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Earwax Brings Movies to Life

(October 08, 2001)
San Francisco music composition and sound design group, Earwax Productions, designed sound and music for Pixar, John-Hopkins University, and Photos to Send.

Pixar's latest release, Monsters, Inc. is a fully animated film written by Andrew Stanton, writer of Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, and Finding Nemo. Monsters, Inc. is a comedy set in the realm of things that go bump in the night, where chaos breaks loose after a hapless monster accidentally lets a human child into the secret world. The film stars the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and Jennifer Tilly.

Earwax co-founder, Barney Jones cut temporary music for Pixar's editorial department. Jones explains the project: "At Pixar, they spent two to three years creating a feature film and every step along the way, they need temporary music to help the story along. Its really fun to show up two or three times a year and see how the movie's growing. Once its all done, Randy Neuman comes in and composes the final score." In all, Jones spent about three weeks on the film.

Barney Jones composed the score to an academic documentary for Johns-Hopkins University. This half-hour long film about the state of computer assisted surgery will be used for Hopkins conferences. Produced and directed by Lisa Moncure of Breathing Furniture Films, the documentary features original Earwax music composition.

Dierdre Lynch's Photos to Send continues its success, now being shown at the Cork Film Festival in Ireland. The film retraces the steps of famed photographer Dorthea Lange fifty years after a photo-essay shoot took her across the Irish Countryside. Lynch's film won First Prize at the Galway Film Festival in July and features sound design and production by Earwax, and score by fiddler Martin Hayes.

Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc. opens November 4, 2001 nationwide.

Photos to Send is currently being shown at the Cork Film Festival.

Earwax Productions, founded in 1984, produces original sound design and music for all media. Earwax works in film, television, radio, multimedia, and Internet sound on projects ranging from major Hollywood features to educational CD-ROMs.

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