On the festival circuit: Greetings from Durango

Pictures from my recent Durango trip

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March 1-5, the Durango Independent Film Festival.

It seems that each festival I go to is a better experience than the last, but I don’t know that Durango can be topped.  They treated the filmmakers so nicely there, and it being 6 hours away from me, I decided to stay for the entire thing, which was definitely worth it.  I stayed in the General Palmer Hotel (living in Colorado Springs for so long, I could stay nowhere else) which looked largely untouched by time.  There were lots of activities I to do around town (like a trip on the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad), plus a special filmmakers only-lounge in the basement of the local Irish pub…assuming you didn’t watch films, and I did try to catch as many programs as I could.  The best part though, was that the entire festival took place in the space of two blocks in…

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Scoring Session: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Some pics I took at our recording session for Dorian Gray, at the end of last month.

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Aka “Too Many Hats!”  I wouldn’t consider these the absolute best pictures ever, but it’s hard to be the composer, conductor, and music producer, and also try to take a few pics on the side.  This is the recording session for a new ballet film based on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.  As a ballet, I had to compose the music and have it recorded by a certain date, without having seen any footage.  Now that it’s recorded, I’m hard at work mixing, mastering, and polishing, while my director Felicity works on the choreography.  While I’d like to say that I drew a great amount of inspiration from Wilde’s novel, reading it would have taken much time away from actually composing the music; I watched Albert Lewin’s 1945 film adaptation instead.

This marks the first time I have used the Canon 7 since Fall of last year…

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The Colorado Springs 14ers Film Festival

The brand new Colorado Springs 14ers Film Festival took place on December 3, 2016.  From November 14-28, filmmaking teams were tasked with creating a movie from scratch with a specific prompt (in this case: a character wakes up with someone standing over them, who asks, “Is that my wallet?”).  Joseph offered up his services as composer to any of the teams that were interested in working with him.  Of the 8 total teams, he worked on 6 films, writing about 40 minutes of new music in the space of 14 days.  Unfortunately, 2 of those teams did not use his music in their final films, and 2 other projects fell through and were not completed in the time allotted, but 2 films were played at the festival featuring music by Joseph Irvin:

Uncured, dir. R.C. Stokes


The New Millennial Tramp in “Is That My Wallet?” dir. Rob Bowen


The latter film took home 1st Prize in the Jury Award, plus tied for the Audience Award.  For the director’s notes click here.

Peak Film Forum film composing workshop

Joseph is among a panel of composers that will be giving a workshop on film composing at the Peak Film Forum’s monthly meeting held on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:00PM at the 21C Library in Colorado Springs.  Joining him will be John Schuermann, Travis McDowell, and Benito Vena.

For more information, click here.