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Andrew Edwards, Film and Theater Composer

I would like to present another very accomplished film composer, Andrew Edwards. I had the great pleasure of studying Music Composition for the Screen with Andrew at Columbia College Chicago.  Right off the bat, he took me under his wing and mentored me throughout the two-year program.  His music is inspiring.  Andrew has incredible talent and is deft at bringing films of all genres to life through the music.

Andrew Edwards is a Chicago-based film, web, and theater composer. His textural style is flavored by his twin loves of pop and contemporary classical music, and is frequently tinged with melancholy. He received his BA in Music Composition/Theory from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and — under the direction of Andy Hill — his MFA in Music Composition for the Screen from Columbia College Chicago. He is the owner of Blue Police Box Music; a full-service music creation studio on the North side of Chicago, and the composer-in-residence for Chicago Tap Theatre. His music has been heard in national commercials, international trailers, and countless short films and documentaries, including, A Message From The East, Bringing Hope To Justice, and the forthcoming Bailout. His work on web series’ includes: Trep Life, DorkumentaryTV, and the upcoming Robin Hood update, Prince of Thieves. He just completed work on a Doctor Who spinoff audio drama for Big Finish productions, and is writing the original score for a “Tap Opera” based on the 1960 French horror film, “Les yeux sans visage”, with Marc Smith (the creator of the Poetry Slam). He lives adjacent to Chicago’s beautiful Andersonville neighborhood with his partner, also Andrew, and his stalwart cat, Max.

The Shadow Suite

Humanity (Part 1 & 2)


To contact Andrew, please visit Blue Police Box Music.  All you filmmakers out there, keep Andrew in mind for your next film project… you won’t be sorry!!!

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Starz Denver Film Festival – Nov. 2-13, 2011

It’s that time of year again.  For all you filmmakers out here in Denver, you know what I am talking about.  It is the 34th Annual Starz Denver International Film Festival.  This prestigious event is going on from today, November 2nd, through November 13th.  The films will be played at many venues around Denver, including: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver FilmCenter/Colfax, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Highlands Church, King Center, Knights of Columbus Hall, L2 Arts and Culture Center, Starz FilmCenter, Tivoli Student Union.

The festival kicks off tonight with the film, Like Crazy.

There are so many great films being premièred over the next couple of weeks, there is surely a film for everyone.  Not only are there some kick-ass films, but there are over a dozen VIP events as well as exclusive post-film parties.

While the festival starts today, make sure to buy your tickets in advance as some of the films have already sold-out.  This is the perfect opportunity to expand your film knowledge as well as rub elbows with some talented people in the film industry.  Ever wanted to be a part of a red carpet première, then check out the 34th Annual Starz Denver International Film Festival.

What film(s) are you most looking forward to seeing??

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Duncan Blickenstaff, Film Scorer

I am sorry this post is so late this week.  Last week I focused on the singer/songwriter James Lee Baker.  I am going to switch it up this week and showcase an artist in the film industry.  For this week’s featured artist, I would love to introduce Duncan Blickenstaff, a phenomenal film scorer based out of Los Angeles, CA.  All you filmmakers out there, keep Duncan in mind the next time you are looking for someone to score your films.  I am telling you, this kid is amazing.  Check out his work and see for yourself.  Move over Hans Zimmer, Duncan’s going to take over Hollywood.

Duncan Blickenstaff is a Los Angeles based composer of music for film, television, web series, and new media with a lyrical style and an ear for the shadings of character and drama.  He received his MFA in Music Composition for the Screen at Columbia College Chicago under the direction of Andy Hill.  In addition to composing, he can be seen playing piano for improv comedy groups around town.

Duncan is currently working as a composer assistant for Mychael Danna and Rob Simonsen, and has had the opportunity to be a part of studio feature films and primetime television shows including Moneyball, Going the Distance, Blue Bloods, and Camelot.

Music Samples:

Duncan’s complete demo reel can be found here.

Check out these opening credits to a film called Walter’s Wife.  Every time I watch these opening credits I want to cry.

To contact Duncan, he can be reached at: Duncanblickenstaff@gmail.com.

Hope you all enjoy his music as much as I do.  🙂

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