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    Hummie Mann's Music featured on CBS Sunday Night Movie

    Hummie's music will be featured in the made for television movie "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" which will air on CBS on Sunday March 27 at 9pm (check local listings). The film is based on the James Patterson book of the same title and stars Emmy Award winner Christina Applegate (Married With Children, Anchorman) and real-life husband Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do, Judas). Teleplay and directing duties were handled by Richard Friedenberg.

    Also, today March 26th - "Wooly Boys", directed by Leszek Burzynski and starring Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine and Joe Mazello - is being released on Video/DVD by Lions Gate Films after extremely successful theatrical runs. Hummie also composed the score for this film as well.

    Congratulations Hummie!

    Gary Garritan

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    Re: Hummie Mann's Music featured on CBS Sunday Night Movie

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    Hummie's music will be featured in the made for television movie <snip> Hummie also composed the score for this film as well. <snip>
    Gary... as a relative newcomer to these forums, could you fill me (and other newbies) in about Hummie's relationship with you or GPO, if any.

    Cheers

    P.S. On an ever-so-slightly related topic, John Debney ("The Passion of the Christ", et al) is here in Bermuda as a judge in the 8th Annual Bermuda International Film Festival. I hope to meet and chat with him soon...!
    Steve A. Gallant

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    Re: Hummie Mann's Music featured on CBS Sunday Night Movie

    Congratualations Hummie. If I am near my TV, I'll be sure to check it out. Was the score done with GPO?


    Steve,

    Mr. Mann is a GPO user. He has written several demos, check the archives. He also participated in a meet the composer interview, which I am waiting to read.

    Mr. Mann is a pretty big, heavy weight hollywood composer. Here are a few films that he has done.

    2000 Cyberworld - Composer (Music Score)
    2000 Thomas and the Magic Railroad - Composer (Music Score)
    1999 After the Rain - Composer (Music Score)
    1996 Sticks and Stones - Songwriter
    1995 Dracula: Dead and Loving It - Composer (Music Score)
    1995 Top Dog - Composer (Music Score)
    1995 Fall Time - Composer (Music Score)
    1994 Little Big League - Composer (Music Score)
    1994 Jailbreakers - Composer (Music Score)
    1994 Cool and the Crazy - Composer (Music Score)
    1994 Motorcycle Gang - Composer (Music Score)
    1993 Benefit of the Doubt Composer (Music Score)
    1993 Robin Hood: Men in Tights - Composer (Music Score)
    1992 Year of the Comet - Composer (Music Score)
    1991 In Gold We Trust - Composer (Music Score)
    1985 Stoogemania - Composer (Music Score) / Songwriter

    (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movie...1060&mod=films)

    By the way, welcome to the forum.
    For more information, check out www.jonathoncox.com/intro.html

    "The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead." - Igor Stravinsky

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    Re: Hummie Mann's Music featured on CBS Sunday Night Movie

    HUMMIE MANN

    Hummie Mann is a two-time Emmy Award Winning Film and TV composer and is one of the most sought-after orchestrators in the business.

    Mann's motion pictures have ranged from Mel Brooks' “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” to Peter Yates' “Year of the Comet” to the upcoming Capella Film’s “After the Rain” written and directed by Ross Kettle. On television, he has scored films for Simon Wincer (the miniseries “P.T. Barnum”), Jonathan Kaplan (the miniseries re-make of “In Cold Blood”), Norman Jewison (“Picture Windows”), Peter Bogdanovich (“The Rescuers: Tales of Courage- Two Women”), Joe Dante (“The Second Civil War”), Jim Abrahams (“First Do No Harm”), William Friedkin, John Milius and Ralph Bakshi (all part of the “Rebel Highway” series), among others.

    Mann was honored with his second Emmy Award in 1996 for an episode of Showtime's Picture Windows entitled “Language of the Heart”, a love story about a street musician and an aspiring ballerina. Oscar-winning movie-music legend Jerry Goldsmith recommended Mann to director Jonathan Kaplan who hired him to write the music for CBS’s “In Cold Blood” starring Anthony Edwards and Eric Roberts. Says Kaplan: "It's very rare that you can find someone who is as gifted as Hummie is..."

    Twice Mann has collaborated with legendary comedy director Mel Brooks. His first Brooks score was for “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”, which NBC-TV critic Gene Shalit singled out for praise, likening it to the legendary Erich Wolfgang Korngold's scores for the classic swashbucklers of the '30s and '40s. He also scored Brooks' next film- “Dracula: Dead & Loving It” which starred Leslie Nielsen.

    The grand-scale symphonic music for Brooks' two film parodies contrasts sharply with Mann's acoustic guitar- based score for the Donald Sutherland-Amy Irving thriller “Benefit of the Doubt”, and the soaring, charming music for Peter Yates' “Year of the Comet”, which combined orchestral sounds with Scottish ethnic elements. Yates, the director of Bullitt and The Deep, found "a freshness and energy" in Mann's music for “Year of the Comet”.
    Mann co-produced the Marc Shaiman scores for such hits as “Sleepless in Seattle”, “A Few Good Men” and “Mr. Saturday Night”, and both orchestrated and conducted the Shaiman scores for “City Slickers” and “The Addams Family”. His orchestrations can also heard in such films as “Speechless”, “Addams Family Values”, “Misery”, “Sister Act”, “Dying Young”, and “For the Boys” and he co-arranged the song “Places That Belong to You“ for Barbra Streisand's best-selling “Prince of Tides” soundtrack album. He also composed the Carl Stalling-style underscore for “Box Office Bunny”, the first theatrical Bugs Bunny cartoon released in 26 years, and millions of moviegoers at AMC Theaters nationwide hear his music for the celluloid character ‘Clyp’ (who appears in the pre-trailer and pre-feature sequences) every day.

    Among Mann's most provocative projects have been two series for Showtime: “Picture Windows”, which Norman Jewison executive-produced and which enabled the composer to collaborate with Jewison, Kaplan, Dante and Bob Rafelson; and “Rebel Highway”, a series of drive-in-movie remakes by Kaplan, Friedkin, Milius, Dante, Ralph Bakshi, John McNaughton, Mary Lambert and Uli Edel. Mann also composed the main title theme music for both series.

    In television, Mann composed the main title theme and underscore for Rob Reiner's cult series “Morton & Hayes”. He received two Emmy nominations for his arrangements on the popular “Moonlighting” series, and received an Emmy Award for arranging Billy Crystal's opening number for the “1992 Academy Awards” telecast.

    In the world of Independent films, Mann scored “Goodnight, Joseph Parker” starring Paul Sorvino, Steve “Aerosmith” Tyler and Debi Mazur and also collaborated with first time director Paul Warner on “Falltime”, starring Mickey Rourke, Stephen Baldwin and Sheryl Lee. That film premiered in competition at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. Mann has also scored films by two well-known screenwriters making their initial forays into directing. He composed a contemporary jazz-rock score for the coming-of-age story “Sticks & Stones” by Neil Tolkin, and also scored the short film “The Red Coat” for Little Women writer Robin Swicord.

    For musical theater, Mann arranged new material for Debbie Reynolds' tour of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”. He created new arrangements for Pia Zadora in the Long Beach Civic Light Opera's production of “Funny Girl”, and has arranged music for several other Southern California stage productions including “Babes in Toyland”, “Kiss Me Kate”, “The Merry Widow” and Cloris Leachman's “Perfectly Frank”.
    Born in Montreal, Mann began studying music at the age of seven. He learned to play not only the piano, but also recorder, guitar, clarinet and oboe. He graduated magna cum laude in 1976 from Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music and moved in 1980 to Los Angeles, where he began orchestrating and composing for such top-rated series as “Fame”, “Moonlighting”, “Knots Landing”, “ALF” and “The Simpsons”. In early 1998 Mann was presented with Berklee’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

    Some of Mann’s more recent releases include the live action/animated feature “Thomas and the Magic Railroad” for director Britt Allcroft starring Alec Baldwin, Peter Fonda and Mara Wilson. The film was the big screen adaptation of the popular children’s television series “Shining Time Station” and also featured Thomas the Tank Engine and all his talking train friends. He also wrote the music for "Wooly Boys” starring Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson and Keith Carradine which features a bluegrass flavored score. In addition to composing the score, he collaborated with lyricists Don Black (“To Sir with Love”) and Sue Ennis (“Dog and Butterfly”) in writing songs for the film. Mann also composed the score to “Cyberworld”, the first ever computer-generated, 3-d IMAX film, which opened worldwide as the biggest pre-sold IMAX film of all time. Upcoming projects for Mann include Sinatraland for director Peter Bogdanovich, Mermaids Singing for first time director Robin Swicord (writer of the screenplays for “Matilda” and “Little Women” starring Jessica Lange and Neve Campbell; and Danger Zone starring Daryl Hannah.

    Besides his busy composing career, he is also the principal instructor of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program, a board member and founding president of the Seattle Composers Alliance and serves as a govenor of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
    You can visit Hummie's website at: http://www.hummiemann.com.

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    Re: Hummie Mann's Music featured on CBS Sunday Night Movie

    Quote Originally Posted by BermudaFlyer
    Gary... as a relative newcomer to these forums, could you fill me (and other newbies) in about Hummie's relationship with you or GPO, if any.
    Hummie heads the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program, regarded as one of best film score programs for training composers in the art of film scoring. This course is a must for those who want to learn about film scoring. Graduates have gone on to score a variety of both short and feature-length films, documentaries, interactive games, commercials, television programs and other productions that require original music composition. Hummie is an extraordinary teacher and graduates of his program cannot praise it enough.


    To answer your question BermudaFlyer: Hummie was the first to offer a GPO course. "Creating Orchestral Simulations using the Garritan Personal Orchestra" was offered last Summer as part of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program in conjunction with Napier University’s Ian Tomlin School of Music in Edinburgh, Scotland. The class was a success and another is anticipated this summer. Hummie is past president of the Seattle Composers Alliance. At some of his programs in Seattle and an SCA meeting, Hummie invited me speak about our libraries and the history/future of sampling.

    He uses real orchestras in his soundtracks and uses GPO to develop the scores and work out the parts before commiting to the orchestra. He and his talented associate, Ged Brockie, have created mock-up demos using GPO. He has also consulted and offered advice for the GPO updates. We're currently developing a project I am not at liberty to discuss.

    Hummie served as one of the lead judges for the GPO Orchestration Competition and helped in its planning. He also donated tuition to his film scoring program to the winner of the GPO Competition.

    Hummie is one of the most extraordinary, remarkable and gifted persons I have the honor to know.

    Gary Garritan





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    Re: Hummie Mann's Music featured on CBS Sunday Night Movie

    Wow, thanks for that.

    I was certainly aware of Mr. Mann's reputation as prolific and successful composer... but it's good to know that he "thumbs up" GPO too.
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