Rob spent the fall of 2016 scoring showrunner Stephen Leonard’s newest DreamWorksTV project; the kid’s show Sammy n’ Amy about a girl and her best friend – a sandwich! Episodes of Sammy n’ Amy aired on Go90 over the holidays, and the first 3 episodes are now on DreamWorksTV’s YouTube channel!
“As opposed to Dueling Kapowskis (the last show Rob scored for Leonard), which was a bombastic combination of metal, techno and orchestral madness, the score for this show was rooted in big band style – I used Danny Elfman and the Brian Setzer Orchestra for inspiration,” said Rob about the score. “I think it’s a fun score, and fits the show well.”
You can find the first 3 episodes on YouTube HERE
You can hear Rob’s work in Season 5 of the hit WEtv series Braxton Family Values!
After half a year of research, 120 pages of writing, and over 100 tacos ingested, Rob released his sophmore book Tacocity: Los Angeles. The book covers over 70 of the best places in Los Angeles to fill your belly with the Mexican fare. Complete with mouth-watering, full-color photos of over 50 different tacos, the book was launched at Salazar restaurant in the Frogtown section of Los Angeles. The book sold out at the event, and guests got to sample the excellent cuisine created by chef Esdras Ochoa, head chef and co-owner of Salazar.
“I learned so much writing my first book [In the Belly of the Fail Whale] that I was able to apply to the process this time around. I also had an amazing editor and support from the chefs and taqueria owners I featured in the book, including Esdras. I wanted to not only write a definitive guide to tacos in Los Angeles, but highlight some of the incredible stories and people I met along the way.”
Thursday night, a new series I’ve been scoring has it’s red carpet premiere in Hollywood. Cost Of Capital episode 1 launches Monday, but you can catch the teaser here.
A few months ago, someone I didn’t know tweeted that his company was looking for a composer. A friend of mine, @sashaloren, recommended me. I was on a conference call that afternoon, and signing a contract the next morning.
The project is from theLIFT, a marketing and branding company based in San Diego. They created a new campaign for Sony, promoting their 5.1 Surround Sound systems in Costco, Best Buy and Fry’s, by designing a walk-in display that showcases the amazing sound you’ll get from Sony’s system. I got to be a part of that sound by creating an epic score that plays over the video, and loops between customers.
The project was not only an awesome opportunity to work with some wonderful people, but fun to compose. I took inspiration from the Transformers 3 trailer, Tron DVD menu and the Prometheus trailer to create a score that envelops and excites the listener.
At least that’s my hope. As long as it doesn’t put you to sleep.
The display should be in stores now, sound off in the comments if you’ve seen & heard it, and what you think of the system itself. Huge thanks to Ricky & Brandon at theLIFT – they were easy and fun to work with, and I’m looking forward to doing it again in the future.
All of this came about because of Twitter, and the people that I’m connected to. How has Twitter connected YOU to people that change your life?
Working on a 48Hr Film Fest film today, my second with Filmmakers (and friends) Frank Mohler and Brian Ward. The film is called “The Pattern,” and it’s a cop procedural romance starring Tom Konkle and Brittney Powell.
I’m having a lot of fun with it, musically. We’ll see if I still feel that way after they give me notes.
Just kidding. Frank and Brian are great to work with, Frank has been an editor on more films, pilots and webseries with me than any other one editor. And Brian is… well, Brian is just a rockstar.
He’s actually more like the Rockstar drink. He gives you energy, and then makes you pee a lot.
Yesterday, I headed down to San Diego for the day for a couple of meetings. I finally got to meet Brandon and Ricky from TheLIFT, a company I recently worked with on a promotion for Sony’s 5.1 Surround Sound system (you can hear my score in Costco, Fry’s and Best Buys across the US, just look for the Sony display).
I took Allison to Sunset Cliffs to look at the sea life that resides in the rocks by the ocean.
And I couldn’t leave before stopping at Nico’s.
This is a Carne Asada Burrito from Nico’s Mexican Food in Ocean Beach. Years ago (lots of them), when I was managing for Sherwin Williams, I worked at the store on Newport Ave in OB, just a block away from Nico’s. In the time since, I’ve never had a better carne asada burrito. Something about it’s taste and simplicity – a hand-made flour tortilla, juicy carne asasa, fresh guacamole, pico de gallo – that no one else has been able to reproduce for me.
I like my burritos like I like my tacos – simple. I don’t like rice and beans in a meat burrito (I love bean and cheese burritos, however), and I don’t like fish or shrimp in them.
I’m glad Nico’s is still around, and they taste the same as they did in the 90’s.
It made the top 10 in the Youtube Your Film Festival competition and at the end of this month the film will be screening at the Venice Film Festival where he’ll be pitching an idea to Ridley Scott and his team in hopes to win $500,000 for a new project. HUGE congrats to Kevin and the rest of the Drought team!
Back in 2008, I scored this horror feature, and it also became my first soundtrack release. I had a great time working with Huntington Beach-based Director Rocky Costanzo to craft the score, and I’m glad to announce that it’s finally available for streaming or digital purchase.