CHAPTER 6 - PHOTO GALLERY
The author poses with the Oscar for The ChubbChubbs! / Ale-E-Inn establishing shot / Ken Ralston and Jacquie Barnbrook / Intimidating aliens / Eric Armstrong, and Jef Wolverton / Meeper and friends / Bradford Simonsen and Tim Larkin
CHAPTER 6 - EXCERPT
Many consider the Academy Award to be the most prestigious accolade in all of entertainment. The famously bald, slender, golden statuette forever-after confers Hollywood gild upon its recipients. Oscar-winner implies craft mastery and peer acclaim at the highest level. It is exclusively a film industry honor, awarded annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
I have never won an Academy Award for Best Music in a film. However, it was my fabulous good fortune to be a crucial member of a small team that won an Oscar together at the 75th Annual Academy Awards. The victory was Best Animated Short Film for The ChubbChubbs!, released by Columbia Pictures and produced by Sony Pictures Imageworks.
For this film I composed, orchestrated, and conducted the original score. I also arranged and produced the R&B songs. Finally, I contracted the sound design and Foley services through my company HUGEsound. I even added a character voice to the final dialog track. Though I was not singled out for a personal Academy Award, I contributed substantially to the team win.
Working on The ChubbChubbs! turned out to be a watershed professional undertaking, loaded with important career lessons and charming stories...
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CHAPTER 6 - MUSIC GALLERY