Wednesday, March 10, 2010

30th Children's Film Score

It's hard for me to even imagine.  My friend/collaborator, Robert Reynolds, and I are in the studio over the next couple of days finishing up the production of our 29th and 30th film scores for Weston Woods Studios (a division of Scholastic). The films this week include "Splat The Cat", by Rob Scotton, and "The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog", by one of our favorite authors/illustrators, Mo Willems.

Our relationship with Weston Woods Studios (WWS) started back in 1998 while on tour with The Mavericks.  WWS director of production, Paul Gagne, has long been a Mav's fan.  After meeting him at a show, he explained how WWS animates children's books into short films and asked us if we'd be interested in composing the musical score to a film.  Of course we jumped at the opportunity.  What we thought was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to score a film turned into collaboration that has lasted 12 years and is going strong.
We've had the pleasure of creating the music to some wonderful films, including: "Miss Nelson Has A Field Day", "Antarctic Antics", "Swamp Angel", and "So You Want To Be President".  It's an extra bonus that we've been able to work on these projects with some celebrities like Cindy Lauper ("There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly"), Randy Travis ("Click Clack Moo", "Giggle Giggle Quack", & "Duck For President"), and James Earl Jones ("John, Paul, George, & Ben"), to name only a few.

WWS and Paul Gagne have a long history of producing award winning children's films.  I'm proud to say that six of our films have won the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medal  from the American Library Association.  Our Carnegie Medal winners are: "Miss Nelson Has A Field Day", "Antarctic Antics", "So You Want To Be President", "Giggle Giggle Quack", "Knuffle Bunny", and "Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus". The last two were also written and illustrated by Mo Willems.
These films prove to be some of the most fun, creative, challenging, and rewarding projects that I do.  I'm honored to work with all the talented musicians that have joined us on these projects.  And I'm especially honored to work with my long-time friend and co-producer, Robert Reynolds.  These last 12 years have seemingly flown by.  And I'm ready to let the next 12 whizz by with more films with Paul and the gang at Weston Woods Studios!!!


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