Black Summer (2019) by Jaime Marcelo

A new trailer just dropped for Black Summer, which hits Netflix on April 11th.

I did sound effects work on four out of the eight episodes, ranging from zombies and crowds to guns and chaos. Had a lot of fun, it’s an exciting watch. Check it out soon!

"Buscando Al Zorro", now playing in the Dominican Republic. by Jaime Marcelo

Last year in early 2018, the feature length film Buscando Al Zorro finished post-production.

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“Buscando Al Zorro” is a film about daily life in the Dominican Republic and the strained relationship between a father and his nine year old son, who journey through the country in search of the titular Zorro.

Working on the music for this film was a special process. After playing around with some demos and ideas in late 2016 while the film was being edited, I began truly scoring in early 2017 shortly after my brother Gabe passed away. I dedicated the opening theme of the film to him by the primary melody containing the notes G-A-B-E. This theme ended up becoming a major recurring element throughout the film, twisted and turned in various ways to match the emotional content of a few particular moments. I trended toward organic sounds, performing a great deal of acoustic guitar as the grounding element of the music supported by solo violin, full strings, and numerous elements of hand percussion. The climax of the film features a full orchestral bombast and was a lot of fun to put together.

If you find yourself in the Dominican Republic, you can see “Buscando Al Zorro” April 11th, 2019 at any Palacio Del Cine throughout the country.

Z Nation Season 4. by Jaime Marcelo

As post-production begins to wrap for Season 4 of Z Nation, I'm beginning to reflect on the last few months and what the future holds. It was a blast working as a sound effects editor on this show, crafting the gun sounds for the season and filling out the footsteps for the world of Z Nation. I also did some work with foley and voice performance - you can hear my maniacal Zombie vocals specifically in episode 8, "Crisis of Faith" as one of the hockey Zs.

The year is soon coming to a close, and I plan to record a great deal new music as we drag our heels into 2018. The world is a hectic place but I find my peace in music and sound, and hope to share that with you soon. For now, check out these Zombies getting killed with my gun sounds:

 

Atomic Homefront. by Jaime Marcelo

The full length documentary "Atomic Homefront" is premiering at the 2017 AFI Docs Festival in Washington D.C. and Maryland. The festival runs from June 14-18th. I worked with Red Hook Post as a sound effects editor on the film.

“Atomic Homefront,” from director Rebecca Cammisa, focuses on a group of citizens trying to prevent a major environmental disaster from a large nearby landfill. 
— Variety

Check out more about the festival over at Variety.

 

Bronx Gothic. by Jaime Marcelo

On April 8th, Bronx Gothic will premiere at the 20th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC. I worked on the film with Red Hook Post as a sound effects editor.

For the first half hour of Okwui Okpokwasili’s powerful one-woman stage show Bronx Gothic, she stands with her back to the audience, trembling and jittering in a feverish, ballistic trance. [...] She describes a coming of age stained by trauma, complementing her narrative with visceral choreography that conveys the pain of growing up brown in a country that habitually abuses black bodies. This film blends performance footage with intimate scenes of Okpokwasili’s personal life and her interactions with student audience members, and her penetrating discussion of her purpose and process.
— MM

For more information, check out the official Full Frame Documentary Film Festival website.

Harlem Focus Docs. by Jaime Marcelo

Beginning in spring 2015 at City College of New York, the BFA in Film and Video program worked in tandem with the Sonic Arts Program to begin production of a number of short character documentaries detailing the lives of the many different people living in Harlem: artists, shop owners, dancers, and more. Each yearly season of the series features six documentaries, with two seasons currently completed. The documentaries are featured on the website of The Amsterdam News, a legendary newspaper that featured notable African American leaders such as W.E.B. Dubois, Malcolm X, and Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

These films highlight overlooked and under-reported aspects of the rich past and vibrant present of Harlem. Moving beyond mainstream “television style” reporting that is driven by on-camera talent and sound bites from politicians and civic leaders, these short films are visually inventive narrative portraits utilizing the voices of Harlemites. Each character embodies the resilient artistic and cultural spirit that has given Harlem its identity through good times and bad, and now must inform the community in this time of transition.
— HarlemFocusDocs Website

Each film begins with a title animation of "Harlem Focus" styled after the iconic Apollo Theater sign, and my sound design was selected to introduce each film. I worked to create a sonic representation of classic Harlem - the natural sounds of the crackling neon sign, morphed into an old radio dial taking us back to the era of Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, and Bessie Smith, all artists who helped shape the sound and character of the early Harlem music scene.

New site for a new year and a new era. by Jaime Marcelo

As it is 2016 and clunky Wordpress websites have gone quite out of vogue, I've decided to migrate my website onto a new, more functional iteration with Squarespace. Expect consistent updates across the board in regards to video game and film projects (there are many ongoing), as well as complete reels for music and sound design.

The last year has been a formidable trial in balancing my many hats of performance, composition, and sound design. Since completing my final semester at CCNY last fall, my focus immediately turned toward music performance as I spent most of my time gigging and touring throughout the spring, playing guitar for Jamie Kilstein & the Agenda. From April-May, we burst through 16 cities before ending back in NYC, then landed a weekly, immensely popular summer residence at Sidewalk Cafe. Hosting guests such as Janeane Garofalo, Melissa Harris-Perry, Mychal Denzel Smith and more, the unpredictable performances blended politics, musical improv, and comedy. It's been a blast, and there's more still to come.

Last year, my performances primarily took shape through supporting Atarah Valentine on guitar as we played a number of notable shows. In August, we drove out to the midwest to perform at Lollapalooza 2015 on the BMI stage. Nothing like having a major performance, then spending the other two days of the festival seeing Paul McCartney, TV On The Radio, and a stellar set from Metallica. In the fall, we played a packed Marlin Room at Webster Hall for CMJ 2015, as well as a busy residence at Piano's. These shows were a blast as well.

As I find myself midway through the summer, I am feeling fortunate to have taken part in so many stellar shows and I look forward to the next year. There are some phenomenal projects that I am currently working on, in film and video games, music and sound design. Stay tuned for more on these projects over coming months.

A Star Falls. (and what is heard is a Title Theme) by Jaime Marcelo

Soon entering into demo development, A Star Falls is an upcoming first person sci-fi horror game. During the pre-production phase of development, I helped to shape the direction of the mood and character of the game by creating a number of spec tracks. As the first one to be released, the "Title Theme" serves to embody the overall tone of the game as an intimate yet fantastical horror experience.