John Paesano scores Almost Christmas
Posted on November 11, 2016 by Dan Goldwasser
Earlier this summer, composer John Paesano recorded his score to the ensemble holiday comedy Almost Christmas, directed by David E. Talbert and starring Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, Jessie T. Usher, and Mo’Nique, among others. The music was recorded at the Streisand Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures, and we’re delighted to share our exclusive photos from the scoring sessions with our readers!
Conductor Nolan Livesay records with the Hollywood Studio Symphony on Almost Christmas
Conducted by Nolan Livesay and Jason Livesay, who would switch-off conducting and booth-reading, the music was largely comprised of a 46-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony: strings, woodwinds and piano on the stage, supplemented with pre-recorded guitars and percussion.
The strings perform pizzicato on a cue
The cellos and basses
Pianist Randy Kerber
In the booth, composer John Paesano was joined by scoring mixer Alan Meyerson, music editor Angie Rubin, and director David E. Talbert who was very engaged with the scoring process. In the back row, score assistant Hayley Rosenthal, technical score advisor Anthony Loomis, and ProTools recordist Kevin Globerman were also on hand to give feedback.
Conductor Nolan Livesay (seated), composer John Paesano talks, director David Talbert, and scoring mixer Alan Meyerson
Composer John Paesano reviews a cue with conductor Jason Livesay
Scoring mixer Alan Meyerson
Score assistant Hayley Rosenthal, technical score advisor Anthony Loomis, and ProTools recordist Kevin Globerman
The booth watches conductor Nolan Livesay record composer John Paesano’s (standing, right) score to Almost Christmas with the orchestra
Almost Christmas opens in theaters today, November 11th, and a soundtrack album is available from Back Lot Music.
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