I know I’ve been quiet lately, and I apologize for that. However, it’s because I’ve been busy! And not allowed to talk about all the things I’ve been busy with! UNTIL NOW.
One of the things I’ve been working on is A VIDEO GAME. My first ever! It’s called Bitsy’s Bustup, it’s a turn based tank battle game (an homage of sorts to Gunbound), and the beta will probably be out this fall sometime. It will be free to play and the prototype is looking pretty awesome so far. Here is a blog post with more info on the game.
I’ll be posting about more upcoming projects as soon as I can!
BIG NEWS! Before it premieres on TV, we’re gonna release the first episode of HITRECORD ON TV online early — on Monday, Jan. 6th! In anticipation, I’m pleased to present to you the very first short film of the season, “First Stars I See Tonight.”
Collaboratively made on our site, hitRECord.org, this short film began with a text record roswellgray (United States) contributed recounting the true story of the first time she ever saw the stars when she was 16 years old. I adapted the story into a script and KatSmash (Scotland) RECorded narration. We shot the actors Elle Fanning and James Patrick Stuart in front of a green screen and a ton of visual artists on the site began to illustrate the world around them. The animator 12.42 (United Kingdom) took visual contributions and animated them all together. megancarnes (United States) composed a beautiful musical score and musicians from all over the world played along.
HITRECORD ON TV is a half-hour variety show with short films, live performances, music, cartoons, and of course, MORE! It’s gonna be on a new cable channel called Pivot and I think you guys are reeeally gonna like it. I can’t wait for you all to check out the first episode, “RE: The Number One,” when we release it extra early on Monday, Jan. 6th!
If you are reading this, I am guessing you are a fan/supporter of my music (if not, then HOW ARE YOU SEEING THIS?!). There is something I want you to know.
A back porch conversation over wine and pasta with one of my best friends last night, plus some serious self reflection today, have helped me really see something. It’s something I realized before, but something I never really pondered the extent of.
There are a lot of people out there that have my back. A LOT.
If you are one of them (and seriously, if you’re not, why are you still reading this?) then I’d like to give you a sincere, wholehearted THANK YOU.
Without my army of musical supporters (and I don’t necessarily mean people who have bought my albums, although I am so SO grateful for that. I mean anyone who takes the time to watch films I score, follow me on social media, offer kind words and advice, etc.) I definitely would have given up and started a career as an accountant or something boring by now. You are the reason I’m still doing what I’m doing, and words can’t describe how grateful I am for that.
There have been some dark moments in my career. I’ve been fired, rejected, harshly criticized, undervalued, and ignored. There have been times where I just wanted to give up on composing completely. But the knowledge that there are so many people out there rooting for me keeps me going. I’m not going to give up, and I have you to thank for that.
I’m not quite established yet. I don’t get enough gigs to make composing a full time job. But I’m getting there. I think I can make it happen with some hard work and perseverance. And I hope that in the meantime, you’ll continue to enjoy what I create.
So once again, thank you for your support. I wouldn’t be where I am without you.