Monthly Archives: August 2013

No Place On Earth is out on DVD and Blu-ray this week (with an updated onesheet). It’s on DVD but you can also get it as a digital download on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.

No Place On Earth is a good watch, I promise!  77% on Rotten Tomatoes, Variety called it “A substantial contribution to Holocaust cinema,” and LA Times said “Add one more extraordinary survival tale to the canon of Holocaust documentaries”.

The Playlist

covered the film when into wider theatrical release back in April and ran a clip, which happens to feature the opening cue from the soundtrack, Coming Out, watch it below.

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello
I recently did a Twitter chat with @HBSAlumni. They asked me about leaving Silicon Valley to pursue film scoring, recent projects like No Place On Earth, and my recommendations of favorite film scores (hint: I may have brought up this concert of Ennio Morricone conducting):

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello

Anita Elberse of HBS wrote about how master violinist Joshua Bell was ignored by busy DC Metro commuters and the career lessons for artists.

Here is an account of what happened in the metro (entitled Pearls before Breakfast”):

Anita Elberse describes the importance of a strategy for presenting your work:

Bell’s performance at the metro station was purposefully devoid of any indication that suggested he is, in fact, a superstar worthy of people’s attention. It was the worst marketing strategy imaginable: the wrong location, the wrong time, and (with his street clothes) the wrong image. If the goal had been to attract attention, even a few little adjustments would have gone a long way: picking a place in the station where commuters naturally stand still, placing a banner displaying his name, or hiring a few fans to serve as his cheering section, to name just a few examples. In many ways, everyone who is competing for attention in the workplace needs a strategy, too — even paying attention to seemingly minor details can go a long way.

True that.

Here is more Joshua Bell, this time with proper lighting and microphones, playing Shubert’s Ave Maria:

(The funny thing is – the Metro station video is where he’s been seen the most on YouTube, that has about 3 times the views of his next-biggest video.)

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello

From their review:

Very rarely do you find a new voice amongst the scoring community that stands out above the rest as something truly special. A voice that truly has something to say and isn’t fitting into a mold or pattern. John Piscitello is a voice just like that, and this relatively new composer is making a grand mark with his score to the stirring documentary No Place On Earth.

John Piscitello’s score is a masterpiece and for this to come from a composer who is practically getting started is just awe inspiring. The music feels alive and has a very distinct personality with many sides to it.

Here’s one clip from the soundtrack, “Coming Out”:

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello