It’s A Wrap On Seminarista

by J. Aaron Stanley on September 23, 2011

I delivered the score to Seminarista this week. It was a fun project, and I am grateful to have had enough of a budget to get an ensemble of four live musicians together, including…

    • Piano – Jeremy Borum
    • Clarinet – Sean Franz
    • Cello – Cameron Stone
    • Viola – A name I cannot divulge for safety & security reasons, lest union thugs hunt him down and do terrible things to him. (Note to the reader without a sense of humor: I’m exaggerating.)

These musicians made a fine ensemble, and I’m very pleased with the end result. It’s always a pleasure to work with great musicians. I don’t care what the trends are these days, I will continue to work with living, breathing musicians any way I can.

I chose this instrumentation partly for practical reasons and partly because I knew instinctively it would work well for the heart-warming drama this film happens to be.

I also layered in some sampled orchestral strings, simply for harmonic and textural support and to aid climatic moments. Of course, a live orchestra would have been way better – and I continue to pine for one. But short of that, four live musicians is certainly better than none.

I can only hope that my future film projects will have ever larger budgets for ever larger ensembles! I’m waiting (and salivating at the very thought) for the day when I have an entire symphony orchestra seated before me, ready to play my music at the downbeat.

In the meantime, here’s a peak at what I created with just four live musicians….

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