Posts tagged composer
SHIMMEEZ!

It's always a good time to come back into the world of toys with the gents at Naknek Design! Check out the newest jingle created for this new commercial for BEVERLY HILLS TEDDY BEAR's newest creation: SHIMMEEZ! 

Music by Grant Fonda
Voiced by Stacey Forbes
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Scott Frankfurt at Scott Frankfurt Studio. 

 

Best Original Score Nomination!

Thrilled to announce that DOWN THE FENCE has been nominated for Best Original Score at the AUSTIN REVOLUTION FILM FESTIVAL (September 19-23) alongside director MJ Isakson for Best Female Director! Congrats to the entire cast and crew!! 

To purchase or listen to the score, click HERE.
For you PANDORA and SPOTIFY users, the score is also live there!

To learn more about DOWN THE FENCE, including information about festivals and screenings, head to the film's website HERE

DOWN THE FENCE Original Score Teaser!

About two years ago, I got a call from a director in Washington state named "MJ Isakson". Not recognizing the number, I (naturally) ignored the call. Message was something like this: 

"Hi, Grant, my name's MJ Isakson, and I'm calling about a new documentary that I'm working on. I found your website and enjoy your music. Could you give me a call back at your earliest convenience?" 

Little did I know how much that one phone call would be a game changer for me. Over the last two years, I've been privileged to make friends with the crew, visit sets and screenings, be a part of the editing process, and create some of the most fun music I've ever been able to write for a film. AND the entire score is driven by MELODY. 

The full album releases on July 6, but in the meantime, I'm thrilled to be able to finally share a bit from the score. Here's A NOBLE CALLING, featuring the ambient guitar handiwork of Wil Pearce, and sprinkled with the sonic angel dust of Scott Frankfurt of Scott Frankfurt Studio. Enjoy!

THE FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF

Last summer, Michael Carp approached me about composing a new work for solo vibraphone that was out of the "normal" idiom for the medium. He wanted something that was largely lyrical, emotional, infused with cinematic tendencies, something that would appeal to a wide range of audiences rather than just the "studied" crowd. After a series of calls, Skype calls across states and countries, Christmas Eve revisions, and brainstorms, I came up with a through-composed multi-movement work called THE FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF. Mike did a lovely job bringing his own artistry and heart to this work and made for a wonderful collaboration.

As a composer, I'm particularly partial to the fourth and fifth movements, but I'd love to hear what resonates with you as performers, listeners . Let me know if you're interested in the score!

Projects like this with people like Mike make it fun to live in the concert world. Stay tuned for a new work for piano + percussion coming soon.... 

DOWN THE FENCE Comes to SANTA BARBARA

If you've been following the new for DOWN THE FENCE, you've probably heard that it's having a successful run in the Indie Film circuit (read: Laurels!). If you haven't heard, it's coming to SANTA BARBARA for a special screening! If you weren't able to attend the premiere at the SLO Film Festival, this is a chance to come watch this film with a whole lot of heart. Serving as composer for this project was one of the great joys of my 2016. Stay tuned for more info about the forthcoming soundtrack album! 

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE! 

The House that Rob Built - Teaser!

About two years ago, I had the pleasure of collaborating with director Jon Cipiti and producers Megan Harrington and Catherine Fowler for their feature indie documentary THE DATING PROJECT, which is now in its festival circuit and still has some big news brewing (stay tuned...)! 

Last month, I got a call from Jon & Megan wondering if I'd be interested in joining the pre-production team as the composer for their new feature documentary, THE HOUSE THAT ROB BUILT. The film's currently in production, and is the incredible story of Rob Selvig and the Lady Grizz. Never heard of Rob or the Lady Grizz? Check out the trailer below and GET EXCITED. 

This trailer has as much heart and passion in it as Jon & Megan do for this project. It's a joy to score for them! 

Head over to https://www.thehousethatrobbuiltmovie.com/ for more updates and information about how you can help this come to life!

My $50,000 Harmonica

In 2013, I received one of the most unusual and yet coolest graduation gifts that I could never think of: a C-Major diatonic harmonica. It wasn't from my mother, grandfather, or any other blood relative. No, this harmonica came from my Alma Mater, the USC Thornton School of Music as a gift for my graduation from the Scoring for Motion Picture & Television Program (SMPTV). My wife and I joked that it was a $50,000 instrument because of the cost of the program. And yet despite the joking, I held onto that harmonica like it was actually worth that much. 

It was a fun and quirky gift. It sat on my desk for a few weeks, made its rounds around our home after dinner and at random intervals when boredom set in, really functioning more as a novelty piece in our home than something functional for my career, which, is probably how it was intended to be used. (I can't imagine the Thornton administration sitting around and thinking "one day, one of our graduates will actually use this to make a living.") After a few weeks, the harmonica went back in its case, packed up, and moved across town to our new home, and then packed into a box and moved again 1 year later to the new studio location. The novelty gradually became forgotten. 

In the last 12 months, I was fortunate to be connected with Graham Kelley of Naknek Design. We hit it off as pals immediately, and have since collaborated on several projects together that have both paid the bills and satisfied our creative tendencies, most of these projects being corporate gigs helping businesses grow their brands through visual storytelling. And then, in January of this year, Graham told me that he was going with Ryan Francis (his business partner) to a small town in north central California to start work on what would be a multi-part narrative short series on hard work. He said that he'd love for me to help score it. I didn't object.

Months went by, life happened, and I completely forgot about the project until Graham asked me if I'd take a look at the temp that they had for their final cut of the first episode about three weeks ago. I'm now scoring the first short in this series called "Sweat of Thy Brow", releasing later this summer. Without giving any spoilers, I'll just say that it's been a blast creating an Americana-esque score that's based around a une. A real, fleshed out, 16 bar tune with a B section! The little things in life... 

As I was scoring today, I was fiddling with various textures and couldn't quite get the right balance between reediness, gritty earthiness, warmth, breathiness, and humanity. I tried building synth patches. I tried over 100 patches in Omnisphere (I mean, c'mon! No one built a patch with ALL of those tags I needed??). I tried singing. Nothing fit. Frustrated, I took a lunch break and then came back up to the studio to file a few pieces of mail that had arrived. Much to my surprise, the solution to my texture problem stared me down from my score-taping table. At some point in the last month, my wife had come across the harmonica again and placed it neatly next to a lamp in the studio, almost as if it was begging to be used again. I thought "what the heck" and brushed up on my harmonica chops (which are minimal), then started playing along to the B section of my tune for Naknek. It was absolutely perfect. The texture, the warmth, the grit, the humanity... it was all there. 

It's been said that live instruments increases the production value of a score. Well, as of today, this small budget project just got a $50,000 score. Fight on!