Speed Racer

Dan Movie Reviews

Just when it seemed that the trend of creating live-action film adaptations of animated television shows was starting to wane, along comes Speed Racer, the Wachowski Brothers’ attempt at bringing a classic anime to life. After the seemingly tragic death of his brother Rex Racer, Speed Racer (Emil Hirsch) is determined to be the best race car driver out there. When he nearly breaks Rex’s record at the Thunderhead race course, he gains the attention of Royalton (Roger Allam) who …


Dan Movie Reviews

Godzilla meets The Blair Witch Project with a splash of “Felicity” might be a reasonable way to describe the J.J. Abrams produced monster movie Cloverfield. Presented as “found footage”, the movie shows a monster attack on Manhattan as seen through the lens of five friends. Rob (Michael Stahl-David) is leaving for Japan for a new job, so his friends throw him a surprise farewell party. Hud (T.J. Miller) is handed the video camera, and ends up spending most of the …

Drinkin with Disney

Dan Showbiz

Tonight I went with Justin to the Buena Vista Home Video Blu-Ray event for the release of Pixar’s Cars and Ratatouille. It was a great time, with such folks as John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Michael Giacchino, John Ratzenberger, Brian Dennehy, Cheech Marin and more, all in attendance. After an opening cocktail reception (with kickass Kobe Beef Sliders) they opened up “Gusteau’s” for dinner. The food was awesome – totally gourmet, and an open bar. It’s funny – for all the …


Dan Movie Reviews

With their recent acquisition of the Pixar Animation Studios, Disney has made a very sound investment. The studio has consistently churned out quality animated products, with even their weakest entry, Cars, being in a class above so many other films. Their latest full-length feature film is Ratatouille, and it’s set to raise the bar of computer animation even higher. Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt) is a discerning rat who appreciates the wonderful sensation of mixing food together. After becoming separated …

Lost: Season One

Dan Autographs

A few weeks back I finally got my Lost Season One DVD set back. My friend Sean was kind enough to have JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof (series creators and producers) sign it for me. JJ is a funny guy, that’s for sure!

An Impossible Contest

Dan Autographs, Showbiz

Next month, on SoundtrackNet, I will run a contest for Mission: Impossible 3. The prizes will most likely include the soundtrack album, but five lucky winners will also get a signed score sheet: Signatures are: Michael Giacchino (composer), JJ Abrams (director/writer), Tim Simonec (conductor/orchestrator), Dan Wallin (mixer), Larry Kenton (orchestrator), Chris Tilton (orchestrator), and Stephen Davis (music editor). Snazzy!!


Dan Autographs

This one might be a bit hard to read: It says: Dan, I’m not supposed to tell you this, but this guy is the one behind everything! – Michael Giacchino. (He made the “O” in the title into a man with his mouth open.) Then, conductor/orchestrator Tim Simonec made the “L” into a baton, and wrote “My baton, Tim Simonec” And finally, show creator J.J. Abrams signed his name – but only after writing what he thought of Michael. 🙂 …

Remote Podcasting

Dan Showbiz

Did another podcast from a remote location today. Well, kinda. I was at the Mission: Impossible 3 mixing session at Paramount, and got a few minutes to talk with Michael Giacchino on the record – the podcast will go up tomorrow once I edit it!

Tom & Jerry: The Karate Guard

Dan Video Projects

Back in September, I shot about 80-minutes of footage from the scoring session to Tom & Jerry: The Karate Guard, the short-film that Michael Giacchino scored. It’s taken a while, but I finally got the whole thing edited down to a nice 10-minutes or so, added music (from the final recording), and even some snazzy retro titles. Hopefully everyone will enjoy it!


Dan Showbiz

Today I spent the day at Fox hanging out with Michael Giacchino and Chris Tilton, where they recorded the score to the upcoming computer game BLACK. The music is awesome, and I can’t wait for the final mix! Tonight I’ll be home, catching up on work. Fun fun!