Ever since I was a little child, going to see movies with my Big Brother almost every weekend, I have been fascinated with film and video. In my lifetime, I'd say I've watched more films than your average joe. I always thought it would be so glamorous to be a part of the industry. In my short amount of experiences thus far, I still think it is glamorous, but now I understand one must work hard and communicate well to be a part of the creation process.
It wasn't until my graduating semester that I got an opportunity to act in the short film Stand by Paul Goggin.
There's a great story behind this work.
A year later, I got another opportunity to act in a professionally produced short film, Three Sisters Laundry, directed by John Crockett. It was written and produced by LeighAnn Gould, whom you'll recognize from My Big Phat Gay Musical. I got to sing, act, dance, produce and compose music - all in one project!
My first real exposure to composing music for films is in my work with The Auraria Campus Library and the Kenneth King Foundation; a series of four short documentaries called OutWest: A History of Colorado. I worked with three of the best student documentary filmmakers available in the film
department of the University of Colorado Denver: Krisi Olivero, Denise Lenz and Vance Gerard. This experience was unique from traditional composing gigs because I was involved in most of the meetings and some of the shoots. Also, it was my first time coordinating a recording session in a professional studio with several talent.
Currently, I am composing music to score for the feature length documentary, Taylor's Gift, directed by Denise Lenz. The story of Taylor Storch is deeply touching and is bound to move you. Her tragic death sends a hopeful message to the public about the importance of organ donation. This is, by far, my most serious and longest running project.