Monthly Archives: May 2012

I’m in the process of putting cues form every film I’ve ever done onto my web site. These cues will go all the way back to…gasp!…2008. Which is at the start of that 10,000 hours film music journey I mentioned in the previous post.

A friend asked “is that really a good idea”? You’d assume film composers get better as they go along, and should only show their best and most recent stuff. Presenting the old stuff with the new is for directors to really get to know me.

Many of the great composers had the core of their style established early on. Even when John Williams was “Johnny Williams”, doing TV in the 60s, you could hear seeds of “his” sound we all know from his films. Something in the brass writing was bold, like he’s working hard to get a big sound from small TV ensembles.

Here is another example of a composer across many years…Danny Elfman from 1985 and 2008…do these clips, from films at the opposite ends of the spectrum, sound like the same composer’s voice?

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, 1985:

Standard Operating Procedure, 2008:

Posted 6 years ago by John Piscitello

I’ve been away for a while, finishing the SMPTV program at USC. I scored a dozen short films with filmmakers at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, had 13 live recording sessions for assignments, and prepared maybe another 30 or so mockups of varying lengths along the way.

It’s a lot of music. It’s been busy.

I like intensity in academic programs. When you’re trying to complete your 10,000 hours, 70 hour weeks will get you there much faster than 20 hour weeks.

Which is why this blog has been slow – the entire second semester I didn’t update once. Heck, I didn’t even know about the Blogger redesign (way more attractive, but totally confusing, by the way).

Anyway, this blog may not be part of my film composing 10,000 hour program, but hopefully it can track more of my progress through the rest of them.

I try to always include a clip in all my posts. So, here is one about the 10,000 hour rule:

(About that “luck” part – which needs to be combined with your 10,000 hours of work to be successful –  I do believe that can be created…but it requires getting out of the house!)

Posted 6 years ago by John Piscitello