Tonight’s episode of Battlestar Galactica is the most musically innovative score I’ve yet produced. My role as composer evolved far beyond merely providing underscore for the scenes. This time, I was intimately involved in every step of the episode’s development: from the earliest draft of the script by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson, through the production, directed by Michael Nankin and throughout the editing, scoring and final sound mix.
My experiences on Someone to Watch Over Me were so profound that my typical blog format would not suffice. Rather than focusing solely on the episode’s score, I’ve written a mini-memoir, chronicling my journey on this episode.
I have divided this up into three chapters. Chapter One focuses on Pre-Production, in particular my interaction with David Weddle and Bradley Thompson as they wrote the script. I also discuss my surreal experience auditioning for a speaking role on Battlestar! In Chapter Two, I discuss the production of the episode, the preparation of the piano, and my behind-the-scenes experiences. Chapter Three, centering on post-production, is more akin to my typical blog entries: a detailed, scene-by-scene analysis of the completed episode and score.