Monthly Archives: February 2010

A cursed Scabble board brings its words to life. Events turn predictably sinister. I’ll be scoring an upcoming version of this film with a group of San Francisco filmmakers led by John Howard.

It’s based on a short story by Charlie Fish, which turns out to be a rather popular as a short film subject. Googling around for Tile M for Murder and Death by Scrabble turns up a trove of amateur short films recasting this story.

Note to self: don’t chew on Scrabble tiles.

I’ll post more news as this project gets into post production.

Posted 9 years ago by John Piscitello

The Amazon blog Armchair Commentary comments on film score music in the figure skating competition:

Last night’s pairs figure skating competition had a lot of people going “Where HAVE I heard that song before?” particularly during Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig‘s short routine, set to the “Portuguese Love Theme” from Love Actually. (Ironically, this piece of music, which is used on 1 out of 5 romantic film trailers and in Oscar montages, is not actually on the soundtrack, nor available for purchase as a track. Grrrr.)

Actually, I managed to find Portguese Love Theme this online. It’s true: itunes has only a 5-song version of the soundtrack, and Amazon US has a 17-song version. However the UK version (available on Amazon UK) has 20 tracks, including the Craig Armstrong Portugese Love Theme.

And then there’s YouTube:

This piece is now 7 years old, but it perfectly expresses the film culture. The music is straightforward, and it over the course of 3 minutes it really builds to a climax. Kind of like the best pop songs when you think about it.

Posted 9 years ago by John Piscitello
Budweiser cribbed some of Alan Silvestri’s score for Forrest Gump for it’s Fences ad in the Super Bowl.
It starts about halfway through the ad:

And here it is in Forrest Gump:

Alan Silvestri’s score was probably Oscar-worthy (it was nominated), but had to compete against The Lion King that year. The score sounds very up to date, it’s probably the single thing that got me interested in film scoring, and is extremely listenable. Try “Run Forrest Run” towards the end of your running playlist. 😉

Posted 9 years ago by John Piscitello