In the world of filmmaking today, many films lose a vital aspect which the music score is supposed to deliver to the audience: Significance.
What makes a score significant is simply a 'sing-able' tune; a tune you can easily associate with each scene and each character. Many modern scores resort to ambient music which extinguishes any opportunity for significance. I believe that the music in a film should represent the characters in a melodic form and should allow you to visualize the film, even when you're not watching it.
Far too often, the importance of the film composer is overlooked and simply given to someone with a computer and a music creation software. It is not the tools, but the true knowledge, experience, and most importantly the raw creativity and natural talent that makes a great composer, and therefore great music.
In July of 2007, I was announced the Grand Prize Winner of the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition. This competition was open to not only the United States but Canada, the United Kingdom, and for the first time, France and Spain with nearly 900 entries.
In 2006, I received a Graduate Certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television from University of Southern California (USC). While attending USC, I was awarded the prodigious Harry Warren Endowed Scholarship for my Praeclarus and Holocaust Hymn compositions for film.
In 2005, I received a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial and Media Writing from California State University, Northridge. While attending CSUN, I was awarded "Outstanding Student" in Composition.