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Composer

Brett James

Composer for film, television, video games, and other visual art

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About

Passion In Story Telling

Brett James is a film composer and sound designer based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Having been brought up within The Bay Area’s legendary music scene and widely considering himself to first and foremost be a student and product of cinema, Brett's craft has evolved into scoring to picture and other visual mediums - drawing inspiration and influence from his roots as a touring and studio rock guitarist, along with his childhood favorites in some of films greatest themes.

Film Scoring

From the most delicate passages with the intent to invoke emotion without being heard, to an appropriate silence or a soaring, bombastic theme, your score (or a lack-thereof) is of paramount importance to informing the viewer of a deeper emotional connection to what they see.

Sound Design

Or rather, "movement design," is what injects impact, mood, aural function, and forward momentum to what would otherwise be just a series of moving pictures and talking heads. Dive deeper with a meticulously constructed and unique sonic architecture for your visual art.

Mix & Deliverables

From concept to the finished product, my mix process begins in quad, with considerations for immersive formats such as Dolby® Atmos®, Sony® Auro-3D®, and DTS:X®. Deliverables are handled with the utmost care, from proper naming conventions and formatting to loudness standards.

How Brett Works

Above all else, communication is the single most important aspect of any team effort. Below, you'll find a number of other key practices in Brett's workflow as a composer.

Practical

First and foremost, is the discovery process in what a film needs. At its core, a film is a series of moving pictures, reinforced by dialogue, with the purpose of telling a story. Finding a practical means in informing that story through score is the foundation of that layer in a multi-faceted discipline.

Innovative

From found sounds to new and inventive ways to use existing instrumentation and mix techniques, part of telling a narrative lies in ones ability to recognize a need for something fresh within the realm of auditory story telling. Film is an evolving art - such is the case for its musical voice.

Creative

Not completely unlike innovation, creativity is the fun infused in what we do. To find creative and inventive means of making something happen and speak to the audience in a way they may not have expected. Not everything is on the surface with regards to visuals - therein lies the purpose of score.

Experimental

Tying directly into the "fun" component, is the ability to find what works and what doesn't, and is part of communication on its most fundamental level. Discovering new ways to achieve a degree of cohesiveness with the complexity of human emotion is key to bringing someone else’s story to life.

Media Scoring
Sound Design
Mix & Master
Surround & Immersive Formats
Where Score Informs Picture

— Composer Brett James —

Brett's Process

From Concept to Delivery

From that very first conversation with a director about the world of possibility and hopes in fulfilling a vision, to delivery of the final product, there is structured process in everything.

Concept

No matter the genre or medium, it all begins with an idea. From there, the project takes on the metaphorical shape of a tree, in that everything from there on out is a product of that initial seed. This is the foundation of a finished score in its simplest form.

Research

While in its most basic form, the process of score can be simplistic in nature - however, when there is a story to be told from the perspective of a character or situation, extensive research is often used to find the roots of the musical narrative.

Produce

Where the real fun begins. From writing a reduced theme, to brooding drones - to the hiring of an army of musicians tasked with bringing it all to life, this is the moment a larger than life narrative begins to take shape and provide a voice where words are not enough.

Deliver

Secure and thorough, right down to the minutiae of what makes a relationship built on trust, delivery consists of all of your assets, from concept to this definitive moment. Cue sheets, stem prints, multi-channel formats, and everything in between, ready to be experienced.

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The Numbers

And counting

77
Projects
103
Clients
3459
Followers
15
Years

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Contact

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San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA

info@iambrettjames.com
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