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Top Composers From Television's Hottest Shows Enthralled Fans At WonderCon
Award-winning music talents Nathan Barr, Jim Dooley, Robert Duncan, Mark Isham, Danny Jacob, David Ari Leon and Blake Neely Gave Large Audience Sneak Peaks Into Their Careers, Lives and Projects at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The panel kicked off with a reel of each of the composer's most memorable recently scored scenes, along with a nice surprise for all the panelists: each of their respective showrunners had recorded a special message of thanks to them each. The musicians were thrilled to hear from “Missing” Executive Producer Gina Matthews; “Wilfred” Executive Producer David Zuckerman; “Phineas and Ferb” Executive Producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh; “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” Executive Producer Eric Rollman; “True Blood” Creator and Executive Producer Alan Ball; and “Once Upon a Time” Creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Kitsis said of composer Mark Isham’s work: If you’re a fan of ‘Once Upon a Time’ then you definitely have to be a fan of Mark because his music is definitely the heart of the show.”
Likewise, Greene showed her admiration for the composers who sat beside her in her introduction:
Tinged with humor, Greene quickly zeroed in on the composers' current projects and their day-to-day work schedules, about which Isham quipped: “My wife insists my recording studio be on our property. There are a lot of 2 a.m. days.”
David Ari Leon, composer of “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” passionately described that his craft and his abilities to enhance a show through music gives him great pride. “Bringing the triumph of the will of a character is an honor,” he said.
When Greene asked when was the first time the panelists "handled their instruments,"
During the more serious rounds of questions, panelists went into their creative process when scoring for a scene. Robert Duncan of “Castle” and “Missing,”
Perhaps the most anticipated part of the panel was finding out the composers’ next projects. “True Blood’s” Barr is scoring “The Wedding,” starring Robert De Niro, Amanda Seyfried, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams, Susan Sarandon and Topher Grace. Dooley of “Wilfred,”
After the successful session, panelists and Greene met with fans. CW3PR, COSTA COMMUNICATIONS and ASCAP hosted the panel.