.
The Commitment will have its hometown premiere at the Boston Asian American Film Festival on October 28, 2012 at 3pm at The Paramount Center. The film is featured in the session “Reel Food: A Shorts Program”; click here for tickets. BAAFF empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. BAAFF is a program of the Asian American Resource Workshop, a member-based organization that seeks to document the diverse Asian Pacific American histories, experiences, and social conditions, respond to current Asian Pacific American issues, and promote Asian Pacific American identity.
I just completed a video highlights showreel with an original composition. The video is a two-minute montage of short clips from many of the great projects I have been fortunate enough to work on over the past few years.
The Commitment, a short film I scored written and directed by Albert Chan, is having it’s premiere screening this Saturday September 22nd at the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Following the screening I will be participating in a Q&A with the filmmakers.
“The Commitment screens on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11am in Theatre Two as part of Short Series: All About Gaybies, three very different takes on gay adoption that provide a humorous, and sometimes poignant look into life with and without gaybies; click here for tickets. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, the festival is a presentation of the Palm Springs Cultural Center and is dedicated to presenting the best in LGBT cinema. With the current gay and lesbian population in Palm Springs estimated to be about seven times the national average, a concentration even greater than that of San Francisco, Palm Springs is a fitting location for the premiere of The Commitment.”
The film has also been accepted into The 27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and The 60th Annual Columbus International Film + Video Festival.
Episode 2: Lottery. Written and directed by Ben Shelton.
Episode 1: Football Dudes came out today:
Two Shadows, a wonderful feature film I scored last year, won the Audience Award at The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival! Congratulations to all the cast and crew!
Read the official announcement here.
Also a special congratulations to DP John Matysiak who won the prize for best cinematography!
A short film I scored, “Survival of the Family Unit,” will be screening at the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival in late April.
After years of enduring his father’s cold discipline, a son decides to rid his father by poisoning him. But, just as soon as his plan starts to take effect, the son begins to see his father for the first time as a human being.
Director – Kevin Huang
Producer(s) – Adam Bonsib
Editor – Mowgli Jones
Cinematographer – James Herron & Tim Wu
This week I’m at NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants conference in Anaheim. It’s a great chance to geek out and see all the new music related toys coming to market soon. Of course I’m particularly interested in software and virtual instruments. The last time I went to NAMM was in 2007, so I’ll be interested to see how/if it’s changed.
If I come across anything particularly post-worthy I might write something up here, otherwise you’re more likely to find me tweeting about it.
2011 was a busy and productive year! To cap it off I thought I’d write a summary of some of the highlight projects I got to work on this past 12 months.
I scored the beautiful feature film Two Shadows from writer/director Greg Cahill.
I wrote original music for a commercial for the MTV Video Music Awards.
I wrote music for many short films, including:
- Project Arbiter with Michael Chance
- Fire City with Brian Lubocki and Michael Hayes
- Pixelated Mindwarp Mario Adventure! with D. Ryan Reeb
- Patricide with Kevin Huang
- Nuts for Pizza with Dave Andrade
- Bride on Sale with Hendrik de Smet
The official Disney Princess website added Rapunzel to its roster of princesses, and thus I wrote an orchestral arrangement of Alan Menken’s “When Will My Life Begin” for her page.
I wrote several tutorials for Audiotuts, continuing the Altered Chord series I began in 2010:
- Getting to Know Altered Chords Part 3: Altered VI
- Getting to Know Altered Chords Part 4: Altered III
- Getting to Know Altered Chords Part 5: Altered VII
I wrote original string quartet and string orchestra arrangements for many songwriters and artists via the company I run with my beautiful wife, Lydia Veilleux, at Short Order Strings.
And I played bass for Michael Teoli and Joe Fria’s epic gothic horror rock musical CarnEvil!
Here’s to a prolific and creative 2012!
A common question I get form directors is “How do you like to talk about notes and feedback on your music?”. So I wrote a free pdf e-book for directors, producers and anyone who works with composers and musicians on their projects.
Fill out the form below to get your free copy of the 18 page e-book, The Filmmaker’s Guide to Giving Feedback on Music:
For many filmmaker’s, working with a composer is a difficult and uncertain process. Many times they know exactly what they want, but because they are not musical themselves they don’t know how to describe their vision. Or conversely if they are musicians, they may not know how to communicate effectively with the composer. This can result in long revision processes that seem to go nowhere, and even anxiety and a lack of confidence that the music is ever going to be right.
What filmmaker’s need is a way to effectively communicate with their composer in a way that is both results based and diplomatic, and that’s where this guide comes in.
The ideas and suggestions in this guide include:
• What language to use when talking about music.
• Why the story is the most important thing to discuss.
• When temp music is helpful and when it’s not.
• What to do when the direction of the music just isn’t working.
An article was recently posted on StudentFilmmakers.com about my work on Project Arbiter. Thanks go out to Jody for the writeup!
The new trailer for Project Arbiter is now live! I did the music and sound design/mix for the trailer and music for the film. Please share it with your friends and get the word out!
“The Great Marcusio,” a short film directed by D. Ryan Reeb, is now available for viewing on Vimeo! It has a quirky score with elements of circus and magic music.
I was interviewed on the great site Composer Focus! Please check out the interview and leave a comment:
Check out the official trailer for Two Shadows, an independent film directed by Greg Cahill. The trailer features original music from my score for the film.
Love in the Afternoon, a short film I scored, directed by Hendrik de Smet, has been accepted into the 2011 WorldFest International Film Festival in Houston. On April 17th the film will be given a Remi Award. Congratulations to all cast and crew!
Here’s a sneak peek from the score to Fire City! I can’t tell you any more about the project than this: it’s going to be awesome!
Skinning has begun crossing international border, last week making it to the UK to screen for British Parliament. The screening was part of Serbia week in England, and the film has a particularly polarizing political edge for the Serbian community. Check out this article from W!LD RooSTeR about the film.
On February 7th Skinning will be screened at the House of Parliament in London, followed by a Q&A with director Stevan Filipovic. They are calling it “Serbian week in the UK 2011″.
The Serbian film’s strong political message is gaining attention and traction across Europe. Filipovic says: ““Skinning is an exciting coming-of–age story that tackles the subjects of love, loyalty, manipulation, hooliganism and Serbian society itself which pushes its youth into the arms of extreme ideologies. It’s about the choices we make in life and how easy it is to go down a dark path which ruins not only yourself but those close to you.”
The film will screen at Oxford the following Wednesday.
Project Arbiter, the sci-fi short film I am currently scoring, has had a great write up on screenrant.com and an interview with director Michael Chance. From the site: “If a studio is as impressed as we are by the work he has done on Project Arbiter so far, expect big things in the future.”
The film is being produced by Vicki de Mey, who was the director of The Dead Sleep, a feature I scored in 2008!
My score for Devils Racecourse won Best Original Score from the Maverick Movie Awards!
Last years winners were Philip Glass, Thom Yorke and Damien Rice.
The Maverick Movie Awards site says: “We do what we do at the Maverick Movie Awards for all the talented moviemakers who deserve recognition. Those talented folks are the ones with the names to know. And, so far, quite a few have even become the names to watch.”
More information here: http://www.maverickmovieawards.com
Pastor Shepherd had a screening in Pasadena. Here are just a few photos from the event.
I’m happy to announce that I will be collaborating with director Nicholas Tolkien on his debut feature film “Anacapa”.
A brief article mentioning the film can be found from The Telegraph.
Here are a few of the first photos I received from the red carpet premiere for Skinning on October 6th, 2010 in Belgrade, Serbia.
The Serbian premiere for Skinning (Serbian title Sisanje) was a terrific success. We had a red carpet premiere and I will be sure to post photos as soon as I have them!
When time permits (!) we will begin working on the soundtrack album with a likely iTunes release.
Now it’s back to work, many exciting projects underway over the next few months with details to follow as they progress.
I’m looking forward to working with director Greg Cahill on his upcoming feature film Two Shadows.
Synposis of the film:
Long Beach hipster wannabe Sovanna receives a cryptic letter from Cambodia claiming that her long-lost brother and sister are still alive. Ditching her dead-end lifestyle and alcoholic father, Sovanna travels to her birthplace alone to seek out her two siblings who disappeared during the civil war 20 years earlier. With guidance from a quirky motorbike driver named Munny, Sovanna launches her search into the dark corners of Cambodia. Upon discovering a girl who may or may not be her real sister, Sovanna is ensnared into an increasingly dangerous situation, pitting her in a tug-of-war between her own personal safety, and her compassion for a stranger.
The theatrical poster for Skinning has been released.
The new trailer for the Serbian film Skinning is now online. Some of my original music for the film is used in the trailer.
The DVD of Pastor Shepherd is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
The Premium (formerly known as “Plus”) tutorials that I regularly write for Audiotuts.com are now available for single purchase at the Envato Marketplace.
If you’re interested in developing your skills as a composer, producer or musician please check out the tuts!
The Serbian premiere of Skinning will be October 6th, 2010 at the Sava Center in Belgrade. I am glad to say that I will be in attendance!
The Sava Center hosts one of the largest screens in Europe. More information can be found at http://www.savacentar.net/index.php?lang=en.
The mix is just one cue short of complete for Skinning and it’s turning out great! The project wraps this week.
Both the film and the score have turned out great and I’m very excited for people to see it! Since most of you reading this probably wont be able to make the Serbian or Australian premieres, check back here for information on an US release of the film as it becomes available.
Also coming in the next few months will be the official soundtrack for the score!
Welcome to the brand new ryanleach.com
Many thanks to Michael Crigler and Tom Filepp at Prank Design for their amazing help in putting everything together.
I’d love to know what you think of the new look, please leave your comments or send me an e-mail!
The teaser trailer for I.D. is now online and it looks great. I wrote original music for the film, including the song “Make It Be Tonight” used in this trailer.
An original composition of mine was used in the hit MTV series The Hills.
The new Disney Princess Website has been released! Ryan composed an original piece for the homepage music as well as 8 new orchestral arrangements of Disney classics for the individual princess pages.
Ryan is assisting the music team at Remote Control for Rupert Gregson-Williams’ score to Bee Movie, the Jerry Seinfeld/Dreamworks upcoming animated feature.
Ryan was recently a music assistant at Remote Control Productions for Hans Zimmer’s score to The Simpsons Movie.
Ryan was the score engineer for Adrift in Manhattan, a feature film directed by Alfredo de Villa with a beautiful score composed by Michael A. Levine.
The film stars Heather Graham and William Baldwin and will premiere in the dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.
“Ara’s Flight” will be screening at the 9th Annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival in February as part of the “Animation Amalgamation”.
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