Superman Returns

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Back the spring of 2006, I had the good fortune to not only attend the scoring sessions for Bryan Singer’s quasi-sequel Superman Returns, but was able to shoot hours of video for a mini-documentary I put together for the music team. Some of my footage ended up in the “multimedia” portion of the original Rhino Records soundtrack album, but that pretty much concluded my involvement with the project – until now. Working with the audio files direct from the ProTools …

X2: X-Men United

Dan Graphic Design

I had another soundtrack release at San Diego Comic Con this year – but I only art directed it.  La-La Land Records released a limited expanded soundtrack to John Ottman’s score to X2: X-Men United.  In working on this project, I not only got to use two of the scoring session photos I had taken years ago in the booklet, but I also got to go on an Easter egg hunt to find the original poster artwork. Yes, that’s right, …

Mark Snow, John Ottman and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Concert

Dan Spain (2009)

We were taken from the TEA to the Music Auditorium for the first big orchestral concert of the festival.   After getting a few drinks in the lobby, we got our seats (front row), and the program began with Mark Snow conducting his own music from Millennium, The X-Files, and Crazy in Alabama. It was great hearing some pieces with full orchestra (and choir), like the “Main Theme” from Millennium, and “Surgery” and “Crossroads” from The X-Files. Next up was music …

Final Panel at the TEA

Dan Spain (2009)

After getting all cleaned up, we took a taxi to the TEA for the final panel, which was supposed to be “Agents and Composers”.  However, Vas Vangelos had to leave town, Clint Mansell had already gone, Joel McNeely was ill and wasn’t attending the Fimucite conference at all, and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek was down in his hotel room writing music for his current film project.  So, David Arnold – who wasn’t even part of the conference – was convinced to …

Concert Rehearsal / La Laguna

Dan Spain (2009)

After breakfast this morning, I met up with Carly and Melinda, and we took a taxi to the Music Auditorium, where the rehearsal was ongoing for tonight’s big concert. After hanging and watching for a bit, Melinda and I walked over to the tram station, where we got tickets to go to the other end of the line, in La Laguna. Since we had missed the walking tour on Wednesday, we wanted to go check it out and take pictures. …

Hanging at the TEA / Dinner at La Hierbita

Dan Spain (2009)

After the radio interview finally ended, Melinda and I headed back with Ana to the TEA where the composer panels had been going on.  We ended up hanging with a bunch of folks down in the Library Cafe, chatting with Clint Mansell, David Arnold, John Ottman, Ray Costa, Robert Messinger, Vasi Vangelos, and others. At around 8:30pm, before the last panel had finished, a bunch of us were getting peckish, so we went with Pedro to one of his favorite …

On the Radio!

Dan Spain (2009)

Well, I didn’t know what to expect, and I can’t say I was ready for any of it. All Melinda and I knew was that we were going to be “interviewed on the radio”. Ok, that’s vague enough. So we were picked up at the hotel at 5pm, and driven to the local offices of the Radio Nacional de Espana. After getting slightly lost, we found ourselves at the station, and it turns out that we were just part of …

Reception in La Laguna / Clint Mansell Concert

Dan Spain (2009)

After the Varese Sarabande panel, Melinda and I were driven to the historic theater in La Laguna where Clint Mansell would have his concert, but the panel had started and ended late – which means we ended up missing the walking tour of colonial La Laguna.  Gah! We did however get to the reception on time, where we were joined by the other guests, including Carol Goldsmith (Jerry’s widow), John Ottman, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek and his wife, Vasi Vangelos and …

A session a day…

Dan Showbiz

… won’t keep the doctor away, but rather will probably put me in the hospital for fatigue! In all seriousness, today marks the beginning of what could be scoring sessions for seven films in a week. Oy! Right now, I will be at: Tuesday:The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (Brian Tyler) Wednesday: The Devil Wears Prada (Teddy Shapiro) Thursday: Nacho Libre (Danny Elfman) Friday: The Lady in the Water Choir Sessions (James Newton Howard) Saturday/Sunday*: Invincible (Mark Isham) Monday/Tuesday*: …