Several new short films featuring soundtracks from rising-star composer Ramesh Kumar Kannan will hit the festival circuit this spring, starting with “Bar Stools” at the New York Indian Film Festival on May 6.
Online PR News – 05-May-2014 – Los ángeles, California – Several new short films featuring soundtracks from rising-star composer Ramesh Kumar Kannan will hit the festival circuit this spring, starting with “Bar Stools” at the New York Indian Film Festival on May 6.
The 16-minute short from director Neale Hemrajani tells a nearly wordless tale of two people struggling to break the ice at a bar, each waiting for the other to launch into conversation. Ramesh’s pitch-perfect soundtrack takes its cues from the bar’s dark lighting, weaving a classy, late-night jazz theme amid two strangers struggling to connect.
“I’ve worked with a lot of composers before and Ramesh simply has that sixth sense to bring magic to the image. - Neale Hemrajani”
“Since the film is almost completely silent, we knew we had to rely on score to really enhance what our actors were expressing merely through gesture,” said Hemrajani, director of “Bar Stools.” “His choice of instruments and melodies complemented the film’s subtle emotion – as well as its overblown comedy – in masterful fashion. I’ve worked with a lot of composers before and Ramesh simply has that sixth sense to bring magic to the image.”
Harmonizing with the emotions in a film is key to Ramesh’s creative process. “You just have to be open to what the story demands,” the composer said. “Half of it is already done when you do that. I don’t have any preconceptions or preset ideas – I watch the film, read the script and prepare to go on a journey.”
The Los Angeles-based composer is currently crafting music for “The Pinhole Affect,” a new 35-minute film written and produced by Jonathan Rosenthal set to hit the festival circuit this July. Ramesh also recently completed the soundtrack for the short animated film “Blind Box,” set to premiere at the Dusty Film & Animation Festival and the Blue Plum animation festival in May.
Last year, Ramesh contributed music to “The Gauntlet,” a horror flick that won best feature film at last year’s Chicago Horror Film Festival.
That kind of cinematic variety inspires the composer. “For me every film that I work on is my first film, I like to keep my mind thinking that way.” Ramesh said.
Ramesh, a native of Tamil Nadu, India, is a graduate of USC’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, where he honed his craft under the mentorship of famous film composers such as Bruce Broughton, Christopher Young and Garry Schymann.
Ramesh found his career launched forward shortly after graduation when composer Christopher Young asked him serve as soundtrack producer for the high-profile film “The Killing Season,” staring Robert De Niro and John Travolta. Ramesh later on moved to orchestrate music for the superhero film “Gatchaman”.