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New contribution to Totally Novel on writing, update on Sweet Sixteen Killer

I've been pretty quiet lately on the blog, sorry about that. I've been laying mostly low, though I did recently begin contributing to a new website for writers and readers called Totally Novel. My first contribution for members of the site is a post I titled 3 things that prevented me from writing a novel. To read the post, sign up for a free trial. Take a look around and if you don't wanna stay, don't renew membership. That said, it's a pretty cool effort being put together by a former Google+ member like myself. As a matter of fact there are several members on the site from the old Google+ days. (Side note: there is a free membership option)
I will be contributing to the Totally Novel blog bi-monthly for now. My next addition will be in August. I'm super excited for the site and I hope you can come join us and become a part of the groups, forums, blog, workshops, and more. 
All that said, I haven't given up here. This is still my primary site and blog. 👊

I'm getting that old noir itch tonight

I'm getting that old noir itch tonight. Thinking back on some of my old noir characters, the stories and listening to what was to be our main theme of Kings 2. Use the player below to start listening to the theme, and read on.

This theme was composed by +Benjamin Little and I can remember the first time he played it for me. We walked onto the Missouri S&T campus and found a piano in the Havaner Center, right above the coffee shop. He played it out on the piano and I listened to it... it had a quality to it I really liked. The way it slowly built over time with each repetition. It reminded me of a song I had mixed for the first one, which was pretty bad, and I generally referred to as Batman vs. The Nazis. It had that certain... for lack of a better term... epic quality to it, but still somewhat classical.

The music for Kings was primarily a happy accident.
When I began editing the first film, Kings: Hit and Run, I needed music and I would take whatever I had my hands on. And what I had my hands on were some rough recordings of piano solos Ben and I had recorded before he left. It was him playing a baby grand piano into a cassette tape recorder. Most of the songs were rough, scratchy sounding, depressing and classical in nature. The other music I had at my fingertips was a CD recorded by my wife's uncle, which contained some blues pieces. I decided to go with the classical piano solos and blues.

When I began writing Kings 2, I decided that I wanted to up the ante a bit. I wanted to have Ben compose music specifically for the soundtrack, and I wanted to reach back into the public domain and use some old time blues pieces. I curated a list of pieces I liked from the era, and that I felt I could use. Some great stuff. And it was worth the ride, going back and researching the roots of blues.

Digging in the heels
To me, half the fun in filmmaking and acting is the research.... actually, it might even be more than half. It's the digging in and finding the stuff below the surface you want to embed in it to make it resonate. And no, I don't mean like adding an agenda. If you wanna make movies about what you believe, or your opinions, that's fine, it's called a documentary or possibly propaganda. Remember to label it right.

I'm entering tangent-ville. Good night.


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