Composer Alan Derian joins us to discuss the tricky topic of scoring under dialogue, by way of showing his work on Madame Secretary.
About Alan Derian
By the time Alan Derian graduated from high school, he had been featured in the Boston Globe for composing numerous pieces for orchestra and jazz ensemble, including two symphonies. Consequently he was awarded the Music Department’s first Henry Lasker Memorial Scholarship. Because of his ability he was awarded scholarships to attend the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as a composition major. While there he received the ASCAP Raymond Hubbell Music Award and was invited to join ASCAP as a writer member. After graduation he attended the graduate program at Boston University School of Music. He then moved to the Los Angeles Area where he furthered his graduate studies at California Institute of the Arts with legendary jazz pianist, composer and film star Mel Powell and electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick. He subsequently joined the Film Program at the Grove School of Music were he received extensive orchestral conducting experience. Upon graduating Derian landed his first feature.
Since then Alan Derian has scored sixty feature films as well as working in TV, Games, and Multimedia, in a variety of genres including drama, horror, comedy, action and science fiction. His credits include Tropical Snow, released by Paramount Pictures, starring Madeleine Stowe; Invasion of Privacy, a USA Channel Premiere Movie, starring Robby Benson; Civil War Diary, released by New World Television, starring Todd Duffey and John Touchstone; Eye of the Dolphin, starring Carly Schroeder, Jane Lynch, George Harris and Katharine Ross, released by Monterey Media; Star Trek New Voyages, World Enough and Time, starring George Takei; and Cryptid, starring Lori Petty, released by Monterey Media. Recently, The Pregnancy Pact, scored by film composers Alan Derian and Richard Marvin, was the most watched Lifetime Original Movie premiere in Lifetime’s 26 year history.