Rebel Pope. National Geographic Channel. Original Score
It was a typical Sunday evening here at home in rainy Vancouver and like my wife and I try to do every Sunday evening, we were scrambling to find new activities to keep both our girls from eye-gouging boredom when I happened to check my Twitter feed and read a tweet by NatGeo that said that the show Rebel Pope would be airing in less than 20 minutes in Latin America.
It's cool to say that even before I thought about doing the whole social media promotion tweeting and composer marketing/sharing, I thought of alerting my parents and close friends to the fact that the show was about to air. It's still nice to know that sharing cool projects and accomplishments with family are at the top of my list. This reminds me what the real reasons for doing what we do as creative professionals are and the main one is to show off how very cool people we are. I'm kidding. :) of course, the reason we do what we do is to bring to life new, interesting and emotional experiences for others and ourselves. Maybe in the process of creating and sharing, we're also growing and evolving as professionals and as individuals.
My parents broadcast via FaceTime to me some of the show as it aired (not the ideal monitoring of audio and final mix one dreams about) as I can't see it here in Canada. I think them doing that made the experience of catching the show live even better. It's always exciting to listen to one's music on screen the first time it airs or screens.
Composing the score for the docu-drama Rebel Pope for National Geographic International was a really cool experience. My composer friends know how this works and this project wasn't the exception, it was composed, produced, mixed and delivered in half the time we ideally would like to have but that's one of the many challenges one has to overcome during the process (not sleeping and keeping one's sanity included). Meeting your delivery date with material everyone is happy with (including yourself) is the ultimate goal. We're required to be as much problem solvers as composers/producers. Thankfully, in the end, everything worked out well. I'm excited about the music for the show.
I had the great opportunity to work with FoxTelecolombia again and what a great production team they're running. They always impress me with their professionalism and the quality of their projects. I also had the chance to work for the first time with the award-winning producer, writer and director Patrick Reams. Our Skype sessions were relaxed, productive and very on point as to where the music should venture to. Great experience.
If you're in Latin America I believe it'll be playing this week repeatedly. Check out National Geographic Channel for programming times. I'll copy paste a brief text from a press release below that includes a description of the show. Please let me know if you do see the docu-drama what your thoughts on the score were.
Thank you for reading and in other cool news, this will be one of the few initial Blog Posts up on the new version of my website. I've included some tracks from Rebel Pope below. I've also added Rebel Pope to the Latest Project cover page which you can check out and share here. I'll write more about the score on the Blog soon.
Have a great week everyone and thank you for reading and listening.
Produced by Fox Telecolombia, part of Fox International Channels, the hour-long special Rebel Pope tracks the life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio – otherwise known as Pope Francis – from childhood to his rise through the church’s hierarchy.
The docu-drama interweaves scripted accounts of his pre-Vatican life with exclusive interviews with those closest to him during this time.
Written and directed by award-winning producer Patrick Reams, filming on the biopic took place in Argentina and Colombia. It is to be broadcast globally on National Geographic Channel across 171 countries in early 2016.